Recent Reads Review

When the start of social distancing rolled around in March I decided I needed to make the most of my time at home. I had really been slacking on reading since Jack was born so I told myself I would spend at least 20 minutes a day reading whether it was during nap or after Jack goes to bed. I stuck to that goal (mostly, give or take a few skipped days) and since March I’ve finished 7 books. So here is a brief review of my recent reads:

All the Light We Cannot See (5/5): This was by far my favorite read. I love a good WWII novel and this one didn’t disappoint. The novel switches back and forth between characters at different times before, during and after the war leaving you a bit on edge about how it will all come together. It was endearing, captivating, and grounding.

The Secret Life of Violet Grant (4.5/5): This was my first read by Beatriz Williams, but I loved it so much that I quickly picked up a few others by the author. This novel is split between the 1960s and WWI. I was immediately hooked and loved it all the way until the end.  

The Perfect Couple (3/5): I think this was maybe my most disappointing read of the summer. My first Elin Hilderbrand, which I’ve heard so many people rave about but this one wasn’t what I was hoping for. I’m not sure how to describe it other than a bit like a soap opera. But it wasn’t enough to give up on the author. I have another book by Hilderbrand that I read this summer that was much more enjoyable.

Messy, Wonderful Us (4/5): I read a Catherine Isaac novel 2 years ago right before having Jack and I loved it. It was probably one of my favorite modern novel reads. So I was excited to give this one a try. While I didn’t love it as much as You, Me, Everything it was still a very charming read.

Tiny Little Thing (3.5/5): This is the second book in the Schuyler Sister series by Beatriz Williams (following The Secret Life of Violet Grant). It was a good book but didn’t quite live up to the first one. I didn’t find the storyline to be quite as captivating, or the main character to be as charming. 

Here’s to Us (4/5): My second Hilderbrand novel and this one was much better. A story of family, love and loss. A reminder of what truly matters in the end. I thought it was a very sweet story and I enjoyed it enough that I will added a few other books by this author to my fall and winter list.

Along the Infinite Sea (4.5/5): This is the 3rd installment in the Schuyler Sister series. I wanted to give this one 5 stars, I really did, but I was personally a little bummed that it didn’t end the way I had hoped. But that’s not to say that is wasn’t a great book. I really enjoyed the 1960s and WWII storyline. I think this may have been my favorite out of the 3 Schuyler Sister books. 

Currently reading: The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louis Miller

Taking time to read each day has been so great for my mind and my mood. I definitely plan to continue reading and have PLENTY on my list to keep me busy. To follow along with what I’m reading you can check out my Goodreads page. I’ll be sharing more seasonal reviews. I would love to know what you’ve been reading lately, let me know in the comments below! What should I add to my fall reading list? 


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