I recently started a book club, so I’ve been making more time for reading each day. I love reading, but unfortunately sometimes it slips to the bottom of my list of priorities. However when I hosted the first book club meeting and hadn’t finished the book, I realized that was not going to fly anymore. It brought back flashbacks of high school when I didn’t know the answer and prayed the teacher didn’t call on me. Actually this happened in math class and not English class for me, but the awful tension was the same.
At my most recent book club meeting we read The Book Thief, which is also a movie now. It was a long read, but a surprisingly quick one. I definitely got sucked into the story. It’s about a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany who moves in with foster parents in a poor town. She develops some unusual friendships along the way and, yes, begins to steal books as she learns to read. There’s a whole lot more to the story, but I don’t want to give anything away in case you want to check it out for yourself. The book is technically a YA read, but it was one of the best stories I’ve read in a while. I’d definitely recommend it. It’s also a great book club book, because it has plenty to talk about and comes with a reader’s guide in the back.
This month we’re reading Divergent, which is also becoming a movie soon. I haven’t started it yet (whoops) but will post an update once I do. I’ve heard great things. I’m not usually into sci-fi/fantasy, but I’m willing to give this one a shot. I enjoyed The Hunger Games and get the sense it’s kind of similar in concept and style.
On my own I just finished The Paris Wife, which was another amazing read. It’s about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife during his early days as a writer in Paris. It’s fairly depressing in parts, but also fascinating and beautifully written. Check it out if you’re a Hemingway fan, Paris obsessed, or if you enjoy historical fiction.
Have you found any good reads lately? Let me know!