It’s book review day!! AKA my favorite day! I know I know, you may be rolling your eyes thinking I’m such a nerd. But I’m ok with that. I am nerd. I love to read. You’ve probably figured that out if you’ve been following my blog at all.
I’m happy to report that I have 4 really awesome books coming atcha from this month! There aren’t many months that I can say I loved every single book I read, but this was a good month.
I didn’t get my quota of one non-fiction book done, but I’m currently reading a few, so hopefully next month I’ll be able to share more about them. (Yes, I’m totally a read-multiple-books-at-once person. And yes, I get overwhelmed with it, but there are just too many great books out there to limit myself to just one!)
Anyway, onto the reason you clicked on this link…
Circe by Madaline Miller
I was intrigued by this book because I saw it EVERYWHERE on social media. I knew it was a risk to read because sometimes books that are highly marketed aren’t actually all that good, but I’m happy to report that this book was so fun!
I never really studied Greek mythology. Unless you count watching Disney’s Hercules, or wishing I was one of those people who could read Homer’s The Odyssey. Although I did grow up watching Jason and the Argonauts. Anyone else see that?? No? Just me? Anywho…I’ve always been interested by Greek mythology, but never had much opportunity to spend much time studying it.
So, this book was a fun way of learning a little bit about the Greek gods, and honestly, how dysfunctional they all are. Gods, mortals and monsters are all involved, and it’s all just a tad weird. But still oddly interesting and entertaining!
Circe is the daughter of the god Helios, the Titan god of the sun. But she isn’t born with powers like her father. Instead she realizes she has the power of witchcraft. (I know this sounds a little hooky, but it’s not as cultish as it may sound.) When Zeus finds this out, he fears her powers and banishes her to a deserted island. While banished on her island, she crosses paths with many different creatures, and finds herself becoming very intrigued with mortals.
I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say this book was an adventure to read! Circe is kind of a side character in The Odysseyand most Greek mythology, so it’s fun that Madaline Miller decided to focus an entire book on her life.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
My mom recommended this book to me, knowing I love WWII books. And boy was she right. This book was SO good!! I’ll be honest, it was hard and heartbreaking and devastating because of the subject matter. But it was also hopeful, beautiful and redemptive. And best of all, it’s a true story!
I felt like the ending was super abrupt, but the epilogue helps give some extended closure. I’ve been to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., but experiencing a personal encounter makes this tragedy in the history of the world so much more personal. I cannot imagine what these people lived through, and it makes me so thankful for the life I live today in the U.S.
I highly recommend this book, but just know that it’s super heavy. Maybe read a beachy/fluffy book before and after, as opposed to me having read 2 WWII books in a row like me…
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This book has been on my TRL FOREVER. And I’m so glad I finally got to it! My Xenia book club selected it for our March read, and I absolutely loved it. Again, it’s a deep, heavy book because it’s about WWII. But I feel like it provided a different perspective from a lot of the WWII books I’ve read.
Most WWII books I’ve read are about people who go into concentration camps. However, Vianne, one of the main characters, is “left behind” in her hometown in France during the war. The book tell’s the stories of Vianne and her sister Isabelle, both of whom you will fall in love with. They are vastly different, Vianne being a mother and Isabelle a young, zealous girl. But both characters are very endearing in the roles they play in the war.
I will say this book is very, very different than most Kristin Hannah books I’ve read in the past, but it was still so, so good.
The Choices We Make by Karma Brown
My sister-in-law, Emily recommended this book to me, and I’m so glad I took her up on it! I love reading books recommended to me, especially if there’s a history of enjoying similar books to that person. Because all us book nerds know there’s nothing worse in the book nerd world than getting 3/4 of the way through a book and realizing it’s a dud. You have two choices: finish out your commitment but be annoyed the whole time, or give up and feel like a quitter. Lose, lose.
The Choices We Make is another emotionally deep book, dealing with the difficult reality of infertility that many women face. And further, it illustrates the choices some women make regarding their intense desire for children.
Hannah and Kate are two friends who met in fifth grade when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate’s skirt with a mirror. They were best friends ever since. But now, many years later, Kate has two daughters with her husband, David, and Hannah finds herself infertile and immensely jealous of her friend’s sweet family.
Hannah and her husband, Ben, have explored every option, taken every test and shot, and still came up childless. So when Kate offers to not only be Hannah’s surrogate, but also donate one of her own eggs, the two families begin an adventure that will change them forever.
I don’t want to ruin the ending, so I won’t share more, but trust me this book will stay with you long after you read the last page. You’ll find yourself audibly gasping, smiling and crying while reading. It’s just so, so good.
That’s it for now, but I’ve got some good books lined up for April! What are you reading?? Please comment with a rec or 2 for me to check out!
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