This post is a bit outside the box for me, but I thought it would be fun! Over the past year or two, I’ve read some fabulous books that really stuck with me, and I’m happy to recommend them to anyone and everyone. Plus, I’d love to hear what books you’ve enjoyed — I’m always looking for the next one to read.
Lately I’ve been loving historical fiction about women during the time of World War II. It’s a very specific genre, I know, but I’m intrigued by the idea of the world banding together to fight the Nazis. Plus, my grandparents were alive during the war, and one of my grandfathers fought in the Pacific, so it feels accessible to me.
For these types of books, I highly recommend anything by Kate Quinn. Everything she writes is captivating. My absolute favorites are The Huntress and The Diamond Eye, but, really, all her books are fantastic. Her characters stay on my mind for months after I finish a book.
Another of my favorite historical fictions is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. I liked his other books, but this one was simply amazing. The story takes place in New York City, and I don’t think I’ll ever visit that city again without thinking of his characters.
My other current favorites are The Lost Apothecary (historical fiction with a modern twist), The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post (the story of how a girl became fabulously rich but kept her kindness and sense of self), Mrs. Everything (a tale of sisters and mothers), and Certain Girls (a tale of daughters and mothers, plus body image ideas).
Jennifer Weiner is such a fabulous author — have you read any of her stuff? I’ve been playing the audio version of her books on my EarPods while I walk through our neighborhood, and I find myself hooting with laughter. If we met, I think we’d be fast friends.
Writing this post is making me want to read these books again! Now, please tell me your favorites–I’d love to hear your recommendations.