Today I'm sharing some books that I recently enjoyed as well as some that I'm looking forward to reading over the summer.
The Help // I think most people have seen the movie by now. I was first drawn to it because Viola Davis is one of my favorite actors. Once I saw the movie I knew that I wanted to read the book version of The Help (affiliate link). It was a great decision because the book was amazing. Even if you've watched the movie, I would highly recommend the book as well.
The Princes of Ireland // I'm a huge fan of historical fiction. Not only do I learn a little bit, but I also get a great story too. Edward Rutherfurd has written quite a few books about places such as New York, London, or Russia. For the most part they tend to follow a few families starting with the founding of the city and continue to the present time.
The Princes of Ireland (affiliate link) is the first in a trilogy about Ireland. I've read all three, but the first one is probably my favorite out of all of them. While I've always wanted to travel to Ireland, I want to even more after reading these books. Now that I know the history and how beautiful it is, it's at the top of my list for international trips.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks // I'm currently reading this book and I'm really enjoying it. I saw part of the HBO movie, and within a few days I had ordered the book. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (affiliate link) alternates between Henrietta's life in the 50's and the late 90's when the author is doing her research for the book and interviewing people. Going between the two timelines keeps the story interesting. In fact, last night I had a part time putting it down.
Sarah's Key // I finished this book last night. It was definitely a page turner and one that I would definitely recommend. Like The Princes of Ireland, Sarah's Key (affiliate link) is historical fiction. The events described (the Vel d'Hiv round up of Jews in Paris in 1942) are real, but the characters are fictional. Once again, the chapters alternate between Sarah, a 10 year old Jew who's sent to Vel d'Hiv with her family, and a journalist in Paris in the early 2000's researching about what happened at Vel d'Hiv.
I was actually recommending Sarah's Key to a friend of mine when she told me that she remembered seeing a movie of it. While I haven't seen the movie yet, the trailer looks pretty good.
Spark // I know that I've mentioned Spark (affiliate link) on the blog before, I wanted to share it again. It's a super interesting book if you're at all interested in how exercise affects the brain. I think we can all agree that exercise and physical activity if good for you physically. This book goes into detail about the beneficial effects it has on everything from symptoms of anxiety to hormonal changes during menopause to aging.
Big Little Liars // This is another book that has been turned into a mini series. While I haven't seen it either, I've heard lots of good things about the book. If Big Little Lies (affiliate link) is as good as I've heard I'm pretty sure I'll be watching the mini series.
If you're looking for more book recommendations check out my summer reads post from last year here.
What's the last really good book you read?
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