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Favorite Books

In my last post, I wrote a lot about my love for books. So I thought it was only fair to share a list of some of my favorite books that I've read along with a little blurb about what they're about and any other comments I may have about it.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. This is the book that I've finished most recently. The book flips back and forth between two different years. In one part, you are following the life of a young woman named Eve who is living in Europe during WWI. Eve is recruited to work as a spy during the war. And you also follow the life of a young woman named Charlie. WWII has just finished and Charlie has just left New York on her way to London. Charlie is on a mission to find a woman who is believed to be someone that can help Charlie track down her cousin Rose that went missing during the war. It shines a light on the fascinating details of the network of women that worked as spies during the wars as well as the going on a wild and unexpected journey.

The Spy by Paulo Coelho. Speaking of spies, this one is also very obviously about a spy. Have you ever heard the name Mata Hari? I hadn't before starting this book. Mata Hari was a woman who lived during WWI and was believed to be a spy during the war. Coelho tells his version of her story. While doing his best to keep the story as factual as possible, Coelho adds his own touches to help the story flow and pull you in to the wild and fascinating tale around Mata Hari's life and death.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. I'm sure you've all at the very least heard of Eat, Pray, Love, the book that Elizabeth Gilbert is likely most known for. City of Girls is a fictional novel telling the story of an elderly woman named Vivian who is in her nineties. She is asked to tell the story of when she was a young woman living in Manhattan with her aunt and working in her aunt's playhouse. You follow Vivian and all of the people around her as she, like many of the rest of us, fumble and navigate our way through life.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. A talented artist is leading a seemingly perfect life. Until one day when she kills her husband and refuses to speak at all following the incident. After a great deal of time passes, a new criminal psychologist enters the scene and is determined to work with her and to get her to talk and explain everything.

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. This novel takes place in an unnamed Middle Eastern security state during the Arab Spring. It follows a young man that goes by Alif that works as a hacker. While trying to work through his own heartbreak, things go awry in his world of hacking and he is forced to go underground and keep a low profile. With help from jinn and people around him, Alif works to safe himself.

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson. Do you remember that adorable little girl from Matilda? Did you ever wonder what happened to her? In this memoir, Mara explains opens up about her journey that brought her to acting, through it, and why she left. Beyond just why she's left, Mara also talks about what she has done since she's left the big screen. The stories of her life are ones that I feel many can relate to.

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler. In history class, they teach you about the highlights of WWII. You learn about the wars, the holocaust, and how we managed to finally bring it all to an end. But one thing I never learned in history class was about all of the drugs that were taken by both Hitler as well as his army. With details from Hitler's personal doctor's own notes, this book details the drugs that were taken during the war following the timeline of events. It breaks down the the horrific results, as well as the things that we today have taken away from the drugs used and experimented with by Nazi Germany.

Laughing All The Way To The Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz. In her memoir, Zarqa shares her experience of being a Muslim in Canada. She shines a bright and entertaining light on what it is like to be a Muslim and what her experience has been like.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik. Living in a suburban midwest town, a group of women start a book club together. In this novel, you follow the women as they meet one another, through their lives, and come together to take on what life throws their way. Reading this book reminded me of my grandmother and her card club. Similarly to these women and their book club, my grandmother met with her friends to play cards. But in both instances, their clubs were just an excuse to get together and spend time with one another. Reading this book to me felt almost like reading a book about my grandma and her friends.

Truthfully I could write for ages about my favorite books. And maybe I will add more another day. But for now, here's a little taste of the books that I've read fairly recently and what I love about them. I'd love to hear about the kinds of books that you all enjoy reading. I'm always looking for new recommendations.

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