A House In The Sky
I love a true story that will open your eyes up the world around you. This is a story of a woman who started saving up at age 19 to travel the world. After she has saved up enough money, she follows her dream to see the world. During her visit to Somalia (“the most dangerous place in the world”), she is kidnapped and spends 460 days in captivity. This inspiring story shows how one person is able to overcome so much adversity by using her own imagination to escape to a place in the sky. This book not only made me feel fortunate for some of the simpler things in life, but it also inspired me to have stronger compassion and ambition for my dreams.
All the Light We Can Not See
I’m a huge fan of European history, which is why I was originally drawn to this book, which is set in France during WWII (not to mention it’s a New York Times best seller!). I didn’t expect such a beautiful story of two different worlds that come together during a time of unrest. What I love most about this book is that it makes you feel connected to the characters – you really come to care about them. It’s one of those that I would love to see as a movie someday. It’s an easy read, definitely a page-turner!
In light of Chicago’s winter wonderland, it’s the perfect time to get started on a new book. Next on my list is one that my mom recommended, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
What have you been reading lately?
In addition to being better at calling my friends and family, one of my perennial New Year’s resolutions is to read more. When I was growing up, I could check out five books from the library on a weekly basis and devour them with such delight (yes, I was the nerd that read at recess). Over the past year, I’ve gotten better about turning off the TV and picking up a book and it has reminded me how much I love getting lost in a good story. I recently read two books I absolutely loved and couldn’t choose one to share, so I’m doing both!
Some Luck by Jane Smiley: I’m a sucker for a historical novel. This one is made all the more fascinating by the seamless merging of the personal and the historical as it follows one family over the course of three decades. Each chapter is a new year and the story shifts from the perspective of one family member to another. Smiley develops each character so beautifully, as a reader you truly feel as if you’re growing up alongside the Langdons on their farm in Iowa. The best part? It’s the first in an epic trilogy that will span a century in America. The worst part? Waiting for book two.
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes: Ok, so I know this title makes you think of a trashy beach read with a questionable clip art cover, but I promise this book is so much more than that. A love story that spans decades and involves fateful and heartbreaking encounters and missed chances, it is truly one of those books that you can’t put down. My girlfriends and I all devoured it in approximately 1.5 sittings. You won’t regret downloading this one to your Kindle (immediately).
Next on my list is the The Secret History by Donna Tartt (author of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Goldfinch). But first, I need to get through my latest obsession, the Serial Podcast. Not a book, I know, but a MUST listen.
What’s on your reading list for 2015?