What I’ve Been Reading

I have been really making reading a priority despite the fact that I’ve been super busy. Especially after a long day, it relaxes me so much to read, even if it’s just for 10 minutes before I fall asleep. (As a side note: one of my favorite things about reading on my Kindle is that I can read in bed with the lights off and just fall asleep reading because of the backlight. It’s the best)

Anyways, I have read some pretty great books in the past few weeks. I wanted to share, so here they are.

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – this book was incredible. It is a historical fiction YA book about WWII. Given it’s YA, it’s a pretty quick read that was made even quicker for me because I wanted to know what was going to happen so badly! I don’t want to give too much away, but if you read and loved books like The Nightingale or Lilac Girls, you are almost guaranteed to love this book. This story is told from alternating points of view, which I love, and all-around, the author does a beautiful job weaving the stories and characters together. I was reading this in public during lunch one day and had to stop because I thought I was going to start crying – so warning: it is emotional at points. But that just makes it that much better of a read.

Little Deaths by Emma Flint – I was REALLY excited to read this as it’s been a highly anticipated book of 2017 and I was waiting for it to come off of my library hold list. I read it pretty quickly, because it was definitely an engrossing story. I really wanted to know what happened, and it did keep me guessing until the end. This is a story about two siblings that go missing and are ultimately found dead, and the journey to finding the killer. The journalist covering the story was a large part of the book, which I liked. But overall, it was nothing spectacular. I would rate it at 3.5 stars. Worth reading, but nothing to rush towards.

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf –  I read some reviews for this book and got it from the library on my Kindle, so I decided to give it a try. I really liked it and am excited that the author has so many other books. This is a story about a couple who goes back to the husband’s hometown in the wake of a tragedy. After having his fair share of devastation in his past, his wife begins to find out things about her husband that he kept hidden for the twenty years that they’d been married. I thought this was a great mystery where I really enjoyed the main character’s personality and genuinely wanted to know what was going to happen. I thought I had it all figured out, but was totally wrong in the end, and I love being surprised that way by a book. I would definitely recommend this. It was a relatively quick read, too.
Up next I am reading Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky, and I am waiting for so many things to come off my hold list from the library (sometimes it feels like it takes forever to get books off there – but the Chicago Public Library is truly the best!). To keep up with everything I’m reading, follow me on Goodreads.

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