What I've Been Reading Lately, Vol II | Alyssa J Freitas: What I've Been Reading Lately, Vol II

May 22, 2019

What I've Been Reading Lately, Vol II

I've done a few posts in the past about the recent books I've read (back in 2018 here and more recently in March here), as well as dishing out advice on how to read more and up your reading game. If you can't tell, I absolutely adore reading and getting to share my thoughts on books is a lot of fun.
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Thinking I may turn this into a more frequent series, since this year has been the year of series. You can expect Etiquette, Back In Time (not doing one this month since there were two in April!), and Monthly Recaps each month, and while I'm not going to institute a reading summary every month, I will say that this topic is going to be incorporated more frequently - partially to get me to read more! Anyway, let's jump into it, shall we? 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I. Loved. This. Book. While the characters are such a mess and it's almost like you can't imagine someone making so many bad choices, it doesn't make you relate to them any less or not get as captivated. This coming of age story in the underground art market is sure to keep you engaged and unsure of what is going to happen next.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I don't normally read books set in WWII. It really just isn't my cup of tea. However, this book drew me in and had me feeling deeply for the characters. While I am still not into the time period (too depressing and alarming), I did like learning more about how German occupied France was a dangerous place and it was all the more challenging for women without their husbands. Through this story of two sisters you get to see how each reacts differently to a situation and how each upholds her honor in the way she sees fit.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

This story is an interesting premise. It follows the life of a car driver who gets a job driving a top executive at Lehman Brothers. Then the whole thing collapses and you get to follow along with what happens from there. It's a fast read and I really liked getting to learn a few more facts and tibits about the culture of immigrants. 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Nope. Not into it. This book is about a black nurse who is accused of not preventing the death of an infant, the child of white supremicists. Predictable and it felt like it was being provocative for the sake of being provocative. 

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

I listened to the audiobook on my Aunt's recommendation and immediately purchased a copy when I was done with the audiobook. It was great to hear about switching to a positive mental state and the tips and tricks you can use along the way to be awesome, and to know it. Highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to level up.

I'm currently reading Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson and John Adams by Page Smith. What books have you read lately? Let's be friends on Goodreads

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