Have you read any good books lately? I don’t know about you, but I have finally had some down time to read in the past couple of months. For the past few years, I seem to only have time to read on vacation. The list of books I wanted to read was getting out of control! So finally during COIVD, my sister and I decided to purchase a few books, read them, and then swap. Here is what we thought of each.
Educated by Tara Westover
“This was such an unexpected page turner, I couldn’t put it down. Learning about Tara’s childhood was mind-boggling- it was like she grew up in a completely different world. This book is also such an interesting look at our sometimes complicated relationships with family. I found it fascinating how she touched on memories and the way our perspectives shape them. There are big events in this family’s life where none of them can agree on the details of how it happened or who was even present. It is such an important reminder that our memories are not always factual but tainted by our own perspectives and biases. As per the title, it also makes you appreciate the opportunities and education that were a given for many of us” – Spencer 10/10
Becoming by Michelle Obama
“If you have always wanted to be best friends with Michelle Obama, do not read this book… It will only make you devastated that you aren’t besties. All kidding aside, this book is great for so many reasons. The inside look into Michelle’s childhood and early adult life is super interesting and also very relatable. Her honesty and perspective are so inspiring. I found myself nodding along to so many of her words. Also, there is nothing I love more than reading about a badass woman kicking ass and taking names”. – Tori 9/10
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
“I loved loved loved this book. It is beautiful and so unique- I don’t think I have ever read a same-sex love story before. The number of ‘just a second’ or ‘just wait until I’m done this chapter’ were driving my husband crazy – a sure sign of a good read ;). It was so captivating and touches on both the pain and joy that life can hold. A perfect summer novel as it transports you to summer in Italy and is full of tension and desire- it’s a steamy read” – Spencer 10/10
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
“I was excited to read this book since it is now a Hulu series with Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. The story really made me question who is the bad guys vs. good guy, protagonist vs. antagonist. Everyone is the hero in their own narrative but you could be the villain in someone else’s. It’s a quick read but very interesting. It did take me a little bit to get into, but once it got going I couldn’t put it down.”- Spencer 7/10
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
“There was a lot of hype about this book – I was seeing it on every book club and must read list. I did really like it but be aware, it is not necessarily a page turner. I found it a bit hard to get into. The big selling point for this book is definitely that it is beautifully written. It’s part poetry, part novel.” – Tori 6/10
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“Such a cool look at what it might have been like to be in the music scene in the 70s. Apparently it was loosely inspired by the dynamics of Fleetwood Mac. I could not put this book down, I tore through it in a weekend. It is also super unique as it is written in an oral history style, which to my surprise, flowed very well! I have recommended this as a perfect summer read to anyone who will listen- it is fun, sexy, thrilling and exciting! Everything I want a summer read to be. The same author also wrote another book that I am starting to read this weekend!” – Spencer 9/10
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
“This is such a good read for perspective on life and success. I found most of the sections extremely accurate and thought provoking. It was easy to get through and I found myself constantly taking pictures of passages to comeback to later.” – Spencer 8/10
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? What have you been reading lately? I would love to hear your recommendations on what to read next!