Book Club


source: Little Green Notebook Library a.k.a. the most beautiful set of bookcases I have ever laid eyes on.

source: Little Green Notebook Library a.k.a. the most beautiful set of bookcases I have ever laid eyes on.

Booooooks. Simply put, I love them. Well, I love them if they are Fiction. Non-fiction and I have an interesting relationship and the ‘l-word’ is probably still too strong to use there.

Anywho- as an avid reader I get through quite a few books every month. I’d like to share ones I’m excited about and ones that I would highly recommend. This way, the next time you’re stuck inside the world of a book you’ve just finished, you can jump into something equally as inviting.

To keep track of the books I’ve read and would like to read, I try and use my Goodreads App  as much as I can remember to do so.

It lets you track books you’ve read, would like to read, and are currently reading. The user base of the site seems to be spot on when they review novels. I typically snoop around here when looking for a new title over using the NYTimes Best Seller list.

 

My picks for this month:

Here I Am

He's back! HSF's first novel in 11 YEARS after the wonderful Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I had this pre-ordered and forgot it was coming last week so it was a wonderful surprise. I haven't cracked it yet, but i'm really looking forward to it. 

This is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. Over the course of three weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., three sons watch their parents' marriage falter and their family home fall apart. Meanwhile, a large catastrophe is engulfing another part of the world: a massive earthquake devastates the Middle East, sparking a pan-Arab invasion of Israel. With global upheaval in the background and domestic collapse in the foreground, Jonathan Safran Foer asks us: What is the true meaning of home? Can one man ever reconcile the conflicting duties of his many roles– husband, father, son? And how much of life can a person ultimately bear?

The Butterfly Garden

I started and  finished this one over the summer flying to Europe. It 'kind of' reminds me of the first season of 'True Detective' I typically stray away from anything that could give me nightmares, but I was so entranced by this book- they were worth it.

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

Homegoing

I bought this novel after reading that the author got a 7 figure advance from her publisher before it even went to print! This is Yaa's first novel and, it is fantastic. I'm about 3/4 of the way through right now and i've found myself staying up into the wee morning hours to devour it.

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

I love a good WWII fiction. I loved 'Little Bee' and was excited to see Cleave wrote another novel. To be honest- I am both parts excited and nervous to actually take this one off the bookshelf. He broke my heart in Little Bee. I might confine this read to home only.

It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave’s latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.

What are you reading?