Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Books of 2016

The Books of Summer-2016
Here is my annual roundup of my favorite reads of the summer.  I read some beautiful, heart rending, witty, funny, enlightening, and stunning sentences this summer.  I hope you find something to read!

1)  The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival by Lousise Murphy.    Although I found the title kind of cheesy, I really loved this book.  It takes place in occupied Poland in winter, where two children are forced to hide their Jewishness to survive.  The characters are rich and brave and beautiful.  The events are brutal.  I love historical fiction and I especially love stories about the resistance effort.  The courage that so many people displayed to defeat evil is the greatest story told.  I loved this book.


2)  That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo.  Richard Russo is a master of dialogue.  This novel is so funny and the characters are 3 dimensional and have so much depth...even the ones who are dead!  I love how Russo writes and this novel is a quick, exceptional read.


3)  Stella Bain by Anita Shreve.  Stella Bain is a novel that takes place during World War I and follows a woman who has lost her memory while working as an ambulance driver.  Although this is not Shreve's best novel, I personally think Fortune's Rocks is her best, it is still Anita Shreve so you know it is good.  It is different from her other novels and I loved the subject matter.  It is a beautifully written novel.


4)  The Lake House by Kate Morton.  The Secret Keeper by Morton is probably in my top 10 of greatest books so I do have a love for her writing.  This book is not as good but I still really enjoyed it.  One thing I love about her books is the movement between past and present.  Like all of her novels, this one has a mystery and a twist and moves along quickly.  It was the perfect summer read.


5)  Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.  My favorite book of the summer and now one of my top 5 favorite books of all time.  This beautiful novel broke my heart a hundred times.  I loved every second.  The characters were so true and wonderfully human.  The dialogue was sublime.  How I wish I knew these people...they are my wittiest friends.  If you love historical fiction and lovely, rich themes, characters and symbolism, you will love this novel.  My favorite book of 2016.

Leave me a comment with your favorite books of summer!

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