Friday, January 24, 2020

ON MY SHELF :: What I Read This Month

I used to be an avid reader.  I would read about 3 books per month. I spent a lot of time in the commuter rail each day getting to and from work so I had plenty of time to read.  Once I switched jobs and was working close to home my commute got a lot shorter, which was very much needed, but I also lost that block of time to read.  

As Nahia is becoming an avid reader I find myself missing that piece of myself.  We go to her 3rd grade book club which is adorable but it makes me miss reading even more.  

I wasn't super formal with my resolutions this year.  The list never became official per se but one of my goals is to amp up my reading.  I simply miss it.  I have managed to read two books this month so I think I'm off to a good start.  I figured including this type of post at the end of the month will motivate me to keep up the good work.  What do you think?

Let's get started on the books I read!  They are both World War II fiction, something I hadn't dipped into yet.

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This book caught my eye one afternoon at Barnes and Noble.  The story alternates between the 1940s at the Chaveau Champagne winery and modern day in New York city.  The characters eventually come together and everything makes sense.  It is a beautiful story of the indomitable human spirit, of love and deceit and how some split decisions can change your life and that of those you love or used to love. It is set in Northern France during World War II in a winery and intertwined with the story are snippets of the process to make champagne.  If you like bubbly too, then this is a must read!

It's beautifully set and narrated.  It simply left me longing for more.   

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I figured since I was on a good roll with Kristin Harmel, I should try another one of her books.  When I saw this one on the library's shelf, I figured it had to be a sign.  

This is a story of fate, resistance and the power of family which doesn't necessarily need to be determined by blood.  The main character, Ruby, goes through a complete transformation during World War II.  In the struggle to survive and fight for what she knows in her heart is right she finds her own voice.

I loved her strength and how she grows to be comfortable in her own skin as she finds her purpose.  Intertwined with the horrors of the war are two impossible love stories that you keep rooting for throughout and multiple examples of people seeking good and trying to help even in the midst of the destruction of war.

This was a page turner for me.  I couldn't recommend it more!

Have you read any of these books?  Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post!

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