The days are getting shortter and the nights are getting longer. Curling up under a cosy blanket is my fave activity as a chill fills the air. As Christmas gets closer and closer the hustle and bustle of our daily lives increases it is a treat to just still and relax. To just be still and curl up and read a good book. Here are some of my most recent good reads.
The Shoemaker’s Wife – Adriana Trigiani. Enza and Cira first meet in the Italian Alps as children. Ciro is banished from his village and he goes to America. Ciro learns the art of shoemaking. Enza also journeys to America. The two finally meet just before Ciro leaves to fight in WWI. The Shoemaker’s Wife is a story of star-crossed lovers and the pursuit of the American dream. This is not the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last.
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn. I had to read this book before I saw the movie. Which reminds me…I still need to see the movie. This was a great book. It kept me guessing. Nick comes home to find his wife Amy missing. He soon finds himself suspected of her murder. I hated both Amy and Nick. In the end I felt that they deserved each other. Despite that, I love a great thriller and this book does not disappoint. I plan to read the rest of her books in the spring.
Monuments Men- Robert M. Edsel & Brett Whitter (Contributor). I am a history buff but I knew nothing about the Monuments Men. During WWII a group of museum directors, curators, and art historians formed the Monuments Men. Their mission was to recover and save major works of art. They had no vehicles, no supplies and no budget. Most were middle aged. They were not soldiers but often found themselves just behind the front lines. I was shocked to learn how Hitler had a list of the great works of art of Europe that he wanted collected for his own great museum even before the war started. Today these great work of art can once again be seen thanks to the Monuments men.
The Hundred – Foot Journey – Richard C. Morais. Hassan Haji and his family leave their native India and move to the French countryside. His family opens and Indian restaurant across the street from a famous French restaurant. Hassan is drawn to the reasturant’s chef and French cuisine. The Hundred-Foot Journey shows us that embraced different cultures can be very rewarding. I cannot say that this is a great book but I did enjoy it.
Burial Rites – Hannah Kent. It is 1829 in Iceland. Agnes is found guilty of murdering her master. She is sent to live on a remote farm as she awaits her execution. Burial Rites is based on actual events. This novel is as haunting as the Icelandic landscape. Agnes is different than most women and everyone believes that she is a cold-blooded murderess. But as the family and the local priest get to know Agnes they begin to doubt eveything they have heard and wonder if she is innocent. The perfect book for a wintery day.
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt. I am comflicted about this book. It was a great book but it was painful to read about theo’s self destructive ways. I struggled through those parts but the ending gave closure and made it all worth while. When Theo is thirteen his mother is killed in a bombing attack. His father does not want him. Theo struggles to overcome guilt, to find his place in the world and to come to terms with the loss of his mother.
What are some of your recent good reads? I love hearing what others are reading. Please feel free to share in the commets.