Shelf Love | Finding New Perspective

The only thing I do more of than taking photographs is reading.  Literally… I read three books last week alone.  I oftentimes get asked what I’m reading and what I thought about it.  I thought posting my reviews here once finishing a handful might be the best way to keep track of them.  If you are curious as to what else I’ve read in the past and how I felt about it you can check out my Goodreads.

 

Sarah’s Key  :  Tatiana de Rosnay   This book was amazing.  It takes place in early 1940’s Paris leading up to the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup.  It follows a 10 year-old Sarah the morning of the roundup.  While in a panic of being arrested she hides her baby brother in a locked cupboard to protect him.  All under the assumption her family will return later that day once they are safe and retrieve him.  I loved how this book was written from two different perspectives.  One being Sarah and the other being an American journalist 60 years post Vel’ d’Hiv roundup.  While this particular story is fiction, the real-life events this story centers around are not. It left me with a new perspective on the injustices done to people in the world. I highly recommend this book, and out of all the ones I have read recently thought it to be the best.

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter  :  Seth Grahame-Smith  I picked this book up having few expectations.  I’ll read just about anything and a strange title will do little to deter me. I’m happy to report that I actually found this book pretty interesting and entertaining.  It is always very curious to me how authors are able to wrap fiction into historical events and leave the reader wondering if it really happened? This book was no different.  While it definitely isn’t the norm for what I typically read I would still recommend this one!

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Where We Belong  :  Emily Giffin  I have read all of Emily Giffin’s books.  Back when she was just starting out in Atlanta I was given a couple of her books to review for Barnes and Noble before a book signing.  So, I’ve kind of followed her career and every time a new one is released I pick it up and give it a read. After finishing this one it left me the same way all of the others do – frustrated.  Her endings unnerve me to no end, and always have.  I like my endings tied up in a tidy little bow.  I want to know how things end, whether it be a happy ending or not.  Once I started reading this one I thought it might end differently. It had a bit heavier subject topic than the others – adoption.  Which I actually find fascinating and I had high hopes for this storyline.  While it was a good book, I’m still left wishing she’d have wrapped things up towards the end.

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years : What I Learned While Editing My Life  :  Donald Miller   A Million Miles was a really interesting book.  It’s about Donald Miller’s life post first book success.   He is approached by two movie producer wanting to make a film based on his life.  After having to reevaluate his life and the path it has taken it leaves Donald wanting to recreate his STORY. Wanting to edit, alter, and make a difference in the life he is living by changing paths.  This book is real and left me rooting on the writer to find his way.

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