• Phyllis Prestamo

Nothing Like a Good Book

I have always been an avid reader and since retiring have made a habit of a weekly visit to my library. COVID however, put an end to my visits to the library, but it didn't stop me from reading. With plenty of free time, staying at home, I first read some of the books I had in my to-be-read pile in my nightstand and then moved on from there. Below is a brief list of books of some of the books that I have read during the lockdown; in no particular order - some fun, some serious, and some very controversial.

  • Anything Is Possible - Elizabeth Strout

  • The novel is told via 9 individual chapters, the characters eventually intermingle. Wasn't sure about this one at first, but got it in the end!

  • Ghosted - Rosie Walsh

  • A romance and a mystery with some great twists and turns.

  • Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks

  • A romance of course - Katie tries to start over without any attachments, but that doesn't last long.

  • The First Lady- James Patterson

  • The president gets "caught" and the first lady goes missing - a real page turner.

  • The Giver of Stars - Jojo Moyes

  • A novel based on the real life history of pack horse librarians in Depression Era America.

  • The Paris Architect - Charles Belfoure

  • It follows the story of a French architect who gets paid to create hiding places for Jews in Nazi occupied Paris.

  • The Dutch House - Ann Patchett

  • Danny tries to retrace his childhood and his attachment to his childhood home that he was banned from by his step-mother after his dad dies. He just cant let it go--

  • Becoming - Michelle Obama

  • Get insights into the life of one of our first ladies - I also listened to this on Audible as it was wonderful to hear Michelle Obama read her own words.

  • The Baker's Secret - Stephen P. Kiernan

  • During the Nazi occupation in France, a bread baker bakes for the Nazis but substitutes ground straw in the bread so she can extend the flour and bake extra bread for the citizens of her small village. This starts a bartering system as the villagers support each other behind the Nazi's backs.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

  • The true story of Jewish tattooist Ludwig Eisenberg, who survived the horrors of Auschwitz.

  • Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate

  • Two stories, Rill's story of being taken, along with her siblings, off their shanty boat on the Mississippi when their parents are away and Avery's story in the present day as it uncovers the abuses of the Tennessee Children's Home Society.

  • Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly

  • During WW II, the lives of three women are set on a collision course from NY to Paris, Germany and Poland.

  • American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins

  • The story of Lydia and her young son Luca as they try to escape the clutches of a drug cartel who have killed her husband and the rest of the extended family and travel to safety in the north.

  • Waking Up White - Debby Irving

  • Growing up in a very "white" suburban town just north of Manhattan and being the daughter of a man who benefited from the GI Bill, I found this book both thought provoking and disturbing.

There were more, but these are the best and of course I did re-read Books 1-5 of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - my guilty pleasure! Since we will probably be staying more at home again this winter, it will be a great time to catch up on reading or listening to some wonderful books. Try one of these!

Happy Reading!

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