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Aug 2, 2019 01:20AM
I love to read and am always looking for some recommendations, so I'm hoping to jump into this discussion. I see a lot of recommendations for Where the Crawdads Sing, and I have that sitting on my nightstand ready to begin when I finish my current read.
I'm sure someone has already suggested this book, but A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles was the best book I have read in a very long time. The plot centers around the main character, Count Rostov, who is put on trial by the Bolsheviks and forced to live under house arrest in Moscow's Metropol Hotel. The plot, which spans several decades, focuses on the relationships he develops with the employees of the hotel and guests of the hotel, as well as the relationships with those from his past.
Another book I highly recommend is The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton. One of the reasons I liked it so much is because I could see many parallels between it and To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my favorite books of all. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a coming-of-age story set in Appalachia where a young boy spends a summer with his grandfather following a tragic event in his family. During his stay with his veterinarian grandfather, he learns what life is like for many in the town, meets some eccentric characters, learns about the destruction caused by strip mining, and witnesses the harm that is brought about by prejudice.
I am currently reading Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. I am only about half of the way through it, but so far I am enjoying it. It is about two sisters who leave their home in Ireland to move to America and the very different paths their lives take.
I also recently read Winter Garden, The Nightingale, and The Great Alone all by Kristin Hannah. I loved Winter Garden, which is a story within a story. I had heard such good reviews of The Nightingale, but I found I had a hard time getting started with it. However, once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. I have read many books set during World War II, but this one was different in that it focused on two sisters and the very different types of sacrifices they each made during the German invasion of France. The Great Alone was good also, but it is also very dark. While I found myself rooting for the main character, I did not like the story as much as I did the other two.
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