What I’ve Been Reading Lately: July 2017

It’s been another slow reading month for me.  It seems like every time I sit down to read I end up falling asleep.  Such is the season of my life, I suppose.  Knowing that means that these books are good enough to keep me awake. High praise, in my opinion.  What have you been reading lately?

The Nightingale
There are a lot of WWII novels out there. I’m always a bit hesitant to pick up a new one, but I’m so glad I finally read The Nightingale. It’s a little bit spy novel, a little bit romance all set in the context of a small town in France during WWII.  It’s like a cross between Code Name VeritySarah’s Key and The Nazi Officer’s Wife.  The story is beautifully told, the characters are endearing and I’ve found myself thinking about this book often since I finished it.  As a warning, it has some heartbreaking scenes (as you can imagine from a novel of this genre).  I was literally sobbing in the car while I listened to a particularly difficult scene near the end. I loved that the ending seemed very realistic and that everything was not wrapped up in a nice, tidy, happy bow.


This books is about letting go of our sins so we can become who God intended us to be. It is written from an LDS perspective and contains a lot of terminology and references specific to that religion, but I feel like the principles can be applied to any Christian life.  My major takeaway was that we are given our weaknesses in order to bring us closer to Christ.  It contains specific and actionable examples for how to create change and maintain it in our everyday lives.

The Bronte Sisters

I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating biography of some of literature’s best-loved sisters. Before reading this book I had a limited knowledge of the Bronte sisters’ story. I loved learning more about them and their perseverance in the face of rejection, sexism and health trials. The book explains briefly each of their published works and inspired me to read the books of theirs that I haven’t already.

Head to Modern Mrs. Darcy for more quick recommendations.