I was blown away from all the book recommendations that folks shared with me last week on Instagram. I realized how voracious of readers you all are and thought I'd share my weekly rundown of books that I get through. I normally don't read this much in a single week but with my injury and being laid up, my volume for books is quite high.
I started the week reading "The Nightingale." This book was recommended by so many people. It's based in France during WW2. It is dark, deep, and beautiful. While I would say the majority of it is hard to read, there is love and bravery throughout. It was hard to put down but once I finished I knew I needed some lighter reads to follow.
Honey and Spice is a fun romance story. The main characters are black and its set in a university setting in England. It was a perfect way to escape into a new world and just enjoy the story. I found this from Reese Witherspoon's book club. It reminded me of another story that I read last year "Seven Days in June" that was also a fun, quick read.
Daisy Jones and The Six is a story about a fictional rock and roll band in the seventies. The format the book is wrote is interesting and the "journalist" telling the story was a surprise near the end of the story. This was another fun read. It took me a bit of time to get invested in the characters but the way it wrapped up was lovely.
I followed that up with The Final Revival of Opal and Nev. This again is about a band in the seventies and told by a similar "journalist" perspective. While the Daisy Jones book was pretty much all fun, this story feels so much more "real" to me. I wanted these characters to be real. I wanted to read more about Opal. I wanted to go find her on Instagram when the story was done. The band is a white British man and a black woman from Detroit. Race is a major arc throughout the story. There is violence, overt racism and those folks that think because they know someone black they aren't racist, racists as well. This book will push a lot of peoples boundaries I'm guessing. But it is one that will sit with you for a long time.
Well I hope my little reviews don't ruin any of the books for you all. I would 100% recommend each of these stories. I linked each to bookshop.org as I think you all should support local book shops than amazon.