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Summer Reading: What Alice Forgot, The Boston Girl, All Fall Down and more

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I have so many books to share with you today! I have been on a roll with my summer reading list. This summer we’ve been hitting the library almost weekly and my stack is packed with books I’ve found randomly as well as ones I’ve been anxious to read and put on hold (that all seem to all be coming off hold at the same time, figures.)

I think you’ll find a new book to pick up today…and don’t forget to share in the comments what you are reading and loving too!


Summer Reading: The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

This is a story about a young Jewish girl, Addie Baum, growing up in Boston in the early 1900s. The story unfolds as she, at age 85, narrates the experiences of her life to her 22 year old granddaughter after being asked “How did you get to be the women you are today”. Addie basically went against the grain as far as how women traditionally and were expected to “behave” during that time, and lived a slightly complicated yet full life. I loved this book and found the story so interesting. It will take you back to a time in history where women were starting to find their voices – I loved it.

You can find a copy of The Boston Girl on Amazon in hardback, for your Kindle or on Audible.

Summer Reading:  What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

One of my favorite books I’ve read in a long time – I loved this one by Liane Moriarty that came highly recommended by so many reader friends. The main character in the story, Alice Love, falls over during a gym class and knocks her head – waking up to a memory loss of 10 years. The last she remembers is being 29, in love with her husband and expecting their first child. Reality is she is 39, has 3 kids and her marriage is over. Being 39 myself, I found that I was putting myself in her shoes, looking back 10 years ago and seeing how much I’ve changed as a person and how much life around me has changed. This book really gave me food for thought. A great read!

Another great read by Liane Moriarty is Big Little Lies which I reviewed in the spring.

You can find a copy of What Alice Forgot on Amazon in paperback, for your Kindle or on Audible.

Summer Reading: All Fall Down

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Every time a new book by Jennifer Weiner comes out, I always look forward to reading it. I was actually surprised that I didn’t know about this book before a friend mentioned reading it on Facebook, luckily I got my hands on it quickly through the library. On the outside, the main character Allison Weiss, is a mom who has everything going for her but in reality she is slowly falling down the path of pain pill addiction which innocently started after a minor injury. This was a good, fast read for me – like most of Jennifer Weiner’s books are.

You can find a copy of All Fall Down on Amazon in hardback, paperback, for your Kindle or on Audible.

Summer Reading: The Red Tent

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Two books by the same author in a month! I actually had a third in my stack from her but ran out of time and had to return it to the library. I really enjoy Anita Diamant’s writing and The Red Tent was a very different read for me. I say different, but I’m starting to realize I am reading more and more historical fiction these days so maybe I’ve opened up the doors to a new genre I enjoy. I am going to share the book description straight from Amazon because it feels easier this way:

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.

Told in Dinah’s voice, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood–the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of the mothers–Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah–the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah’s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past.

Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women’s lives.

I found this book so interesting, though a bit slow for me at times. It could have been timing though (you know how it’s hard to read during busy times). If you are into historical fiction and Bible based stories I think you will enjoy this one!

You can find a copy of The Red Tent on Amazon in hardback, paperback, for your Kindle and on Audible.

Summer Reading: The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This was very different from typical Kristin Hannah books in my opinion, and I loved it. Another historical read, this story takes place in the late 1930s in France, just as World War II was breaking out. The story follows two sisters sharing two very different experiences of the war. One sister, Vianne, is at home in a small town waiting with her daughter for her husband to return from war. She is forced to house German captains in her home and her daily life suffers as well as the lives of her friends in her community as the Germans continue to take over. The other sister, Isabelle, is passionate, rebellious and reckless and joins The Resistance, risking her life to fight the Nazis in their own underground war.

I listened to this book on Audible and was entrenched in the story. I found the narration soothing and it really captivated me to see this side of World War II, the perspective from the French and mostly from the women left behind as the men turned into soldiers. When I finished this book, I felt like I needed time to mourn the characters before jumping into my next book (I was on a plane when I finished and felt a little conflicted, ha ha, I needed my next book to pass the time). It was a very thought provoking, interesting read, one of my favorites. I do think that I enjoyed it more because I listened to it on Audible. I’ve noticed that books like this one with a deeper story are easier for me to get entrenched in by listening versus reading. My attention is more focused and I do find the narrating of books pretty soothing actually. It’s a great way to change things up and get extra reading in during situations that you wouldn’t normally be able to read (taking walks, traveling, in the car, unwinding on the couch with tired eyes 🙂 ).

You can find a copy of The Nightingale on Amazon in hardback, paperback, for your Kindle or on Audible.

Currently reading: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Currently listening to: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

More book reviews: Spring Book Love, February Book Love, December Book Love

Hope you enjoyed these reviews! I would love to hear from you about what you are reading this summer! I love looking back through comments from my book posts to get suggestions so please share!


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8 Responses to “Summer Reading: What Alice Forgot, The Boston Girl, All Fall Down and more”

  1. michelle posted July 16, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Books! What a great list. I have The Boston Girl high on my to read list as well. I recently finished the new Judy Blume novel, In the Unlikely Event, and while it had some flaws, it was a good book that took you back to the 1950s and the craziness that the people in Elizabeth, NJ must have felt when 3 airplanes crashed in their neighborhood. Also thoroughly enjoyed Diane Chamberlain’s The Silent Sister – couldn’t put that one down. Wife 22 was also a recent read which really made you think about how social media plays into our relationships. A fun read with a food theme that I read in 2015 was Delicious, by Ruth Reichl. I think I enjoyed it more because I had worked in the magazine industry, but a light, fun read. I actually have a lot of children’s literature on my must read list this summer – Serafina and the Black Cloak, Land of Stories book 4, and Stella by Starlight top that list. Happy reading!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted July 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      I’ve read some of Judy Blume’s grown up books and have like them, will look for that one! Thank you for sharing all of these, I have also heard of Wife 22 and it’s on my Goodreads list, and I like Ruth Reichl! You have some great suggestions – happy reading to you too!!

  2. Olena@iFOODreal posted July 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Oh my, Aggie. You got me hooked on reading this year! I used to read but gave it up after having kids and I’m back. I have What Alice Forgot and the Husband’s Secret on hold right now. I’m sure they will become available all at same time and won’t be renewable lol.
    I have been addicted to Jodi Picoult! I have read Vanishing Acts about father kidnapping his daughter when she was 4 and arrested for it 28 years later. Oh my, loved it! And then I read Plain Truth about Amish girl getting pregnant at 18, giving birth and baby is dead. Who killed the baby?! Fantastic! Now I am reading Leaving Time about a girl looking for her missing mother who was an elephant researcher and went missing from a hospital after being found unconscious in an elephant sanctuary. LOL crazy but I love Jodi!
    And by the way, I’m 34 and looking back I see how much I have changed since 29 and can’t even imagine what I will be like by 39. Scary shit!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted July 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Your comment makes me SOOO happy!! 🙂 I Love Jodi Picoult and Vanishing Acts was the first of hers I read! I haven’t read the other two you mentioned, but everything I’ve read of hers is always so good. She makes you think! The Pact is a good one of hers, My Sisters Keeper, Perfect Match and Handle With Care too. She’s got so many!
      I need to read Husband’s Secret next!! And yes, scary shit is right. That book slapped me in the face!

  3. Deanna Segrave-Daly posted July 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Ahhhh – seems like I never have enough time to read as much as I like these days but I just was at the beach for 2 weeks so I read The Paying Guests – it was long but I really liked it – so well written. Before that I read All Light We Cannot See and I just couldn’t put it down – lovely unique story. I read What Alice Forgot last year and I really liked it too.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted July 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      All The Light We Cannot See is on my list! yay for beach days for reading 🙂 I’ll check out The Paying Guests! Thanks for sharing Deanna!

  4. Flavia posted July 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I always enjoy your book reviews. They’ve helped me discover new reads! I have The Biston Girl in my queue as wel as All The Thibgs We Cannot See. I’ve loved historical fiction for a long time, but I also like plain ‘ol fiction too! Thanks for sharing your reading finds with us!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted July 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I think you will really enjoy The Boston Girl, really takes you back to that time. I could picture it all. Thank you for always checking in and sharing what you are reading too! Maybe we’ll end up reading All The Things We Cannot See around the same time (I think I’m going to listen to it actually).

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