Summer Reading

I can’t believe August is already half-way through! It seems that I just started my year goals, and I have to admit, I didn’t keep up with them as tightly as I wanted to, but that’s ok!

One of my goals was to read, a lot, and I did have some time for a bit of it. I also discovered some great new books. The most recents I have read include The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak and How to Get Dressed by Alison Freer.

The Book Thief by Zusak

A young girl is given up for adoption by her mother during WWII and planted in the home of a family outside of Munich. They are right in the middle of Nazi Germany, but her adoptive father doesn’t agree with Nazi policies and commits one of the most dangerous acts he can – harboring a Jewish man in his basement. The girl also learns to read and begins stealing book after book. They are her seemingly only salvation from the terrible acts surrounding her. This book rips at your heartstrings as nothing seems like it will end right for the characters. The story is also narrated by Death, which adds an interesting and creative twist to how her story is told. It took me a little to get through this book, but I loved how it so accurately tells the horrors of the time. This is also a movie, which I haven’t yet seen, but I’m sure I’d start bawling at the beginning of it now knowing the characters and their story and struggles. This book gets a 4/5 from me!

How to Get Dressed by Alison Freer

I had a little different set of expectations for this book than what it provided. I was hoping for a book that really helped you dig into your personal style and develop your own character. However, this book was much more about how to care for your clothes and discussed fit, which I know feel like I have a better understanding of. Although super important, I was craving more after I finished this. It is a great manual for care and basic fit, but don’t look to this for a how-to on closet curating. For that, it gets a 3/5 on my ratings.

What books have you read recently or are looking to read? I just had someone recommend The River Why and Let the Great World Spin if you’ve been searching for the next order off Amazon.