Time for my June Reading list post and I’ve read some great books this month. I have a long to-read list on amazon and I’m slowly making my way through the list.
I have some great books for this months post.
The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
Set during World War 2 The Nightingale is a story about 2 sisters who will do anything for the ones they love. Isabelle the younger sister goes to live with her sister Vianne but wants to do more for her country. Isabelle heads back to Paris & joins an underground resistance group. Where she helps fallen soldiers leave occupied France. Vianne’s husband is fighting at the front and she & her daughter end up living with a Nazi Officer. Vianne does everything she can to save her home, her daughter, her friends and as many orphaned children as she can.
The Last Tycoon – F.Scott Fitzgerald
I finally got round to reading The Last Tycoon and it ended up a lot better then I thought. All about Hollywood producer Monroe Stahr and his life in Hollywood. I ended up giving up half way through only to pick it up again the day after. It was actually pretty good, but I was a little disappointing because it was unfinished. I love old classics and I really wanted to like this one too.
Three Martini Lunch – Suzanne Rindell
Three Martini Lunch follows three different characters storylines. Cliff who’s an aspiring writer, Eden an aspiring Editor and Miles a messenger boy who travels to San Fransisco to find his fathers war journals.
Set in New York in the 1950’s, Three Martini Lunch follows each characters stories separately all around the Village & in the publishing world I the 1950’s . Each of the three characters were connected but I defiantly preferred Eden and Miles storylines. Cliff was just a really unlikable character. I was a bit unsure when I started but it ended up being a really good story.
A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
Ugh this book! I can’t get enough, its not my usual type of book but I loved, loved it. Its the first book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. It’s been a long time since a book has completely gripped me. To the point where I was so excited to sit down & read more. Diana & Matthew’s story is so enchanting, I just wanted to keep reading more.
Diana is a witch but after the deaths of her parents she refused to use magic & wanted to live a normal life. A doctor of Historical Science and while studying Alchemy Manuscripts Diana comes across a lost manuscript. Which seems to be enchanted and opens to her touch. The next night century old Vampire Matthew Clairmont arrives. He is also looking for the lost manuscript. Over the course of the week other creatures appear at oxford all in the search for the manuscript. In a Discovery of Witches, Vampires, Witches and Demons know each other exist but are prohibited from having any relationships with each other.
As Diana and Matthew grow closer they attract more attention and risk the age old covenant that prohibits them every being together. Like I said their story is enchanting and it becomes more about their love for one another. And Diana’s journey to find out their past & future.
I loved it and I wanted to read this before the Tv Series starts later this year + I can’t wait to see how they adapt this into a show.
Shadow of Night
Shadow of Night is book two of the All Souls Trilogy. In Shadow of Night we see Diana we see Diana & Matthew travel back in time to 1590 in search of the missing manuscript. While in 1590 they are also in search of a witch to help Diana control her power. This book also introduces a string of well known historical figures, who are Matthew’s old friends. So it was fun to see how they fitted into the past.
I did like this book but I didn’t like it as much as I liked the first one. It was a lot slower and there were too many characters to keep track of. Although having now read the third book it really set up the story for the final book.