Book Report | October 2013

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I’ve been on a roll lately with some awesome books!  I recently finished 2 page turners, so if you’re looking for a good book to start this weekend, these 2 should fit the bill.  I couldn’t put either of these down and there were definitely some sleepy days from staying up a tad too late to read ‘just one more page’ (we all know how that goes, right!).

“The Light in the Ruins” by Chris Bohjalian

The Light in the RuinsThis book was soooooooo good!  I think I mentioned before that I tend to favor historical fiction.  This one falls into that category.  It’s set in 2 different periods – mid 1940’s and the mid 1950’s.  It’s based in Italy and follows the investigation of a serial murder.  The murders link back to events that happened during the German occupation of Italy during the later years of WWII.  The serial killer is a character, even though you don’t know the identity of the individual, but you’re provided with dialogue from the killer to get a little inside the killer’s thoughts.

It had me guessing to the end, although, they did provide a clue towards the end that keyed me in on the identity of the killer, but it was as the story was wrapping up, so definitely not too soon.  The story is rich with details so it was easy to envision the story playing out.  This is one of those I could easily see adapted to a movie.

 

 

“The Dressmaker” by Kate Alcott
The DressmakerMy mom recommended this one and said she couldn’t put it down.  I wholeheartedly concur!  I read this in a matter of days and hated finishing it!  This is yet another historical fiction.  The first part of the book is on the Titanic where a young seamstress is fleeing France to try to find a better life.  She hooks up with a famous designer who takes her under her wings (and apparently, the designer was actually real and was a passenger on the Titanic).  The story outlines their relationship both on the ship and in the weeks following their arrival in New York.  In addition to the engaging story, I loved that real people were intertwined with this fictional story.  I like to google those individuals to read more about them, which is why I love historical fiction so much!  If you want a book that totally pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until you turn the last page, this is the book for you!

 

 

As much as I love my historical fiction, I’m switching to a different genre for the new book I’ve started.  I’ll aim to share something that isn’t historical fiction next time!  This weekend is going to be a bit busy with random things I need to get done around the house, so I’m not sure how much reading time I’ll be able to squeeze in, but I’m sure I’ll steal a few moments here and there.  Enjoy the weekend and see you back here on Monday!

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