I recently ordered two books from Chapters online, partly because I needed to have it, partly because of free shipping. No matter the reasoning, I’m so excited they’re finally here! I ordered them on Sunday and they came in yesterday, on Tuesday which means they shipped in less than two business days! Amazing! Here’s my darling new books:
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the title: All the Light We Cannot See. A beautiful and evocative title, I had to know what the book was about. Never mind “don’t judge a book by it’s cover…” The cover is what draws in the reader. I knew from the title, that is was a book I would want to read. After reading the description, I was fixed in my determination to buy it. After reading Prisoner of Night and Fog, I really want to get back into WWII fiction, and these two books have some parallels – both books have one party somehow involved in Hitler’s designs. I read the first few lines and I was blown away. From the bit I’ve read so far, this is a book that was thoughtfully and painstakingly thought out and crafted – it’s clear that it’s been in the works for a decade. This is the next book on my reading list.
Never Have I Ever: My Life (so far) Without a Date, by Katie Heaney
“I’ve been single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face.”
So begins Katie Heaney’s memoir of her years spent looking for love, but never quite finding it. By age 25, equipped with a college degree, a load of friends, and a happy family life, she still has never had a boyfriend … and she’s barely even been on a second date.
Throughout this laugh-out-loud funny book, you will meet Katie’s loyal group of girlfriends, including flirtatious and outgoing Rylee, the wild child to Katie’s shrinking violet, as well as a whole roster of Katie’s ill-fated crushes. And you will get to know Katie herself — a smart, modern heroine relaying truths about everything from the subtleties of a Facebook message exchange to the fact that “Everybody who works in a coffee shop is at least a little bit hot.”
Funny, relatable, and inspiring, this is a memoir for anyone who has ever struggled to find love, but has also had a lot of fun in the process.
This is the first memoir I’ve ever bought. I actually bought it for my sister, who will be guest-reviewing the book, but if I didn’t already have so many of my own to read, I would have definitely snuck it from her!
Part of what attracted me to this book in the first place was that it kind of reminds me of The Mindy Project – if you have not seen it, go watch it now, but rest assured you will not be seen for a few days of binge-watching! This book is a change from the types of books I usually read, (example, All the Light We Cannot See) and I’m looking for to a light read and some laugh-out-loud scenes!