Sunday, July 31, 2016

ABC Reads: July Review

Today is the day to link up your ABC Reads!!   

Here's a refresher on the terms of the challenge in case you missed it previously:

What does the challenge entail?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  There are 26 letters of the alphabet and Mia and I challenge you, during the course of 2016, to read a book that starts with each letter.  For example, Atonement (A), The Bell Jar (B), Catching Fire (C), and so on.  Makes sense, right? You don't need to go in order - if you want to start with S, go for it.  On the last day of each month, we'll host a link-up for you to share your ABC Reads.  We will award one point for each letter you review AND a bonus point for linking up with us!  At the end of the year (or when the first participant reviews a book beginning with each of the 26 letters), the winner will be awarded a $30 Amazon gift card. Congrats to challenge winner, Jessica from Frikken Duckie!

Reading took a back seat to life this month. A way back seat, but more on that another time. I didn't even come close to meeting my goal of completing at least four books this month.  Fortunately, the one I did manage to finish was a great one!  I'm hopeful I can step up the pace next month.  I only have nine books left for the challenge so I really need to read at least two next month to stay on track.  This month, I completed the following letter: N.  Here are my thoughts...

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I found myself completely consumed with Vianne and Isabelle's story.  I really enjoy historical fiction and this book proved fantastic.  I loved the way it combined historical drama (the German occupation of France) with family drama.  There were a number of moving pieces throughout the story that kept me guessing until the end.  I don't want to say much about the story because I highly encourage you to read it.  I left the story with a lot to think about in regard to not only family and loyalty to country, but also about friendship and what it means to be free.  I can't even begin to fathom what life was like during the World Wars and Nazi occupation in particular.  What a horrifying and scary time!

What have you been reading lately?

Andrea :)


  1. Oh my goodness, this book. I need to read it again. It was just so good. I cried like a baby during the last like 100 pages. Historical fiction is one of my favorites because you have that authenticity of events that are happening.

  2. I enjoyed this book as well!