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It’s been a really long time since I’ve written my monthly book review posts. So instead of writing a review on all of the books I’ve read since then, I’m just going to write about the best ones. After this post, I can start my monthly book reviews again.Becoming by Michelle Obama
Everyone is talking about Becoming, and for good reason. My favorite part of the book was the beginning, where she talks about growing up, her family, and going to college. Once she got into her husband’s political career, I kind of wanted Obama to dig a bit deeper about some issues that she just mentioned. Overall, I loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of your political leanings. I learned a lot about Barack Obama and it made me think of him and Michelle in a whole new way.Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I fell so in love with this book! I had heard people talking about it but I didn’t know anything about it until a friend gave it to me. People seem to either love or hate Eleanor. I honestly feel if you hated her throughout the book, you didn’t really “get” her. One of the things that I loved about this book was that the focus on Eleanor was really on her character development, facing her demons, and her friendship with Raymond — not on falling in love and having that be the end to her problems.Calypso by David Sedaris
I love David Sedaris. I’ve gone to see him twice. At one of those readings, I got to meet him and talk to him for a few minutes. I also give him a lot of credit for being able to make a career out of writing about the most mundane things that happen to him. But he does it in such a hilarous way that I can’t stop reading his books. I think that Calypso might be my favorite book of his. While there is plenty of silliness, this book also gets pretty heavy. 5 stars.Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
One of the best books I read last year and ever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet goes back and forth between two stories, one in 1986 and the other during WWII. It truly is bittersweet.
In 1986, Henry Lee explores the basement of the Panama Hotel in Seattle. During WWII, this hotel was an internment camp for Japanese families. . It has newly been reopened so that people can look for their loved ones’ belongings, which have been discovered in the basement. As Henry looks through the basement, we hear about his friendship with Japanese girl named Keiko, who was sent to the camp. This beautiful story is one that I recommend to everyone.Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
This is a book to make you think, question, and discuss. But this might not be the best book to read if you are pregnant. Honestly, thinking about it doesn’t upset me, and I am using midwives for my labor, but everyone is different.
Sibyl is an established midwife who specialized in home births. When one of her patients appears to have died during birth, she performs an emergency C-section to save the baby. Afterwards, she is charged with murder, when the midwife in training who was present says she doesn’t think the woman was dead when the C-section was performed. Part legal thriller, this book has a lot of gray areas that I loved uncovering. I especially loved that it was told from the perspective of her daughter, We get overheard conversations and we see how all of this impacts her. We read it for my book club in Hawaii and we had one of our best