It’s been a minute since I’ve posted… or more like a month. Oops! May was a super busy month for me personally. We had a bunch of visitors, trips, and last weekend I helped my boyfriend move up to the Bay Area for a summer-long internship at Facebook. So I haven’t had much time for reading, posting here, or updating my Instagram account, to say the least. I’d like to say that things are slowing down but that would be wrong, haha. The rest of the summer will probably be pretty darn busy too – but I’m going to do my best to post as regularly as possible.
But let’s get to the books! I read three books in May: 1 audio and 2 physical. … And here they are!
The Address by Fiona Davis (3 Stars
The Address is a dual storyline novel alternating between 1880s and 1980s New York City. In 1884, Sara Smythe has just taken up a new position as the first manager of the Dakota apartment complex. Excited about the new opportunity that has just befallen her, she is unaware that her life is about to be drastically altered.
One hundred years in the future, Bailey Camden is desperate to find a connection between herself and the Camden family, who has resided in the Dakota since it was first built in the 1880s. As her investigation deepens, she discovers that the link she’s been looking for just might be Sara Smythe.
Like most historical fiction novels that alternate between past and (almost) present storylines, I didn’t care for the “present” part of this book. Bailey Camden’s storyline was a bit contrived, and if it wasn’t for her part I would have rated this book 5 stars.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (5 Stars)
Bri Jackson has big dreams – she wants to become one of the greatest rappers of all time and she’s making moves to do just that. Helped by her Aunt Pooh, Bri is performing (and kicking butt) in some local rap battles and one of her tracks has even gone viral online.
When her mother looses her job, the rent is due, and the electricity is shut off, Bri feels the pressure to make it more than ever. But at sixteen it’s tough to make the right decisions on her own, especially when others are ready to take advantage of her talent for their own benefit.
This was another AMAZING book by Angie Thomas. I listened to the audiobook and I think that’s really the best way to enjoy it – the narrator actually raps Bri’s beats and draws you right into the middle of the rap battles. If you loved THUG, you’ll love On the Come Up!
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer (5 Stars)
The Things We Cannot Say is another dual storyline novel alternating between Nazi-occupied Poland and modern day Florida. Alina Dziak did not expect the Nazis to invade her hometown and alter her life forever, but they did. Forced into seperation from her beloved Tomasz, she makes decisions and forges secrets that she will take with her to her deathbed.
Finally reaching the end of her life, Alina wants nothing more than to learn the fate of Tomasz and her family back in Poland. She enlists the help of her granddaughter Alice, who travels to Poland to uncover lost family secrets and provide closure for her Babcia (Alina).
Earlier in this post I said I typically don’t like dual past/present storylines, but this book was a huge exception. I ADORED this book from start to finish. Alina and Alice are both profoundly strong women and I found myself deeply invested in both of their storylines. If you like WWII historical fiction, this book is not to be missed.
Have you read any of these books? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy reading!