Winter Travel Reads


I jumped on the bandwagon and created a Goodreads "Book Challenge" last year, vowing to read 25 books this year. Well, that didn't happen haha! But I did finish 17! And compared to the previous year, which probably only rendered about 2 or 3 books read, I am happy. This year, I am going to shoot for 20! Maybe this goal is one I can reach!

My latest Travel Reads update brings you some of my favorite read over the past year. Have you read any of these? 

The Memory Keepers Daughter | Kim Edwards | 4 Stars
On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century - in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.

My thoughts: Such a heartbreaking story- one with a lot of sadness, human emotion and hurt. I loved reading about Caroline's strength and doing the right thing no matter the cost. Really enjoyed this one. 

Life After Life | Kate Atkinson | 4.5 Stars
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

My thoughts: I really took a long time to read this book.....I couldn't really get into it at first because I couldn't follow along with the birth, death and rebirth....but then I started to see where it was leading and of course all of the WWII history really intrigued me. At the end, I was so sad that this one ended....and I want to know what happens next!! This is a very unique story line. It is a lot like "Edge of Tomorrow" with Tom Cruise :) Stick with it because it's amazing!

The History of Love | Nicole Krauss | currently reading
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he s still alive. But it wasn't always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family.

My thoughts: This one has also taken me some time to get going with! But now that I have gotten to the part where all stories combine, I am very much into it and hoping to finish on our upcoming Germany trip! I love any story to do with WWII and this one is just drawing me in more and more!

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14 comments

  1. I've read the first two! I had actually forgotten about the Memory Keeper's Daughter until you mentioned it. That really was a wonderful book. I'll have to add the third one to my to-read list.

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  2. I was in the same boat with Life after Life. It took me awhile to get into it, but then I really enjoyed it! x

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  3. I had the Memory Keepers Daughter but it somehow got lost in the move :( I'm glad to hear it was good, so maybe i'll get it from the library :) Also, I'll have to check out Life After Life :) I love a good WW2 Era book!

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  4. When I finally caught on to what the heck was going on in Life after Life I flipped back to the front and started it over. It was really good, I recommend it to everyone (that and All the Light We Cannot See)

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  5. I did read The Memory Keeper's Daughter (by read I mean I listened to it on a road trip) but I think I didn't like it but it could be because it was just after finishing Monster of Florence which was somewhat of a thriller and maybe I wanted another adrenaline rush! And I bet you will read 22 books this year!

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  6. I read the Memory Keepers Daughter years ago and was really touched by it. I always recommend it to people too. Good luck with your 20 books this year! I did decide to try and read 45 this year but don't think i'll manage it

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  7. The multiple lives theme has become kind of popular lately! There's one book I keep seeing everywhere with that premise (with a male main character), but haven't bought yet...I scrolled through 500 book covers so I could tell you the title of the one I'm thinking of, but I couldn't find it :/ Anyhoo... Life after Life sounds interesting. So does The Memory Keeper's Daughter!

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  8. I think I actually may have noticed Memory Keepers daughter from your goodreads :) So thanks!!

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  9. I loved it! I may have to reread it in the future :)

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  10. Life after Life is perfect for a WW2 fix ( and so is The Book Thief!!) I hope you get to read them both....I totally recommend!

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  11. I will have to check out All the Light we Cannot See...I've heard it's great! I was the same way with Life after Life...I had to go back a reread certain bits to actually understand what was going on :)

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  12. Listening to books is amazing....I'm hoping to do more of that this year! But maybe with thriller type books like you say....I don't think I could get into slower paced on audio.

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  13. I like the multiple lives....it's pretty interesting and keeps you mind from getting bored!

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