The Signature of All Things: A Novel (Amazon)
This is a beautiful story that covers the entire span of one woman’s life from conception to death. What’s more exciting than her discoveries of and around the world are the intimate discoveries she learns about herself and those closest to her. Who knew that all the world’s secrets could be found in moss! This book is about sacrifice and satisfaction. It will teach you about science and religion while sounding provocative and poetic. It covers the full range of emotions and is easily one of my new favorite books.
The Light Between Oceans: A Novel (Amazon)
This is a very sad book. From beginning to end I suffered heartache on every page – but I couldn’t put it down. It’s beautiful and depressing and you just want something good to happen, damn it. And then you realize that life is sometimes like this and you have to force yourself to look for the good parts. The parts where the light seeps in. Read it while you’re on your period and plan to finish it within the week. It’s a great read but you don’t want to drag it out.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel (Amazon)
Meh. It’s a nice story but lacks depth. The writing is lovely but I just never connected with any of the characters. Which is surprising considering the main character is from New York City, is a photographer, and moved to the country during a major transition in her life – all things I dig. I bet it could have been a lot better with another draft or two.