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I’m finally getting back into reading more fiction. When I was a kid I LOVED fiction and I NEVER ventured into the non-fiction books for leisure reading. However, as I’ve gotten older I LOVE reading non-fiction books. I feel like there is so much stuff to learn about so I read lots of non-fiction. But I’ve been feeling like reading fiction again lately. So I’ve been actively looking for good books to read and I’ve read some great books this month.
An American Marriage
I read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. It’s an Oprah Bookclub 2018 selection and there has been a lot of hype about this book. I can say that I personally feel like it’s worthy of all the hype. This book tells the story of a recently married couple who struggle with what marriage and commitment mean to them when the husband is wrongly imprisoned for rape. It’s a great story that I really enjoyed reading. I want to read this book again, because I feel like I would probably catch some things that I missed the first time that I read it.
An Extraordinary Union
I also read An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. This book is a historical romance novel and it’s the very first romance novel that I’ve ever read. When I checked this book out from the library I didn’t even know it fell under the romance genre. I thought it was strictly historical fiction. I had written off romance novels without even giving them a try. This one wasn’t at all how I imagined a romance novel would be. The main character wasn’t a damsel in distress. She was actually a spy during the Civil War. She is a free black woman, but she enters into slavery to complete a spying mission in the South. She hesitantly falls in love and enters into a relationship with another spy who happens to be pretending to be a Confederate soldier. I really enjoyed this story a lot it was interesting to learn about the spy networks that existed during the Civil War.
This month I also read Halsey Street by Naima Coster. I didn’t love this book. It was an ok read. I took me a while to finish it. I actually started reading this book before I started reading An American Marriage and An Extraordinary Union, but I stopped reading it twice so I could read those books. This was the story of a woman who moves back to her hometown of Brooklyn and she has to deal with the family issues she has been running from. The story was really slow and I didn’t love the characters in the book. But I was determined to find out the why behind the characters actions so I finished the book.
Crazy Rich Asians
I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. So far I’m enjoying reading this story about two professors who are dating. They decide to go on a summer holiday to Singapore for a wedding. And this is when to the surprise of the of the female lead character, Rachel, she finds out her boyfriend belongs to a crazy rich family. I’m excited to finish reading this one because they just released the trailer for the movie based on the book.