Book Recommendations – June 2016

Welcome to my most requested List… Book Recommendations! And I wrote one TWO years ago and promised to do this monthly. Lies. But I am back again and going to give you a quick list to get back in the swing of things…a few books I’ve read since my last round of recommendations that I’ve started telling people to read. And again, I promise not to post spoilers in the descriptions if you promise not to post spoilers in the comments!

Affiliate Link disclaimer: If you click on the book, it will take you straight to my Amazon affiliate link so you can order…and ordering from my link enables me to buy more books. All of which I’ll tell you about in future lists. Isn’t Amazon grand?

1. Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline

It sounds terribly sad (a train of orphans? wahhhh) but I promise this is a captivating novel that will pull at your hearts strings as you follow the journey of two different young women, at two different periods in our history. The story follows both Vivian, a Depression-era young girl and her struggles on the Orphan Train (yes, it was a real part of our American history; the trains used to bring children from our crowded East coast cities out to the rural Midwest), as well as Molly, a teenager in our modern-day foster care system.

2. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

If you are not familiar with the story of Malala Yousafzai, you should be. Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace prize in 2014, in recognition for her fight against the suppression of children and her work towards the education of all children, worldwide, regardless of gender. Her memoir chronicles her life in Pakistan, explains why she is a champion for children’s education, specifically young women’s, and reveals the aftermath of when she was shot by the Taliban in 2012. The extensive details of Pakistani history can be cumbersome, but we can all find inspiration in her message and story.

PS: Be careful purchasing this one if you decide to not just click on the handy dandy photo of the book above – there is also a “young readers” edition for children that is less detailed. The cover looks similar and is marked “Young Reader’s Edition” but it is an easy mistake to make.

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3. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown

Ender’s Game meets The Hunger Games. It’s a Science Fictionish Fantasyish and Young Adultish (the main character is 16 at the beginning of the trilogy but it doesn’t read like a YA novel) and combines a revolutionary war with space travel, historical Roman & Martian society and class oppression. A tale as old as time, right? I know this one sounds very niche (where my ancient Roman history Sci Fi readers at?!) but the trilogy feels fresh and like nothing I’ve ever read before while combining a compelling story line of friendship, war and intrigue.

4. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

Another historical novel, this one is a page turner but not because its a thriller – because it is a really well-written story. We follow two sisters in German-occupied France during World War 2 – one joins the Resistance, one follows the rules and permits her home to be occupied by a Nazi captain. PS: It reminded me of another Kristin Hannah novel, Winter Garden – an excellent story, strong female characters and just the right amount of pulling on my heart strings.

5. The Girl on the Train

Wait, didn’t she already write about a train? Sure did. But The Girl on the Train is very, very different from Orphan Train. This novel is more along the lines of Gone Girl (you can read my recommendation for that here) and is a page-turning thriller. And just like Gone Girl, it is coming to a movie theater near you in October!

But you all know the rules around here – the book is better so read the book first!

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Alright. There’s a few new books for you to add to your shelf and let me know when you read them! I plan on writing a few more book lists over the upcoming months, with drafts already created for Young Adult, Fantasy, Memoir and All Time Favorites!

What genre of book list would you like me to write next? Have you read any of these books?

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4 thoughts on “Book Recommendations – June 2016

  1. Ashley 'Fin' says:

    Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Its a favorite trilogy of mine and I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Its half urban fantasy and half high fantasy new adult (she’s in college) and unlike anything I’ve ever read.

    Also check out Jenny Lawson. She’s super funny and real. Kind of like Jen Lancaster. But weirder. If that’s a thing.

    Love your books recs. All very good.

    • Cailyn says:

      I haven’t read Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I’ll put it on my list!! One of the reasons I liked the Red Rising trilogy was because it felt so different so I’m all for that.

      And definitely love Jenny Lawson…actually, I started a “Memoirs” list and “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” is on it!

  2. SHUT YOUR FACE! I didn’t know they were making a movie adaptation of “The Girl On The Train”! I read the book and loved it – can’t wait to see how they make it into a movie, as I really loved what “they” did with Gone Girl. (Although, I do agree – The Book Is Always Better.)

    I just finished “Reconstructing Amelia” by Kimberly McCreight – I REALLY think you’d like it. Unless you read it already and hated it, or decide it sucks, and then what do I know?! I have a brain tumor! 🙂

    • Cailyn says:

      I thought Gone Girl was really well done too! I’ll have to add Reconstructing Amelia to my list, I trust your judgement, regardless of Murgatroyd.

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