The Goldfinch

“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand; we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are…”

The Nightingale

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are…”

Pursuits Unknown

It is obvious to me that the author Ellen Clary did her research. The way that she wrote about dogs and her knowledge of animals was fascinating. I could tell that this is something near and dear to her heart.

The Turn of the Key

I was completely blown away by The Turn of the Key; I started reading this book on July 15th and finished reading 6 hours later. I could NOT put it down because I wanted, no I needed, to know what happened in Heatherbrae house.

The Stationery Shop

This was an eye-opening book that explored issues of immigration and cultural assimilation, as well as unbreakable family bonds, the depths of love and loss, and that quirks of fate.

My Top Six Books

For my recent giveaway (#thebookendpicksix), I have featured a stack of books that each have taught me a lesson, or two, and also have brought joy into my life. Today, I thought I would share with you how each of these books impacted my life.

The Two Lila Bennetts

If there’s one thing that I have always wondered about its what life would be like if I had made one decision over another; if I had taken the road less traveled; if I had said no, instead of saying yes. Would things have turned out differently or would I have ended up exactly where I sit today?

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets

This storyline had everything that I was looking for in a summer read; it was full of family drama, unresolved conflicts, family secrets, a small-town community, and a love story. I knew I would enjoy reading this story just by reading the synopsis but I didn’t realize how much I would love it.