storyteller

I have been reading and reading! A couple of good books that I enjoyed this week were The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline.

The Storyteller was a heavy read dealing with a serious topic. At over 400 pages long, it took me a while to get through but I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. After such a big book, I was ready for a lighter novel and The Way Life Should Be was the perfect read! The author wrote one of my favorite books of 2013, The Orphan Train (if you haven’t read it, please get your hands on it as soon as you can!)

These were both very good and I highly recommend them! Currently I am reading this novel. 

Goodreads synopsis: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Sage Singer befriends an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone’s favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who’s committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And most of all – if Sage even considers his request – is it murder, or justice?

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excerpt from GoodreadsThe Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline

 

Angela Russo is thirty-three years old and single, stuck in a job she doesn’t love. Though she inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, she never has the time. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a picture torn from a magazine of a cottage on the coast of Maine, a reminder to Angela that there are other ways to live, even if she can’t seem to figure them out.

One day at work, Angela clicks on a tiny advertisement in the corner of her computer screen—“Do Soulmates Exist?”—and finds herself at a dating website, where she stumbles upon “MaineCatch,” a thirty-five-year-old sailing instructor with ice-blue eyes. Interpreting a confluence of bad events as a sign, Angela decides to risk it all and move to Maine.

But things don’t work out quite as she expected. Far from everything familiar, and with little to return to, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up, moving into a tiny cottage and finding work at a local coffee shop. To make friends and make ends meet, she leads a cooking class, slowly discovering the pleasures and secrets of her new small community, and—perhaps—a way to connect her heritage to a future she is only beginning to envision.