Reading Lately - June

July 12, 2022


Happy Tuesday!  I'm joining Jana Says and Life According to Steph for their monthly book club.  Everyone shares the books they have read for the month.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Book Description:

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people―a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others―could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner's 
The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

My Thoughts On The Book:

This was a delightful read about a group of people who form a society in honor of the author Jane Austen.  I'm excited to read a few classics written by Jane Austen. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

Book Description:

Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane's childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman's quest for self-respect.

My Thoughts on the Book:

I was recommended this book to read by my daughter.  I am glad I read this book as it's one of the best books I've read in a long time.  I liked how strong-willed Jane is in the book and how she is a survivor that overcomes a lot of obstacles in her life.  I would recommend you read this classic.  

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Description:

August,1983, it is the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone who is anyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: surfer and supermodel Nina, brothers Jay and Hud, and their adored baby sister Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over - especially as the children of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control.

By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames.

But before that first spark in the early hours of dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family will all come bubbling to the surface.

My Thoughts on the Book:

This is another book that was recommended by my daughter for me to read.  This book has mixed reviews on Amazon.  I loved this book and I thought it was a good summer read.  It's the story of the Riva family and it starts in the 1950s and flashes to the 1980s in Malibu, California.  It's about the survival of four famous siblings and how they deal with family, love, and loss.  I'm looking forward to reading Taylor Jenkins Reid's next book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Have you read any of these books?  What book are you reading now?

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  1. I read so many mixed reviews about Malibu Rising too but read it in one day and thought it was really enjoyable.

  2. Hi Julie. I will try the Jane Austin Society sounds like a great summer read. Finally got my issue with leaving messages fixed Yeah!!! Have a great week. xoxo Kris

  3. I read 'Jane Eyre' years ago and it's one of my favorites. Thanks for the book recommendations - always looking for a good read! Hope you are having a fun summer. x K

  4. I've been reading quite a bit this summer and love your selections. It's always nice to read a classic from time to time. I should read Jane Eyre again. It's been years since I read it!

  5. Excellent choice, Julie! My grandma got hooked on the Brontes and Austin in her 70s, and read through them although nearly half-blind.

  6. I always love book reviews, especially in the summer! I’ve been wanting to read Malibu rising, sounds like a great summer read!

  7. I have heard so many good things about Malibu Rising but still haven't picked it up yet

  8. Jane Austin is one of my favorites, and Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite books. I may have to re-read it, as I haven't read it in many years.

  9. Oh, looks like you are having a good reading month! While at the Library Hotel the wifi password for our room - classic lit - was JaneAusten. Cute!

  10. My daughter recommended Malibu Rising to me as well and I really enjoyed it in audiobook form. I've read The Seven Husbands book back when I was in a book club. I will check out those others you've mentioned! I hope you have a great weekend!


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