This was an excellent book. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett was intriguing and entertaining. It spans many decades and shows a family split apart by societal norms and expectations. The Vignes twins grow up in a rural southern, black community with all light-skinned residents. When they run away as teenagers to try to make it on their own, one of the twins realizes she can pass as white and decides to leave her family and the life she knows to pass for good. The story follows the twins separate lives and the lives of the daughters they each have, who end up crossing paths. Does the truth come out? And how does each twin handle it? I don’t want to give too much of this one away because I really think you should read it. Enjoy!
I have a read a lot of JoJo Moyes books over the years and I don’t think I’ve disliked any of them. They are all fairly typical modern day romance – or what I like to call ‘beach reads’ – but I love ’em!
Silver Bay didn’t disappoint either. Silver Bay is a quiet town in Australia, whose residents love the wildlife of their bay – mainly dolphins and migrating whales. Kathleen has lived there all her life, now running the hotel that her parents started. Her niece, Liza, also moved there from England with daughter Hannah. But when Mike comes on business, looking at land and approvals for a large resort development, their quiet space and past secrets are threatened to be ruined and exposed. What Mike doesn’t expect, though, is for his feelings about his job and his entire life to change. It was definitely emotional at times, but mainly because animals were involved. Definitely a good, easy beach/summer read! Enjoy!
I read two nonfiction books pretty close together. Apparently I’m trying to make up for reading none before that this year. This book came recommended from numerous people and pop stars/reality stars are always intriguing to me, although I do not watch much reality tv apart from a few years watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise back in the day.
Open Book by Jessica Simpson was great! I honestly never really followed her or her career much, but she was a staple in the pop music of my teenage years. And it’s always entertaining to read about the lives of celebrities – hers and those around her – behind closed doors. She really was an open book, talking about her struggles with past abuse, issues mixing family and business, hard relationships, and personal vices. Her overall message to women and girls is a great one to love yourself for who you are. That’s something we all struggle with.
I wouldn’t say it was too serious and it kept me entertained. Definitely check it out, even if you weren’t/aren’t a Jessica Simpson super fan.