Women Writers Reading Challenge #55: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor & Park may well be the most moving story that I’ve read in a long time. Rainbow Rowell handles the exhilarations and complications of young love deftly and sensitively, knowing that while these relationships may be short lived, they’re every bit as real as the ones undertaken by older adults. Eleanor’s living situation, while challenging to read about, is a fundamental emphasis on something that we instinctively know–that everyone needs love and acceptance and safety.

Though the book is emotional, the feelings develop organically. Rowell shies away from sentimentality and delivers a book with raw, potent power. I’ve had this book on my list for a long time, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. This book might make you cry, but it’s a must read for anyone who wants to be young and in love, who is young and in love, or remembers what it was like to be young and in love. A great book.

2015 Women Writers Reading Challenge-Book #10: The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace

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This book should have been really depressing as it’s about a young, vibrant woman who goes blind. But it doesn’t feel that way, it feels more like a fairy tale (but it’s really based on the true story of the woman who inspired the first typewriter).

It caught my eye in the library because it was so much smaller than the other hardcover books on the shelf. Then I read the flap and I was hooked.

really recommend this fast read. It’s the perfect vacation book because it’s a light read, but with enough substance to keep your attention.