Top Ten Tuesday: Binge-worthy TV Shows

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday focuses on binge-worthy TV shows or amazing movies. Not quite bookish, but every book lover appreciates a well done story, no matter what the format. I am no stranger to binge-watching, so here is a smattering of comedies and dramas that will consume your every waking moment if you aren’t careful.

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Genre: Historical fiction, magical realism
4 stars.

On a snowy winter day in 1910, Ursula is born and dies before she can take her first breath. What follows is a tale of life after life, as Ursula gets chances to live again and again and again, taking radically different paths with each choice as history marches before her and carries her story in its wake. Continue reading “Life After Life by Kate Atkinson”

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Genre: Historical fiction
4.5 stars.

I have read countless WWII novels, but few have haunted me for so many months after I finished it than The Nightingale. This is a tale of the strength of women in wartime, highlighting the ways bravery can take on many different faces. Continue reading “The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah”

Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

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Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
Genre: Historical fiction
3 stars.

This was such a frustrating mess of positives and negatives that it was difficult to decide between 2.5 and three stars. I eventually went with three stars because, despite all its issues, Ship of Brides was still an enjoyable read. Continue reading “Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes”

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

1e2c4508370052185680cb9315d09ba4Genre: Memoir, WWI, Literary
5 stars.

Testament of Youth is one of the most heart-wrenching, haunting, and beautifully written memoirs of WWI, and I cannot adequately describe how much this book has impacted me. Vera Brittain captures the naivete of 1914 British youth who grew up in sheltered Victorian society, and the following disillusionment, betrayal, and attempt to make sense of a world shattered by war, chaos, and death. Brittain draws not only on memory, but also relies on poetry and excepts from her diaries and letters during that time to make sense of what she experienced–the loss of all the young men she cares for, her service as a V.A.D nurse in Italy and France, and finally her return to Oxford and picking up the pieces of her life. I highly recommend this book, and I leave you with this poem written by Brittain’s fiance Roland Leighton from the trenches in 1915: Continue reading “Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain”