Lately, as with every summer, I have been obsessed with reading. A few summers ago I went on an Emily Giffin kick. I read every single book that she had written. I think I was still in college at the time and spent my summer afternoons at the pool, reading, until I had to go into work in the evening.
This year my obsession is with Sarah Jio. In the last month I have read not one but three of her four published books. Each one I read gets better and better.
I started a little backwards and read Blackberry Winter first. I could not put it down once I started. It was an amazing mix of love, mystery and even a little bit of history. When I finished I wished there was more. Then I read The Violets of March, and I was even more enthralled with her writing. It is easy to read and there are points in the stories that I figure out more than I probably should. But then she throws in even more of a twist. You have that “oh wow” moment, at the end of every single one of her books.
And then I read The Bungalow this past week. It was a heartbreaking story in so many ways with such an amazing ending. When I finished reading I just wanted to give the main character a huge hug. This book touched me so deeply that I dreamt about it for two nights after finishing. I only hope that they make it into a movie one day.
I have already downloaded her fourth book to my kindle, The Last Camellia. I have yet to start it, because I know when I do, I will want to read the entire thing.
These are the perfect books for a book club because everyone can laugh, cry, discuss and relate to her stories. I have recommended them to numerous friends and I hope they fall in love with her writing as much as I have.
I can’t wait until her fifth book comes out in November…