In 2019 I read THIRTY books. If you’re interested, you can check out the list in my reviews here. This is the most books I’ve read in a year in probably…well, forever!
And naturally everyone is asking, “Which was your favorite out of all those books?”
So here we are…I will tell you!
In 2019, I read A LOT of World War II historical fiction. That is ironic, because I am NOT a history buff and I have NEVER gravitated towards this genre in previous years. Life can be hard, and I use reading to escape from the stressors that emerge from juggling working full-time, parenting a small human, and all the things. Thus, I typically select books that tend to be more lighthearted and satirical.
However, my favorite book in 2019 was one of the historical fiction books – The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah!
I was truly moved by the historical portion of this book and how it tied in with the present-day story of a young woman who goes to her family’s home in Burgundy to study for her Master of Wine exam. There, she learns much more than just the history of their vineyard. The plot goes back and forth between present day and the 1940s World War II France. I definitely learned a lot about wine and saw the war from a very different lens. The characters were well developed and very interesting. The story is captivating and complex without being confusing. The portrait of the landscape of Burgundy and lifestyle of French winemakers is really transporting. I found the details of occupied France fascinating and it made me want to learn more about France during this time, about which I know embarrassingly little.
This would be a great book club pick and I plan to host a book club on this book in 2020! I highly recommend reading, and if you read it, I would love to hear what you think!