Springtime is the perfect time to make yourself a nice refreshing drink, grab a great book and curl up in a quiet space. I have read a few really great books lately and I wanted to share some of the details. Books are definitely a time commitment and finding a really great one can be tough, here are my top picks for this spring.
“Troublemaker” by Leah Remini
“Troublemaker” is an autobiography about Leah Remini. She is best known for her work as Carrie on “The King of Queens.” She was also known in Hollywood as being a member of the church of Scientology
Leah explains how she got in to the church at a very young age, she goes in to great detail about the constant auditing, money and time that has to be devoted to the church. She also talks about how she made it in Hollywood and her time spent working on “The King of Queens.”
And yes it is juicy as everyone says it is when it comes to revealing details Scientology. In my opinion, the most interesting story is about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes wedding. She goes into detail what happened behind the scenes, let’s just say that Leah ended up having send Katie Holmes an “apology card and basket,” at the end of it all. She give details about J.Lo (her BFF) who was invited to the ‘Tomkat’ wedding when she didn’t even know the couple and strange things started to happen.
Towards the end of the book she shares details about Shelly Miscavige going missing (it’s now been 9 years since anyone has seen her). Shelly Miscavigeis married to current Scientology leader David Miscavige. Leah was extremely disturbed because she knew Shelly and feared for her life. This essentially is what lead Leah out of the church.
“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale is set in France in the late 1930’s and goes into the mid 1940’s. If you know anything about European history… this was a very tumultuous time. The novel is about two French sisters Vivanne and Isabelle, Vivanne husband was sent off to fight and is left to take care of her daughter and her younger sister Isabelle does what she can to be involved in the opposition. Both sisters are affected by the war, and both sisters must make sacrifices for their family, their country and their lives. This book made me cry more than just about any other book or movie has. It is heartfelt, extremely moving and by far one of the best books I’ve ever read.
8.5 – only because this book takes a few chapters to get you hooked. I actually stopped listening for a couple of weeks. I resolved to finish it no matter what, and I’m so glad I did. It’s definitely worth it!
“The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty
Any book that has the word “secret” instantly peeks my interest and this book is really good… the thing is you don’t find out the secret right away. As the story is told you keep trying to guess what it’s going to be, and when you find out it’s intense.
The book follows 3 different character’s lives and eventually they cross paths. It’s not a hard read and it’s one that you won’t want to put down. I recommended this to all my friends and they’ve all really enjoyed it. I wish I could tell you the secret, but the best part about the book is reading it and trying to figure it out for yourself. It’s definitely worth reading to find out!
Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay