Lately I’ve been really into podcasts, particularly the What Should I Read Next podcast with Anne Bogel. And as I’ve been listening and catching up on old episodes, Into Thin Air comes up a lot. I mean a lot, a lot. So because so many different guest on this podcast keep bring up this book I thought I might give it a try. It isn’t typically something I read and if I saw it in a book store I might completely look over it, but that is why I want to give Into Thin Air a chance. Hopefully it introduces me to a whole other genre of books I’ve never invested much reading time into and helps me get out of a bad reading slump I’ve been in all Summer long.
Have you ever read a book recommended to that you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up really loving it? Let me know in the comments below!
“I was someone before I met Alexander Hamilton. Not someone famous or important or with a learned philosophical understanding of all that was at stake in our revolution. Not a warrior or a philosopher or statesman. But I was a patriot.” –Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, My Dear Hamilton
Title: My Dear Hamilton
Authors: Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publish Date: April 3rd, 2018
Reading Format: Paperback
My Dear Hamilton follows the life of Eliza Hamilton. The book is a fictional biographical look at one of America’s founding Mothers and wife of Alexander Hamilton.
I was highly anticipating this book when I saw that it was coming out in the Spring of this year. I actually wasn’t waiting in anticipation because of the whole Hamilton craze that is happening right now, but rather because I loved the authors first book together America’s First Daughter. And I’ll just go ahead and say that My Dear Hamilton did not disappoint.
The book is all told from Eliza’s perspective and it begins during the American revolution, and before she meets her husband Alexander Hamilton, and moves through the different stages of her life up to her later years. Before I read this book there wasn’t a whole lot I knew about Eliza Hamilton other than who her famous husband was. My Dear Hamilton changed all that for me. Even though this is a fictional book, Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie did such a wonderful job with their research. The novel entwines the tragic and beautiful parts of Eliza and Alexander’s love story quite well. And delves into them as both a couple and individuals so that Eliza shines throughout the story rather than being diminished to the background of Alexander’s life, which is why I chose the quote from the book above. During each of my reviews I try to use a quote under the cover of the book to showcase the story. Kind of like a small highlight to lure you into the book review. This particular quote stood out to me more than the others I have chosen in the past and I think that is in large part to the fact that Eliza Hamilton as a character has stood out to me the most this year in my reading. She was a profound woman who existed in a time that history likes to write out, so I’m grateful that My Dear Hamilton tries to rectify that by not only making Eliza the main character but also by taking the time to research her and the other women during the Revolution.
I highly recommend reading My Dear Hamilton as well as their other book America’s First Daughter.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
July was a sad month reading wise for me. I literally didn’t read anything at all last month. But I’m sure August will be better. Hopefully!
I don’t know what it is about Summer but I personally feel less inspired to read during this time. Perhaps it feels like there is more to do between June and August, that all my free time goes somewhere else. Or maybe the colder months are just cozier and a better atmosphere for reading. Whatever the reason is I hope to be back on track with my reading again soon.
What is the season you read best in? And which one do you think you read the least in? Let me know in the comments below.