Book Club Selection August : “All The Light We Cannot See”

Photograph By Carolina Caruso 

Photograph By Carolina Caruso 

Well, it took a while because this month’s book is a long one but I am happy to say I have another recommendation and a book on the book stack. When I started the Book Club in January I have always asked for suggestions on what to read next and “All The Light We Cannot See” was probably the most recommended book. I can now see why. I don’t know where I was when this came out and I am not sure why I waited so long to read it. 

everydayparisian book stack

The story is touching and beautiful and gave me goosebumps and made me cry in one sitting. The minute I finished I wanted to read it all over again. The ending answered a lot of questions but led me to more. If you are thinking that the book is lengthy the answer is yes, it is long but it goes pretty quickly. I started reading it on my way to Portugal and my travels throughout Europe. I will say, don’t put it down and pick it back up weeks or months later you will loose part of the story. You want to carve out time for this one. 


The book is about a blind French girl and a German orphan boy whose lives intertwine as they are trying to survive during the World War II during the Nazi Occupation. The story bounces between one character and the other as you learn about the characters. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris she goes blind at an early age. Her father builds her a model of their neighborhood with every little detail down to the manhole so she can navigate the city. When the Germans occupy Paris the two flee to Saint Malo where they stay with Marie Laure’s great uncle and caretaker. In Germany, Werner an orphan lives with his sister Jutta. Werner finds a passion in the discovery of fixing and building radios. His talent finds him in a spot in the military and a part of Hitler Youth which brings him all the way to Saint Malo. 

jardin des plantes

For those of you who have read this book or have this on your reading list, this is one I would love to discuss. It is lengthy and I am sure every one of us had different parts that tugged at our heart strings. Feel free to comment below if you have read the book and your own personal thoughts. If you haven’t read it yet please tell me where you follow from and I have one copy that I will send a reader next week. 

If you are looking for other book recommendations you can always look at past months:

Bonjour Kale

The Little Paris Bookshop

The Perfume Collector

My Life in France

The Paris Wife

Paris My Sweet

A Paris Apartment

Thank you so much reading along. Feel free to pass this list off to any Francophile friends that are in search of a good read. For Chicago people there will be a meetup this month I am working out the details now and will have a date soon! 

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  1. Bonjour from Canada!

    I’m so happy that I came across your website at the beginning of the year. I’ve enjoyed following your posts and book club recommendations…keep them coming! My goal this year is to read a book a month. I haven’t read this book yet but it’s now on my list!

    • Hello Tanya!

      I hope you are having a great Summer! I am so happy you came across my blog too! Thank you for following along. What has been the best book you have read this year so far?


  2. Rebecca,
    You will LOVE The Nightingale! I am currently reading The Little French Bistro by Nina George, and will have to pick up All The Light We Can Not See next. I, too, have heard wonderful things about it. Since I live in the Chicago suburbs, I look forward to a meet up this month….where is the summer going?
    😘 Donna

  3. Jennifer, you might also enjoy, Joie De Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living by Robert Arbor and Katherine Whiteside. Maybe it’s already on your list? It’s described as, "an inspired fusion of art, style, and easy-to-implement ideas, anyone can feel like they spent a weekend in the French countryside, no matter where they live." I loved it!

  4. I haven’t read this one yet (it’s been sitting on my bookshelf but I’ve been busy with my book club’s other books!). We did read The Nightingale which is also set in France in WWII and I looooved it! I definitely shed some tears at the end, which almost never happens when I read! Highly recommend!

    • Hi Jennifer! As I finished this one I am already in book hangover so I think I am going to have to pick up The Nightingale next. Thank you for the recommendation.

      I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying your other books! xo