Historical Fiction

Circling the Sun

by Paula McLain

Quick take

Read it to be astounded by the human spirit's ability to conquer so much. Enjoy it because it's excellent.

Why I love it

I read Circling the Sun with my book group. I was initially intrigued by the fact that it is set in Kenya, as that is one of only five countries in Africa to which I've traveled. I knew little else when I started reading, but found that I relished every single page. It became the anthem to my summer -- my reason to anticipate bedtime with excitement and curiosity, when I could have my nightly chec...

Member thoughts

57% Love
34% Like
7% Dislike
  • Tammy M.

    Des Moines, IA

    "Total love. "

  • Bridget M.

    Reno, NV

    "A strong independent women character is always inspiring."

  • Jeanne O.

    South Easton, MA

    "Loved everything about this book, based on a true character, strong woman and the descriptions made me feel as if I were there in Africa."

  • Meagan M.

    Hot Springs, AR

    "Loved this! So interesting and the fact it is based on a real person really made me want to learn more about the real woman. "

  • Karissa L.

    South Easton, MA

    "One of the best BOTM books I've read. Amazing story about an amazing woman."

  • Hope K.

    Black River Falls, WI

    "This is my favorite book from the club was a really great story."

  • Rachel C.

    Tulsa, OK

    "Out of Africa is my favorite film. Robert Redford is Denys Finch Hatton and the line of Meryl Streep's "I had a farm in Africa" gives me chills. Denys and Karen are in this book. 1920 Kenya~~Glorious!"

  • Letitia C.

    Centreville, VA

    "Historical fiction about Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic by herself. She was a strong, independent, fascinating person. Her life made me want to be more adventurous."

  • Lauren G.

    Scotts Valley, CA

    "Beryl is an absolute badass. I loved getting a glimpse into her world and was shocked when I found out it was based off of a true story. LOVED this book, one of my favorites!"

  • Sarah K.

    Reno, NV

    "I LOVED this book. I listened to it on Audiobook and it was a great choice. Beryl was an amazing woman. She was courageous, fearless, and had heart. One of my favorite books of the year by far."

  • Melanie Z.

    Alexandria, VA

    "From the moment I picked up this book until I finished it I fell in love with the main character Beryl! Her strength and courage are so inspiring to see in a female character!"