Thursday, April 26, 2012

{Recent Reads: Part II}

If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the hunt for a good book. I’m constantly asking friends, family + coworkers for reading recommendations. As I mentioned in mylast “Recent Reads” post, with two hours of commuting a day I’ve been reading a ton more than I did when we lived in Portland. I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve read since my last post and also tell you about my new favorite site (nerd alert!) Goodreads. It’s an amazing site where you can rate books you’ve read, keep a list of what you want to read (and even put them in order!) and keep friends up-to-date on what book you’ve currently got your nose in :) I highly recommend the site!

So, here are a few books I’ve devoured recently:
The Guernsey Literary & PotatoPeel Pie Society: Longest, weirdest name for a book, right? While the title doesn’t scream “Read me!”, I couldn’t recommend this one enough. It’s unlike most novels in that the entirety of it is written as a series of letters. I didn’t think I would be into it, but I was pleasantly surprised that I actually loved the style of the book – it worked perfectly for the plot. It’s set in post World War II London & Guernsey (one of the Channel Islands, now of course on my travel list!). The story is a little complicated to explain, so hop on over to Amazon if you want a detailed plot description. I’ll just say that I highly recommend this read!

Lunch in Paris: This book really surprised me. It started out as an enchanting non-fiction story of romance and food set in Paris. It had my mouth watering, ready to pack my bags for a trip to Paris (luckily we already had one planned). As the book goes on it becomes much less a love story and much more about life as an American expat in France. I related so much to this book and found myself constantly nodding at all of the author’s observations, frustrations and experiences living abroad. A huge added bonus is the book is filled with recipes inspired by the author’s years in Paris – I have about 15 I’m planning on making! Definitely another great book to add to your list.

Heaven is Here: Do you all read the blog Nie Nie Dialogues? It’s a hugely popular blog I’m sure many of you know. I am not a die-hard reader, but like to keep up on posts every few weeks. Stephanie Nielsen (the blog’s author) and her husband survived a horrific plane crash in 2008 and this book is all about her life before the accident and how her family, friends and faith got her through the toughest times in her life as she struggled to recover after it (80% of her body was severely burned). It’s a heart-wrenching story, much of which I read with my mouth wide open in awe. I felt so inspired and grateful for life as I read each page. It was a great read and one that reminds you to cherish each day – each mundane task – a lesson always worth revisiting.

The Bungalow: I read this book a couple of months ago while winter was raging in Amsterdam and all the canals were frozen over. I had heard about the book because I follow the author, Sarah Jio, on Twitter and decided to read the synopsis. The second I saw it was set on the island of Bora Bora I decided to give it a try – I was dreaming of a book to help me escape the bitter chill outside! It’s a story set in 1942 about Anne Calloway and what happens when she leaves behind her brand new fiancĂ© to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the island of Bora-Bora. It’s a love story and a mystery. A super enjoyable read that will whisk you away to the South Pacific.

So, that’s it for now. I have four more to tell you about soon. If you want to keep up on what I’m reading – feel free to check out my Goodreads page!

26 comments:

  1. Oh Lunch in Paris sounds like my kind of read ! I need to get this one stat! Thanks for sharing your book reviews!

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  2. A colleague of mine recommended the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society a few years ago. Now that it has two endorsements by cool women I've got to give it a go. And Lunch in Paris sounds right up my alley. Love this series, keep it up!

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  3. A colleague of mine recommended the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society a few years ago. Now that it has two endorsements by cool women I've got to give it a go. And Lunch in Paris sounds right up my alley. Love this series, keep it up!

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  4. I loved Lunch in Paris! I dogeared so many recipes. Try Sweet Life in Paris as well. I'm in the middle of it right now and really enjoying it.

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  5. Guernsey Literary is one of my FAVORITES! And I have been on Goodreads for some time now. It's the best! DEfinitely going to be following you. I needed some good book recommendations!

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  6. THANKS FOR THIS POST! I'm always wanting to know what to read next! Happy to hear of goodreads.com also! :)

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  7. Nice! I love goodreads! I read the Guernsey Literary Society and <3ed it!

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  8. LOVE your blog and so funny because I literally posted about books today..and the best part is the original post had this exact same picture! I like your style lady! So excited to have found your blog today!!
    xo, Jessica
    Fanciful

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  9. Love hearing about new books! thank you ma'am :)

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  10. I'm always hunting new books--Heaven is Now sounds great! I just added you on goodreads! :)

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  11. I love book recommendations - thank you!

    I just remembered that I have Lunch in Paris on the bookshelf at home ... will have to dig it out when I get home tonight and have another look at the recipes :)

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  12. I love the Guernsey Literary Society! [I'm abbreviating the name because it's definitely a mouthful!] I read it when I was in France over the summer, and it had me majorly itching to go to Guernsey. I wasn't really sure what to think when I first realized that the story was being told through letters, but I agree with you that it works well with the plot. definitely a great read!

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  13. Really enjoyed the Guernsey Literary &Potato Pee Pie Society a few summers ago-will put Lunch in Paris on my list. I think I will like it!

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  14. I love this post because 1. I just joined GoodReads last week and am HOOKED! and 2. I just finished reading a book last night and am looking for something to start, I've heard about Lunch in Paris before so I'm thinking it's going to be a toss up between that and beginning the Fifty Shades of Grey series. Maybe I'll flip a coin!
    I just found you via Fairy Tales are True and thought I'd pop over and say hi from France :)

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  15. This sounds like a great idea! I'm always on the hunt for a new book too :) This is random, but there is a book called Catherwood that is short, but written beautifully. It literally has stayed with me for years, and I'm not sure if its because of the ending or because I read it when I was in 8th grade and might not have fully understood it (my mom would not stop talking about it). I'm going to revisit it to see if its how I remember it. Anyway, not a very uplifting book I guess, but I've never been able to get it out of my mind. I'm going to check out your page for some new reads!! xo

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  16. Great list! I can never seem to find a book that captures my attention long enough for me to actually finish it! I'm studying abroad in Paris soon, so I might have to check out Lunch in Paris.

    I bought A Movable Feast the other day, after watching Midnight in Paris and loving the Hemmingway character. Liking it so far!

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  17. I love reading, & am always on the lookout for a good book. Thanks for the website link, it sounds perfect for me!

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  18. I've been meaning to read Lunch in Paris!

    Hope you don't mind, but I added you as a friend on Goodreads. I need to remember to keep up with that website! :)

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  19. yaay thanks! i am in need of a new book!

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  20. The Guernsey Literary & PotatoPeel Pie Society is on my list of reads right now! They're making it into a movie but i'm not sure when it comes out, but let's be real, the movie is never as good as the book.

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  21. Love the book posts (as well as all the others of course!). I highly recommend visiting Guernsey. My Grandmother is from the island and lived there during the German Occupation. It is truly a magical place (especially if you venture away from the harbor). Happy travels!

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  22. Well I went through your recommended site and I really found it very worthy in book reading...there was so much to explore really...I just want to complete Lunch in Paris now...Great recommended site!!!

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  23. Firstly thanks a lot for such a wonderful post. I would like to know more about such topics and hope to get some more helpful information from your blog. C U soon.

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  24. I think I should go for Heaven is Here as it really sounds so great and tempting for me to grab my copy soon...I really admire your effort of sharing such a valuable collection with all of us... :)

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  25. Well I should go for the one with the longest name 'The Guernsey Literary & PotatoPeel Pie Society' as the review made me so tempted to get this one in my collection....the other ones are also very good but will get those after finishing this finest one first!

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