Woohoo! I love, love, love when it’s book day around here! This is really and truly one of my very favorite posts because you friends give me the BEST book recommendations and feedback!
I think all five of these books were suggested to me by your comments over the last few months, so thank you very, very much! Here you go…
We can go and ahead and assume that I’ll be reading one Elin Hilderbrand book every month until I’ve read them all. So far, The Blue Bistro was my third and I loved it just as much as I did the other two. These books are just so easy to read and make me happy from page to page.
Okay…this one was really interesting to me. Everyone knows who Billy Joel is, right? Well back 10 years ago when he was 56, he married Katie Lee (the author) who was 23. He was a famous musician and she (at that time) was relatively unknown (she now writes cookbooks and has her own show on Food Network). They divorced a few years later.
Okay…so, in Groundswell, Katie writes about a young woman who marries a famous actor quite her senior and it talks about their relationship. I know this is fiction…but the plot parallels the author’s real life enough that you wonder if part of what she’s writing isn’t kind of true? It’s a glimpse into what it would be like to be married to someone really famous when you’re not…kind of like when she married Joel. I thought it was a great beach read regardless if it was pure fiction or a little biographical. It also made we want to learn how to surf :).
Several of you ladies recommended Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure to me, so when Erika asked if I wanted to borrow her copy, I was all over it! Listen, I have no shame in saying that I’m still a Full House fan and that I’m totally excited that Fuller House is coming to Netflix :). This book was really uplifting. Candace talks about her childhood, marriage and mothering. She’s a Christian, so the book relies heavily on her faith and she shares Bible passages that have helped her along the way. This is just a sweet little read and was very encouraging to me as a mama.
Um, so The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was most definitely not a light beach read. This book is heavy, intense, set back during World War II and narrated by the voice of death. Narci, Erika and I all three read it and I think we all enjoyed it. Erika and Narci seemed to really love it and I was glad I read it…but I needed to read something super cheery and happy right after. This book is kind of gritty and probably quite realistic regarding the lives of some people living in Europe during the height of the Nazi reign. And…the angel of death/voice of death…something like that is your narrator through the entire thing, so that’s a twist in itself. The writing is impeccable. It’s a very good book.
I loved Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin. This memoir is about a mom who moves to the Upper East Side of Manhattan and tries to navigate through motherhood in this unusual little space in New York City. This book is funny, witty and charming. Martin spills the beans about living life among the wealthy and perhaps spoiled Upper East Side mamas and how it ended up changing her too. As an anthropologist, Martin’s take on the complexities of living in the Upper East Side was fascinating to me. Loved it!
Okay ladies! Those are my reads for the month! What are you reading??? I would love to know!
Don’t forget, you can find all of the books I’ve read so far in 2015 here and keep up with me on Goodreads here.
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Happy Monday friends!