Reading Recommendations

_MG_4588I can hardly believe it’s September, though a quick stroll through the market this past weekend confirmed the calendar.  It is fall-ish here, but the days are still sunny, bright and beautiful.  Oh yes…and extremely busy.  I’ve been working towards a handful of deadlines- shooting and writing non-stop.  There has been so much juggling, so many late nights and so much travel (my husband, not me) that we’re all feeling a bit exhausted, though there are so many exciting projects in the works.  With preschool starting soon I think we’re all looking forward to a routine and structure that will help us feel a bit more grounded and sane.  My husband was traveling over the long weekend, which meant I had nights to myself.  Instead of attempting anything remotely productive in my exhausted state, I decided to watch The Fault in Our Stars…twice…sobbing like a baby both times.  I fell madly in love with the actor who played Gus, although he looks to be about twelve.  But he is just so cute, and so good.  I read the book when it came out eons ago, and I have read a handful of titles since, but I realized that it has been a good long time since I sunk into a fabulous read.  Can I ask you all for some amazing book recommendations? I read anything and everything, though I’m feeling like some good fiction.  Books and authors I love: Jhumpa Lahiri, Gillian Flynn, Elizabeth Strout…and I don’t mind good YA.  I loved The Fault in Our Stars and Wonder (both made me sob, and sob and sob).  One of my favorite books in a long time was The Light Between Oceans.  So can we start a list here of amazing, lose-yourself kinda books?  I’d love that!  Here’s to fall- curling up in bed with a good book sounds just about right!

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Your thoughts on “Reading Recommendations

  1. I just finished reading “Astonish Me,” by Maggie Shipstead. In it, a young American dancer helps a Russian ballet star defect to the U.S.—an act that has a profound impact on her life and the lives of those around her. It wasn’t perfect, but it beautifully captured the world of professional ballet, and I couldn’t put it down.

  2. my three all time favorites are: midnight’s children by salman rushdie, travels with charley by john steinbeck, and the god of small things by arundhati roy.

    you may find some good recs on goodreads- it has rarely failed me!

  3. Just finished The Long Way Home by Louise Penny, but you HAVE to read this series from the beginning, The Still Life. I think 12 books in all. She is my favorite author.

  4. E. Lockhart’s “We Were Liars”. It’s YA, but you’d hardly notice. I stayed up for 4.5 hours (until 3am!) reading from start to finish, then immediately let a friend borrow it.

  5. Beautiful pictures, Christine!

    A few books I’ve enjoyed this year: Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. Americanah, by Chimamanda Adichie. The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Maya by Isabel Allende and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd are next on my list.

  6. Oh golly, I teared up watching the trailer just now! My husband has a few night shifts coming up which makes for some perfect quiet evenings all to myself (after the wee folk are asleep of course) – an ideal interlude during a very busy time for us too 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation! As for books… like you, I read anything and everything. I just finished Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Coglan – it falls under ‘chick lit’ and is light and easy with a very sweet story – just the thing for when you’re tired although, be warned, you might end up baking a loaf or two of bread – the descriptions are mouthwatering. Before that I delved into Traci Harding’s The Ancient Future trilogy – it’s sci-fi/fantasy/romance and before that, I loved Veronica Rossi’s Under The Never Sky trilogy – YA/Sci-fi/fantasy & romance (quite a package!). I’m on the hunt for my next page turner too so I shall check my library catalogue for The Light Between Oceans 🙂 Enjoy those apples, oh they look delicious! xo

  7. I’m a fairly voracious reader, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini
    is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, in fact I plan on gifting my brother this book for Christmas (you’ll understand if you read the book). I’m Indian via the West Indies, and enjoy reading about the Indian diaspora whenever possible, and Lahiri and Hosseini are two authors amongst many who have perfected the genre.

  8. You have to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. They actually just came out with a book based series on Starz but I started the series (there are 6 books I believe) before I even knew it was coming. It is soooooo good. I am on the third book, sneaking a read whenever possible (I have 5 kids). Such a beautiful, sensual, historical fiction.

  9. I am currently stock piling books for the fall/winter…like a squirrel stockpiling nuts HA ;). A few I can highly recommend are “The girl who chased the moon” by Sarah Addison Allen (and really anything by her is great! Very magical and light), The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (I’m halfway through and have to keep forcing myself to slow down and savor every word because it is so beautifully written!). My all time favorite book is “Astrid and Veronika” by Linda Olsson…I read this one over & over…it is so vivid and a beautiful story. I haven’t read “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern yet but it’s up next in my stack. I’ve heard great things about this one. Enjoy!

    1. Oh, Kelly,
      Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child is one of my all-time favorites. I can honestly say I didn’t find one word that didn’t belong in that story.

  10. I second the person who recommended Burial Rites, it’s amazing. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is also engrossing. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia is fun too, and I really enjoyed The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh.

  11. I just finished The Light Between Oceans too, loved it! I also love Olive Kitteredge (sp?) by Strout, and Casting Off, by Nicole R. Dickson (If you love Ireland and knitting it is a win! ) Happy Reading~ Love this blog! 🙂

  12. I’ve read so many books so far this year! I love anything by Elizabeth Berg. I have all her novels. And Anne Tyler is awesome.

  13. beautiful images, as always!

    preschool! wow!

    just today i purchased the paris wife and this is where i leave you. stay tuned, i’m a sloooooow reader (esp. since discovering instagram)

    xo
    elyse

  14. Two more books to put on your library list…Last Night on Twisted River by: John Irving and The Winter Sea – by: Susanna Kearsley. I really loved both of these.

  15. I absolutely ADORE the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. It’s slightly paranormal – set in today’s world but the main character is the Grim Reaper….but not in the way you would think. It’s a hysterical series, I mean belly laugh out loud. Once I crack on of these books, I’m usually reading for at least 4 hours. Highly, highly recommend!

  16. “He Never Liked Cake” by Janna Leyde (cried my way through it) “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. Both are memoirs and both are so interesting, totally different subject matters, but whoa, were they amazing! Also loved “Wonder” and “The Fault in our Stars”. Currently reading the Divergent YA series.

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