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I always try to make reading for pleasure a priority in my life. I did fairly well with my April Reading List and really enjoyed The Sweetness of Forgetting(very sweet book about the dynamics of the mother-daughter relationship--great for Mother's Day).
Here are my choices for May! Follow along with me on Goodreads.
One. All The Light We Cannot See
I've seen this book on several other blogger's reading lists and think it sounds wonderful. I generally like historical fiction, especially World War II era, so have a feeling it will be my style.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. (Goodreads)
Two. The Next Best Thing
I started reading The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner last week while I was traveling and quickly got hooked. It's been a great light read thus far with a very compelling lead female character.
At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she’s hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials. Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear and eye for writer’s rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true. (Goodreads)
Three. My Life In France
I cannot wait to get this book! My Life in France is written by the one and only Julia Child. Way before Paula Deen, Giada, or Ina Garten, there was JULIA. The pioneer of Food Network stars before there was even a Food Network! If you've seen the movie Julie & Julia you probably have an idea about her life and love story but I'm anxious to get the nitty gritty details from her book!
In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found ‘her true calling.’From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigné meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn’t speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu. (Goodreads)
Four. Her: A Novel
Since reading Gone Girl I have been on the hunt for another good "who done it" mystery. So much so that I actually googled, "what to read if you liked Gone Girl"...very sophisticated research methods, I know. I came upon this list from Barnes and Noble that included Her: A Novel and a few other books that I think look very promising!
On the face of it, Emma and Nina have very little in common. Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds her confidence is fading fast. Nina--sophisticated, generous, effortlessly in control--seems to have all the answers.Has anyone read this along with Gone Girl?
It's easy to see why Emma is drawn to Nina. But what does Nina see in her?
A seemingly innocent friendship slowly develops into a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Nina eases her way into Emma's life. Soon, it becomes clear that Nina wants something from the unwitting Emma--something that might just destroy her.(Goodreads)
Five. Last One Home
I'm a newbie to Debbie Macomber but the best selling author just released her newest book Last One Home and it's getting great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The reviews I've read have indicated that this book may be a bit on the heavy side and not necessarily a "light-hearted" read..so I'm warning you...
Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close -- until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite -- a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities -- making amends with her sisters, finding love once more -- she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start. (Goodreads)
Please let me know your thoughts on any of these books if you've read them!
What are you reading this month?
What are you reading this month?
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