Friday, May 8, 2015

5 on Friday: May Reading List

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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. 
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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. 

The Next Best Thing
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.
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)
Has anyone read this along with Gone Girl?

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" 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?

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  1. I really need to get back on reading. I have been trying to find #GirlBoss at Target & Walmart but they don't have it. Which I hope to find it at Barnes & Nobles.

  2. I really need to break down my reading list by the month so that I can actually get something done. I've been slowly reading through 'Gone Girl' since the beginning of the year and I'm almost to the point where I just want to get it over with, which tells me that I'm not really into it. I usually read books within a week if they're good. Not sure why I'm struggling so much with that one. I may have to look into 'Her' then come back to it. Thanks for sharing your list for May!

  3. Books and words make the world go 'round! I'm primarily a non-fiction, girl though. Whenever I read a novel, I find that I MUST read it in as little time as possible because I get lost in the characters lives. With little ones around, the time to get lost in a novel is limited. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These look awesome! I have so many that I am reading right now, but might be able to squeeze in some more. I'm super late to the party on this, but last weekend I read PW's Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. It was pretty good; I was not reading her blog when she wrote the series of posts that the book is based on, so it was mostly new to me. Right now, I'm reading John Green's An Abundance of Katherines. He bought me a set of his books for Christmas, which probably says something about what he thinks about my reading level since he's a young adult author. But I have loved them! I've been reading books on my tablet with ebooks from the library. You sometimes have to wait on the popular titles, but it is free!!!!! I've heard that Her is better than Gone Girl, so I am really excited about that one.

  5. I need to find a good book to read this summer, thanks for the recommendations! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Oooo some great books to add to my reading list this summer! I am hoping to read a lot more than I have been the past few months and am always on the lookout for new reads!

  7. So happy I came across a fellow Kentucky blogger in the link up today! Love your list of books to read! I'm on the waiting list for Last One Home at our local library. I just have a feeling it will be a tearjerker but I can't wait to read it!


  8. these all look so great!! i am so behind on good books these days!! and gosh, that julia child book is so pretty, i'd want it just for that!! [great example of judging a book by its cover, right! ha!]

  9. These are all such great suggestions! I need to add some of them to my beach reading list!

  10. These sound spectacular! I love that you included synopses of much better than when people just say, "I like this book and want to try it...that's it!"
    Her sounds great. And I'd totally search that way too, because knowing that I'd probably like it if I like Gone Giel (which I do)...THAT would get me to read the book!

  11. I've read The Next Best Thing and I loved it! It was so easy to cheer for the main character! I'll have to check out the other ones, the historical fiction is right up my alley! I need to get back to reading more often!

  12. I just finished Sharp Objects last night (same author as Gone Girl) so this post is just in time to give me some new suggestions! (And for what it's worth, I definitely liked Gone Girl a lot better than Sharp Objects!)
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  13. All the Light We Cannot See is on my reading list too! And now I'm definitely going to add that Julia Child book!

  14. Her sounds really interesting! I didn't read Gone Girl, but I saw the movie. The twist was interesting, but I didn't enjoy the ending. I love a good mystery though.

  15. nice choices!! i really want to read all the light we cannot see!

  16. What a great reading list! I'm waiting for All the Light We Cannot See from the library I've read a lot of Debbie Macomber's books but didn't know she had a new one! Have to add it to the reading list! And I had gotten Her from the library after also hearing it compared to Gone Girl. Unfortunately, it was due back before I had a chance to read it!

  17. I've been looking for a new read. Thanks for sharing these. Always fun to have some new books to check out! ;) Have a fabulous weekend!! xo - Brenda // Chatting Over Chocolate

  18. My Life in France is great! My book club read it last year and we had the best French-themed meeting!

    I'm currently reading Sarah's Key- loving it.

    1. I'm so happy to hear that it's good! Hmm a french themed book club meeting sounds amazing!

  19. My Life in France is on my extensive summer reading list. Hope I get to it.

  20. Each one looks like a great book - Particularly ike the Julia Childs' book - and your recommendations made them more interesting to look into
    And thank you for the Amy Waltz'Designs giveaway looks fab

  21. A new charm bracelet in my newborn's crib :)

  22. With the semester ending, maybe I need to pick one of these up!

  23. Happy reading! I didn't know these books but they sound interesting :)

  24. Have you read "The Girl on the Train" or "Before I go to Sleep"? They are both like Gone Girl. I hope you enjoy "All the light we cannot see" - it was one of my favourites this year! It's not a quick read or a page turner but beautifully written.

    1. I have heard great things about Girl on the Train and keep meaning to get it--if it's like Gone Girl I'll love it--thanks!

  25. I think you will like All the Light We Cannnot See although it was a long read. I am going to check out the Jennifer Weiner book- its about time for a beach read.


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