Happy Monday! One of my New Year goals, year after year, is to keep tackling books on my must-read list (which is both virtual, and perpetually piled next to my bed.) Anyone else feel the same way? I read an array of different books in 2014, of all sorts of genres and topics, both low-brow and high-brow, and compiled a list of some of my faves today. If anyone is looking for a good read to dig into this week after work than definitely keep reading!
1. The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
Eleanor of Aquitaine was a force, especially for her day and age. Chadwick does a great job bringing her to life, while staying historically accurate. If you like historical fiction, you will love this.
2. Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding
Any Bridget Jones fans out there? 14 years later, Fielding has come through with a third installment to the series, and it was as hilarious as ever--despite a major twist. Bridg is my guilty pleasure, and I inhaled this in about three days, giggling all the way. Definitely a light read, but a witty one none-the-less.
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
While some may call TFIOS Teen-lit, I say it's important, and shed's amazing perspective on what it is like to have a terminal illness. Read more about my thoughts here.
4. The Josephine B. Trilogy by Sandra Gulland
Loved this series. Read my review here. Thank you to my SIL for the great rec!
5. Atonement by Ian McEwan
I am a big McEwan fan, despite the fact that it has taken me so long to read one of his better known books. It's a little dreary and tortured, but so beautifully written.
6. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Looking for wonky family dynamics (aka relatable) and laughs? This is it.
7. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
A bit cynical (such is the world,) but set in the lovely setting of Mallorca, and packing some fun plot twists and turns as a family processes their individual personal crises while on vacation.
8. On Writing by Stephen King
This book is a must for any kind of creative, not just writers. So Good. Read more here.
Ready to get your read on? Go ahead and click on any of the title links to go straight to Amazon and either buy the hard copy or download the kindle version to get immediately stuck in! Also, if you are/have read anything great recently than let us know in the comments! Currently I am addicted to the Outlander series, but next on my list is Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Have you read it? What did you think?
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Confessions: I love historical fiction. In the past few years I have been reading up on the Cousin's Wars in England, and before that I was semi-obsessed with the Tudors. After our trip to Paris last year, though, I became intrigued by the Bourbon Kings as well as the French Revolution. As I mentioned in our most recent marriage update, I didn't read much in last month and I was itching to get my hands on a great can't-put-it-down book, or better yet--a series. My sister-in-law suggested Sandra Gulland's trilogy about Josephine Bonaparte and it sounded just up my alley so I decided to give it a go.
Here is the truth: I finished the trilogy in one week. In fact, I finished the first book, The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. , in a day. It was that good. I didn't know much about Josephine before picking up these books, and I was fascinated by her life and upbringing. Also, Gullands portrayal of Napoleon was really interesting, and definitely challenged some of my pre-conceived notions about him.
If you are looking for a great book and like historical fiction that stays pretty true to fact than I would definitely check out Gulland's series. In fact, you can go ahead and click the image above, which will take you straight to Amazon so that you can place your order! If you order through this page I may or may not receive a few pennies, no matter what ends up in your shopping cart. So what are you waiting for?! Get shopping!