If you hang around here often, you’ve noticed that lately I’ve been adding several book reviews to my site. I know it seems like they’re all coming at you all at once, and that’s because…..they are.
I’ve been using my couple of weeks off between finishing the spring issue of A Sweet Spot: Home Magazine and beginning the summer issue to do lots of book reviews. I’m such a book lover and when I was putting the magazine together, my reading time was severely limited. So, now I’m trying to play a little catch up and share some books with you that I’ve been lucky enough to get to read before they’re actually available.
So, here’s a little peek at what I’ll have coming at you over the next few weeks!
1. All The Light There Was: (Nancy Kricorian, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt} The book description stated that “All the Light There Was is the story of an Armenian family’s struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of Paris in the 1940s.” The striking cover of this book is what first attracted me to it, but the beautifully written story is what has truly drawn me in.
2. While We Were Watching Downton Abbey: (Wendy Wax, Penguin Group) Okay, let’s be honest…two words in the title are what made me want to read this book. And while, I understand that the program and it’s characters will play a role in this book, the true story in this book will be back story of the four characters that come together to enjoy their (and my!) shared love of Downton Abbey.
3. Bristol House: (Beverly Swerling, Penguin Group Viking) Historical fiction will always draw me in as a reader. I love learning about different times in history and places that I’ve never been. According to the publishing notes, this book is a story tells the stories of a modern day woman living in London and a fifteenth century monk living in Tudor England…and how their stories will collide. This is a book I cannot wait to read!
4. Whistling Past the Graveyard: (Susan Crandall, Gallery Books) This book was the first I received of all the novels I’m currently reviewing, so I’ve actually read a large portion of this book. It’s the story of a young girl named Starla living in Mississippi with her grandmother during the 1960s. When she decides to run away from home, she meets a sad woman whose life has seen some real ups and downs. Written from the perspective of a nine year old makes this story an easy read, and heartbreaking at the same time.
For those of you that aren’t serious readers of fiction, perhaps one of these books will interest you…
1. Cooking with Herbs (Lynn Alley, Andrews McMeel Publishing) The publisher’s description of this book states that, “In the fresh, vibrant pages of Cooking with Herbs, cooking teacher and best-selling cookbook author Lynn Alley offers fifty delicious recipes for cooking with ten of the most popular culinary herbs, as well as tips for growing your own fresh herbs at home.” Cooking with herbs and growing them in my garden is something I’ve been exploring more and more over the past few years, and I know this book will be a great help to me.
2. Dishing Up Virginia: (Patrick Evans-Hylton, Edwin Remsberg and Marcel A. Desaulniers, Storey Publishing) Am I a Virginian? No. Have I been to Virginia? Once…when I was a child. But, as someone who’s always wanting to learn about (and even better yet, SEE!) new places, this book interested me. Learning about dishes that have been served in this state since colonial times, and the way they use their geographic location to make fresh, amazing meals…I’m interested, sign me up!
3. Paris to Provence: (Ethel Brennan, Andrews McMeel Publishing) Tell me the title of this book alone didn’t draw you in…Paris? Provence? Yes, please! I’m excited to dive into this book and learn about the dishes of the part of the world. I expect there to be great, simple recipes and gorgeous photography.
So, please stay tuned while I dig into all of the amazing books, and share them with you in the coming weeks!