my winter book stack

February 5, 2015

Friends! I thought you might like a peek at what I've been up to, with my own reading. (Julia and I are reading this classic together.) I was just telling someone that I hadn't had many fun books to read for a long long time.

My mom in law gave me an Amazon gift card for Christmas this year, and usually I buy stuff for Julia. But this year I bought a ton of stuff just for me. And Andrew actually gave me something I asked for on my holiday list, so suddenly, I found myself with a big stack of books (in pretty colors!) to read. Oh and THEN, I actually decided to participate in this online book club I belong to, and the book pic was 'Cold Comfort Farm' and I bought that one as well. SO MANY BOOKS. I don't know what to do with myself!

So let's chat about them.

Somehow I finally got around to reading the sequel to 'Chocolat', which is called 'The Girl With No Shadow'. I loved it so much that I bough the THIRD book in the series, 'Peaches for Monsier Le Cure'.  If you like candies, all things French, and a dollop of magic thrown in, you'll love these books! I actually liked 'The Girl With No Shadow' better than 'Chocolat', I zipped though it with enormous glee and delight. I realized I wanted to have the complete series, and I had lost 'Chocolat' a while ago, so I went ahead and re-purchased it, along with the third book, which I haven't read yet.

I'm finishing up 'Cold Comfort Farm' right now, and it's been on my To Read list for about a decade.  The gist is that a genteel London society girl decides on a lark (after her parents pass away, leaving her orphaned at 19) to go live with some farm-type relatives. Her goal in life is to tidy up the lives of others, but this zest for optimistic living is somewhat lost upon her dour relations. The results are extremely delightful and entertaining. It's laugh out loud funny, and I don't happen upon many books like that.

Nancy Mitford's books have also been passing me by, until now, when I decided to seize upon 'The Pursuit of Love', another British delight. Think of it as 'Downton Abbey'-esque, only more eccentric and silly, as a sensible and sweet girl (another orphan!) moves in with her extended family of rich and crazy cousins and aunties and uncles - and watches her most favorite girl cousin move through one disastrous love affair after another. LOVED IT.

And I'm crazy excited for 'The Blue Castle' by L.M Montgomery, which was a Christmas present from Andrew, after I wrote it IN BOLD on my holiday wish list. I never fully realized how many books Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote; I thought the 'Anne of Green Gables' series was about it. Last fall I read 'Emily of New Moon' and fell head over heels in love with that book, and I knew I needed to plow on through the rest of Montgomery's writings. 'The Blue Castle' is supposed to be one of her very, very best, about a young woman who decides that she's had enough of her mundane existence and decides to change the quiet life that she's been living. Many folks claim they love it more than 'Anne of Green Gables' and well, that's a daring statement indeed.

What about you? I always, always want to know what people are reading. So please share if you're totally delighted with something you're reading right now......




16 comments:

  1. They look great. Might have to add a few to my to-read list. The illustrated cover of Cold Comfort farm is pretty fabulous. I love Christmas time and books as presents. I received some lovely books this year including Michel Faber's new book The Book of Strange New Things, which I am loving (but I have enjoyed all his books)

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    1. Oh that Faber book!!!!!...I read about it recently and it sounds so so awesome - I think that's one my sci-fi loving husband might also enjoy! :)

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  2. Love this list! I had no idea there were sequels to Chocolat and must order those immediately.

    I've read Orphan Train, Half Broke Horses and both of those are worth tearing through. Also read The Uncoupling and The Storyteller but was actually able to put those down here and there so read at your own will.

    I always love to hear about books that people love. Yay!!!

    A.
    www.bakingalovestory.com

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    1. i had no idea either, until just a few months ago and I FREAKED out - and the second one was so so good! i'm sure the 3rd one will be as well. :) Just went to check out what Half Broke Horses was all about - Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults?? SIGN ME UP.

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  3. Love your list! I've recently read Eleanor and Park and A Monster Calls- couldn't put down either! Also loved Moominland Midwinter and Flora &Ulysses. I'm hoping to read more by L.M.Montgomery too, and the Chocolat sequels look exciting! :)

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    1. Eleanor and Park! I MUST GET ON THAT. It's been on my list for some time now! Hurray for Moominland Midwinter!!!!!!!!!!! One of my great great favs!

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  4. LOVED Pursuit of Love. Next you have to read Love in a Cold Climate and then Diary of a Provincial Lady if you haven't already. I just ordered a book for myself for the first time in ages..I got The House of Mirth. Have you read it

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    1. Yes yes! I haven't read those. I was so excited to find out that there were more stories about that wacky family! I've never read the House of Mirth - that's another one that's escaped me for many a year. SO many books! And so little time! I've been reading Cold Comfort Farm at a rate of 5 pages per night because our new dog has me so so tired! :)

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    2. I really liked the Cold Comfort Farm movie - Kate Beckinsale was so different then. I think the best Mitford books are the ones about her own life - I tried one of Nancy M's novels and was quite disappointed. Oh and the Diary of a Provincial Lady is by E.M. Delafield. Get the book that has all the diary entries (it was originally written for The Lady magazine - which I think is mentioned in Downton!). Anyways, it is WONDERFUL. One of my best friends has five sisters and they have all read Letters Between Six - the letters of all the Mitfords - its great but gets sad when they get older. Sorry, this comment is way too long!

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    3. No such thing as a too long comment! I should know, ha!! :) Brevity is not my strong suit :) I'm a little disappointed with how Kate Beckinsale handled her career - I liked her so much more before she became a Hollywood wife. Gah.

      I'm totally going to check out that Diary book, that sounds wonderful! I just pinned a ton of biographies on the Mitford sisters, oh my they were quite the wild ladies of their time!

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  5. I'm trying to remember if I finished The Girl With No Shadow. It was an ARC from work. I saw the third book at the used book store for half-price, but since Mr. B didn't buy anything, I felt guilty and put it back! I haven't read any Nancy Mitford, either. I did check out the biography about the Mitford family, though. I LOVED Cold Comfort Farm! I found a couple of other books on Amazon. Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm??? Heck, yeah, must get!

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    1. Oooh I need to read the Christmas at Cold Comfort book! and watch the movie, which I don't remember at all.

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  6. I finally discovered the joys of Nancy Mitford last year! I LOVE HER!!! I have always been fascinated by the Mitford family, so have read a few books about them-finally picked up Love in A Cold Climate-and read my way through her novels. Such a treat!

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    1. Ok my ignorance is going to show loud and proud - I knew nothing about this family until I got into this book! This one site proclaimed them the Kardashians of their day! I didn't realize Nancy based her stories upon her own family! They were wild! (friends with Hitler? OH MY.) I can't wait to read Love in a Cold Climate :)

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  7. Ooooo I should read some Joanne Harris.

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    1. YOU would loooooove, I really think you would!

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