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.
'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.
'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.
'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......