The Book Thief:
This book came out in 2007, and I don't know how I missed it until last month. Hands down one of the best books I have ever read.
The Paris Wife:
This historically-based novel tells the story of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage, set mostly in Paris in the 1920's. The characters are beautiful and flawed and I couldn't put it down.
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag:
Flavia de Luce is the star of this "mystery" novel (the second in a series; the fourth is coming out soon), set in England in the 1950's. She's a sassy eleven-year-old who loves chemistry and outsmarts most of the adults in the story. It is fun to read and I just love Flavia! (Update: lovely reader Megan pointed out that this is actually the second book in the series. I do recommend starting with the first, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, here on Amazon.)
The narrator of this novel is 5-year-old Jack, who has spent his entire life held captive in one room. The story really draws you in - it's hard to put down before you know the fate of Jack and his "Ma."
I thought this book was funny and I love learning more about the TV world and Tina's work on Saturday Night Live. I laughed out loud a lot, although at times I also thought she was trying to hard to be funny when I would rather just learn more about her story. I still enjoyed the book and I bet you will too.
These are my latest favorite books - I always love to get recommendations because if I just wander in to a bookstore I often get overwhelmed choosing between the 20 books that "look good." Anyone have any good recommendations for me? I'd love to walk through my secret bookshelves door...
and curl up here and read all afternoon:
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