5 Books I’ve Read Plus 5 Books I’m Gonna Read
Part II

I have something special to tell you all.  I had, what was without a doubt, the happiest moment of my entire life yesterday. The kind of moment you don’t think will happen but when it does you think,  Yes.  Thank you.  I really do deserve this and I’m grateful for it.

I got a shipment of books from Amazon.

YESSSSSSSSS.  Today I thought realizing I could probably get away without vacuuming for another day was the happiest moment of my life.

I’m kind of like a dog that way.  BALL? BALL?  THROW THE BALL.  I LOVE PLAYING WITH THE BALL!  Oop.  TWIG??? TWIG??? THROW THE TWIG. I LOVE PLAYING WITH THE TWIG!

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I really do get a tingly feeling in my toes when a big box full of books arrives.  I’m not an order one or two books kind of person.  I order them like pancakes.  By the stack.

When last we met, several of you recommended a few books for me to read. In fact if you look at the comment section of the last “5 Books I’ve read, Plus 5 Books I’m Gonna Read” post you’ll see there are hundreds of book recommendations from readers.  I read all of those comments, cross referenced them with reviews from GoodReads and Amazon and put together an Amazon order.  That was several months ago.  I’ve since read my first shipment of books recommended by you and am now moving onto my second shipment.

 

Have Read

 

The Hunger Games Trilogy  3 out of 4 stars

I’d been hearing about the Hunger Games triology for a longgg time.  I wasn’t sure I’d like it but the set was on sale so I bought it.  I absolutely loved the first book.  Could NOT put it down.  Which of course is the sign of a good book.  Or blankie.   The second and third books were good and very readable, but were a little flat compared to the first.  Still an excellent trilogy that you can read in NO time.  Probably because they were written for 12 year old girls.

 

I Still Dream About You – Fannie Flagg 3.5 of 4 stars

I keep going back to Fannie Flagg based on her phenomenal book Fried Green Tomatoes.  So far nothing has equalled that novel, but a few have come close.  This isn’t one of them.

 

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver 3.5 of 4 stars

Award winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver is know for her works of fiction like The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Tree but several years ago she wrote a work of non-fiction chronicling a period in her life when she uprooted herself and her family to move to a farm to live off the land.  As in only eat what she could buy locally or grow/kill herself.  Yep.  If that sort of thing interests you, you’ll love this book with all of your heart.  If it doesn’t … it probably won’t keep your attention.

 

 

I read other books as well, these are just a select few I thought I’d bring to your attention.  The one book that came highly recommended by a lot of people was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.   I have tried and tried and I cannot get through this book.  I find the kid (from whose point of view the book is written) annoying, the writing extremely jarring, pretentious and forced.

Mind you, it took me about 6 tries to finally get through Lonesome Dove,  which I hated every time I started to read it.  The Pulitzer Prize winning western is now my favourite book of all time.

 

Will Read

 

The Book Thief –  I’ll admit it.  I have a thing about novels revolving around WWII.  I don’t know what it is, but I’m inexplicably attracted to them.  Two of the best I’ve read … Sarah’s Key and Suite Francaise.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Originally published in 1943, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  An American Classic about a girl coming of age at the turn of the century.  Of my stack, I’m most looking forward to reading this book.  I have no idea if that means I’ll read it first or last.  I’m kind of known for delaying gratification for as long as possible.  Ahem.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (Book 18 of The #1 Ladies Detective Series) – I love these books.  I just LOVE them.  The television series was even better, but alas it’s been cancelled.   If you’re looking for a series of books that are funny, heartfelt and just make you feel good every time you read them, this is the series to go for.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – I’d heard mixed reviews about this book that’s written as a series of letters.  So I checked the reviews on Amazon and if 1,638 readers gave it an average review of 4.5 out of 5 stars … I think it’s a safe bet I’ll like  it.  Also takes place during WWII.  Which I swear, I didn’t know when I bought it.

Explosive 18 (Book 18 in the Stephanie Plum series) – These are great, no brain books.  You can read them fast, they entertain you and there’s always genuine laugh out loud moments.  You’re not tucking into it for the greatest story ever told, you’re reading it for mindless entertainment, good writing and a guilty pleasure.

 

O.K.  So let’s have it.  Let the next round of recommendations begin …


189 Comments

  1. Tigersmom says:

    Me Talk pretty One Day by David Sedaris. It is his best, but I imagine you have already read it.

    I still love to reread The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
    I also love his space trilogy Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength

    Please Don’t Eat the Daisies by Erma Bombeck.

    • Karen says:

      Love David Sedaris. And Augusten Burroughs.

      • Tigersmom says:

        It’s funny how David Sedaris always reminds people of Augusten Burroughs.

        I read Running with Scissors and can see why Sedaris would call to mind Burroughs as they both write about their homosexuality and their very jacked-up childhoods. Personally, while both are funny, I found Burroughs to be more dark and much more disturbing. To the point where I really didn’t like the feeling I was left with at the end of the book.

        That may speak to my already depressed state of mind when I read it, though. I like to be moved by things I read and how deeply they affect me is the measuring stick by which I grade them, but his book left me in a place I didn’t want to be.

    • Susan says:

      Please don’t eat the daisies is by jean Kerr. It was made into a movie starring Doris day.

  2. Sheri says:

    I think you would love anything by Christopher Moore, he is hilarious. My favourite is A Dirty Job, but really they are all hilarious. I am waiting for Animal, Vegetable, Miracle myself, can hardly wait for it.

  3. Thanks for that Karen that info is super timely,seeing as I am not a big book reader but will be leaving on a jet plane soon and could use the time to read one!I think I am more a auto-biography girl though,peoples lives fascinate me,do you have one?
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  4. Nan Tee says:

    I’m stuck on Jodi Piccoult books for now, with a few others sneaking in. Love Wilbur Smith, although he’s a bit bloody at times. I third the vote for the “Mark of the Lion” books, and have yet to pick up any of Evanovich’s books. I hear that Notorius Nineteen is coming out in November. Maybe I’ll start reading them when she hits 20.

  5. Valerie says:

    I recommended this book last time you sent out the call Karen and will do so again;
    THOSE WHO SAVE US by Jenna Blum. It is available at most libraries.

    The Book Thief and Potato Peel Society – both great reads that I enjoyed.
    Currently reading author Henning Mankell’s books…finished the Wallander series this spring and am on to his other work. When I get to the library and puruse various book in the stacks I end up being fascinated with Swedish mystery authors such as Mankell.
    Ian McLennan is a great British writer who has penned some interesting work; there is always a surprise at the end of each of his books.

    • Karen says:

      O.K. I’ve added it to the list. I’m trying to be diligent this time around by writing an actual LIST of books on my iPhone, as opposed to just thinking I”ll remember them, LOL. ~ k

  6. Valerie says:

    I can’t believe I left out one of the best Swedish writers I dicovered this past year.
    His name is Jo Nesbo and most libraries carry his work.All of his work is excellent, particularly enjoyed Nemesis and The Snow Man

    • Elle says:

      Jo Nesbo is Norwegian (Mankell is Swedish).
      Although both write about police detectives investigating murder cases (Mankell’s Wallander and Nesbo’s Harry Hole) Mankell also deals with social issues in the background while Nesbo is pure evil joy.
      Love both series and will be very sad when they end (have 3 more by Mankell and two more by Nesbo to read)

  7. Hilke says:

    I love the 4 books by Katherine Neville – The Eight, A Calculated Risk, The Magic Circle (my favourite of hers) and The Fire (the sequel to The Eight).
    Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth and the sequel World Without End are also fabulous!
    Follet is currently working on a new Trilogy – the first book – Fall of Giants – is set through the First World War and follows the women’s suffragette movement. I can’t wait for the next book to be out – this trilogy follows several families, American, German, English, Russian and Welsh, through the twentieth century.
    Can you tell that he is my favourite author?

    • Trish says:

      Awesome, I LOVED The Pillar’s of the Earth and I am so excited to here there is a sequel. I’ll be hitting up the library ASAP, so thank you!

      • Hilke says:

        There’s a tv mini series of the sequel – World Without End – that will be shown on Showcase or Bravo this Fall. Did you see the mini series done of Pillars of the Earth?

        • Hilke says:

          The books are always better, but they did a great job on the production.

        • Trish says:

          I did see the Pillars mini series and got my husband hooked. Maybe I’ll check out Pillars for him to read when I check out World without end. Would love to have read it by the time the miniseries comes out, super excited! Books are always better but I do love it when they do a movie based on the book.

  8. Jasmine says:

    House of Leaves

    Somehow the inside of the house is bigger than the outside and is growing.

    Read this book if you want something different and challenging and be sure to get the full color edition (this book is a formatter’s nightmare!) and that you have a mirror on hand. You probably shouldn’t read it if you have a headache.

  9. Rowan says:

    I’ve recently read the whole Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (True Blood was based on it). They were really quick, fun reads.

  10. Gina says:

    In case you’ve somehow missed them, the Spencer mysteries by Robert Parker (not the ones written since his death by someone else)are great….start at the beginning and be sad when there are no more..
    Also Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle
    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
    The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larson
    Anything written by Laura Lippman
    Thanks for all the suggestions! So many books, so litlittle time….

  11. Alison says:

    I hope you will give The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere a look-see. It’s a good book, very heart-warming.

  12. brooke says:

    i just finished an awesomely good book, GONE GIRL
    started out slow like the girls with dragon tattoo books because they gotta give you the back story but holy cow so good.

    Creepy, weird, Good!

    Also the Tara French books are easy to get into there is a new one Broken Harbour she has 3 previous and what’s fun about those is the characters are kind of linked through them.

    The Sookie Stakhouse books are good in the same way Stephanie Plum books are.

  13. Lani says:

    must, must, must read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This is the first in a series of mysteries with the protagonist a 12 yr old girl named Flavia de Luce who is a genius with a “passion for poisons”. Based in 1950’s English countryside. Alan Bradley is also Canadian and this is his first novel…written in his 70s!

    • diane says:

      Lani, I must second your recommendation. Alan Bradley’s series featuring Flavia de Luce is the book/series I most frequently recommend and I read a LOT. Flavia’s relationship with her wicked older sisters is perfect in every way!! Read these, Karen!!

  14. Trish says:

    Three well written novels by Susan Higginbotham set in England during whatever century fighting involved over the crown (yeah, that could be a lot of different centuries, just be happy I know the author and titles;)Queen of Last Hopes, Stolen Crown and The Traitor’s Wife. Not sure which order, but there is an order.

    Anything by Vince Flynn and Nelson Demille.

    Good luck going through all of those lists!

    • Trish says:

      Have you read the Steig Larson series? The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, The Girl that Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and the other one that I can’t remember? The first starts off slow but boy oh boy does it pick up and not stop.

      • kate - vl says:

        many have recommended his books. my cousins absolutely loved them so i read “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” but honestly had to force myself to finsh it, certainly didn’t read the other two –

        • Trish says:

          Sorry to hear that, they do get better with every book. The first one really doesn’t pick up until half way through, which can definitely be a turn off. It doesn’t stop after that though, a great series. Movies are great too.

  15. Shauna says:

    Right now I am reading, “How To Raise Your Spirited Child”. I swear, it is taking me forever. It’s not exactly the kind of book you can’t put down, but it is helpful;) I have a ton of books I want to read, but I have promised myself that I will continue reading the book that could benefit my parenting abilities at least until I go on vacation. Then, I might really read a very guilty pleasure that I’ve heard the writing is atrocious, but has been dubbed ‘Mommy Porn’, you all know the book(s)-women everywhere are reading them with book covers on (Fifty Shades of Grey series – which by the way, I’ve heard Ian Somerhalder (my secret crush) might play the lead in the movie. Even more of a reason to read the trashy novel.). I figured after reading How to Raise My Spirited Child for the last few months, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ would be the perfect book to read while in Palm Springs with my Fella;)

    • angie says:

      Shauna, I hope you don’t mind me making this recommendation, but “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know” by Margaret Meeker is an amazing parenting book. Moms get just as much out of it as Dad’s do and it’s very short and to the point. She also has one called “Boys Should Be Boys, 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons” More than any other parenting book, “Parenting with Love: Making a Difference in a Day” by Glenn Latham changed my relationship with my spirited child. Good Luck!

  16. Kay says:

    Started Gone Girl at the cabin and didn’t leave my chair (except for potty break and wine refill). Really good read.

    • Karen says:

      O.k. I’ll add it to the list. Thanks. Is it a series based on a single character or do each of her books stand alone? ~ karen!

      • Kay says:

        This book stands on it’s own, the author has two other books I’m going to check out- enjoyed the dialogue- was well written

  17. Trysha says:

    The Book Thief beats Sarah’s Key any day of the week. TBT earned a spot on our shelf, SK got passed along.

  18. Jane says:

    ‘Theft: A Love Story’ by Peter Carey – Excellent! Also ‘Oscar and Lucinda’. PC is very, very good.
    ‘The Heretics Daughter’ by Kathleen Kent – Great book!
    Everything by Conn Iggulden. I would start with the Emperor series. The Khan series is pretty darn awesome too.
    ‘Charlotte’s story, a Florida Keys Diary’. Not 100% you’d love this, but if you live in Florida – or not – you’d probably find it fascinating. My only wish was for a bit more details – like the recipe for the coconut pancakes.

  19. Ashley says:

    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein!

  20. Andrea says:

    “The Mammy” by Brendan O’Carroll. Set in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1960’s. It’s a laugh out loud read so far – I read the first 8 chapters on the beach this morning. An easy read that will take you away, as the characters are well developed. Apparently the first in a trilogy.

  21. kate - vl says:

    Karen, i see that lovely stack of books you’ve ordered from Amazon – but can’t you get many of those titles from your library? “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” has been out since the 1930’s, I believe. maybe Canadians don’t have so many libraries as we do in the states – that is thanks to Andrew Carnegie – though i thought he endowed libraries in Canada, too

    • Karen says:

      Kate – Yes I am indeed a member of my library. However, I like to own books. I prefer to buy and keep (loan) them. I like the look of books, the feel of them and I like to be surrounded by bookshelves full of them. ~ karen

  22. Deet says:

    Books live and die by the NY Times bestseller list, but here are gems that you may not find there. So many books, so little time.

    RAPHAEL by D.B. Reynolds, Bk#1 in the Vampires in America series. A hot sexy vampire and a kick-ass Private Eye fight the bad guys and fall in love.

    SANCTUS (BK#1) and THE KEY (Bk#2) by Simon Toyne, Thrillers in the DaVinci Code style. Start with book #1.

    CHARLOTTE COLLINS by Jennifer Becton, The after story of the woman from Pride and Prejudice who marries the pompous Mr Collins.

    ARRANGED by Catherine McKenzie A woman signs up for what she believes is online dating but it turns out to be an arranged marriage site.

  23. gloria says:

    Try the delightful (and I don’t throw that word around loosely) series about Flavia DeLuce by Alan Bradley (born in Toronto, grew up in Coburg). Start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. More about the series at flaviadeluce.com Or…I challenge you to read Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, a classic. You will think at first, I can’t read this, I’m not getting it, but then it will click in and you’re off and running with it. I’ve read it a dozen times. I think you would like Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated better than Incred. Close & Extr. Loud. I did. I even loved the movie which was panned by the critics. What do they know?

  24. April says:

    Two I just read and loved are:

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – bonus for you it takes place during WWII 🙂

    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghes

    Loving Frank by Nancy Horan is also great.

    • Karen says:

      April – I tried but couldn’t get through Loving Frank. I’ll give it another shot. ~ karen

      • Sherry (BTLover2) says:

        I just finished Loving Frank as well and I really enjoyed it (surprisingly). Wasn’t interested in the subject matter at all but picked it up on a recommendation. Maybe it just isn’t your thing but it was quite good.

        • Karen says:

          Sherry – What’s funny is *I* was interested in the subject matter, LOL. That’s why I picked it up. ~ k!

  25. Cathy says:

    Someone mentioned Robert A Parker’s Spenser books – A Must if you’ve never read them.
    Also – The Help, Night Circus, Love Walked In, Room, Gone Girl (have plenty of time open – it’s hard to put down), the Shopaholic Series and books by MJ Rose – First in series is The Reincarnationist.

  26. Heather says:

    Flavia de Luce novels — Harriet the Spy for grown ups. The first one is called The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

  27. Shannon says:

    Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon. I don’t think it’s WWII, but it’s set during *a* war, in Spain, and it’s a mystery about books, and there’s a romance, and it’s just so, so beautifully written.

    Also loved The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. It was epic. And epic is such an overused word that I never call anything epic. Except that book.

    I totally feel your excitement about the Amazon box – I have a giant used bookstore near me where everything is a dollar. I’m probably single-handedly keeping them in business.

  28. Bee says:

    Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

    This is hands down the funniest book I have ever picked up. I have given this book as gifts to a few of my friends and my mom, they have all loved it too.

  29. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    Thank heavens someone else has heard of Suite Francaise. I really enjoyed that one.

    Never knew Fried Green Tomatoes was book and I will be looking tonight to see if it’s on Kindle. Loved the movie and watch every time it is on TV.

    Have you read The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje? Excellent.

    The Accidental Tourist – one of my favs

    A Fine Balance – magnificent

    Sigh. Too many books (or e-books LOL) and not nearly enough time.

  30. gloria says:

    High-jacking your comments, Karen, sorry, to ask if any “Flavia DeLuce” fans have read Bradley’s memoir The Shoebox Bible? And what did you think. Apparently, it’s extremely difficult to get a copy for many people who commented on Goodreads. And there were almost 300 comments there. Definitely going on my “to read” list right now.

  31. SamiJ says:

    I get a lot of my books from a trading site (www.paperbackswap.com) — also a great way to send unwanted books out into the world. Some of my faves: the Harry Dresden series (Jim Butcher), The Iron Seas series (Maljean Brooks), The Bird Artist (Howard Norman), I Wish I Had a Red Dress (Pearl Cleage), and for my “remember this?” classic pick, The Country of the Pointed Firs (Sarah Orne Jewett)

  32. Chau says:

    Karen, I did like “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”. It brought back beauty of human spirit and the art of letter writing that our internet-driven society has forgotten. I sincerely hope you would like it too

  33. Tina W. says:

    Mountains of the Moon, Night Circus, and Extra Virginity (about olive oil).

  34. Danielle says:

    An interesting read is “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan which chronicles the years Frank Lloyd Wright lived with his mistress. It was one of my book club reads and I thought it would be a yawn fest but actually is interesting (Frank sounds like an ass but talented, ok a talented ass). The true aspects of this story will blow you away (near the end of the book). My book clubs favourite read was ‘East of Eden’ John Steinbeck. An oldie but a goodie. I personally like anything by John Irving. Quirky writing but I like quirky. The world according to Garp, A prayer for Owen Meany or A widow for one year are a few of my favourites.

  35. Brigit says:

    I loved “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” and a great book I just read is The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman (don’t confuse with the Dove Keeper)

  36. Kristin says:

    Chiming in to second (or third or fourth – I stopped reading all the comments) the recommendation of Unbroken by Lauren Hildebrand. Excellent!
    I also recommend The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview, if you are a Pride and Prejudice fan. Puts a different take on Caroline Bingley.
    I have also enjoyed the novels by Emily Giffin.

  37. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Lots of good suggestions here, including some of my favorites. A few writers that havent’ been listed:

    Kristin Cashore – Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue.

    Laurie R. King – particularly the Mary Russell series. Mary is a young woman who is married to the older Sherlock Holmes. (Can you even imagine being married to him?)

    Charles Todd – his books take place during and after WWI.

    Reavis Z. Wortham – The Rockhole and Burrows. Reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird, only in Texas.

    I’ve recently begun using Goodreads to track my reading. Now all I have to do is remember to update it!

  38. ev says:

    “The Help”, very uplifting, includes funny and sad, history, and shame of our nation. (I live in Ohio.)

  39. miriam says:

    I am currently enjoying “How to Be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran. She’s a British columnist who is just hilarious–it’s part memoir, part feminist manifesto. Really, really funny.

  40. Bobbi says:

    Harry Dresden series (Jim Butcher) so far 4 diverse family members and 2 co-workers have gotten hooked on them……

    also “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman…I listened to it on Audible…don’t know how it would have been “in hand”…the voices gave it such richness……..

    I am off to find Gone Girl and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened……

    Happy reading !!!

  41. Janice says:

    A Tree Grows in Broklyn …… one of my faves!!

  42. Tricia says:

    The Night Circus!

  43. Marilyn says:

    I heard Barbara Kingsolver read from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and talk about her year of eating local…amazing. My favorite reads this summer have been Wild, Mudbound, The Angel Makers, and The Dry Grass of August.

  44. Megan says:

    With all this book chat that little word almost went unnoticed – “Ahem.” Don’t worry, I caught it, and am still giggling.

  45. Maggie says:

    My most recent is “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. She chronicles her true story of her solo journey walking from Southern California to the Oregon/Washington border on the Pacific Crest Trail (1100 miles or so – all by herself). She also has a very personal reason to “find herself”. Many things in life don’t turn out the way you want them to – but you can and must live through them anyway.
    Funny, inspiring read. Hope you try it!

  46. Gayla T says:

    I have given Rosamunde Pilcher credit for me becoming the woman I am. I started reading her when I was a young mother in the 1970’s and read everything she wrote. I happened to come across one of the early book in a box when I moved here and got the idea to reread all her books and see how they felt after all these years.I’m loving every page and it’s like going back and visiting people I used to know and haven’t seen in years. I buy as many books as I can on Ebay because the shipping is cheaper and now the books are too. All the book sellers are running scared by the electronic readers and selling books for as low as a dollar each. I search for a book I want and then see who has others on my list. Then I go theough as many books in their listing as I need to fill up a box. When you are paying a dollar a book and they combine the postage I’m probably paying a buck and a half. I bought three boxes a couple of months ago and Rosamunde Pilcher’s books and her sons filled a box nicely. The author I read before this was Patrick Taylor who has written the Irish Country Dr series and I’m anxiously waiting for him to write another. While buying his I came across another Irish author Alice Taylor who is no relation to Patrick. I’ve now read all of her books except one and I ordered it tonight when I found it on Ebay. I also have enjoyed the Miss Julia series. They are Fanny Flagg all over the place, an absolute hoot. I’ve caught myself laughing out loud and that doesn’t happen very often. Both of the Irish authors, Alice and Patrick are writing about Ireland after WWll and I find that is an interesting era to me. I have two more boxes to tell you about but I’m tired and still fighting the infection from the cat bite. Typing makes my arm hurt so I’ll save the others for next time.

  47. Roxana says:

    Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Hunting and Gathering – Ana Gavalda

    Survivor – Chuck Palaniuk

  48. Jamiek says:

    I am currently reading “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. If you like books about WWII you will like this book. It’s historical non-fiction.

  49. Sue says:

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbury
    I read it just after Potato Peel Pie Society and though they were nothing alike, I felt like the stars must have been aligned for me to have stumbled across two such wonderful books and read them back to back.

    Something else you might enjoy is the Flavia deLuce series by Alan Bradley. I think the first one is called The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I was sucked in to this 11-year old girl’s post WWII world from the first page.

    I love book lists and the recommendations of others, thanks for this post!

  50. Caroline says:

    Best books I’ve read lately are
    1 – the Flavia DeLuce series (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)
    2 – Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (also check out her blog TheBloggess.com – hysterical!)
    3 – a series by a swedish auther called Camilla Lackberg (1st book is called The Ice Princess)
    4 – a book called 7 An Experimental Munity Against Excess (very christian based but still an interesting read)
    Happy reading!!

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