Today I'm linking up with Emily over at Jones Design Company. This week, all of her posts were devoted to reading, with a different theme for each day. Isn't that fun? This came at the perfect time for me since one of my resolutions was to spend less time staring at a screen and more time with my nose in a book. So what have I been reading lately? Here's a round-up for you.
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
I discovered this book whilst doing a bit of "research" on the phenomenon of wealthy American heiresses marrying land-poor British aristocrats. Hey, I was suffering Downton withdrawal! While a little lacking in character development and depth, this was a quick, easy and fun read. Cora, an American princess, travels with her mother to England where she soon marries and find herself in the role of Duchess. But is money and a title enough to earn her the respect of English society and the love of her husband?
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
I've actually never read Jenny's blog, The Bloggess, but I spotted the book at the library and thought I'd give it a shot. Tears running down my face, you guys! She's like David Sedaris if David Sedaris were a woman from rural Texas. But despite the sheer hilarity and utter ridiculousness of her childhood, her book is also touching and real and very relatable. Disclaimer: If you're bothered by, shall we say, "colorful" language, this may not be the book for you.
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
I just read the last book in this series and I'm sooo sad that it's over. Precious Ramotswe and her partner Grace Makutsi are such delightful characters. As the only female detectives in all of Botswana, they use their own intuition, wisdom and charm to solve their cases. Alexander McCall Smith is such a clever writer and all of these books are so funny, touching and quirky. Read these!
Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie by Beth Howard
My mouth was watering the entire time I was reading this book. In fact, I had just read it when I made these apple pies. Beth Howard actually lives in the American Gothic House, (the farmhouse made famous by painter Grant Wood) where she runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand. It's how she got there that makes up her memoir, a story of grief and survival and how nourishing the body can help nourish the spirit. Oh, and she even includes recipes! I am dying to make the french silk...
What's on my nightstand?
I'm rereading The Great Gatsby and loving it. And I went to the library yesterday and picked up:
Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung
Requiem by Frances Itani
Ten Year's Later by Hoda Kotb
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci
So what are you reading? Click the link below and join the party!