I have been on a book reading jag lately so I figured it was time for another book report. I have found one of the best places for book reviews are other blogs. All the blogs I visit are people with similar interests (crafting, cooking, home making) so it stands to reason I would also like the books they are reading.
Every book reviewed here was discovered on someone elses blog.
I love books with a food theme. At first I thought World of Pies was a young adult book because the protagonist is a young pre-teen girl. But then she grows up and has some very grown-up experiences so definitely not a young adult book. It is the story of a tomboy who grows up in a small town in the 60's. The book starts out with a pie baking contest and includes recipes (bonus!). Quick, enjoyable read.
I struggled a bit with The Country Life because the author uses 89 words in a sentence when 6 or 7 would do but after I got used to her writing style I really, really liked this book. Probably the best of the four I'm reviewing today.
A young English woman basically quits her life in London, packs up a few meager possessions and takes a position in the country as the caregiver for a young disabled man. She is so ill-equiped for living in the country and the family she is working for is wackadoodle. The messes she gets into are hilarious.
Mary Stewart is a very prolific author but somehow I've never managed to read any of her books until this one. A sweet story of a young WWII widow that goes back to her childhood home to pack up her grandmother's things. There is a little mystery, a little budding romance and I want to pack up and move to the cottage myself.
The book I am currently reading is The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald. She of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle fame. It is the true story of her life trying to run a chicken farm with her husband. I just picked it up from the library today and have only read just a few pages. I love books about people that just pack up and do something different and out of their comfort zone.
I wish I was brave that way.
What's funny about this book is that the copy I picked up at the library looks nothing like the ones I've seen on Amazon. On closer inspection I see that someone has carefully covered it in a scrap of vintage wallpaper with a poultry theme.
Next on my list is anything by Beverley Nichols. But preferably Down the Garden Path. His account of trying to create a proper English garden in the 30's. I must be on a country, cottagey, English kick this Summer. Unfortunately my county library system doesn't have ANYTHING he's written. Harrumph. I have gotten so used to not buying books that I'm hardpressed to start up again. Even used, his books are a bit more than I want to spend right now.
So what are you reading?