Hi! Happy Friday! What are you lovelies up to this weekend? My husband has been gone all week for a work conference and doesn't come home until Sunday night (boo hoo!!) so my weekend agenda looks like a whoooooole lot of lazing around - including lots of my favorite things like reading, baking and Pinteresting, to help pass the time!
I've been reading a ton this summer and thought I'd share a round-up of a few of my most favorite novels. I didn't read all of these this summer, but I have read them all and they all stand out in my mind even though in some cases it's been years since I turned the last page. If you're looking for a good fiction read, check them out!
- The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson // I read Simonson's first book, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, and it was so charming and endearing, that I had high hopes for this, her second novel. It did not disappoint! A lovely story about a little English village in the summer before the First World War. It's funny, heartwarming, a little bit sad but has a great cast of characters and is a really lovely read. And it's the same era as Downtown Abbey, so if you loved that show, you'll likely love this book.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery // I know this is a children's book, but it might be my favorite book of all time. I just adore Anne and her spunky, sweet nature. And Montgomery's writing style is so descriptive and beautiful; you really feel like you're right there in Avonlea with everyone! I'm reading the rest of the Anne books right now (there are 7 total, and I'm on book 3) since I never read beyond this first one as a kid. I'm loving them!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows // Oh, how I love this book! I can't do it better than the Amazon description: "Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways." Put this at the top of your summer reading list!
- The Dust That Falls From Dreams // I picked this up on a whim from the library's "new" shelf because I loved the cover. I am a judge-the-book-by-its-cover girl through and through! Another story set in WWI era, but this one spans decades, from the brief Edwardian era England experienced pre-war, all the way through the war and after. I can only describe this one as beautiful. It's a truly beautiful story.
Zorro by Isabel Allende // I grew up watching the Antonio Banderas movie, but had no idea there was a book! Love, love, love this story. It spans from Europe to Mexico to the Americas and is filled with romance, pirates, adventure, all of it! It's told by a woman's point of view as well, which is an interesting lens to view the legend of Zorro. Super great read.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman // A post-war story about a baby that washes up on the shore of an island off the coast of Australia, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife (who have experienced multiple miscarriages and a stillbirth) live. They're turning this one into a movie and the trailer looks awesome, so definitely read it before checking out the film!
The Time In Between by Maria Duenas // This is a doozy of a book at 500+ pages but it is SO SO GOOD. It's set in Spain and Morocco during the Spanish Civil War/WWII era and follows the life of Sira Quiroga, a seamstress-turned-spy. I read this book on my honeymoon in Spain, which might be why I liked it so much, but if you're into historical fiction you'd likely enjoy it. Also, the story was turned into a miniseries that's on Netflix, which I highly recommend watching once you read the book!
Longborn by Jo Baker // The story of Pride and Prejudice, told from the point of view of the servants at Longborn (The Bennett's household.) Need I say more? If you love Jane Austen, you'll love this novel.