It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my recent reads on the blog but I’ve been reading a lot. I’m sharing my favourites from the last month or so and our current read aloud. Joining up as always with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy for quick takes on our latest reads.
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer Smith
I fell hard for Young Adult fiction this summer and clearly my crush isn’t over. It’s the stories as well as the cover art that sucks me in. A mis-typed email address leads to months of correspondence without knowing who is on the other end of the email address which leads to a small town in Maine becoming the site for a movie star’s next movie. He wants to be her friend, she wants to be friends with the guy she knows from her email screen not the silver screen. It’s classic summer romance and the discovery of being friends with someone because you connect with them and not just because their name is in the latest magazine.
Pat of Silver Bush by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I’ve had this classic pair on my list all year and it’s taken me until autumn to really get into them. Pat is similar to other Montgomery heroines in her love of trees and naming special places, her desire for a bosom friend and the heart wrenching grief of disappointment and loss. There’s also shades of every other hired girl in Judy Plum and I find myself wanting to curl up with a morsel from her pantry and a hot fire to read the rest of the book. Pat isn’t the most exciting heroine but it’s a sweet book filled with love of home, family and place.
Mistress Pat by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Pat is older in this sequel, old enough for beaus and talk of marriage but she has none of it. Her first love is Silver Bush, her second is her family. She has plenty of offers of marriage but she balks at the changes in her own life and those in her siblings’ lives. The book is divided into years and I enjoyed the passing of time in the book with all the changes that time brings but also an appreciation for the old favourite spots around the house.
Hothouse Flower by Lucinda Riley
I requested this one on a whim and read it within a couple evenings. I’ve learned that I enjoy books that switch between contemporary and historical fiction and this one does not disappoint. An old manor house, a grieving widow and her loving sister meet at an auction where they find memories from their childhood and their grandfather’s orchids. The story switches between cold, dreary England where people marry for their family’s sake and exotic Thailand where recovering POWs fall in love with orchids and a little more. There’s a few weak links in the story but overall, I enjoyed a fresh take on a period of history where manor houses reigned king and a World War brought countries together in the most unlikely ways.
On my nightstand:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Every autumn, I like to re-read a favourite series. This year its the Harry Potter series, perfect for curling up with a mug of tea and a cozy blanket. Even though the first few books are more simple in their writing and descriptions, I’m really enjoying the development of the characters.
Read Alouds with the girls:
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
After reading a picture book of Alice over and over to my five year old and not loving how simple the story was, I got a slightly abridged edition with fantastic illustrations to read aloud with her. To my surprise, she loves it even though the characters are just as bizarre and mad as I remembered. It’s one of those books that I think everyone should read for its references in today’s culture. It’s prompted some good discussion with my daughter and plenty of laughs over the ridiculous characters.
What books are your nightstand or in your read aloud collection? Tell me in the comments and then head to Modern Mrs. Darcy for many more titles!
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