Joining in with Modern Mrs. Darcy where we share short descriptions of what’s been on our nightstand, in our purses and keeping us up at night with just one chapter. This month’s list of titles is shorter then my usual but I’m okay with that because much of my reading was spent outside, cheering on little bike riders and revelling in the sunshine.
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
This was a fun read if you like family history, the South, the power of flowers and slightly predictable story lines. Claire is the sister who stayed in the town she grew up in and started a successful catering company. Mostly successful because of how she uses the flower ingredients to shape people’s lives- this flower for forgetting, that flower for falling in love, this flower for remembering. Her sister comes back to town with a hidden story of where she ran away too and what happened to her and her little girl. The sisters reunite over time and over good food. It’s a delightful read especially leading up to summer and I may have been influenced to plant a few more edible flowers in my garden after reading it.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
If you read one book from this list, read this one. I am a geek about habits and routines and minimizing daily decision fatigue but even if you are not like me, you need this book in your life. It examines why we do what do, how habits are formed and how to start new good habits. I read it through the lens of a mother and wanting to reform some of my parenting habits. Once you understand the cycle of cue -routine- reward you can change any habit you want too. And as everybody knows, one good habit leads to another and another.
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
I am a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s later books (What Alice Forgot, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies are all good ones to start with) and after reading all her latest books, I’ve started reading some of her earlier works. One of my favourite lines from her biography is that she lives in Sydney with two small, noisy children. This book is her second book and as a mother of two small noisy children as well, I’m impressed that she not only wrote one book but went on to write quite a few. If you like Liane’s books, you’ll appreciate how she has grown as an author throughout her books. This one is not of her better ones, the storyline is choppy and I found the constant dialogue between characters confusing at times. But you can see how she is working out her style and in her later books, it shines. This story follows a set of triplets starting at their 34th birthday and all the events that worked together to bring them to that place. I am one of three sisters and so I loved the sister aspect, being all the same yet different.
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley
Flavia is back and with one of the greatest mysteries of her life- how and why did her mother die? She is an almost twelve year old girl with a penchant for chemistry and finding out why, before anyone else does. She doesn’t remember her mother who died when she was two but her mother’s body has been recovered and brought back to England under government escort. Her sisters mourn and Flavia asks questions and solves the mystery of how her mother died. A fabulous story for anyone who loves England, old estates, mysteries and indomitable girls.
What have you been reading lately? Any good books keeping you up late at night? Check out the round up at Modern Mrs Darcy for many more titles!