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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I’m republishing this post since I first published it a week early for the linkup.  Sorry for the extra post in your inbox. Newborn fog is real, friends. 

Linking up with Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy to share quick snippets of what I’ve been reading lately.

I’ve gotten back into my reading habits and it’s like re-discovering an old friend. I don’t often read while feeding my little guy, there’s too many other distractions but if I’m rocking him to sleep or I have a few moments, I will always read. My to-read list is super long at the moment and I can only read a certain type of book right now, anything too dark or too emotional gets returned to the library with just a chapter or two read. These ones were fantastic and I’d love to hear what you are reading during these winter months.

winter reading march 2016 || this vintage moment

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My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Riechel

When the magazine, Gourmet, was abruptly closed down Ruth was out of her job of editor in chief. The future was uncertain and so she headed to the kitchen of their country home to figure out what the next chapter held. It’s a very personal read, laid out by the seasons and puncuatated by her discovery of twitter and her take on life in 140 characters. It is chock full of recipes, tells the back story of when she wrote her first novel (Delicious!) and is the story of one woman making slow peace to a whole new way of  life. It’s been on my radar for a long time and I’m so glad I finally read it. The kitchen is often where I disappear to make sense of life’s events and I enjoyed Ruth’s telling of her journey.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

This book was such a fun read! In Willy Wonka fashion, 12 twelve year olds are chosen by their essays to spend the night in a town’s brand new library funded by a brilliant millionaire. Mr. Lemoncello made his money designing board games and the over night stay turns out to be the most epic game of the kids’ lives. It’s a more peaceful version of the Hunger Games complete with holograms of librarians past to help with the game’s clues, full of references to great books and library trivia. It’s a great YA read.

The Knockoff: A Novel by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fashion, New York City, social media- this book covers it all in a fast-paced, hilarious (sometimes snarky) manner. I loved this story of a magazine editor in her early forties coming back to work as editor in chief only to find her role seemingly taken over by a brash, ambitious 20 something who turned the magazine into an app. It’s the complete opposite of my daily life and I loved this peek into a different world. If you liked The Devil Wears Prada or the film,The Intern , this book is right up your alley.


Jane of Lantern Hill by Lucy M. Montgomery

I chose this book for ‘the book you can read in a day’ from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge and I could read it in a day, before I had a newborn. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Jane who finds out that she has a father after 11 years of living in Toronto with her mother, grandmother and great aunt. The only problem is her father now wants her to spend the summer with her on Prince Edward Island. She goes and falls deeply in love with the ocean, red roads and Island living. It’s delightful and spunky and Jane is one of my favourite LMM heroines.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Another title that has been on my list for way too long, I finally picked this one up after hearing about on the What Should I Read Next podcast. It’s quirky and beautiful, set in a South American country where a group of wealthy men and their wives have gathered to celebrate a Japanese man’s birthday with an American opera singer as the feature of the evening. It all goes amuck when terrorists take the house hostage and what follows is a study in human nature, relationships and love with many musical references. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the book is set almost entirely over the course of a few weeks and only in the house of the vice president.

Tell me what you’ve been reading lately and what books I should add to my TBR list!


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  • Krista March 14, 2016, 2:10 pm

    I’m so glad you’re making time for your beloved reading in the midst of your big, beautiful changes. 🙂 I’ve been mostly doing audio books lately. They are so nice while I’m working or driving. I’ve also been re-reading the Guardians of Childhood series. 🙂

    • thisvintagemoment March 15, 2016, 8:19 pm

      It’s been life-giving to do this one thing to recharge after or during a busy day. =) I love the idea of audio books but I never listen to them because I almost always have small people around as well. They would be so nice though while working! =)

  • Victoria March 14, 2016, 2:49 pm

    I read Grabenstein’s book a few summers ago and absolutely LOVED it. I could not put it down and I wanted to get my hands on ALLL of his books. 🙂 It’s fantastic!

    Shortly after that I read Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store…Have you read that yet?!?!? It’s definitely adulty (there’s some slightly off color stuff about a bar down the street and a guy who designs boobs in a video game, but it’s just a SMIDGE and totally skipabble.)

    I read Delicious! In November and I’ve been wanting to read this book too! I pretty much adore Reichl and her story really really inspires me. Have you read any of her other books? Which would you recommend?

    • thisvintagemoment March 15, 2016, 8:22 pm

      Yes, I’ve read Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Book Store and really enjoyed it! I love books about bookstores/libraries. =)

      I would start with Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, it’s about her time as a food critic for the NY Times. It’s fascinating and then any of her other memoirs are also good.

  • Jessica March 14, 2016, 5:22 pm

    Welcome back to the blogosphere! I am so impressed with how much you manage to read with a newborn to keep you busy! Definitely going to check out Jane of Lantern Hill but first I need to read Anne of Green Gables!

    • thisvintagemoment March 15, 2016, 8:24 pm

      Thank-you, Jessica! =) I’ll admit my reading has slowed a lot with having a newborn but reading a few chapters each day keeps me going and a little refreshed.
      Anne is delightful and there’s a whole series about her life, you’re in for a treat when you read her!

  • Becca @ The Earthling's Handbook March 15, 2016, 4:15 pm

    I’m impressed that your newborn fog led you to post early instead of late!

    Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? That’s about a year of food, in a different way than My Kitchen Year, and it’s full of entertaining and educational stuff.

    In my latest reviews are a couple of light books you might enjoy.

    • thisvintagemoment March 15, 2016, 8:26 pm

      I have read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and throughly enjoyed it! It made me want to move to the country and plant tomatoes immediately. =)

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