Winter time is for sitting by the fireplace, sipping cognac, coffee or tea, and READING! I’ve been lucky enough to come upon some really great books in the last year. Here are a few of my recommendations…
1) The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes You might recognize the author, Jojo Moyes of Me Before You fame. This book is about a young English woman, Alice who moves to Kentucky with her American husband. She falls in with a cool group of women who are part of the traveling library. They ride horses up into the mountains to deliver magazines and books to people who cannot reach town. I couldn’t put this book down.
2) The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne This book takes place mostly in Ireland. I was in within the first paragraph, a young woman at church who is exiled from town with nothing more than a suitcase for being impregnated without being married. The story keeps going, through different generations and travels to Holland and New York and back to Ireland.
3) Educated – Tara Westover If you haven’t read this book yet, then you MUST! Ms Westover tells of her childhood in Idaho and her unconventional parents and upbringing. It always amazes me, hearing these stories, how strong some people really are.
4) Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens This sort of reminds me of Educated, except in this story, the young heroine is abandoned at a young age to raise herself. She grows up in a cabin, foraging and developing an appreciation for wildlife and botany. There is romance, a murder and is just a really great story.
5) Mr Flood’s Last Resort – Jess Kidd I read this one for my book club and really enjoyed it. This is the tale of an eccentric, spooky old man who is basically a hoarder in a grand old house. His new housekeeper/ caregiver, Maud shows up and soon unravels the mystery behind the old man and his family.
6) A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles This is the story of a Russian count who is exiled to the elegant Metropol hotel in Moscow. From the minute I started reading I could see the elaborate decor, smell the scents coming from the kitchen and could completely imagine myself inside the Metropol hotel. This was such a great read. And while you’re at it, read his first book, Rules of Civility (based in NY in the 20-30s….reminded me of Fitzgerald).