Monday, October 21, 2013

It's Monday! Recapping a Good Reading Weekend!

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I have been SO out of the It's Monday loop lately, and it's good to be back! What that really means is that my reading picked up over the course of the weekend, and I feel like I'm truckin' through books at my usual pace again. Woot!


I finished The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes, for my book club this coming Thursday. Just like Me Before You, I had my doubts about this book. WWI? Multiple storylines? But, yeah, Moyes reigns supreme. I loved it. 


Then I dug fully into My Life in France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme. Just...WOW. I am enjoying this book so so so much. I can definitely hear Julia's voice in this writing, and I have so much more respect for her. Her gumption and drive really didn't come all the way through in her cooking show. This woman is a sparkplug!

Finally, I might've done a little book shopping. Something to the tune of 14 books for $21. Yeah, I needed those like a hole in my head. I'll give you the full scoop tomorrow! 

How was your weekend? Read anything grand? 





23 comments:

  1. I saw your haul and was jealous! Although more books right now would probably just give me major anxiety. You had such a great weekend. I got sidetracked by television (AGAIN) and binge watched Lost Girl season one. That's okay, though, because I want to make The Goldfinch last!!

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    1. Yeah, the stacks beginning to form around my house are stressing me out a bit. I really need to cull books I just know I'm never going to read. There are quite a few.

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  2. Julia Child is such an amazing person! I need to give her autobiography a try. $21 for 14 books?! What a steal! Enjoy your week, Andi!

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    1. Isn't she? It really comes through in this memoir in a way I've not experienced before. I'm an even bigger fan now!

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  3. Good to hear your reading is going as wished again. Have been hearing a lot of good things about Jojo Moyes. Really should read one of those books at some point.
    I read I am Pilgrim last week. Liked it a lot.

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    1. They're really quick, involving reads. Perfect for busting up a slump, for sure!

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  4. Sounds like a great weekend! I just loved My Life in France... and don't know why it's taking me so long to read JoJo Moyes! Unfortunately, no reading for me last weekend, but am hoping to carve out a little more time this week. 14 books for $21 - wow!!

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    1. It took me a while to jump onboard and try ole Jojo. I kicked myself afterward because I loved Me Before You so much. Her writing is just so easy to sink into, and I always end up falling for the characters.

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  5. Wow looks like you have an awesome week ahead of you. Happy reading! :)

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  6. Julia Child was indeed a sparkplug! I bet that book is terrific!

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    1. It's amazing. Truly. I adore it!

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  7. My Life in France sounds delightful. I was quite jealous of your book haul! Can't wait to read some of those reviews :-)

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    1. It is SO good! And as I was buying all those books I was thinking, "And where do I think I'm going to put these?" lol

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  8. Every time I see a picture of Julia, or even look at her biography, I want to make boeuf bourginon real bad. :) Happy reading!

    (When I was little, my mother used to watch Julia's cooking show in black and white while she was ironing, and I'll never forget listening to her voice. I thought all good cooks should sound like that. ;)

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    1. LOL, I want to make it, too. It sounds so warm and yummilicious. Maybe I'll put that on my to-do this weekend.

      I used to watch Julia's show every day on PBS when I was growing up. It came on around lunchtime with Jeff Smith's The Frugal Gourmet and Justin Wilson. My grandmother saw Julia in a Dallas supermarket once and was totally starstruck. Something I cannot imagine my grandmother being, but which warms my heart to think about. :)

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  9. I sooooo want to read about Julia Child sometime. That one sounds great!

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    1. This book is seriously fun and amazing. I'm reading it slow now just to savor it.

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  10. My Life in France was a big hit in my book club when we read 3 or 4 years ago. It's very interesting. I enjoyed reading about old France while living in the modern one. It was funny how I felt that some things hadn't changed.

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    1. I bet it would make a really nice book club choice. I've actually thought of you as I'm reading because I wondered about the differences between France then and now.

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  11. Question: which JoJo Moyes book would you recommend as better? I want to read one after hearing so much, but am torn about which to start with.

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    1. Jennine, it's a tough call. IF you like contemporary stories best, try Me Before You. If you have a hankering for the historical, go with The Girl You Left Behind. They're both tear jerkers with really good characterization. I think Me Before You surprised me more because I really wasn't sure I'd love it. But I totally did.

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  12. I'm so glad to hear that My Life in France is such a winner! I've got it in my stacks, as well as As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto (which I started a couple of years ago and want to get back to this winter). I may spend the entire winter reading nothing but food-related memoirs, since they seem to be taking over the bookcase in my guest room.

    I'm also happy to know that JoJo Moyes doesn't disappoint with The Girl You Left Behind. I loved Me Before You and have been reading through Moyes' blog posts (the book tour posts are hilarious), but I haven't picked up a copy of her latest. Yet.

    Have a great week, Andi!

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