Monday, 2 February 2015

monday + what i've been reading

Good morning from unexpectedly sunny Glasgow! Did you have a nice weekend? We went to see Kingsman: The Secret Service on Saturday, thanks to our Unlimited cinema cards (quick review: some of the violence was gratuitous, had some OTT moments, but overall enjoyable). And I woke up to a clean kitchen this morning, which just seems to make Monday that much easier to handle. 

I mentioned last week that I've been making some trips to the library, both to get myself out of the house and to keep me from spending all my money on books. I have what my mother calls a "voracious" appetite for reading and can easily disappear into a book for hours. I wanted to have my birthday party at Borders one year, but my mom said the other kids probably wouldn't think that was fun. So what have I been reading lately?

Since I am far from picky about what books I pick up, I always end up with a mix of things from history to classics to modern chick-lit. I love it all. 
This week I read:
  • Sisterhood Everlasting, by Ann Brashares
  • The Vintage Girl, by Hester Browne
  • Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties, by Lucy Moore
Sisterhood Everlasting is the latest book in a series I have been reading since I was 13 or 14, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Heard of it? :) This book picks up ten years after the last one, with the girls edging on 30. I won't lie--I cried pretty much straight through it and once I finished it, I dried my eyes and started again! There's just something about these girls and the writing that seems to reach down into my chest and grab hold of my heart. I really hope it's not the last one she'll write, either, because it feels like there are so many open doors for these characters I've known for so long. I'm halfway through my second read of it already, but I keep having to put it down so I don't burst into tears again!

The Vintage Girl was just sitting there on the shelf, waiting for me, whispering Pick me! Pick me! I'm so glad I listened. The story of a girl's love for antiques (hello, self) set in a dramatic Scottish castle, it was simply a charming book. Romance, historical scandal, and a dashing heir all combined resulted in me actually setting a timer while reading it so I didn't miss a meet up with a friend. It's entirely possible that I'll read it again before it goes back to the library.

Anything Goes caught my attention in the history section, which most people seem to take care to avoid. I, on the other hand, could easily clear the shelves and march down to the desk with my arms full. I have a chapter left in this book, but it's been easy to read and rather entertaining. It's mostly a biography of the most famous people of the 1920s, so to me it's a bit like writing a book about the Kardashians and calling that a biography of the 2010s. But a conclusive history of the time period would be a lot bigger and probably a lot less interesting. If you want to know the stories behind a lot of the famous names (Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone, Clara Bow, etc.), then this is a great book for you. 

Have you read any good books lately? I'm always on the look-out for suggestions, so if you have any, just drop me a comment below! Hope your week is off to a good start! :)



  1. "Vintage Girl" sounds right up my alley! xx

  2. It's absolutely darling! Definitely worth checking out. xx

  3. I loved Sisterhood Everlasting! Adding Vintage Girl to my Goodreads "Want to Read" shelf now :) I'm reading a lot of Mary Higgins Clark lately, can't believe I seemed to have missed out on her, being a suspense thriller fan that I am.

  4. I just read 'The Here and Now' by Ann Brashares and it was pretty amazing! After i finished i read her bio and i couldn't believe she was the one who wrote the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! I was thinking of starting the series and just reading your review on the new one is making me add it to my wishlist! My amazon cart is full of books!! haha

  5. I have to confess I don't read too much suspense/thriller, just because then I lie awake all night absolutely POSITIVE that something will get me in my sleep. ;) Nancy Drew is about as suspenseful as I can take!

  6. Oh, I know that pain! I feel like I spend half my money on Amazon. I think I've only read one other Ann Brashares book that wasn't in the Sisterhood series, but it was crafted with the same love. I'll have to go hunt down the rest of her books now!

  7. I can't read them right before bed or I have the same problem! I was obsessed with Nancy Drew when I was younger, and recently I've started some Nancy Drew right before bed. It's really comforting :)

  8. you had me at antiques and Scottish castle with Vintage Girl - downloaded it already


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