Wednesday, May 13, 2009

two books I have finished lately

I love reading, but sometimes it is so hard to figure out what to read next! I'd love to have a never ending stream of good recommendations. Here are two good books I've read recently.

Over the spring break I so very much enjoyed reading A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg. To tell the truth, I'd never actually read her blog. I just kept seeing her book pop up on others' blogs, so I decided to check it out (my lovely mother brought it up to me one day of my break since we are short on bookstores locally). Each little chapter is a gem of a personal essay followed by a recipe. I found Molly to be sweet and friendly and I so enjoyed her story. She writes especially beautifully about her late father. What a lovely tribute to him. The recipes look great too. I especially want to make the coconut macaroons I've seen popping up on the blogs.

The other book I just finished is Run by Ann Patchett. I love all her books but it's been six years since she published a novel! I was happy to find this one. It's about a family in Boston with three sons, two adopted, and basically what happens to them one snowy winter night. The whole thing takes place over a twenty-four hour period. My only complaint is that the book was too short--I wanted it to keep going. I don't want to give away the plot but I will say that the characters are very interesting, as is the story, and the writing is excellent.

Up next, The Maytrees. So far I like it. It's very poetic.

10 comments:

Tia said...

Pick up Outlander by Diana Galbaldan. It is a series and they are LONG, but so so worth it. That will keep you in books for years!

Mary Beth said...

I will look for that! Thank you!

Joy said...

I have A Homemade Life on my wish list. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

Ellie said...

I just got Run in the mail from Paperbackswap.com I am so excited to read it!

Lisa said...

I loved A Homemade Life. I wish I'd had my own copy and not the libraries so that I could make everything in it. Even the stuff I don't usually like sounded good in her writing.

I'm stuck in YA land with Sarah Dessen, which turns out to be a nice place to be.

Jessica said...

I was so bummed to finish a Homemade Life...it was such a great read. Now I'm reading Jodi Picoult books and I think they are just perfect for late spring/summer reading.

Mountain Mama (Wesley Jeanne) said...

I read Molly's book for the same reason, and enjoyed it immensely for the same reasons...

Nerissa said...

I got Homemade Life for my birthday and just loved it. I love Orangette's blog and love the book even more. Can't say I've read anything by the other author.

Claire said...

I will add these titles to my reading list. Can't wait to start 'em!

jackie said...

i'm in the middle of "homemade life" and just love love love it.