Thursday, January 16, 2014

just off the bookshelf





I really love to read. But I probably like to talk to people that have read the same books as me even more! So that's where you guys come in. It's my favorite part of these posts. Hearing how you liked the same books and what you've been reading lately.

Here are a couple books I've read and enjoyed since the last Just Off the Bookshelf post.


by Kathleen Grissom

Oh boy... this was a good one. So sad, but so good. It's a 4.5 star book for sure.


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by Adriana Trigiani

 What could be better than a historical fiction novel? One that includes a great love story! This is another 4.5 star book! A story of Italian immigrants and their lives in Italy as well as in America.  


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by Veronica Roth

I really enjoyed this trilogy. It reminded me for some reason of The Hunger Games. Not really sure why?? Loved Divergent... it definitely sucked me in. Insurgent was great as well, but I struggled a little bit getting through Allegiant. I would still highly recommend them and I am really looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out this year!


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Speaking of movies...
I finally got to see The Book Thief a couple weeks ago. I LOVED it. (even though I left the theatre with bright red eyes) I'll be buying it when it comes out on DVD in March!

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Kay... tell me what you've been reading!!

56 comments:

  1. Loved the Kitchen House - great book! Im reading Plain Truth from Jodi Piccoult right now.

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    1. I can't remember if I've read Plain Truth?? I usually really like Jodi Piccoult!

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  2. Love the suggestions. I'm reading the Dressmaker right now.

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  3. Another thing we have the same taste in.... I've read 1/2 of these. Shoemaker's Wife and the Divergent series (except I'm still working on Allegiant). I want to read the other 2! And to see the Book Thief. It's hard to find around here. :/
    I wish we lived close enough (for about 2002340949 reasons) to have book club in person. xo

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    1. The Book Thief was only showing like twice a day here. It took me forever to find a time when I could go. (is it really only 2002340949 reasons?? haha)
      I'll have to check out The Fault in Our Stars!! Pretty sure I've heard good things about that one before!

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  4. P.S. You might like The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene if you haven't read it yet. Sad but funny and so well written.

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  5. The Shoemakers Wife is on my to-read list, and now so is The Kitchen House. I just finished reading The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, and I'm about to start The Great Pearl Heist - London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace (how's that for a subtitle?).

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    1. I love Kate Morton! I guess she has a new one too that's been mentioned below in the comments... I'm going to have to check them out. :)

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  6. The Kitchen House is my book club selection and we meet tomorrow! I loved it! I also love Adriana T. and her books. Shoemaker's Wife was excellent. I have to check out the Divergent series, I've been hearing a lot about them!

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    1. Were you a fan of Hunger Games? If so you'd probably like the Divergent series. :) and I've only read the one Adriana T. book... I'll have to check out some of her others.

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  7. I am reading The Shoemakers Wife right now...loving it so far! I have read The Kitchen House, SO good. I just finished The Longest Ride by: Nicholas Sparks, great book, good ending. I love Kate Morton's books, her latest, The Secret Keeper has to be my favorite though, it has a surprise ending that will knock your socks off!! I love it when you do a just off the bookshelf post, totally makes my day! ;)

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    1. I love Kate Morton too! I'll for sure be ordering The Secret Keeper... thanks for letting me know about it! and p.s. you just made my day!! :)

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  8. i loved the kitchen house-it was one of those books that you didn't want to read b/c of the subject, and what you just knew was going to happen-yet it was so good, and so well written that of course you wanted to keep reading. does that make sense?

    I just got done the husbands secret and it was really good. I like to see how individual stories are then weaved together, and that's what that was like.

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    1. That makes total sense!!! :)

      I'll have to check out the husbands secret... thanks for the recommendation!

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  9. I am reading One Summer by David Baldacci. AWESOME!!!!

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    1. I don't think I've ever read one of his books... I'll have to check it out! Thanks!!

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  10. Have you read The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton? It's a GREAT book. I've since read 2 of her other books since finished The Secret Keeper and loved those too. I also really enjoyed Tell the Wolves I'm Home! Going to check out The Kitchen House ~ thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. You are the second one to mention The Secret Keeper... going to order it today because I love Kate Morton!! (and probably Tell the Wolves I'm Home too :))

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  11. Allegiant took me FOREVER to finish! I'm not sure if it's because I had read the first two so long ago so I wasn't really into it, but anytime I thought it was picking up I would get bored again. I definitely want to read the Shoemaker's Wife! And I love your rating system :)

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    1. Yep... me too. Something about Allegiant just didn't do it for me??
      and please give Shoemaker's Wife a try! I really did enjoy it. :)

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  12. I always love your suggestions! Thanks! My new recent reading loves have been "If I Stay" and "Where She Went" by Gayle Foreman.

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    1. Makes me happy to hear you enjoy my suggestions!! :)
      I've never heard of those 2 books... I'll check them out today! Thanks so much.

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  13. i felt the same way about the divergent trilogy. loved the first one, enjoyed the second, thought the third one was crap. i was like....did i just read some really good books inbetween the time the second and third book came out or did her writing just get really crappy and mundane?? oh well. i still enjoyed the trilogy mostly

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    1. exactly how I felt Rebecca!! :) and I'm still really excited to see the movie!

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  14. I just finished Longbourn by Jo Baker, it's Pride and Prejudice told from the servants point of view. I REALLY like it, it gives you a feeling of how much the servants had to go through. An author I recommend is Susanna Kearsley, I've loved every book of hers I read so far. Right now I'm reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I'm halfway though, it's very interesting - about a young woman who has a missing brother and sister, why they are missing is unfolding as it goes and I was just super shocked to learn something about the sister. It's making me want to do nothing today but read it to see what the heck is going on!!!

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    1. thanks for all the recommendations Kathee!! Sounds like some good ones.... especially this We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves one... you have me hooked. :)

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  15. Did you read the Book Thief before you saw the movie? If so, did you love the book and did the movie disappoint. The Book Thief is one of my all-time-favorites so I've been wary to see the movie.

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    1. Yes I read it... it's one of my all time favorites too!! The book is definitely better, but I really enjoyed the movie as well! Plus I LOVED all the actors that were in the movie. Made me feel so much closer to them. (I get really close to the characters in books.. haha) I would definitely recommend seeing it. :)

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  16. The Kitchen House was excellent. I haven't read Divergent yet, but plan to. We are starting Ender's Game for Book club and just finished The Book Thief. I Love to see what you are reading. One of my favs is Wildflower Hill by Kimberly Freeman. Susanna Kearsley has several stellar books, and I just ready the Selection and Elite by Kiera Cass-young adult fun read. Thanks for all the recommendations and ratings it helps a lot when I am looking for something good to read.

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  17. The Kitchen House sounds interesting, added that to my list. Loved Divergent and need to make time to read the rest. I am currently reading The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan for book club, I'm not far in but it's intriguing.

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  18. I read the Kitchen House last year. Very hard to read, but important. Have you read The Glass Castle? So very interesting. I just read the Girls of Atomic City. Crazy interesting! I thought it would be too dry, but it filled in so many historical holes I had in regards to WWII. The Light Between Oceans is a quick read, but a little heartbreaking. I am reading Twelve Years a Slave right now. Other recent goodies: Honolulu, The Yellow House and All Different Kinds of Free.

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    1. I keep eyeing The Glass Castle every time I'm at Target! I need to grab it.
      and I'm definitely going to check out the Girls of Atomic City one... a couple of you mentioned it!
      I believe Honolulu is by the same author as one of my favorites Molaka'i... so I'll need to get that one! Thanks for all the great recommendations!!

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  19. If you liked Divergent, then try Maze Runner and Legend (both trilogies). I really liked If I Stay (read it around the same time I read Our Fault in Stars. All the books you mentioned I've either read or are on my too read list. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations Andrea! I haven't read any of the ones you've mentioned so I'm off to check them out today. :)

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  20. still haven't gotten a chance to read divergent! So many books I have to readdd

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    1. I hear ya! I have a list a mile long. :)

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  21. Have you ever read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? Those 7 books are fantastic, and she's working on the 8th, due out in late March.

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    1. I haven't but it's been on my list forever!! I usually buy my books so I can share with my family and friends and I think because there are so many I keep putting it off. I have an amazon GC though... I think it might be time. I had no clue that she was working on another one though. That's exciting. :)

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  22. I read Divergent last Saturday...all in one day, I was that drawn in. It reminds me very much of The Hunger Games as well, but I think that it is mostly the dystopian setting, though they both have corruption when it comes to its leaders as well, and "Survival of the Fittest" mentality for some of the factions. It was a great read! I am currently reading The Book Thief and in love with it as well, though I'm sure I'll end up balling at some point, and then I will definitely want to see the movie!

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    1. wish I was as good with words as you are Tiffany!!
      I cried the hardest I've ever cried while reading during the ending of The Book Thief. :( and then again at the movie. haha

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    2. Wow, thank you so much. That is an incredible compliment to receive; especially from one of my favorite blogs to read! I just finished The Book Thief this evening, and I cried very hard at the end as well. It was so beautifully written, though. I cannot wait to see the movie!

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  23. These are my favorite posts! I love seeing what everyone's reading! Helps grow my list!!
    Reading The Fault in the Stars right now. SO good!
    Also read The English Rose, The Tea Rose and The Wild Rose. All good historical romance fiction!
    Keep the recommendations coming!

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    1. second mention of The Fault in the Stars!! It's going on the list. :) I'll also have to check out those "Rose" books!! Historical Romance Fiction seems to be my thing. haha.

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  24. You would love my book club. We read "The Kitchen House" a few months ago, and we read "The Book Thief" this past month. They were both well liked by our club. Our selection for next month is "The Girls of Atomic City: the Women Who Helped Win World War II." We stick to themes for our selections, and this coming month is nonfiction. It might have been chosen because we are based in east TN, which is where the story is set.
    Love reading....it's the best.

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    1. I'll be checking that one out!! Sounds really interesting and someone else mentioned it as well!! and I'm glad we all agree.... reading is the best!! :)

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  25. Love, love The Book Thief and hesitant about seeing the movie. The Time Traveller's Wife is one of my all time favourite books and The Remains of the Day is on of the saddest you will ever read. The Kitchen House was awesome if terribly sad. Currently reading The Cuckoo Calling by J K Rowling. Reading is the best thing ever! I can do it all day long :)

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    1. See the movie! I loved it. :)
      and I agree reading is the best!! haha

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  26. Looks like we have similar taste in books...that is to say, GOOD. I just finished The Kitchen House too. Loved it...I didn't LOVE love the Divergent Series, but I enjoyed it all the same. My book club spent some time talking about books we reread (Mine were Pavilion of Women by Pearl Buck and A Tree Grows in Brookly by Betty Smith) and she said hers was The Turquoise. I just got it, can't wait to start!

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  27. A few of my favorites : Loving Frank by Nancy Koran, The Glass Castle and also Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene is delightful. None of these are new books but are all wonderful. I have heard The Orphan Train is great and is on my list.

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  28. The Kitchen House was SO good! I recently finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I seriously could not put it down (& I have 4 young kids).
    I've told everyone I know to read it and a few friends finished it in 2 DAYS!!

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  29. Not sure why my last comment was "unknown", but I forgot a few that I loved! The Forgotten Garden and The Language of Flowers are both fantastic reads. Another young adult selection (if you liked The Fault in our Stars) is Eleanor & Park. It won a bunch of awards by national librarians in 2013.

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  30. I loved Wonder by R.J. Placido. It touched my heart and was so uplifting.

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  31. loved the book thief. read divergent, but need to continue - i loved it. thanks for sharing! waiting for the golem and the jinni to come in the mail from amazon. i have to have pages and paper - not a kindle gal.

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  32. I just finished Doc Holiday's Woman. It was not something I thought I would like but it was so good. I know a book will be good when my teenage son would rather read than watch t.v. and he read it in a few days!

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  33. Read The Fault in Our Stars. I read it in one day and wept, but it's so good. Also, the movie comes out this summer!

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