Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Mood Lifters: Bookworm Edition

Happy Monday! If you're at work right now I'm willing to bet you would love to have a magical force carry you away to a better (less workey) place. Perhaps one with fairytale princesses and big, bad wolves. Or, how about an exotic land ruled by honor, duty and discipline? Perhpas a tropical kingdom is more your speed. Regardless of you choice I've got the portal you are looking for right here.

Check out this list of reads I am loving right now.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

This wonderful story follows two best friends in 19th century China through one family's rise and anothers fall. In a world where women were foot bound at a very young age, then lived the rest of their lives hobbled, in near-total seclusion from the outside world, the relationships between them were sacred. This is truly one of the most wonderful books I've ever read. It's heartbreaking and engrossing and truly a joy to sink into.






Key West Food Critic Mysteries 


Occasionally I really enjoy reading a good, old fashioned cozy mystery. If you're not familiar with this type of story think Murder She Wrote. The genre has a solid formula: through some twist of fate an amateur sleuth is tasked with stopping a murderer, before they can strike again. This series is focused around Hayley Snow, who lives in quirky Key West. I really enjoy these because they are fast paced and have a bit of zing!






Fables


Ever since I was a kid I've voraciously read anything I could get my hands on, and in my younger days those things were often comic books. Since childhood my tastes have changed a bit, though. I love the Fables series because it melds the fairytale stories I know and love with sharp wit and an R rating. Think Once Upon a Time, on steroids.






Little Women

Putting this in here is sort of cheating, since it's not exactly something I'm loving now as much as it's something I'm loving always. If you've only seen the movie, or read the book under the threat of a bad grade in school I can't recommend that you give it another shot enough. Every time I revisit this Victorian moralizing tale I take something new and important away from it.

What are you guys reading? Leave me a comment and let me know what I should read next!






15 comments:

  1. wow, i love chinese novels although i haven't read this book yet but i am always blown away by secret codes.i also like the stories of The Joy Luck Club of Amy Tan and the insertion of secret messages on the moon cakes.

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    1. Oh I will have to check that out! I've heard of it but haven't read it. Sounds very cool.

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  2. I’m a fantasy girl... but these books seems to be cool as well!

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    1. I love fantasy too! What are some of your favorites?

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  3. Grew up with this book. Still love it :)

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  4. Great post!

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  5. Reading classics is a goal for this yr & The Little Women would be a wonderful addition :]
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    1. Yes, definitely give it a go! One of the things I love about it is that it's very approachable. No super antiquated language to wade through. And the themes are very timeless-- love, family, hard work, etc. It's not like reading a book about a governmental system that is no longer in place etc. that just doesn't feel like it applies to your current life.

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  6. Great post! Those books seem perfect! =)
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    Jess

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  7. This post is perfect. I've been looking for an easy reading book to read by the pool for this weekend's trip and I was just going to stop by B&N after work. Great suggestion. I think I'm going to check out the Key West Food Critic Mysteries books.

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    1. Totally check the series out! I love it. Another good one is the Farmers Market series by Paige Shelton. Both are like chicken soup for the soul.

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  8. Little women is a classic!
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    Stella from a A Shiny Place

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    1. Agreed. It *might* be my favorite classic, but I think I prefer Gatsby by a hair.

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