I like big books.

by - April 03, 2015

I like to read. A lot.  And I would go as far as saying that I think the gift of reading was one of the greatest gifts I was ever given.  I'm so grateful that my mom pushed me to read when I was younger. Isn't it the best feeling, or worst maybe, when you put down a book and you don't want it to end and you can't stop thinking about it and it's like you've lost a friend and you are just dying to know what happens next? I also love that my brother, sister and husband are all avid readers.  Dan, Rob and my mom have similar tastes while Kyla and I share more books between the two of us.

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I gave myself the goal of reading 20 books in 2015, I'm at 15 now.  In March, I finished Madame Chic, the two first Anne of Green Gables books and What Alice Forgot.


Of those 4, I only really loved two: Anne of Green Gables and What Alice Forgot.  The middle two were good, but I wasn't thinking about them days after I was done like I was the other two.

Anne of Green Gables is a Canadian Literature staple.  I first read it in my childhood and when I picked it up again it was like I was young all over.  Did you know that my middle name is Anne, and so is my Mom's? That's because my Grandma Diehl (mom's mom) was also a well-versed reader and loved the series so much that we carried the heroine's name.  This book is cute and quirky and so entirely a part of the fabric of my youth!

What Alice Forgot was a pleasant surprise.  Recommended by a couple people, I picked it up at Costco and because Christy enjoyed a couple of the author's other books, I grabbed a few more by Liane Moriarty too.  I'm glad I did. I loved this book so much that I brought it over to Kyla the next day because I know she would love it too.  It was so interesting and I love how the author weaved the tale of the main character's memory loss.

I've been trying not to buy too many books because I hadn't been reading anything mindblowing that could reside on my bookshelf of books I'd read again.  You see, after multiple moves, books only make the cut to stay in our house if I would read them again.


So  let's play a game for this post.  If I could only recommend 5 books from all the books that I've read...this is what I'd want you to read:
1-  Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
2- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
3- L'alchimiste by Paulo Coelho
4- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
5- The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
6- all of the Harry Potter series
7- anything Elizabeth Berg, I really can't choose a favourite and I'm super excited to read her new novel which comes out April 14th!!

Lastly, why not do an unconventional giveway.  Because I wouldn't reread this book and would donate it anyway, why not send it to one of my readers.  If you would like to read this book, leave me a comment
                                       



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24 comments

  1. I read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! Well, I listened to it on audio. It came highly recommended to me by another bibliophile. I plan on reading Harry Potter this summer. Never cared to before but I'm finally going to jump on the bandwagon. I've never heard of Elizabeth Berg. Will have to check her out! As well as your other books I've not heard of. Thanks for sharing! It's always fun to hear what others are reading or like to read! ~ Sheila

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  2. The Alchemist - one of my favorite books ever! The Christmas Box is displayed on my coffee table every christmas. I love what you said about finishing a great book and being sad it's over - I do that all the time! Adding Elizabeth Berg to my list.

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  3. What Alice Forgot is one I def need to read!! And Who doesn't Love Harry!! Thinking about it now...I think I have Little Earthquakes and never read it!

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  4. I LOVED the alchemist!!! That's one book I need to re-read.

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  5. I need to get back into reading and making sure I carve time out for it!

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  6. I love Anne of Green Gables!!! I want to go to Nova Scotia and go on the Anne tour. I might have to get my mom to go because my husband has no interest! Wonder why?!?

    Lisa
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  7. I have the Anne of Green Gables boxed set. I love those stories. I also have What Alice Forgot but haven't read it yet. I challenged myself to read in 2015, as well. I tend to be a book hoarder, so I am envious of your self control. I also like that your five recommendations isn't really five. That is totally something that I would do! :)

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  8. I really want to find time to re-read books but there's so many new books on my to read list!

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  9. I love Anne of Green Gables! I had never read it until about five years ago and now I'm thinking I need to read the series. You've inspired me! Yep, I'd like to read the chic book too.

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  10. Appreciate the way you view the abikity to read as one of the greattest gifts you've received. I am super impressed tat you have already read fifteen of your year's goal of 20 books. Hope I can folliw your good example. Would like to add Wat Alice Forgot to my books to read and movies to watch.

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  11. I don't normally read sooo many books in the first half of the year, that`s normally summer for me. I hope I don't burn myself out. Wait.That's impossible.

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  12. The Littlest Earthquake book was a book I read multiple times while pregnant....I'm not sure why I loved it so much, but it really spoke to me. I'm weird that way.

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  13. I'm glad you liked what Alice forgot. And the husbands secret....the last 2 pages make the whole book. I'm adding little earthquakes to my list. Great post idea!

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  14. I've never read Anne of Green Gables, I might have to pick it up and see what it's all about. I'm sure I would love it though! I love Jennifer Weiner, but haven't read that one yet...yet another book to pick up. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that hasn't jumped on the e-reader yet! I love reading actual books!

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  15. YOU HAVEN'T READ LITTLEST EARTHQUAKES???

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  16. Yay, I like you ever more, if that's even possible, knowing you read Anne of Green Gables

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  17. Have you tried the Christmas Box? It`s a doozy.

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  18. I think I've read The Christmas Box every year at Christmas since I was 15.

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  19. It's a tough balance. I would love to restart the Harry Potter series but just can't find the time

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  20. Some of the best books I've read come from random suggestions from others. Also, my new favourite word is bibliophile.

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  21. It's my favourite time of day, other than wine o`clock

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  22. hahhahaha, I now want to be a book hoarder and have my own little book shop in my house. OR one of those really tall bookshelves that wrap around your living room and you have to have a really tall ladder to slide around for accessing the books.

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