July 27, 2010

Recently Read

I recently finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and I adored it.  I had several people recommend it to me, and I can't thank them enough.  It's wonderful.

I also recently finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and while I was entertained by it, I'm not sure I'd recommend it.  At least not highly.  I was hooked to solve the mystery and find out "who dunnit", but once I found out, I realized I didn't really care all that much.  I just never felt vested in any of the characters.  It's also pretty graphic and violent in parts - not exactly what I typically like to read when heading off to sleep.

In contrast, The Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, with its mouthful of a name, has wonderful characters that I simply fell in love with.  And after I finished reading it, I continued to think about them and imagine their lives. That's the mark of a good book.

Next up:  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.


  1. Save it for me!

  2. Just watched girl with dragon tattoo and holy scary! Movie may easily have been better than book.

  3. i'm going to have to read this next!

  4. Hi Mary - just catching up on blogs after being away but remembered you mentioning this book way back. I read it and I so agree - wonderful and touching and shocking in equal measure. I have never been to Guernsey - other than to fly over it yesterday on the way home from Portugal! Makes me want to go! Anyway I will carry on reading now... Lou x


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