This week I finished reading The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, and I loved it. From the very first page I was hooked. I fell in love with the characters and I really like that it is told through letters because we really get to know them. All of them felt real to me and I was deeply invested in their stories. I want to be a part of their circle. I want to join their club and talk about books and live on Guernsey. I truly did not want this book to end. I love books about books and this one perfectly captured the feelings of being a book lover. I smiled, I laughed, and I shed some tears. I plan on watching the movie soon and I hope it does the book justice because I am really excited about it. This is a book that I will be returning to often in my life.
Also this week, I finished listening to These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. I had listened to this book in a previous year and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to re-read it while working on a knitting project. And though I finished that project within two hours of the audiobook, I still wanted to finish it. I still loved it. Jo is an inspiring character, going against society’s rules to solve a mystery. I like that this book is authentic in portraying how it was for women in Jo’s time. They weren’t allowed to go places alone, or do things that didn’t fit in with their image. If found gallivanting around at night (God forbid with a man), a lady might very well lose her reputation. Jo wants to be a reporter, but she knows that can’t happen when she marries – and she is expected to marry. And then she meets Eddie and everything changes. Though this book is a murder mystery, the romance storyline is a major focal point. I personally really like the relationship between Eddie and Jo, but it is something to consider if you prefer stories that aren’t romance heavy.