What I’ve Been Reading III

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book post. Sorry for the delay! Here are a few of my recent favorites.

I was at the library and randomly picked up Frienship Bread. I love the bread so I decided to try the book. The story takes place in a small town in Illinois and tells how a simple recipe brings together family, friends, and a community. I highly recommend this one!

Sarah’s Key has been on my “to read” list for a long time. I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it because I absolutely loved every page. If you haven’t read this book, don’t waste anymore time. This is a book you will never forget. They just came out with a movie too. I plan on seeing it, but I always like to read the book first. The books are almost always better than the movie:)

I am loving Kate Jacob’s books. First, I read Comfort Food. Yes, I like to read books about food:)  I really enjoyed it so I went to the library and picked up The Friday Night Knitting Club.

I finished the book in a day, so I moved on to the second book in the series, Knit Two. I’ve been making a lot of trips to the library:)

I am already done with that book so now I am reading the final book in the series, Knit the Season.

Hopefully, it will be as good as the other two books. I am sure it will be because I love the characters.  And you don’t need to know how to knit to enjoy these books. I can’t sew on a button and I have really enjoyed the series:)

What have you been reading lately? Please share in the comments. I am always looking for new books to read!

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  1. What have you been reading lately? = ABC books, Cinderella, Dr. Seuss, and similar ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy all this pleasure reading! After you have the baby, you will be reading TO someone else ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m reading Sarah’s Key right now and am enthralled. My favorite read of the year: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. AMAZING.

  3. Love book reviews! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love Kate Jacbos and didn’t even realize there was a third book! I can’t wait to read it. I just finsihed One Day and Loved it!

  4. This quite possibly was the best thing to wake up to today! Last night at about 10pm, I had just finished my book and was looking for a new great read! I said, Hmmm Maria had a few posts on her blog a while back, I’m gg and check them out. So I did! And got some great ideas… and THEN – I wake up this morning! and wahhlaaa! You seriously must have been reading my mind! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just finished reading all three of the hunger games books and all three of the girl with the ____ books… all good reads – very popular.

    A few not so known great reads that I LOVED:
    Modoc: True Story of the Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer (sooo sooo good!)
    A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (a FANTASTIC book… a shed a few tears for sure!)

    I hope you are feeling great! You are certainly looking great! You’re almost there!!

  5. They all look like great reads! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think Sarah’s Key is going to be my next read. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the recommendations Maria! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I read Sarah’s Key recently too and saw the movie. I thought the movie was great, it really captured the message of the book and was very moving. I just finished a young adult series, The Secret Circle, I really want to read The Kitchen Daughter next, heard good things!

  7. i’m picking up on my reading again…and always on the lookout for ideas! i’m bookmarking this page!

  8. I loved this post, I always enjoy reading book reviews. Sarah’s Key looks like an amazing book, I’ll have to read that. A couple weeks ago I read One Day, I absolutely loved it and I couldn’t put it down. It was such a beautiful and heartbreaking story and I have yet to see the movie. Right now I’m reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. This one is going to take me a while…

  9. My boyfriend and I saw Sarah’s Key at the movies a few weeks ago, and we both loved it! About 80 percent of the movie is in French, which was very interesting–and very authentic, I thought. It definitely made me want to read the book! I usually read the book versions of things before I see the movie versions, so I’ll be interested to see how the story played out on the page. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I just finished reading Sarah’s Key yesterday. I loved it! I can’t wait to see the movie.

    I have also read The Friday Night Knitting Club. I didn’t realize there was a 2nd book. I will have to check it out.

  11. I just started The Violets of March. Only on Chapter 3 but it’s great so far. I finished the Hunger Games series and Room in the span of 1 week. completely devoured those books.

  12. Just finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Reuben. Started reading The Greater Journey by David McCullough. Love his books. Am also reading the three-volume series on The Civil War by Shelby Foote. I tend to read more than one book at a time.

  13. I loved The Friendship Bread book. I all ready made 3 of the recipes in the back! thanks for the other book ideas..Im going to hit the library!

  14. Loved the Kate Jacobs books and Sarah’s Key was one of the more haunting stories that I have read in the last few years — one of the previous comments highlighted Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and I wholeheartedly agree. I would also throw Alice Genova’s books out there – “Still Alice” will stay with you long after the book is put down and “Left Neglected” in also quite compelling.

  15. My sister in law just recommended Sarah’s Key to me, so now I’ll have to put it on my Kindle. Glad to hear about the other two Knitting books. Read the first one and Comfort Food and enjoyed them, but I have a hard time with books that are series, usually not liking the later ones. I’ll have to get them. Thanks for the recommendations. You probably won’t have much time to read soon.

  16. I just finished the Hunger Game Series and also The Other Boleyn Girl. I have My name on the list at the library for The Help and am just realizing that I want to check out Sarah’s Key.

    The Kate Jacobs books sound interesting, I’ll have to check for those. Thanks for the recommendations.

  17. I’ve read the first knitting book but need to read the second two!

    Sarah’s Key is just wonderful! If you’re looking for another great WWII read, I recommend The Skeletons at the Feast.

    I recently read The Murderer’s Daughters and thought it was pretty good…also read The Forgotten Garden for bookclub and it seems like it’d be up your alley!

    Keep up the book posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. The Movie Sarah’s Key was just as good as the book. I cried the entire movie and loved every single moment of it. (Well, I didn’t love the horrible events – but the story was told so well.)

  19. Thanks for the recommendations! I love hearing what’s good to read.

    I recently finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and loved it! One of my friends is reading it now and we’re starting a book club in a couple of weeks.

  20. Yes, my girls and I loved Sarah’s Key. Haven’t seen the movie yet because I was afraid they would ruin the story as they usually do when books go to movies. Glad to hear it was good. Read Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, she’s a wonderful author. I just finished the sequel, Dreams of Joy. I’m sorry to lose the characters now that I finished the books. Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh is also good. My friends and I had a virtual book club this summer, just sharing good titles with each other. It was a fun experience. I use this resource: http://bookpage.com for lots of good book reviews, from children to adults. They have several newsletters that you can register for on their site.

  21. I LOVE the Friday Night Knitting Club books! I enjoy reading about the bonds between the family and friends. A favorite recent read was Julia’s Chocolates by Cathy Lamb. It’s all over the place in a good way (family, abusive relationships, following your dreams, love story) and I loved it to pieces!

  22. Have you read any of Sarah Addison Allen’s books? I adore her! And she’s got the food theme going in some of them:
    The Sugar Queen
    The Girl Who Chased the Moon
    Garden Spells
    The Peach Keeper

  23. I am currently reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Lovely story so far about 2 girls/women in China. I recently read Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. It’s about the girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it at first, but by the end I really enjoyed it. Very touching and real.

  24. Oh my gosh, I am LOVING the Friday Night Knitting Club! I’ve never paid much attention to book suggestions from people, mostly because I used to just buy the book, so I didn’t want to waste my money if it wasn’t any good. But after realized that the last three books my sister has suggested have been terrible (and after becoming better acquainted with the local library!) I saw your post and decided to give it a go. Thanks for sharing, I’m LOVING having something new and wonderful to enjoy!

  25. Maria. All these sound so good! I’ve been wanting to read the Friday Night Knitting Club and will have to start it soon. The last book I finished was Between a Rock and a Hard Place. It was incredible! I am currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and really enjoying it too!

    Yay for reading!

  26. I have been wanting to read the knitting club but shyed away because it looked like it was about sewing (and I like you have no knowledge of how a needle and thread work). I will have to read them now. Thanks for the recommendations!