Friday Favorites: Literature Edition

Since we have moved, I have spent a significant amount of time traveling on planes, trains, buses and automobiles. Given this abundance of downtime and often the lack of wifi or cell phone service required to scroll through social media, I have taken back up one of my favorite hobbies, reading. I wish I could say I was one of those people who read every night before bed or on the couch after work, but I am not. Give me a beach, pool or airplane though and I am a reading machine.

These are some of my favorite books, I have stumbled upon recently.

1. Me Before You

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Source: Amazon

I have talked about this book previously on here but it is still hands down my favorite book I have read in the past few months. If you enjoyed Fault in our StarsHere’s the synopsis from Amazon (summarizing has never been my strong point):

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

“Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?” -Amazon

2. The Last Letter from your Lover

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After finishing Me Before You, I knew that I was a big JoJo Moyes fan so I was delighted when my friend, Emily Anne, lent me another one of her books to read on our Fiji trip. I was hooked on this book and had to pull the “just one more chapter” card multiple times when Travis tried to get me to do any other activity (like eat dinner or go snorkeling- how dare he). If you are a sucker for a good love story- you need to pick this book up ASAP.

A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply “B,” from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.” –Amazon

3. The Husband’s Secret  

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This was also one of my vacation reads (it even made it into a picture). I had already read (and thuroughly enjoyed) What Alice Forgot by the same author so I was excited to finally start The Husband’s Secret. I had been on the waiting list at the library for over a month, so I am clearly not the only person who wanted to read it. Liane Moriarty is an Australian author and it’s fun being over here while reading her novels, especially after our trip to Sydney, where most of them take place. Just read the summary and try and tell me you aren’t the least bit intrigued…

“Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.” -Amazon

4. Big Little Lies

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Source: Amazon

So now that you know I am on a Liane Moriarty kick- it’s no surprise that next book I decided to read was another one of hers. I literally read this book in two days. Disregard everything I said at the top about not reading unless I am traveling because I literally sat on my couch on a Tuesday and read for hours until I had finished the book. I didn’t even fall asleep or turn the TV on once, that’s HUGE. It starts out with a murder investigation and you spend the whole book back tracking trying to figure out what happened and who was killed. I’m not good with suspense (I prefer to only watch TV shows in binge form so that there are no cliffhangers) so I had to know the ending immediately. All other household chores fell by the wayside (sorry Trav). Just read for yourself…

“The annual Trivia Night at Pirriwee School had always been a peaceful affair, but this year was different. First, there was a riot; then a parent was found dead; and before long, police investigators began piecing together clues of murder. Behind the apparent homicide are the intertwined stories of three women; their husbands and children; their ex-husbands and their new wives. This new novel by Liane Moriarty (The Husband’s Secret; What Alice Forgot) unlocks secrets hidden deep in suburbia. Artfully construed; editor’s recommendation.” -Barnes and Noble
5. Love Does
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This last book I am talking about is different than the rest. My friend recommended this book as a “happy, lighthearted” book after a finishing a particularly emotional read. In the book Bob Goff tells various stories from his life where he chose to be whimsical and let love do it’s work. Each chapter is a short story of these adventures (some of them pretty incredible) and he ties them into lessons on faith. Each story is inspiring and uplifting and encourages you to get out there and truly experience your life. If you are a Donald Miller fan (Blue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What) then you will love this book. In fact, Donald Miller wrote the forward for Love Does. I adored this book so much I didn’t want it to end. So, I intentionally paced it out and only read one short chapter at a time.

“…When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.” -Amazon 

As usual, linking up for Friday Favorites…

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12 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Literature Edition

  1. When I read the name Jojo Moyes I knew it sounded familiar. When I pulled up her website I saw she is a British author. Living in Germany, our local bookstore has an english section with a lot of British writers. I almost picked up one of her books before but ended up getting another author. Thanks for the reminder and recommendation of Moyes. I am going to give her stuff a try!

  2. Did you know Me Before You is being made into a movie?! I met Jojo Moyes at an authors event in our tiny little town….she actually only lives about 45 min away from me! Anyways, she had justed signed with a company in Hollywood to direct the movie! I can’t wait to see it! She has another good one, the One Plus One….

    anyway, here’s my brush with fame if you want to check it out 🙂
    http://guntersabroad.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/jojomoyesmebeforeyou.html

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