As life pushes and pulls me in different directions, I’m grateful for the escape that is a good book. The more stressed I feel, the more time I want to spend curled up with a book and my cats. So, I’ve spent much of the past month or two reading. Recently, I’ve finished a biography, a myth, and a smattering of other things, including a couple of Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club picks.
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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda
After I finished reading this thick biography on Catherine de Medici, I felt like I needed to read about her daughter, Queen Margot. The 16th Century was full of fascinating, powerful queens, and this book was a good introduction to this particular queen of France and the intrigue that surrounded her.
Pride and Prejudice (Audiobook) by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosamund Pike
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book, but this was the first time listening to the audiobook. Rosamund Pike, Jane from the 2005 movie, does a fantastic job of voicing all of the characters.
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
I love that the #mmdbookclub forces me to read books I wouldn’t otherwise pick up. I didn’t love February’s pick, This Must Be The Place, but I’m glad that I read it. It was well done even if I’m not a fan of family dramas and multiple narrators/timelines.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
This was the #mmdbookclub February flight pick. I don’t usually read short stories, but this Pulitzer winning collection is beautiful and definitely worth a read. Also, it made me want to visit India.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
I love Neil Gaiman’s writing style, and it’s a great fit for mythology. I kind of wish I had listened to this as an audiobook since I’m not sure how to pronounce a lot of the names, but Norse Mythology is a good read.
A Quiet Life in the Country: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery (audiobook) by T E Kinsey, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden
This cozy, country house mystery is utterly charming, and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters of a small, English village to life.
I was sent this to review from the soon to be defunct Blogging for Books. This cookbook is packed with a variety of tasty sounding recipes such as Cauliflower Crust Pizza and Chicken Cordon Bleu. So far, I’ve tried the Baked Buffalo Cauliflower and the Softest Sugar Cookies Ever, and I highly recommend them.
What have you been reading lately?
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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