Spring Reading

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PEOPLE! You rule. I love you. Thank you so much for taking care of me here. There are a lot of books down there that look so good, sooooo good, and I am cheered just reading the list. My intention is to print it out and take it to Powell's. But this week I've been zooming around and the closest I've gotten to books has been Target, and my friend Sarah's house for lunch on Tuesday, and she gave me the Ruth Reichl. I've already finished half of it, which is so unlike me, because I am a pretty slow reader. But I got the other three at Target, and even the checkout lady was like, "You've NEVER read Janet Evanovich??? NEVER???!!!" "Er, no, I know, bad." "I can't believe you've never read Janet Evanovich. NEVER!!! Ooooooh, you are so lucky!"

I know, that's just how I feel. I am psyched. Amazingly, I have actually read a bunch of the stuff that was suggested, but a whole bunch of it I've never even heard of (as above, apparently, I am the last to get with the program) so this is good. I need this. And Leisl, because I love you and because you begged and because you've been reading this blog for two years (sigh, time flies), I may even put them in a list like I did a few years ago (almost to the day — weird) but not for a little bit because I want people to still add to it so I don't miss anything. I need to look at that list and see what I did wind up reading on it (the old one). I might even join one of those booksharing sites. But then I think I already have too many things to do on line and I just want to read. Because, you know all I ever wanted to do was read.


Yeah you got Janet! I don't think you will regret it. Cracks me up so much and even makes my tummy tingle at certain parts, but shhh don't tell my husband.

my sister gave me goodnight nobody recently and the descriptions of the other mothers are just perfect. and the vodka and pedialyte...also perfect. fun fluff.

i haven't heard of the other ones. i suppose i should get with the program!

Just a suggestion on where to get an excellent selection of good books cheap...Goodwill. If they have a "50% off Saturday" every two weeks like they do here in AZ, you can get twice as many. Thanks to Goodwill,I'm knee-deep in books at home. How great is that??!!

I just noticed in one of your links that you like Raffaella Barker's books, as do I. So I'm reiterating my Sarah-Kate Lynch recommendation from yesterday! :)

Oh, you are going to go through the Janet Evanovich books fast! I found all of them at the thrift store and probably read all of them in 3 months! They are addicting!

Evanovich sounds fun - must read some of her books. What a great reading list your comments make these last couple of days - I'm taking notes!
I have a few suggestions I don't think anybody else has come up with: Isla Dewar (check amazon.co.uk)writes wonderful stories set in Scotland, full of wisdom and quirky and wonderful characters - "The woman who painted her dreams", "Keeping up with Magda" are great reads. If you like books about England and village life, Joanna Trollope is great, and if you haven't read Joanna Harris (remember the movie Chocolate?) try "Coastliners" and "Five Quarters of the Orange" and you're in for a real treat!

you asked for more book suggestions, so I'll add one more wafer-thin title - my all-time most often read novel is Kate Chopin's The Awakening... short and beautiful.

I love your blog and just had to add a few books I have not seen listed - these are brand new ones just out in hardback and I got them at the library: The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell(very Victorian and a surprise ending); A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron (also a Victorian mystery); Sepulchre by Kate Mosse; and the Deanna Raybourn books: Silent in the Grave and Silent in the Sanctuary. And one of the all time best Jane Austen sequels ever written (it was actually one of the first and was written in the 19teens), Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil Brinton. It was out of print forever but has just been reprinted in a quality paperback. Happy reading!

oh, reading Janet Evanovich is like eating chips--have to have more! you should also try Katie MacAllister. she is hysterical!

I read that Ruth Reichl book super fast too. I really enjoyed it. I will have to look up this Janet Evanovich lady...sounds intriguing!

You are the best! Really, the best! And just in case you didn't get the message, I'll even steal one of my dad's sayings: Geez you're a good bit of stuff!

Can't wait to get my hands on that list. And thanks to everybody who left a recommendation. We're all going to have a fabulous reading time!

xo xo xo L

ok, I confess ..I never read Janet Evanovich either, so I'll wait for your review. I couldn't think of anything good when you asked for lighter reading recs, but maybe some Maeve Binchy ? She's one of my comfort reads ...

Yes, please make another booklist! I have read many of the books on your first list and enjoyed them all--especially Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love. I recommend the Mapp and Lucia series by E.F. Benson--hilarious goings-on in the English countryside.

You know, Miss Alicia, that I have emailed the link to that last summer reading list to MANY, MANY of my friends. And I still go back to it when I run out of things to read.


Um, I think I may be after you in getting with the program - so,so many I have not read{!} or, embarrassingly, have not even heard of. My head has been buried more in non-fiction I guess.

My favorite book right now is "Waiting for Snow in Havana" by Carlos Eire. It is about his childhood in Cuba and eventual exile at the age of 12. It is funny, touching, and serious, but so well-written and charming that I think it would be good summer reading. It is the book I chose for the little reading group we've formed within our Stitch n' Bitch, and most of the people really enjoyed it and passed it on to friends to read.


I am so glad you took my recommendation about Janet Evanovich, I have had a few 'drink out of the nose from laughing' experiences while reading her books.. they are a HOOT.. her old 'romance' novels with windswept are also a hoot too...

Sue Grafton is great too, and not light reading I love Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell.. and Michael Connelly.. so they are my crime novels I love and Stephanie is my light relief!

take care and i hope you enjoy her books as much as I do...

I agree with Janelle's comments with the books she listed - those are excellent ones! I have been recommending Eat, Pray, Love to all my friends lately. Anyway, you will love Ruth Reichl's book -one of my all-time faves. I'm not a fan of Janet Evanovich - I find her books a bit too "fluffy" for my taste. But that's just me. Happy reading!

Alicia...you recommended two great books a while back that I loved...you should add them to the list...Astrid & Veronika by Linda Olsson and then that other one The Myth of You & Me, I think it was the title...

You'll like Janet Evanovich. That Stephanie Plum is just plain fun. Carl Hiassen's novels are lots of fun as well.

A fun read would be Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I love reading your blog!

I like all of the Ruth Reichl books, Devoured them all.

I know you have your list now, but I just remembered an author you MUST read if you never have: Eva Ibbottson. She's written a bunch of young adult novels, but she also has books for adults. Many of them have a fairytale feel, particularly Countess Below Stairs (how can you not be drawn to such a title??).

You must must MUST read Aimee Bender!

I just read the 1st three Stephanie Plum books! I was skeptical when everyone said: "Oh- you'll laugh out loud", but you know? I DID!! Terrifically funny.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com