One of my favorite things to do in life is to get lost in a good book. My family could [and do] regale others with the countless stories of how I would hide a book in every room, use a flashlight under my covers or disappear for hours on a family vacation to read. The local librarians know me by name now and my Kindle/Nook get a lot of use. I've recently started using Goodreads to track my reading, make lists of new books I would like to read and see what others are cracking open. Sharing book ideas with others is one of my favorite things and I having friends recommend new books to me is wonderful as well. Here is the start of a new installment...On My Bookshelf to re-cap some reads I really enjoyed!
The Perfume Collector
I loved this book! Not only was it intriguing with twists, turns and fully developed characters it also was a story of survival and the inner strength of a woman. Set in the 1950's the story follows Grace Monroe as she searches for answers as to why she was left an unexpected inheritance by a complete stranger. Told across decades, through multiple viewpoints and set in amazing cities The Perfume Collector is a story of choices, love and the power of memories.
Code Name Verity
Let's just say this book was nothing like I thought it would be. That being said it kept me on the edge of my seat and intrigued. The book is penned through a series of letters explaining "all" a captured Allied spy knows in Nazi-controlled Paris. The story walks readers through the history of Verity's time fighting for the British. When you finally make it through you discover there is much more than what was on the surface and just how great of a spy she really is....
Lions of Little Rock
This is an instant favorite & classic in my mind. The fifth graders at my elementary school actually traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas after reading this story and explored several places in the book. They then returned home, wrote a musical and performed it. This is a story of two girls whose friendship surpasses race, culture and upbringing. An inspiring story in the least.
What is currently on your bookshelf? I'm always up for a recommendation!