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May 14, 2020

4 Books to Read on week #10 of Quarantine

Not to be dramatic, but week #10 of quarantine is making me want to throw myself against a wall. I NEED books in this time.

Which is why I’m writing this post, to avoid doing so, and to pique your interest in four great books I’ve read during isolation so far. I’ve read quite a few books more than this, but these would be my top picks to throw in your amazon cart or onto your kindle!

Drum roll please:

  1. Zelda’s Cut by Phillipa Gregory

A delicious combination of confused identities, personal dramas and moral dilemmas in a contemporary chiller from one of our most outstanding novelists. For years, Isobel Latimer has composed serious novels for serious people, but to dwindling acclaim and ever-more dwindling gain. Now her husband is ill and she must carry their financial burden alone, and in secret. But if the public don’t want careful moral fables any longer, why not provide an outrageous tale of sex and satanism, and an author to match? The incomparable, uncontrollable Zelda de Vere is born. What began with the best of intentions snowballs into a disorienting blur of passion, gender-bending, loss of innocence, to betrayal and beyond. Isobel Latimer might feel she’s on the brink of losing everything, but what would Zelda do?”

This book was intriguing, deliciously descriptive and a unique concept. It’s not the norm from one of my favorite historical fiction writers and, personally, that made it even better! It’s a fairly short read and the plot has some great unexpected twists. Need an indulgent read? Grab this book!

2. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

“In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January’s frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.”

This lush travel description is everything you want in an old world memoir and drenched in olive oil and wine. He takes you meandering down vineyard walks to deliver a simple take on a year of his life in Provence, France. It is charming, descriptive and makes you yearn for a simple life in small town France.

3. Better than Chocolate by Susan Waggoner

Food writer Annie Wilkins is on an express elevator to fame and fortune, thanks to research scientist/husband Tom’s remarkable invention: fat-free, carb-free, calorie-free chocolate that tastes better than the real thing! Once reduced to writing walleye-on-a-stick articles for Minnesota Menus, now she’s living large in showcase houses and hobnobbing with the hoi polloi. Annie and “America’s Sexiest Scientist” Tom happily accept their new status as the nation’s most happening Fabulous Couple. But as a high-profile spokesperson, Annie’s got a corporate responsibility to change her hair, her style, and lose twenty-five pounds. Her kids are becoming too worldly too fast and Tom’s in demand for a lot more than just his candy. If this is the American Dream, Annie needs to wake up because all of a sudden her marriage and her sanity are in jeopardy. . . and she’s about to bottom out on top!

This book was a ridiculous, silly, descriptive, “what if” take on the American Dream. It was a funny, easy read and the characters were just deep enough for you to like them, but not mourn them when the book finished. I’ve owned this book for almost 8 years and never read it – glad I finally did!!

4. The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

“Mikael Blomkvist is trying to reach Lisbeth Salander—the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo. He needs her help unraveling the identity of a man who died with Blomkvist’s phone number in his pocket—a man who does not exist in any official records and whose garbled last words hinted at the knowledge that would be dangerous to important people. But Lisbeth has disappeared. She’s sold her apartment in Stockholm. She’s gone dark. She’s told no one where she is. And no one is aware that at long last she’s got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights. In the end, it will be Blomkvist–in a moment of unimaginable self-sacrifice–who will make it possible for Lisbeth to face the most important battle of her life, and, finally, to put her past to rest.”

If this is your first time hearing of this series, please go back to the very first one and start there! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the first of these books. This particular book is intricate, dark, twisty and fast paced. Its a mystery set in Sweden (as are the other books!) and contains a complex cast of characters. It’s a great read if you love mysteries and intrigue! You will definitely need a glass of wine to pair with this book.

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