Hello! So… I recently finished Spotless (a crazy spy novel, with a messy heroine, and an OCD agent. See my review of it here), and now I am looking to pick up my next book. Unfortunately though, I am having a hard time deciding what I should read next. Should it be a book club choice? Or just a fun book? Or both? If you have any input, or want to read a book with me, leave a comment! I will let you know soon what has been decided.
All the following descriptions came from amazon.com
My options right now are as follows:
Like Water Like Chocolate- Laura Esquivel
Like Water For Chocolate, a poignant love story told from a woman’s point of view, takes place on the De la Garza ranch in turn-of-the-century Mexico. Cooking and eating play a central role in the tale. The heroine, Tita, a master chef, was literally born in the kitchen. Following tradition, her tyrannical mother decrees that Tita as the youngest must not marry but must instead care for her mother in old age. Unable to communicate freely, Tita concocts recipes so magically potent as to convey her emotions to all who eat her creations- even the chickens-with often hilarious results
The Diviners- Libba Bray
All The Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
I’ll Give You the Sun- Jandy Nelson
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
Some of these books I already have waiting for me. Either on my shelf, or floating around my kindle. Like water like chocolate was a gift from my best friend. It was an important book in her life, and she wanted to share it with me. Since it isn’t very long I will most definitely be picking this one up soon, no matter what. The Diviners is one of the books that I was lucky enough to get Libba Bray to sign! She was at Y’allWest and she was always a favorite for me, since she wrote A Great and Terrible Beauty. Pick up that series if you ever get a chance. The last three have all been recommended to me, either through other bloggers, or in discussion. And all of these books look interesting in their own ways.
If you are interested, please leave me a comment, and we can get started.