It’s Monday What Are You Reading is a weekly blog event hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a chance to share your reads from the last week and plan the next week of reading. I mostly share vintage themed books with a little chick lit rolled in every now and then.
This week was a wonderful week, because I got away from the non-existent British Spring and relaxed in the sun in Spain. I had such a wonderful week with my family and I’ve come back feeling really refreshed.
This week I managed to finish two books and start a new one.
I read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan. I love all of Colgan’s books and couldn’t wait for this one to be released. It’s every bit as good as her other books and I loved her descriptions of Paris which is one my very favourite cities. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a good quality chick-lit read.
I also finished Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford. I’ve been working my way through Mitford’s books recently and this one which is a follow-up to her earlier novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in cold Climate, is one of her funniest works. If you liked her earlier more well-known books you will adore this one.
I started reading The Mitford Girls by Mary s Lovell. The book is about the fascinating lives of Nancy and her sisters who led very high-profile lives which span the whole length of the Twentieth Century. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far the book has been a well written page turner. I was so pleased to find this book in the WH Smiths at Gatwick airport as it was exactly what I was looking for. this is a very long book so I might read it over a few weeks and get some other reading done as well.
I am planning to read Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym and The Blessing by Nancy Mitford over the next week.
The Vintage Book Group are currently reading The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, join in the discussion here.
This week I watched Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and Wings a silent movie from 1927 set in WW1 starring Clara Bow.
laurelrainsnowApril 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm
Wow…delightful looking books! Thanks for sharing…and enjoy!
Laura FabianiApril 16, 2013 at 2:04 am
Such lovely books! Enjoy.
JadeApril 16, 2013 at 8:21 am
Why do your books seem to have the loveliest covers?!
Chick lit is one genre I have a some what love hate relationship with because whilst there are many great chick lit authors out there, there can be some that are just plain cheesy… I hear great things about Jenny Colgan so perhaps I should give her a try… I mean Paris and chocolate.. Who can say no really?
I love Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn is one of my favourite actresses.
I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads 🙂
Bianca Swift (@SwiftyBianca)April 21, 2013 at 3:46 am
I am a self-professed chick-lit, romance novel addict I like to think of myself as a romance connoisseur 🙂 I am always looking for something new in the romance department and I will definitely look into your suggestions.
My most recent find that I must recommend is the book Shanghai Love, by author Layne Wong (http://laynewong.com/). It is an unlikely love story between a Chinese herbalist and a Jewish refugee looking for safety from Nazi Germany. The herbalist, Peilin, was betrothed to a man who was killed before their wedding but tradition and honor forced the marriage along anyways. She is sent to Shanghai to manage his family’s herbal shop. Shanghai is also Henri’s destination as he has graduated from medical school as Hitler is rising to power. He flees to Shanghai where he’s befriended by Ping, Peilin’s brother. Through her kindness, Henri becomes fascinated with Chinese herbs as well as the exotic culture surrounding him. It is such a gripping story and I absolutely adore a romance novel that allows a relationship to slowly blossom and one that takes time before the two can ultimately be together 🙂 I hope you will give it a read!