Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Reading {Part 2}

DSC_0728Morning folks!  I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to hit the ground running on a new week.  Last Monday I shared a list of books that I had read with you, and today I want to finish that list.  Did anyone get a chance to check out any of these books?
So here we go; let’ finish the book list of reviews today :-)How-to-be-a-Hepburn_thumb3
How to be Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy- This was one of the books I read in my book club.  This is a cute book with a strong emphasis on respecting oneself.  I think this is a great book for young single girls who are looking for love.  As the title suggests, the focus of the book is about how to go through life’s journeys with class, respect, and dignity.  I think through the decades these characteristics have been lost, and it is a great reminder of style and grace.  A cute book, and who doesn’t love Audrey?!The-Help_thumb3
The Help by Kathryn Stockett- I think everyone but me read this last year.  As I expected, this was a fantastic book, and I’m so glad that Stockett continued to pursue this novel despite all of her obstacles.  I probably don’t need to say too much about this, because you’ve probably heard all about it a million times lol.  I have been waiting for the movie to come out on HBO so that I can see it.  I can’t wait!  This is a great story and I recommend this book!The-Christmas-Wedding_thumb3
The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson- You know that moment when you know before even making the decision that you’re going to kick yourself later?!  Yep this happened!  I was coming home from a business trip and was totally brain fried.  I wanted a book the would be relaxing for the flight, since I had finished my book on the way there.  I picked up this book in the airport.  I picked it based on the cover.  Who doesn’t love a wedding?!  How could I go wrong there?  Oh my goodness, I was soooo wrong lol.  This story was the most anti-climactic fictional story I’ve ever read.  The story line was severely lacking and the writing was terrible.  Yuck!One-Fifth-Avenue_thumb3
One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell- This was the first book I’ve read by Bushnell.  But you probably know her!!  She is the writer of Sex and the City (the book before the TV show or movie) and Lipstick Jungle (also the book before the show).  Since I liked both of these shows I thought I would probably like this book. I was right!  This book is about all the residents in a single historic and grand apartment building in New York city.  I loved all of the many different characters and how their lives intertwined.  There was also a great blog aspect to this book, so you know I loved that :-)My-Life-in-France_thumb3
My Life in France by Julia Child- This is Julia Child’s memoir, and it is fantastic!  I already loved Julia before reading this book, so this book only deepened my adoration for her.  She was the inspiration behind our cookbook club, and yes, I’ve seen the movie Julie & Julia. Love it!  What I loved about this memoir was hearing everything from her perspective: how she grew to love France and French cooking.  It was so romantic how she spoke about her husband Paul, and often made me tear up.  She also includes a lot of home pictures in the book that truly help illustrate her love for Paul, cooking, and France.  This is such a sweet book that I recommend to all foodies :-)
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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Did you get a chance to go through the list of books from last Monday? What did you think?
Also, please tell me what you’ve been reading this summer? Do you have any book recommendations for me of something you’ve read lately? Please share with me!!!

14 comments:

Haylee said...

Darby. I was in lifeway last week and saw two i want to read. You may also like. The hiding place and a memoir by Shaun Johnson (don't remember the name). Have a great Monday!

Shatzi LoveandLaundry said...

I loved The Help. I still haven't watched the movie, though. I really need to do that. I think I'm going to add the Julia Child book to my "To-Read" list. I love her!

Lindsay said...

I have yet to read The Help, or see the movie. I need to do both. Thanks for the list!

Jennifer Leible said...

I read The Help last year while on vacation in Mexico! Agreed that the book was GREAT! However, I felt like the movie was to broken up with the scenes, it was hard to portray the book well in a movie. I was a little disappointed. Everyone else I spoke with loved it, so maybe it was just me! :/

Irish Italian Blessings said...

LOVED the Help but haven't heard of the others. Thanks for sharing!

Fashion Meets Food said...

I couldn't even make it through the whole book (the christmas wedding) the writing was so bad. His ghost writer for that book really sucked. xo

Emily Meyers said...

Hey lady!! I just found your cute blog via the hop and added myself to your followers! Also I’d love to have you check out a fabulous OSCAR DE LA RENTA giveaway I’m having right now!!
Hope to see you there! And thanks so much!
Xo, Emily

http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/2012/06/oscar-de-la-renta-giveaway.html

Lori said...

Love love love The Help! One of my favorite books last year and I loved the movie too!

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I still haven't read The Help! I keep saying I'm going to read it next, but I always end up starting something else. But seriously, I'm going to read it this year. I have One Fifth Avenue on my "to-read shelf" too! Looks like I better start reading faster!

sherri lynn said...

You have been reading a lot! I read the Help and of course LOVED it, and I also read One Fifth Avenue and really liked it! I did read My Life in France but it was back before I was too in to cooking, so I thought it was a little boring. I would probably like it a lot more now! The Audrey Hepburn book sounds like a book I would like! And I really love that you gave that one back a bad review - any book review that ends with "yuck!" earns my respect haha!

Also I see Heart of the Matter in your stack and I love all of Emily Giffin's books! Good picks Darby :)

M said...

Love summer reading! You picked some of my favorites, specially 'How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton world' amazing!

The Little Texan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have One Fifth on my reading list, so I'm excited to start reading it now that you gave it a positive review. You never know, sometimes you could love one of an authors books but not another.

Looking forward to seeing you at the symposium!!

http://thelittletexan.blogspot.com/

grrfeisty said...

i like your book reviews! i'm not really a foodie but i loved julie and julia so much that i kind of want to read "my life in frace." look forward to meeting y'all. :)

WearToStandOut said...

I LOVE HOW TO BE A HEPBURN! I love it so much that I’ve actually added an online book club to my blog just to inspire more people to read this book… it’s amazing! If you’re interested in reading along and getting with the conversation, you can join us here: www.weartostandout.com/blog/how-to-be-a-hepburn-in-a-hilton-world and tell us what you think! xoxo, WearToStandOut

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