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Top 5 Wednesday – Books to re-read

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday.  This is a meme started in November of 2013 and is still going strong! If you’re interested in being a part of it please see the group on Goodreads.

This week’s topic is Books I Want to Re-read. Let’s get started!

I know this is a day early, but I have a half-day off work tomorrow so I probably won’t have time to post. Have a good holiday guys!


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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Shaffer & Barrows

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

To be honest, I don’t remember much about this book.  Goodreads tells me that I read it in 2011, and I do remember I liked it a lot. I gave it 5 stars! I need to re-read this. I don’t want to forget something that seems like it was really good!


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Peony in Love – Lisa See

For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own.

Peony’s mother is against her daughter’s attending the production: “Unmarried girls should not be seen in public.” But Peony’s father assures his wife that proprieties will be maintained, and that the women will watch the opera from behind a screen. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a cave–and is immediately overcome with emotion.

So begins Peony’s unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow–as Lisa See’s haunting new novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed.

I loved this book so much. I’ve been promising myself a chance to re-read it again for a while, but my TBR list from Netgalley keeps getting in the way.  It is a beautiful, atmospheric, dreamy book. It also speaks volumes about women, their lives in China during the seventeenth-century and the trials they had to undergo. Ugh, I have to stop talking about this book. I’m almost done with one of my Netgalley books, I can’t stop reading just to pick this up again! Focus!


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The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow – Fuyumi Ono

For high-schooler Yoko Nakajima, life has been fairly ordinary–that is until Keiki, a young man with golden hair, tells Yoko they must return to their kingdom. Once confronted by this mysterious being and whisked away to an unearthly realm, Yoko is left with only a magical sword; a gem; and a million questions about her destiny, the world she’s trapped in, and the world she desperately wants to return to.

I know the description can seem a little trite. You’ve seen this a million times, in a million different anime right?  Nope, not this time. The world-building in this series is unparalleled. The anime itself is excellent and as a fantasy series the books are great. Unfortunately, only four volumes have been translated from the original Japanese. I’d kill for the others! I’ll just have to make do with these for now I guess.


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Wool – Hugh Howey

Thousands of them have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you’ll get what you wish for.

Ah dystopia, take me away! After the recent election, I find myself discombobulated. It’s hard to even feel motivated to blog right now. I need escapism. Major party leaders and elected officials approving of “heil” saluting reprobates are harshing my mellow. Bigly! It’s looking bad guys. But at least we aren’t living out our lives in an underground silo right?! Could be worse?! I need this book right now.


Fool's Quest - Robin Hobb

Fool’s Quest – Robin Hobb

Acclaimed and bestselling author Robin Hobb continues her Fitz and the Fool trilogy with this second entry, following Fool’s Assassin, ramping up the tension and the intrigue as disaster continues to strike at Fitz’s life and heart.

After nearly killing his oldest friend, the Fool, and finding his daughter stolen away by those who were once targeting the Fool, FitzChivarly Farseer is out for blood. And who better to wreak havoc than a highly trained and deadly former royal assassin? Fitz might have let his skills go fallow over his years of peace, but such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten. And nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose…

I have to read this one again. The next volume in the series comes out in May 2017 and I must be ready. Actually, maybe it would be better if I just read the whole series again.  Sure, that’s only 15 books. No sweat! Bring it Goodreads Challenge 2017!


Thanks for reading. See you all later!

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