first book of 2012

by jenna on January 5, 2012

Wow, do I have a great book for you today!

If you loved Sarah’s Key, you will LOVE The Lost Wife! I started reading this book over the holidays and just flipped the last page yesterday. I loved every single word. It’s the beautiful love story of Lenka and Josef, spanning from pre-WW2 to present day—-I couldn’t put it down! Reading of Lenka’s time spent at a Jewish work camp, and later at Auschwitz, made me cry. I was so wrapped up in the characters that I started to lose sense of reality. Or maybe that was just all the cold medicine I was taking at the time.

You guys need to read this…like, immediately, and start off 2012 with great historical fiction. I’m working to make a place on the blog where you can find all my book reviews together—I’ll let you know when it’s done!

Until then, happy reading!

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I loved Sarah’s Key! Thanks for the wonderful recommendation, I will have to read this!

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Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions January 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Thanks for the recommendation ~ I just put this on hold at the library!

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Kelsey January 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

this book has been on my reading list 4 ever! Glad to hear it’s good!

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Kelly J. R. January 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Sounds like something I would really like. Thank you for the recommendation. Have you read the Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly? I really enjoyed that book.

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Steph @ Will Run For Treats January 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and am looking forward to checking this one out! If you haven’t read “The Paris Wife” yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a historical-fictional account of Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage, told through the perspective of his wife. I really enjoyed it, and I found the story of their life so interesting that it prompted me to get into a few Hemingway novels :)

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Lauren January 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Have you read I Capture the Castle? It’s very romantic and historic.

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Linda January 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

You are the second person to rave about this book today. It sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to read it now.

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Becca Jane January 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Hi! I just emailed you about this, but I really want to suggest The Wednesday Wars and Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt. The most endaring two stories I’ve ever read, not to mention I laughed outloud so many times.

I have added The Lost Wife to my to-read list.

My all-time favorites are These Is My Words and To Kill A Mockingbird.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

oooh! I need to read this before my textbooks come in! Haha :)

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Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life January 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

This has been in my cart on amazon for a while and based on this review, I just may have to take the plunge and buy it.

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock January 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Oh this books sounds amazing Jenna. I must make a little visit to the local library! Thx for the suggestion.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for the first book review of 2012.

It still feels funny typing 2012 to me :)

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jean January 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love all your book reviews – I always add them to my wish list! Thanks

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Holly January 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love your recommendations….we have very similar taste in books!
That being said, I just finished “The Apothecary’s Daughter” and really, really enjoyed it. I think you would like it too!

*There is a chance I found out about this book on your blog, so maybe you’ve already read it?? ha! If that’s the case, maybe someone else out there reading the comments would like it! :)

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Jen January 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

What was your finaopinion of the sisters? I loved the book but it made me mad!

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Jen January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Final opinion

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Jchokie January 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I loved Sarah’s Key, thank you so much for the recommendation! Can’t wait to read it next.

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Katie January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I was JUST talking about Sarah’s Key with my mom on the phone…like 5 minutes ago. I need to get this book next! Thank you!

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Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I love historical fiction! I can’t wait until this gets to my library. :)

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veronica January 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I have been looking for a new book! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Yay – love your book reviews!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Yay, so glad to hear of another great read!! Thanks for sharing!

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jill January 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I’m so glad you’re adding a place to find all your book reviews! I’ve loved every book that I’ve read that you recommended! We definitely have the same taste in.books :0)

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allie January 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

oh i would love book reviews in one place!

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Allison (Allison's Delicious Life) January 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

i’d love for you to create a book page!!

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

a book page would be great! I got a kindle fire for christmas and now I’m going back trying to find all of your recommendations.

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Shannon January 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Found a book you might like! Nothing Daunted is about 2 socialites that moved out West in the early 1900s. Kind of right up your Laura Ingels Wilder alley!

http://www.amazon.com/Nothing-Daunted-Unexpected-Education-Society/dp/1439176582

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wendy January 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I am currently reading it and am loving every word. I am thinking this may be one of the best books I have read in a long time!!

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Jill January 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Love your book reviews!! Will definitely read this one.

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Andrea January 6, 2012 at 1:31 am

I would love to see all your book reviews on your blog! And even links to posts with your list of top books. I have the same taste in books as you, so I trust when you give a book a good review!

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Leigh January 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

Have you read any of ayn rand’s books? She is amazing. I cant remember what survey, but Her book, Atlas Shrugged, was voted the second most influential book (first place was the Bible)

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Courtney @ Translating Nutrition January 6, 2012 at 3:05 am

ooo I’m in need of a new book, and this sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation. Will look forward to seeing your book reviews all in one place — will be very helpful for book shopping on my kindle :)

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Nicole @ Giraffelegs January 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

You sold me! I cannot wait to read it!

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Chrissy January 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

I’m currently readint The Sisters and loved Sarah’s Key, The Secret Daughter and The Winter Garden – all your picks. Check out The Town that Drowned by Riel Nason. It was a great read. I guarantee you will fall in love with Ruby or Percy OR both!

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Chrissy January 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

and by readint, I mean reading :)

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Jen January 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

Not at all impressed with Amazon right now :( I went to order this because it looks amazing…paperback is $10.20, Kindle version is $12.40. WTF?!

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Mary January 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

I’m defiantly going to pick this up. We seem to like the same general genre and I am always happy when you post a book I haven’t yet read. Thanks!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

You’re a bad influence on me. You make me spend so much money on books it’s ridiculous!!!!!

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Corrie Anne January 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Putting it on my list!

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Luv What You Do January 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Just finished 3 books on my vacation including The Marriage Plot and the second Hunger Games. Loving my booky start to the new year!

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christina May 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

Yup, just searched your page and it was you. haha :)

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