first book of 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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    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 πŸ™‚

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    January 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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

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    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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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    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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    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! πŸ™‚

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    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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      January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Final opinion

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    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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    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. πŸ™‚

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    January 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I have been looking for a new book! Thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚

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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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    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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    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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    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!

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    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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    January 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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

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    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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    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 πŸ™‚

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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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    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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      January 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

      and by readint, I mean reading πŸ™‚

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    January 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

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

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    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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    May 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Yup, just searched your page and it was you. haha πŸ™‚

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