reading rampage

by jenna on November 2, 2011

Remember when I mentioned how much I loved The Midwife’s Confession? We read it for book club last month and I couldn’t believe I had never read a Diane Chamberlain novel before. I was instantly hooked.

Well…um….in the past month I’ve been on a total Diane Chamberlain rampage and have read seven more of her novels.

I don’t have a real life. I refer to characters in books on first name basis and cancel normal people plans so I can stay home by myself and read. It’s becoming a problem.

But all that said, this one—The Shadow Wife—has been my favorite so far! I loved the setting (Big Sur!) and the characters. I loved that the book alternated between present day and the 1940’s. Obviously I’m a sucker for the 1940’s.

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Suzanne November 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Are her books pretty clean?

I’ve been on a Georgette Heyer kick lately. Can’t get enough!

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Caitlin November 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I love going on reading rampages when I find a great author! That’s what I did when I read Mona Simpson’s latest book – went back and read all her work. I’ve also been working through everything by Elizabeth Noble and Jennifer Weiner. Thanks for the rec!

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Carrie H November 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Jenna, have you read “The Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer? So far, it’s a coming-of-age WWII love story — I’m only on page 130 of 597, and I can hardly put it down. It is beautiful. I really think you’d like it.

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Becky November 3, 2011 at 1:28 am

I second this. The Invisible Bridge is a phenomenal novel.

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jenna November 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

i love your reading recommendations. I’m adding this one to my list.

I’ve been reading everything ruth reichl. she is an amazing food writer, as i’m sure you know.

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Jen November 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I have one of her books here to read – I think Garlic and Sapphires? I hope it’s good! Is she sarcastic?

Jenna – WHEN do you find time to read??

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Cora White November 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

hmm i need something fiction to break up all of my science classes this semester. I will have to get one of hers when I am at storytime tomorrow.

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wendy November 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

So happy to see the book posts have returned! I will definitely add this one to my “to read” list. Are you still on Goodreads??

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nichole (eat & be pretty) November 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

can’t wait to read it :)

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Addy November 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Join the club! I’ve definitely opted out of plans so I could stay home to read. I’ve seen the Midwife’s Confession in the library but never read it- I’ll have to try it out!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Glad you found an author you love…I need to check her books out. New to me!

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Jenn November 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I’ve been on a DC kick lately too! I’ve read about four this past month. I’m currently reading Keeper of the Light and it’s really good. I’ve never been disappointed in her books, I always know that I’m getting a good read out of her books. Will have to add this one to my reading list. Thanks!

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Nancy in Naples November 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm

The only e-book of hers that I could find through our local library was The Lies We Told and it was GREAT!

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Rachel @ Mommygetsmoving November 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I just finished Bloodroot last night. I’ll have to look for this one next. I love book recommendations keep them coming.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I just read The Midwife’s Confession and could NOT put it down! I just bought this one for my kindle. Youa re a bad influence on me.

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Jenny November 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Sometimes I feel like I should have been born in another era as well (see mad men costume on Halloween!). Another great author to try out sometime is Jonathon Tropper. Very different than these novels but from a male’s point of view can be really interesting.

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Baking Serendipity November 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I don’t even know if I needed to know this…I could become that anti-social person pretty easily too! I don’t think I slept for a few days this summer when I was sucked into the Hunger Games series. So addictive!

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Emily November 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Oooh, I’ve been looking for a few new books to add to my reading list. This one looks outstanding! Thank you for the recommendation. :)

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I’ve been looking for new additions to my reading list – thanks for the rec’s. Hoping I can get this from the local library :)

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Quisha November 3, 2011 at 6:45 am

I heard a lot of great things about this book and I’ve been looking to get it. Maybe it’ll be my next big read!

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Traci B November 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

You sound like me. I LOVE to read & read a ton. I’ve never read any of her books though. I’ll have to try them.

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Jenni November 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

I LOVE Diane Chamberlian… I did the same thing after reading one of her books. Went out and found 5 more! Great find! I am reading the Shadow Wife now as well.

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Sonia (the Mexigarian) November 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

Ooooh a locally set book? Might have to check that out. I don’t tend to read outside my urban fantasy novels but every now and then I do. :)

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Kristen November 4, 2011 at 12:54 am

You are a reading machine!

On that note, I have a question. Can you do a post on your general time-management techniques? Kind of like a day in the life? You always amaze me with all your cooking/baking/yogaing/writing/reading/etc. and I would like to know if you have any tips to impart. I want to read more/do more, but I never feel like there is enough time in the day. Are you an early riser? A night owl? How do you fit it all in?

Thanks!

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