What I’m Reading Now

by jenna on February 28, 2013

I realize I haven’t been the best about sharing what I’m reading currently with you guys! Sorry about that. I read this book a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I love reading historical fiction accounts of women in history because I just find their stories so fascinating. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was married to the famous Charles Lindbergh — the man to make the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean back in 1927.

This is the story of life according to Anne. It’s full of trials and hardships; not quite the “fairy tale” of a life she dreamed she would have. I’ll be honest and say at times, I felt like this book was pretty depressing {no one ever seemed to be truly happy!}. However, I really enjoyed reading it for it’s grit and honest details. I felt like I was really getting a sneak peak into a once famous couple’s real life — the one they kept hidden from the media.

I’d definitely recommend this book to those of you who seem to share my love for historical fiction! Sure, it’s a bit depressing but it’s also a really good read. I had a hard time putting it down at night. It reminded me of another book I really enjoyed, Loving Frank.

What are you guys reading now? I have a few books lined up {currently reading this because I’m hearing the author speak live tomorrow night!} but love hearing your recommendations!

PS- to all of y’all asking for a complete “book section” on ELR where you can easily find all my reviews in one spot….I hear you!! It’s coming. I promise! The site redesign that we’ve now been working on for the past, um, ten months {yikes} WILL feature a brand spankin’ new book section that’s incredibly user friendly.

 

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Anne February 28, 2013 at 4:31 am

Wohoo, for the Book Page!

I am a super nerd and adore medieval historical fiction. Right now I am loving a biography on Catherine The Great!

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Joelle ( on a pink typewriter) February 28, 2013 at 4:38 am

This looks great! I think I already have it on my ‘must read’ list!

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Molly @ RDexposed February 28, 2013 at 4:51 am

Eee…that reminds me I haven’t started my book club book for this month. I’ll have to put this book on hold for now!

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Julia Kent February 28, 2013 at 5:01 am

Yay! I’m so happy to hear about the redesign and book section! In the meantime, you should head over to http://www.UnputdownableBC.com – an awesome book club blog! Perhaps you’ll find your next great read there!

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Malkire February 28, 2013 at 5:40 am

I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I don’t normally like that type of plot line but a friend recommended it to me and I could not put it down. Crazy twists and turns! My father and brother are commercial airline pilots so this tale about the Lindberghs might be just right…

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Gwyn February 28, 2013 at 6:39 am

I just finished “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler…. It was a nice easy read… I really enjoyed it.

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Cara February 28, 2013 at 6:41 am

I just finished “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Beautiful, unique, enchanting novel!

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Kelly February 28, 2013 at 6:44 am

I just finished Sorta Like A Rock Star by Matthew Quick, who also wrote the Silver Linings Playbook. It was amazing–one of those books I simply couldn’t put down. It’s funny and real, while also being hopeful and optimistic. I highly recommend it.

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Liz S. February 28, 2013 at 6:56 am

Just finished What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty for my book club. Really good and provided excellent questions for discussion at a book club.

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Mina February 28, 2013 at 7:01 am

I just finished The Tragedy Paper. It’s YA but I loved it and couldn’t put it down! I read the Weight of Silence before that and loved it. I think Language of Flowers, Defending Jacob, or Still ALice is next.

Mina

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Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen February 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

Jenna! Have you ever read The Glass Castle? It’s one of my favorite books; incredibly real and raw. You’ve probably read it, but if you haven’t then check it out!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

It makes perfect sense for you to start s book page. It seems like you read more than anyone I know!

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Nakia February 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

I saw that book while out browsing the book tables at Costco last night. I started “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin last week and its pretty good so far.

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Stephanie Rodriguez February 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

I just read The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas. Fabulous book! Elements of historical fiction, as well as intrigue and romance.

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Katie February 28, 2013 at 7:44 am

I’m reading “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. I love all her books. They are not historical fiction, but take a modern day person back to a story in the past, usually of a family member. They are great reads!

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Sarah @ Yogi in Action February 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

That sounds super depressing but I love how it sounds really honest about their lives. Those books are always amazing! Thanks for the recommendation

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cecile February 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

Did you read “The Paris Wife”? Great story written by the first wife of Ernest Hemingway. You will enjoy it! Maybe not so depressing but sad!

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Alexis March 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Just want to note that this is a historical fiction written about Ernest’s first wife, not by her! It was reconstructed using journals and letters that Hadley wrote and has some truth to it, but with artistic liberties of course:) It’s a great novel though!

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Dana February 28, 2013 at 8:14 am

I’m totally picking this book up! Sounds so good! Since I just finished your book, :), which was a wonderful read, I am currently at a loss on books and will need to hit up the book store asap to buy this book and some others. Around Christmas, I read this book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2082332.The_Day_I_Ate_Whatever_I_Wanted

it’s wonderful. Funny. and sad. Great short stories of many different women. I’m going to have to read it again. Certain stories you just really feel relatable to how these women are and some are just very cute and sweet and inspiring!

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HilJo February 28, 2013 at 8:27 am

Okay I know I have recommended this before but Kristin Lavransdatter is one of the best books I have ever read.

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Laura February 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

I just finished ‘unbroken’. That one is going to stick with me for awhile.

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Caroline L. February 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

Excited to see the new web design! I love historical fiction and especially those books about women :)

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Carla February 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

I’m reading The Thread by Victoria Hislop. It’s a very interesting look into Greece during the 20th and into the 21st centuries amid revolutions and social change, but it’s anything but a political book – a very personal, beautiful story of people’s lives…not finished yet, but about 3/4 through and so far highly recommend it!

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jamie February 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

I’m pumped for the book section! I love reading the books you recommend (and WRITE) :)

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Sharon February 28, 2013 at 9:48 am

I loved the Aviator’s Wife. Anne was a strong woman for all that she accomplished and for putting up with Charles. I’ve also just finished The Last Runawayt by Tracy Chevalier about a Quaker woman in Ohio who helps with the underground railroad.

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Heather February 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

I was one of the requester’s for the book page so this makes me so excited! You’ve gotten me hooked on Elizabeth Burg and I wouldn’t have known otherwise because I’m usually a non-fiction girl.

I have “The Sound of Wings” (another Amelia Earhart book) on my ‘to read’ shelf and can’t wait to get started on it. I’ll let you know how it is!

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Jess. February 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

love these posts! looking forward to the book section!

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Becky February 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

So excited about the book page!!

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Chelsea February 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

Oh my gosh, Loving Frank broke my heart at the end! I loved the story And the writing itself however, it was so well composed. I have always been a Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast, but had never studied any part of his personal life. I love when a book prompts me do do research!
Another fabulous book that I’ve recently read was City of Light, by Lauren Belfer. Such beautiful prose in a historically lush story! I am, quite literally capable of losing myself in word at times! :) I generally choose my books on a sample of how the writing itself is composed. I open up to a random page and see if it emotes anything to me. I want to be able to SEE the words, if I fall in love with the story itself that is just a plus! :)
Geez! I swear, whenever I write anything, I simply convince myself that I am becoming more nerdy by the day.

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Bruna @morgbu.com February 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

I will sure add to my list. I was also wondering if you could post anything about your book club, how did you become part of it? Did you invent the one you go to? I’m new to my city and would love to participate on a book club, was wondering how.

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jenna February 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

I used to be part of a book club with a couple friends, but we sort of disbanded about a year ago…a lot of the girls in the group were having babies and had less time to get together. I need to start up a new one!

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Maryz February 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I love historical fiction! I just finished reading Blackberry Winter and absolutely loved it! Thanks for sharing!

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Emily February 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I’m currently reading “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John J. Ratey. Definately not fluff reading, but it’s facinating to learn how the brain works and how you can encourage learning and thinking with exercise. And the author does a really good job of explaining medical terms in “normal-people-speak”.

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Ruth February 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Thanks for the book idea! I recently read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and it was truly amazing. I HIGHLY recommend it!

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Emily@2:DESIGN:CENTS February 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I’m finishing up the Steve Jobs bio. It’s really well written and very inspiring.

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Laura W February 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote Gift from the Sea and it is an amazing book. I highly recommend it. I absolutely love your blog!

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AnneW February 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Anne Morrow Lindbergh is my mom’s favorite author- I’m even named after her! I’ll have to try this!!

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Jane @ Not Plain So Jane February 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Currently reading “Eating Dirt” by Charlotte Gill. Beautifully written book about tree-planters who go behind all of the big logging companies to re-plant trees for the rest of us. You will learn a lot from this book!

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Annie February 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

This sounds like a good read! Do you know how historically accurate it is? In terms of Anne’s perspective? I’m always doubly intrigued by and wary of books that take real life events and fictionalize them.

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SueP March 1, 2013 at 4:57 am

Yay for the book page! I am readin g “The Kitchen House” currently, and I love it! Set in the late 18th/ early 19th century; on a plantation in the south. An Irish orphan is indentured to a plantation owner; it’s the story of growing up in the Kitchen House, and finding her way as a young lady once grown. Love it.

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Jennifer March 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Working my way through the Stephanie Plum series- I’m on “Hot Six”. Also read Ted Kerasote’s follow-up to “Merle’s Door”, about his new puppy, “Pukka, the Pup After Merle”. Last week I read “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” and it was awesome! Also, I recommend “Agnes and the Hitman”.

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Amy Lee March 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

Currently reading The Red Heart by James Alexander Thom. He writes historical American fiction involving the native americans and the white people who took over their land. My all-time favorite of his is Follow The River. A must read!

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Jillian March 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Just finished reading A Discovery of Witches and the sequel Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. Intertwined with bits of historical fiction… Highly recommend! 3rd and final book isn’t out yet.

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