Book Review: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

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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.

(Story synopsis from goodreads.com)

Oh, the art of letter writing! How did we ever let such a beautiful form of expression escape us? (Yes, I realize the irony that I am posing that question as I write this in an electronic format.) But I must truly applaud Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows for giving us an amazing piece of literature in this form. After reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I do not think this novel could have been written any other way. Continue reading

I’m in Love with THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY!

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As I mentioned in my earlier post (which you can read here) about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I have absolutely been loving this book. I have been pulled into Juliet’s adventures and the stories of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

If I could hug this book I would!

As I continued to read the novel, there were so many more lines that continued to speak to me that I wanted to share some more of them with all of you. :) (Again, my page numbers might be different because I am reading the Kindle version of the book.) Continue reading

Currently Reading: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

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I am currently reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I am absolutely loving this book so far. I did not realize that the format of the book was set up as a series of letters, but it is incredibly interesting.

In fact, I am enjoying this book so much that I have already compiled a bunch of quotes from the book. So many in fact, that I wanted to share all of them with you. I typically don’t post about a book as I am reading it, but I felt compelled to do so.

If you have not yet read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I would highly suggest it. I will of course be posting my review of the book when I finish it, so be looking out for it! Until then though, I hope you enjoy these quotes from the book. :) Continue reading

Summer Side Note: Books & Writing

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As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love my job as a teacher…however, I’m also really enjoying this past week (despite meetings and trainings) of being able to read books and write about them.

Being able to read books that I’ve been accumulating on my “to-read” list and then share my thoughts about them with all of you has been absolutely wonderful. It has allowed me to combine my two greatest passions: books and writing. (And of course I get to drink my coffee as I do so – another love of mine!)

This would be an ideal job for anyone whose passions are also reading and writing. (Mind you, I don’t actually get paid for this, I just enjoy doing it.) But especially on these wonderful summer days, I love sitting on my back patio with my laptop and coffee and the dog nearby as I write. What a fabulous start to June and my Summer Break!

To see the books that I’ve read and reviewed so far this year, visit my 2015 Books page. (Or you can visit my Goodreads Reading Challenge page.)

Google images always has the perfect picture for me to use with my posts. :)

Book Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

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Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

(Story synopsis from goodreads.com)

Lately when I’ve finished a book that I already have and I want to read one that I don’t have yet, but don’t want to wait to get it, I’ve been using an app called OverDrive that is linked to my library card. It is through this app that I can “check out” books that I have on my “to read” list.  Continue reading

The Great Teacher Myth

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Woo Hoo! It’s June and that means my summer has started and I don’t have any work to do! Right?? Right???

Nope! Wrong! Sorry me…You might be a teacher, but that does not mean that you actually get summers off like everyone seems to think. (Ok, stop right there, what?!) Continue reading

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