9.11.2009

Blogger Book Fair: Leslie Of A Room Somewhere

Our last guest at the Blogger Book Fair is lovely Leslie of a room somewhere. Let's see what goodies she has to recommend:

Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery
I include this book because it is the book which was most formative for me as a reader. The Emily series and the characters within it, which I was introduced to as a girl of eleven, convinced me that books would be a major part of my life. Emily Starr is a captivating young girl whose life has taken tragic turns, but whose imagination and sense of humanity save her and teach her to find happiness in just about everything.

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
This book will immediately remind you of one of America's treasured novels, To Kill A Mockingbird. The narrator of this story, set in the 1960s midwest, is a boy named Rube. He and his irresistibly interesting little sister, Swede, travel with their single father on a journey to find their older brother, who has run from the law after a mystery-laden night back home. The characters in this story will have you swept up in no time.

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
I have read hundreds of books in my young(ish) life, and I have rarely become so engrossed in a character as I did in Inman, the wounded Confederate soldier in Cold Mountain. His humanity and compassion, yet rugged awareness of life and death form him into a man unlike many I've read about, and certainly unlike any I've ever encountered in real life. His impetuous, yet tender love for Ada keeps him going, despite life-threatening events, as he makes his way back to her and his treasured North Carolina homeland. Meanwhile, Ada grows from a spoiled girl to a deep, loving woman with the help of her incorrigible companion, Ruby Thuse. All of them are characters who will teach you something about love and life.

These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
Sarah Agnes Prine is perhaps my favorite woman in literature. She is based upon characters from a family's real memoir, and her life, set in Arizona in the 1800s is simultaneously unbelievably rugged and tenderly real and relatable. Her romantic relationship with Captain Jack Elliot is one of the best love stories you'll ever read, and Ms. Turner's ability to create Sarah through her words and thoughts is unforgettable. You will love Sarah. I missed her when the book was finished.

Thank you, Leslie for your wonderful recommendations. I know how you feel when you said you missed a character when you finished the book-aren't those just the best ones? When you have fallen so in love with a character and are so engrossed in the story, that when you finish you are not quite sure what to do next.

I hope you all have enjoyed this series, and have left with a few new books to add to your wish lists. But don't cry because it is over just yet-I will be back sometime this weekend with my list, and if anyone else would like to participate, just email me your picks and I will post them next week! I also have a special treat for you on Monday-a new "You Oughta Know" interview and giveaway-I know you are going to love it, so be sure to stop by. Until then, I hope you all have a great weekend!

16 comments:

  1. i'm adding Cold Mountain to my list. thanks!

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  2. this was a great idea, Jackie, thanks for including me!!

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  3. I have to tell you how much I enjoyed reading the "Book Fair" posts. I'm an avid reader and I'm always looking for something interesting. I hope you'll do this again. Thank you.

    PS: I adore your blog...

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  4. I really enjoyed Peace Like a River! I will have to add These is My Words to my list of books to read.

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  6. I love the whole Emily series! I read them when I was a girl after I ran out of Anne of Green Gables books. They're not as well known, but just as good!

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  7. This is wonderful. I enjoy reading and sometimes can get stuck on what to read next.

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  8. These is My Words is also on my list. Everyone I have given it to just loves it. I can't say enough about the trilogy - couldn't get enough.

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  9. I love L.M. Montgomery but I have never read the Emily series! I will have to pick it up!

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  10. I absolutely love this feature! I'll definitly be adding cold mountain to my must read list!

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  11. Those are all on my top favorite book list. I love love love them all.

    Not that this should be a surprise... ;-)

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  12. Ah, I used to LOVE the Emily books too! Just as charming as Anne of GG (I read all those too!). Thanks for sharing, Leslie!

    I saw the movie Cold Mountain and cried and cried. Any opinions on which is better?

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  13. i'm so happy to hear that so many of you like the Emily series, it's so classic and unknown. i love it.

    magchunk: i really love the movie Cold Mountain, too. Jude Law is so good in it, as is renee zellweger. i of course prefer the book since you get much more insight into the characters' minds, but the movie did a fabulous job of conveying the romance and tragedy of it all. i'll never read the book again without picturing the characters as the stars in the movie!

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  14. Thanks for posting these book fairs. I love reading and many of these sound like I would really enjoy them.

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  15. This is a great idea! If you need another blogger to participate, count me in!

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  16. Oh i LOVE these is my words...great book :)

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