Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Reading List, 2013

I don't know about you, but in my area of Virginia, the weather seems to go from Winter to Summer in a matter of days. Spring tends to get left out as we jump from 40 degrees to 85 degrees. The pool doesn't open until May, so we're kind of hanging until then! With school and dance still in session, I still have some parking lot hours to fill, so here's my Spring Reading List for 2013. I've already finished a few of these, but they're going on the list so I can review them later! Please feel free to share your own picks in the comments section!
Spring Reading List Picks for 2013, from Serenity Now

The Runaway Princess- Hester Browne
Spring Reading Picks at Serenity Now

This chick-lit piece follows a modern-day woman as she marries into a royal family. I was intrigued by the idea of role of the media, social expectations, and how the main character's self-esteem is affected.

Alice, from White Princess to Washington Power Broker- Stacey A. Cordery
Spring Reading Picks at Serenity Now

This biography of Teddy Roosevelt's oldest daughter caught my eye in the library a couple of weeks ago. Alice was legendary in Washington D.C. and could make or break a lot of political careers. I find it really interesting that she was fairly conservative and campaigned against her cousin FDR's New Deal.

I've Got Your Number- Sophie Kinsella
Spring Reading Picks at Serenity Now

I wasn't a fan of the last couple of Sophie Kinsella books I picked up (very formulaic), but the first chapter of this one hooked me. I think she might just be back with her signature sense of humor!

Fall of Giants-Ken Follett
Spring Reading Picks at Serenity Now

This historical fiction novel spans the length of World War I and follows several families from the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and Russia as their lives intersect throughout the war. If you like history (I do!), this may be a good read.

Finishing Touches- Hester Browne
Spring Reading Picks at Serenity Now

Another pick from Hester Browne. It's a "chick-lit" piece that follows a woman who takes over a failing finishing school after the death of her adoptive mother. She struggles with bringing the school into the modern world and mixing good etiquette with skills the modern young woman needs to know.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey- The Countess of Carnarvon
Spring Reading Picks at Serenity Now

My mother-in-law showed me this one the last time I was visiting, and it looks like a must-read for any Downton Abbey fan. The Countess shares the story of the most famous inhabitant of Highclere Castle, the Lady Almina, who was the basis for Lady Cora Crawley's character.

Notorious Nineteen- Janet Evanovich
Spring Reading Picks at Serenity Now

I'm finally caught up with this series. To be honest, they all run together after awhile, and I wish Stephanie would just go ahead and pick Morelli already. We'll see what happens....

Early to Rise- Andy Traub
Spring Reading Picks at Serenity Now

I actually just downloaded this one to my Kindle Paperwhite after hearing the author call in to the Dave Ramsey radio show. Sounds like a great motivational read!

It's a good thing we have a great library. I'm looking forward to making time to read while the girls are busy with their after-school activities.

What's on YOUR reading list for this Spring?

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  1. I love reading and I am definitely going to add some of these books to my good reads app! :) thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Hi! These suggestions look great! I've e-mailed a link to my mom as well! I can't wait to get reading some of these! Thanks for sharing!

    It's Always Ruetten

  3. I can't wait until school is out to have time to read a book. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey looks great!

  4. I just added Alice and Lady Almina to my TBR. I love those kinds of books.

  5. Thank you for adding so many book recommendations to my never-ending reading list Really look forward to reading these! Nice to see quite a variety of genres and plots. My recommendation for 2013 thus far is a fantastic historical romance by author Layne Wong, “Shanghai Love” ( The main character, Peilin, is a woman of honor and tradition. She is betrothed to marry a man but he is killed before her wedding. Bound by duty she takes his name and adopts his family as her own. A young, vibrant character, married to a ghost and stuck in what seems to be a hopeless situation. The story takes place in World War 2 and brings Peilin to Shanghai to look after her deceased husband’s family herbal medicine shop. She is introduced to a new world and new people. Shanghai is also Henri’s destination as he has graduated from medical school as Hitler is rising to power. The young Jewish refugee soon meets Peilin and you can guess what happens from there! It’s beautifully written and allows some time for their relationship to grow and develop. You really want these two to end up together and be happy I hope it will make the next list!


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