Thursday, May 14, 2015

READ: May's Book Club

The warm temperatures and sun have finally returned to us this month and while my days are saved for as many outdoor activities as I can cram into the calendar, I have earmarked any rainy days (or lazy afternoons!) with the names of these books.
Pencilled in and bookmark ready by my side!

Touted as the next 'Gone Girl' thriller, Paula Hawkins' debut novel drew me in with the cryptic opening line “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” but the intertwining voices of three characters sharing their take of  assumed scenarios and what they think they saw kept me turning the pages. Reminiscent of Hitchcock's classic 'Rear Window' fast forwarded to 2015!

Karen Mordecai celebrates every aspect of the glory that once was 'Sunday supper', seen as the gathering of family and friends to connect and exchange. Simple recipes that can be mastered by any level of expertise and stunning photography (I've never seen a fried egg look quite as breathtaking!), I loved the way Ms. Mordecai morphed the essential elements of the Sunday supper into any meal of the day, regardless of who you invite over to break bread with you!

She will always be known as one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (her godfather, HRH The Prince of Wales has even written the foreword!) with a lineage as English as tea and crumpets but India Hicks invites you to take a peek at the life she has built for herself and her family on a island paradise as far removed from palaces and royals as you can get!

 “Japan’s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter" shares the keys to streamlining our homes and lives. The Japanese based method of decluttering your mind via dejunking your home has elevated Marie Kondo to celebrity status in Japan and the honour of being hailed as the 'most organized woman in the world' by people in the know all over the world.

Ever wonder why we choose to continue doing the things we do, even when we know that a change for the better is in order? Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling 'The Happiness Project' dissects the whys, why-nots and hows of changing the age-old habits that hold us back, physically and mentally.

I usually veer away from stories about children meeting an untimely end but my nostalgia for the suburban life of the 1970's caught my eye. Set in Ohio during that decade, Celeste Ng's debut work paints the heartbreaking portrait of a family, unravelling after the disappearance and death of one of their children, a daughter they thought they knew but slowly realize they didn't.

What are you reading this month??


Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

These titles sound great ... and according to the weather on The Morning Show we are in for some rainy days so perfect for reading. Wishing you a wonderful Victoria Day week-end. XO

Deborah Montgomery said...

Our book club is reading In the First Circle by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn. Sigh. A typical Russian novel with a huge cast of characters. I'm sure it will be good but it's going to take a lot of rainy afternoons to finish it! :)
Everyone's talking about that Kondo book. I will have to pick it up.