Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors–her books are full of mystery, the stories are always told from different points of view across many years, and they’re deliciously gothic. My only complaint is that she has written only five books, and not fifty. I knew once I started The Lake House, I would be unable to put it down, and my fears were not unfounded.
A family’s eleven month old son disappears one night in 1933 during a party, and is never found. In their grief, the family abandons their country home for London. Seventy years later, a detective stumbles on the empty mansion and upon hearing the story, takes on the cold case.
If you like: The Thirteenth Tale, Lauren Willig’s latest stand alone novels (That Summer, The Ashford Affair, and The Other Daughter), Jane Eyre, or anything by Susanna Kearsley–try The Lake House.
I was a regular reader of Young House Love, even though their style is nothing like my own. Lovable Livable Home is full of DIY projects for every skill level, and practical tips for creating a beautiful and organized home for your family. This book differs from their first book, in that they feature photos of many homes besides their own, which gives a wider range of styles and ideas. I plan on creating shelves out of wooden crates for my boys room like they did here:
One of my favorite things John and Sherry do so well is personalize their home. They find creative ways to incorporate photos, ticket stubs, funny things their kids say, maps of places they’ve traveled–into their decor. So much better than having a box of momentos collecting dust in a closet.
There’s no denying the French live well, and Lessons From Madame Chic details twenty secrets to living a fuller life, all of which can be implemented by anyone, anywhere.
Here are a few of my favorites:
*Become more selective of the foods you eat, the clothes you wear, and the way you choose to spend your time
*Only wear clothes because you love them, they look great on you, and they reflect who you are
*Cultivate good posture and constantly check yourself until it comes naturally to you
*Avoid saving your best for later. Use the best you have every day.
*Clear out and declutter your home, and keep only the best things you have.
*When making purchases, buy the best you can afford. Always take your budget into consideration to avoid living beyond your means
*Cultivate your love of classical music and listen to it throughout your day
*Totally immerse yourself in the arts and live a culturally fulfilling life
*Read or listen to audiobooks as much as you can
*Learn to appreciate what you already have
If you like: Bringing Up Bebe, French Women Don’t Get Fat, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and French Kids Eat Everything–try Lessons From Madame Chic.
What have you been reading? Any thoughts on books that I’ve read? Let me know–I love good book recommendations!