Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Book Love: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

In case you haven't read what Book Love is all about and the best advice I've ever received when it comes to books, be sure to check out this post!

Book Name: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Category: Literature-Fiction
Pages: 274

Brief Description:
January 1946: Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

Why I bought it: Intrigued by the name, I had actually read the description, and said to myself "eh-not interested," and but the book back on the best-sellers shelf. An employee at Borders practically pounced on me and said "If you are a book-lover, you CAN NOT put that back on the shelf." He said it was the best book he had read in a long time. Thank you employee-- I'm glad you convinced me!

Book Love: This was one of those books that I couldn't put down, and when I realized I only had a few pages left... I was sad for it to be over! Though the name of this book is so strange-- it is one of the most charming books I have ever read. And CHARMING is really the perfect word.

Firstly I have to tell you the book is written entirely as letters between all of the characters. At first I was a little put off by this, but by the end found myself wanting to write some snail mail of my own-- letters just have a certain romance about them! Through the different writing styles you can get a real sense of the personalities of all the characters. The main character, Juliet is so bubbly and sarcastic you can't help but fall in love with her. Each character has a little quirk, and you have to fall in love with the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society. Are you wondering "What's with the name?" So was I-- and I promise it makes sense when you read the book!

Book Quotes: I didn't want to go crazy here... but there were so many good quotes!

"Have you ever noticed that when your mind is awakened or drawn to someone new, that person's name suddenly pops up everywhere you go?"

"I know I am fortunate to have any place at all to live in London, but I much prefer whining to counting my blessings." Isn't that cute? I think we can all agree that we much prefer whining to counting our blessings...

"I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers." Delightful! How dreamy is that quote? It is the epitome of why I loved this book-- to think that books we were destined to love find their way to us... well I'm sure if you are a book-lover you can relate!

Bottom Line: If you love literature, you'll love it. The end.


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