Thursday, 6 December 2012

Library Love...Arcadia, I Heart the 80s, Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, The Edible Balcony...

This month I've been reading...

Arcadia - Lauren Groff
I Loved this book, it's about a little boy as he grows up on a hippy commune, how they live, his family and friends.  There's lots of vegetable growing and composting.  And also the struggles they have as children and into their adult lives.  I'd recommend this one!

I *Heart* the 80s - Megan Crane
This is like a grown ups version of the film '13 going on 30', except Jenna (the name of the character in the book and in 13 going on 30) goes back to the past, not forward, to the future (I realise this only makes sense if you have knowledge of films made for teenage girls!).  There's lots of eighties fashion and rock stars!

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan
I don't usually read chick-lit type books, but I fancied something easy (moving house is stressful!) and this was actually quite entertaining.  Much mockery is made of middle class yummy mummies popping in for a cupcake, dahling, the main character is having one of those I'm -in-my-thirties-and-I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-myself crises, but not in an annoying way, in a way I can definitely relate to, and there's a cute, curly haired love interest.  What more could you want to take your mind off making difficult decisions about carpets and white goods!

The Edible Balcony - Alex Mitchell
This is inspiration for my own little balcony!  There are sections with photos of beautiful balcony gardens and lots of info on growing food in teeny spaces.  I can see myself borrowing this again in spring so I can use some of the ideas then.

Have you read anything good recently?


  1. I just finished the second All Souls Trilogy book, Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness. Witchy goodness!

    1. I've heard good things about those books, but don't they have a lot of pages? I might give one a try when I'm in an extra concentrat-y kind of mood!

  2. i loved arcadia too, but not so much the last part of it - what did you think of the end? i like the look of edible balcony!! my husband has just read doppler by erland loe and that's next on my list!x

    1. Yeah, I wasn't a fan of the ending either! I've just looked Doppler up on amazon...I might have to add that one to my list too!

  3. I haven't read anything in awhile (shameful) but I am going to put the Jenny Colgan one on my Santa list now, have read some of hers in the past, great light-hearted entertainment!

    1. It's not shameful, you've been busy making nice things! I've never read a Jenny Colgan book before, but I might be tempted to pick one up again!


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