24 books finished in 2011

24 books finished in 2011
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I loved this book. Fiercely.

At first, the writing style threw me off – it’s composed entirely of letters between the characters, which means every moment is experienced second- or third-hand. But once I learned the rhythm, I realized how much more intimate a reading experience it creates – it was almost like finding an old stack of love letters in the attic, but instead of just one side, you have multiple authors and can piece them together to get a full account.

And the characters, they are all so dorky and endearingly real – they’re all still living in my head, interacting and living their lives. This, to me, is the sign of a Great Book.

Now that the gushing is out of the way, I should attempt to explain this book. It’s about an island (Guernsey) near England that was occupied during WWII, and the islanders who formed a literary society to help distract them from the horrors of the war. And then it’s about an author who finds out about them and starts to learn all their stories.

I am definitely keeping this one, and am tempted to pick it up and read it again right now.

But I won’t. I’ve picked out some themed reading for France. So, if you haven’t read it yet, you can borrow mine.

2 thoughts on “24 books finished in 2011

  1. I wasn’t expecting to, but I absolutely fell in love with this book. I actually read it twice…in the same summer.

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