Can’t Wait to Read This

Can’t Wait to Read This One

So, last night my sister and I took a trip to one of our favorite places.. Barnes and Noble!  I absolutely love reading real books (you can keep the kindles and the nooks, sorry) and Barnes and Noble is pretty much my form of paradise. Sidenote: one of my favorite things to do is go to the Children’s section and try to look for all of the books I used to read when I was a kid. It’s a really cool, fun feeling to kind of re-discover your childhood through them. I remember some of them so vividly and it just feels really special. And since I can’t find some of my favorite ones now I am always so tempted to buy a few…. I almost walked out with Angelina Ballerina the last time but put it back. I’m gonna have to get it next time :P.

Anyway, while browsing the new releases section, I stumbled upon a few that really caught my eye! One in particular looked really good to me. I love dramatic period romance stories (just to be clear, I don’t mean cheesy romance novels with Fabio types on the cover) and this one is right up my alley. It’s called The Shoemaker’s Wife. Here is the description from B&N:

“High in the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century, Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, meets Enza, a practical beauty. But when scandal rocks Ciro’s tiny village, unbeknownst to Enza, he is sent to hide in America. When disaster strikes Enza’s family, she, too, is forced to go to America.

Ciro and Enza build fledgling lives—until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza finds success in the costume department of the Metropolitan Opera House. Over time, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Inspired by Trigiani’s own family history, The Shoemaker’s Wife defines an era with operatic scope that will live on in the imagina-tions of readers for years to come.”

Cannot wait to read this!! It sounds like such a sweeping love story and the fact that it’s based around WWI (I am a bit of WWII history buff but I enjoy learning about WWI history as well) intrigues me. Overall, this is def a must read for me. I’ll post a review when I’m done!

What are some books YOU can’t wait to read? (I’m also realllly excited for J.K. Rowling’s new book :))



What I’m Reading..

So here is a pretty dorky fact about me…. when I was little I used to want to be a librarian. I used the crap out of my library card and loved the smell of a new book and the feel of the crisp pages. I loved buying cool bookmarks and looked forward to getting to the next chapter of whatever book I was reading… I was and still am a total book nerd.

It’s been WAY too long since I’ve read a new, good book but right now the one I am reading is pretty interesting. It’s called Geisha, A Life and is by Mineko Iwasaki. I adored the film MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA and subsequently really enjoyed the book as well. If you like those, then you will love Geisha, A Life. It is actually the story that allegedly inspired Memoirs of A Geisha and is about Mineko Iwasaki, one of Japan’s leading Geisha’s.

I have such a passion for learning about other cultures and have always been fascinated by the Geisha culture of Japan. It’s such an interesting read and shows you how intense, competitive and difficult the life of a Geisha is. It also is remarkable to me that something so antiquated has survived for hundreds of years and the book goes into detail about how it’s struggled to evolve with the times. Once I’m done I’ll post a review hehe.