1. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout My sister bought this book for me for Christmas and I just started it this week. It won the Pulitzer in 2008, so I thought it was worth a read. I'm not sure how I like it yet. It's an odd story. The setting is in Maine. Thirteen stories are woven together around the title character. She's a very complex lady and I think I might end up liking her in the end. I'll let you know.
2. Love & War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of by John and Stasi Eldredge Since I haven't read the book yet, I'll post a review. From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. The Eldredges' newest book has bestseller written all over it. The pair addressed men and women separately in Wild at Heart (John) and Captivating (Stasi) and now put that knowledge together in a book on marriage. Christianity, they say, is a love story set amid war, with marriage a living, breathing portrait laid out before the eyes of the world so that they might see the story of the ages. For them, marriage is the perfect storm that brings together basic differences in men and women, individual styles of relating, sin, and brokenness. ... They are honest and forthright, never skirting a difficult issue; instead, they offer hope, insight, and their own lives as examples of what God can accomplish. Their summation of marriage: It can be done. And it is worth it. So is this book.
I don't read a lot of books like this, although I probably should. But, I am looking forward to this one. I feel I should probably read Captivating and Wild at Heart, also. My husband is a big Eldredge fan, so maybe he'll read this after me. That's the point of a marriage book, isn't it?
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows I've had this book for awhile and am looking forward to getting to it this spring. The word "charming" is often associated with it in the reviews I've read. I love historical fiction, so I'm sure this will be an educational and fun read. I find it sad that Mary Ann Shaffer died before the book, her first novel, was published. I'm sure she would have enjoyed it's popularity and great reviews.
4. Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist This book is not released until June 1st or it would have been higher on my list. I have read all of Deeanne Gist's books and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. She's a great story teller and she does a lot of historical research for each book. I'm really looking forward to this one.
I would love to post more, and I have others in the stack; but, I'm trying to be realistic. Remember, you can update your list at anytime. I'm looking forward to seeing what you are reading, so be sure and comment below. Happy Spring!!!