February 2013 Recommended Reads

February 2013 Recommended Reads


Can you believe it is March already!?!!

Today I am sharing my February 2013 Recommended Reads list.  A list of books I read this past month.  I read two non fiction books this month along with two fiction and a biography.

I am a big Julia Child fan.  I have previously read My Life In France about Julia Child’s time in France when she began writing her cookbook and the book Julie and Julia which also has a motion picture by the same name.  Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child is a biography of Julia Child and I really enjoyed it.  Learning about her whole life and the amazing woman she was. I remember watching her cook on PBS when I was a young girl!  This book marks the anniversary of her 100th birthday. I listened to this book on CD and started it on a drive my husband and I made up to Gig Harbor last weekend.  He listened along and really enjoyed it!  (some language)

Ratings are 1-5 stars. dearier

4 stars

I have decided I need to learn more about Google+ so I read the book  What the Plus by Guy Kawasaki (an amazing blogger!)  If you want to know more about the ins and outs of Google Plus check it out.  If you’d like to follow me on Google+ please add me to your circle of friends!


3 stars

The other non fiction book I read was Love Does:Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff.  Bob has accomplished some pretty incredible things in his life – As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.   For Bob,love is an action word – Love Does!

Love does3.5 stars

For our Book Club we are reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie which was a delightful, fun, easy read.  The first in the series of the Flavia de Luce Mysteries.  I have already started in on the next one in the series.  Flavia is a young aspiring chemist with a passion for poison and is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.  Flavia will delight you!

February 2013 Recommended Reads

4 stars

My last book for February was Mrs. Queen Takes the Train ( I think it was recommended by one of you!)  Honestly I almost didn’t keep reading the book.  I found the beginning of the book a little boring but I’m glad I stuck with it. It was a fun read.   This book is a fiction piece about when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.  Just imagine Queen Elizabeth trying to figure out the internet and Facebook as well as doing yoga.  (some language)  I’d love to know if Queen Elizabeth has read it and what she thinks about it!!

February 2013 Recommended Reads

3.5 stars

You can check out my January Recommended Reads here.  I’d love to hear what you read in February!  Please share in the comments.


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. cara says

    Hi Leigh-Anne, thanks for the good reads. This month, I read Gone Girl and am now reading the Light Between the Oceans and the Aviator’s Wife. Have a good week!

      • cara says

        the aviator’s wife is historical fiction about anne morrow lindberg. i’m thinking that after i read this book, that i will need to read a biography of her since she is an acomplished woman in her own right who happened to be married to a famous man.

        • says

          I love Anne Morrow Lindberg so definitely need to read this book. If you have never read Gifts from the Sea written by Anne you must! I think it is my favorite book of all times and I read it every year – it is non fiction. Love, love, love it!!!

  2. says

    For our book club, we read “the Soldier’s Wife” which I had mixed feelings about….it is about WW2 on a small island by England which part I loved, but there was a love affair with a German soldier that just didn’t sit right with me. It went against all my morals and values, but as for the way the book was written and the main topic, it was really good. The other book we read, which I thought was really good and made you think was “What Alice Forgot” It does have some language in it, but other than that, it was worth reading. I love getting new ideas for books! Thanks for sharing


  3. Sue says

    I just finished ‘War Brides’ by Helen Bryan. Excellent book about the lives of 5 young women in England during World War II.

  4. Suzze says

    I adore the Flavia de Luce mysteries. I’ve read them all and only one disappointed me ) I won’t mention which one because I want to make sure you read them all!
    I read 8 books in February, I’ll only mention the ones I enjoyed most.

    The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe Written after his mother dies, Will writes about the books he and his mom read, often together, during those last times with her.

    Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys A Lithuanian girl and her family are ripped from their home by the Soviets in 1941, and forced into work camps. Amazing and touching.

    Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt In 1987, when AIDS was rampant and information about how it spread sketchy, a girl’s brother dies of AIDS and sh befriends his partner, who has always been hidden from her. Loved this book!

    Most Talkative – Andy Cohen An autobiography by the network exec and Bravo host. Fascinating. I am a Bravo junkie, I admit it.

    I am a bookseller who works in the kid’s department, so I also read a few kids’ books including Stranded by Jeff Probst (cute beginning to a series)

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