TBB Reads: September Announcement

August 17, 2017, by Deena @Shoes to Shiraz

Welcome back to #TBBReads, our virtual book club.  We've had a laid back summer, reading an assortment of books which we'll be sharing on August 31st.

If you'd like to join us, please fill out this registration and we'll send you the information you need.

The books for each month will be announced a few weeks ahead so you can track them down.  We spend the month reading and asking questions when needed in our Slack channels. The last week of the month we discuss our thoughts and do a blog link up. Changing things up for this year, we'll be going down to 3 books a month and adding a theme.

Here's what you need to know for September:

Theme: Our Favourite Author
Blog Hop Reviews: September 28th

 Sheila's pick: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

I love to travel and I do so as much as I can but when I can’t the next best thing is armchair traveling! For this reason one of my favorite genres is “travel memoir” and the book that got me hooked on this genre is A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. This is an older book but it's the first one I read in this genre and the one that hooked me! 

I especially love to read about expats’ experience living in a country I love such as France or Italy because I can just imagine myself in their shoes. I love the outsider’s perspective on the culture and since I’m familiar with the culture it’s usually an amusing read! I find myself nodding and chuckling as I read about their experiences. f you enjoy traveling and if you like France then give this book a try! He has written several sequels (Toujours Provence and Encore Provence) that continue the saga (and laughs!) of living in the south of France. It will make you want to drink wine and eat tapenade, cheese, baguettes, olives… basically you’ll want to eat all the time!

Some other favorites of mine in this genre include Extra Virgin by Annie Hawes (and all her other books about living in Liguria, Italy), the classic Frances Mayes books about living in Tuscany, Under the Tuscan Sun, and my latest find - Only in Naples by Katherine Wilson (my mom is from Naples so this was really relevant to me!)

Deena's pick: A Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

I can remember the first Elizabeth Berg I picked up from the library, it was recommended by Oprah and because the thing to do at that time in life was to do what Oprah does, I decided to give it a go. The book was Open House and I was instantly hooked.
Berg's narratives speak to me. Her soothing stories about relationships, friendships and life make me dig a little deeper in my own and somehow always give me the perspective I didn't know I needed to consider.  
I have recently started collecting all her books and can't wait to read these gems over and over when needed.  They are quick reads, and I find myself wanting to highlight so many passages as I go through her deep insights.

My three favourite Berg books are: The Pull of the Moon, Tapestry of Fortunes and Open House. Really, you could pick any of those three to read this month and I'd be smiling.

Alison's pick: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Ever since I picked up the Mistborn series, I've loved Brandon Sanderson. His ability to write complex characters while still making them relatable always impresses me. 
His world building and magic systems are fascinating and really pull you into the story. 
I picked Warbreaker from his bibliography because it is stand alone and can really give you a feel for his writing without the commitment of a series. 

Happy Reading!




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