Add Some Whimsy to Your Life!

August 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

Watched all those movies from my last Whimsy post yet?? Are you ready for some more recommendations?

I don’t know that there is much I enjoy more in life than reading a book that is fun and has a decent love story and a little whimsy to it. These books don’t come around all the time. I would actually love it if they could make a Book Pandora that would just keep feeding you book after book that it knew you were just going to love!

But until they figure out Book Pandora, use this list as your guide to the whimsical book genre.

Guernsey

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Sweet, sweet, sweet. This may have been the first book I read that was just really enjoyable to read. No difficulty deciphering old world language {I still love you, Jane Austen}, no evil characters plotting out their next evil deeds, and no foul language or raunchy scenes. It was just a sweet book. It actually has a very interesting historical component to it as well that inspired an awesome conversation with a Guernsian {??} bartender in a ski lodge in Banff, Canada a couple years back. Love that!

Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: This may be the cream of the crop of whimsy. Sarah Addison Allen writes books that always take place at least partly in North Carolina and have a magical component to them. Many others like her book Garden Spells better. But this is by far my favorite! It involves wallpaper changing based on your mood and baked goods calling to people. Come on. This is heavenly. If you end up liking her writing, check out The Peach Keeper and The Sugar Queen too.

Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: This was one of my beach reads this year. SO fun! This is more on the fun side of whimsy than on the magical side. It was hilarious and so easy to read. The ending was awesome too! I can’t recommend this book enough.

Lunch

Lunch in Paris: This book is actual more of an autobiography meets cookbook. The whimsy here is also less magical {except for some of those recipes} and more the kind that you feel when you hear of someone falling in love and moving to Paris  and cooking and writing all day.

Paris

The Paris Wife: This is an interesting nonfiction novel based on the books and journals of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hattie. It is on the whimsy borderline. But the fact that it’s about Paris in the Golden Age and I really enjoyed reading it landed it on the list.

When I set out to write this post, I thought it would be much longer. But there really aren’t that many great books out there that have that touch of whimsy like I like. So we’re going with quality over quantity here.

What about you? Do you have any books you just loved reading??

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