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Big Kids’ Table: Leah + Her Pretty Good Book Jar

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Hello, reading buddies! It’s been awhile — I skipped last month, eek — but don’t worry, I’m back and even better I’m back with a huge book enthusiast who reviews “big kid” books all the time on her blog: The Pretty Good Gatsby. Leah is better than “pretty good”. Magnificent? Enthusiastic? Smart, awesome, lovely, and always inspiring me to pick up hidden gems? Yep. Pretty much all the above. I love her blog + I can’t think of anyone better to be a part of Big Kids’ Table.

Leah from The Pretty Good Gatsby

Note: this is Leah but not her cat.

This month, Leah is taking charge and giving us some amazing suggestions. Enjoy!

Hi guys! I’ve been a huge fan of Big Kids Table since Day 1 and I’m so excited to be here with you today! Here’s the deal – instead of choosing my books, we’re switching it up a bit: I’m having them chosen for me. Back in July, I made a super easy Book Jar. If you’re anything like me, staring at a giant mountain of books can be a little overwhelming. This takes all the stress out of it. Whenever I’m in the mood for a book and can’t decide, I pull out a star and I’m set.

For this edition of Big Kids’ Table I’m letting the jar pick for me – fingers crossed!

BOOK ONE: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Okay, confession time: I miiight have squealed a little when this was the first pick. Yes, I’ve had this book on my shelves for ages and yes, I’ve heard how super fantastic awesome it is! So many bloggers I adore and trust absolutely love this novel: an orderly, socially awkward professor is on a quest to find a wife. I’m all about quirky, charming novels and even better – a sequel is coming out in December!

BOOK TWOThe Venetian Bargain by Marina Fiorato

Venice, 1576. A passenger aboard a cargo ship sends the Bubonic Plague tearing through the city. Don’t judge me, but I love reading about deadly plagues and diseases. The Venetian Bargain seems to have a little bit of everything: romance, mystery, real-life events. Although I love Historical Fiction, I’ve noticed I tend to stick to certain time periods, but I think coming out of my comfort zone won’t be too difficult with this one!

BOOK THREEHemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

OMG CAN WE DISCUSS THAT SECOND SEASON CLIFFHANGER?! If you’re not watching this show you should probably fix that. It’s campy and ridiculous and a ton of fun! A Gypsy boy who turns into a werewolf, a fabulously wealthy vampire with a Frankenstein-esque little sister. Seriously, what’s not to love? I immediately bought a copy of this book after watching the first season but never got around to reading it. I made the horrible mistake of binging on the second season (thanks a lot, Netflix) and the withdrawal is torture. With season three not coming back until next summer I’ll need to get my fix with the novel!

BOOK FOURPioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen

So now that I had my book jar pick some books for me, I think it’s time I highlighted one I’ve actually read! You know a book is special when you still think about it eight months later. Raise your hand if you grew up reading Little House on the Prairie! Looking for an adult version? I’ve got you covered. Pioneer Girl tells the story of a Vietnamese-American woman and the family heirloom that sends her on a cross-country journey. I love dual narratives and Lee’s story was just as fascinating as Rose Wilder’s and when the pieces finally came together…perfection.

My reading list is going to hate me, but ahh — I love the sound of these. Thanks for sharing, Leah!

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December 15, 2014 - 10:31 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] Leah shares her book jar; this idea is so much fun. […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Alexa S. - First, BOOK JAR! That sounds like an amazing idea – and one I miiiiight have to take inspiration from. Second, I can’t wait to read The Rosie Project! I’ve had it for a while, but have been holding off. Third, PIONEER GIRL! That book sounds FANTASTIC. Will definitely have to check it out as I was a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan.

October 3, 2014 - 8:37 am

Jamie - LOVED The Rosie Project!!! (which reminds me that The Rosie Effect came out or is coming out soon). I hope you love it, too! Also haven’t heard of the other ones but definitely checking them out. I’ve always read adult fiction but since blogging YA became my main thang but I’ve been reading a lot more adult fiction and craving it more lately so I’m glad to have some books to look at!

September 28, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Jess - I like the way you fold-up the papers in your book jar post. These are some great picks that I’ve seen around. The Rosie Project sounds like a fun read.

September 28, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Leah - YAAAAAAY! ♥♥ MWAH!

um just so no one freaks out, the cat is legit. I’m not a cat burglar (HA!). His name is Leo & he’s a sweetheart.

September 28, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Sue - Love the idea of a book jar! Happy reading 🙂

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