Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I will be honest, I had no desire to read this book.  I saw it as one of the overly hyped books that everyone reads and therefore I stayed away from it.  Then at the library's used book sale it was there and well, I am filling my bag for $6.00 so in it went.  Then the first few pages were hard to figure out who was who and I JUST read a book written in letters and I was about to call it a loss but I gave it more time and ended up reading it in like a day!

Description: “ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

I just found so many gem of quotes in this book that I related too.

“I don't want to be married just to be married. I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with.”  

How lonely.  Sometimes sitting in the same room being quiet, is the best.  How awful to not feel that content or feel you NEED to talk.  Or worse, when you do talk feel like the other person thinks your crazy or weird, which I'm sure Juliet and Markham would deal with for life because of their different views.

“That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”  

I mean especially with goodreads, I feel like I really enjoy a book and immediately click on other books like that one and more like that one and my TBR list grows.  I really enjoy when books have lists in the back of other books you may enjoy and I especially like the website What Should I Read Next?

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.”  

This sums up my inability to actually enjoy a good smut book most days.

“Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.”  

“Have you ever noticed that when your mind is awakened or drawn to someone new, that person's name suddenly pops up everywhere you go? My friend Sophie calls it coincidence, and Mr. Simpless, my parson friend, calls it Grace. He thinks that if one cares deeply about someone or something new one throws a kind of energy out into the world, and "fruitfulness" is drawn in. ”

“All my life I thought that the story was over when the hero and heroine were safely engaged -- after all, what's good enough for Jane Austen ought to be good enough for anyone. But it's a lie. The story is about to begin, and every day will be a new piece of the plot. ”
I HATE when books end at this point.  I want more chapters on what LIFE is like after the chase.
“I sometimes think I prefer suitors in books rather than right in front of me. How awful, backward, cowardly, and mentally warped that will be if it turns out to be true.”  
Basically, if you were like me and hadn't given this one a shot, you really should! Especially if you are a lover of books, WWII and England. ;)
Have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? Have you read any books about the Channel Islands? London during WWII?

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