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In My Book Bag: Bridget of Tales of Me and the Husband

I discovered Bridget’s blog, Tales of Me and the Husband, a year or so ago and was immediately won over. 
She has the most friendly, personable writing style that has me totally convinced we’d be instant friends if we were to meet in real life. 
We share a love of cookbooks (and ice cream – this raspberry ice cream with cracked chocolate recipe is top of my list for this summer) and I can’t get enough of her laid-back style (I love this outfit so much). 
She also lives in Boston and she JUUUUUST about makes me want to consider moving back (and then she mentions the snow and I remember one of the major reasons we left. . . ). 
And, if you’re in the mood for a good love story, the story of how she married her college professor and inherited four children is not to be missed. (I’d read it before, but when I went back to link to it last night, I ended up reading the whole thing again). 
I was beyond thrilled when she agreed to share some of her favorite books (and the book she didn’t like? One of the books I did NOT enjoy either. I knew we’d be friends!).
And if magazine reading is wrong, well, I don’t want to be right. 
Childhood Favorite: My childhood favorite was probably The Giver or Ginger Pye. I remember flying through Ginger Pye in, I want to say, fourth grade?? It was the first book I couldn’t stop reading and I suppose it’s a bit symbolic cause my love of reading never really stopped from then on.
Currently Reading: East of Eden by John Steinbeck. That man can write. I wish I could write a novel as well as he can.
Comfort Reading: Magazines. Hangs head in shame.
A Book Everyone Else Seemed to Love, But I Didn’t Like: Eat Pray Love. I would like to try another by Elizabeth Gilbert (I heard Committed is great!) but she sort of bothered me in Eat Pray Love. I’m sorry Elizabeth!
A Book on My To-Read List: Steve would love if I’d read one of his favorites. Brothers Karamazov is at the top of his list. But he told me I might need a family tree to keep all of the Russian characters straight and, I’ll be honest, that sounds like a lot of work so I haven’t begun yet….
Book I’m Most Likely to Recommend to Someone Else: Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. It’s a pretty messed up story, in a lot of ways, but I remember walking to and from my locker in high school with my head in the book literally unable to stop reading. Probably my favorite English teacher of all time, Mr. Filinuk, assigned it. It’s a great book. I also love books that feature the Middle East. From Beirut to Jerusalem is great (nonfiction) and so are Khaled Housseini’s books: Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
Thanks, Bridget!
P.S. You can check out other posts in this series here!

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  • Reply Bridget April 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    your post on eat pray love!? we're the same.

    thanks so much for having me!!!

  • Reply Betsy April 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Great post! I loved The Kite Runner, too, but I loved it in a "this story broke my heart into a million pieces" way, so I've been afraid to try A Thousand Splendid Suns. Clearly I need an intervention.

    Oh! Also! I went to the National Book Festival in DC last fall, and Khaled Hosseini was one of the keynote speakers. He was simply amazing. *Sigh*

  • Reply Feisty Harriet April 24, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    East of Eden is one of my all-time favorites, probably in my top 3, and I really love Khaled Housseine's writing. Karamazov was…kind of a bear. Worth it? Maybe. Would I read it again? Um, no. And I really really really REALLY hated Eat, Pray, Love. Gilbert is a good writer, but I despised that book. Blargh.


  • Reply Allie @ Everyday Adventures April 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I enjoyed Eat Pray Love enough … it wasn't a fantastic book or anything, but the premise was interesting enough. But I HATED Committed. I put it down about halfway through because I just couldn't deal with her complaining about the institution of marriage for another SECOND.

  • Reply Jodi April 25, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I love that! (her story I mean). There was always something romantic to me about the older man and the younger woman in love in books like Jane Austen's or Jane Eyre, etc….does that make me a weirdo? I'm not sure what it is.

  • Reply Elisabeth @ Bella April 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    and thank you for taking an hour out of my morning …and for a new blog to stalk 🙂

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