I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).
Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.
This week while browsing Goodreads I came across The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.
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 must admit, it was the peculiar title that first caught my eye. Then I read the synopsis and this book was added to my wish list quicker than you could say the title. Literally.
I’ve never read a novel that was entirely written in letters so I’m very intrigued to see how the author pulls it off. But in the end I’m a big history buff and it’s the setting of the book that really gets me excited. The world was drastically changed in so many ways by WWII so I’m very interested to see the perspective of those that love literature.
The book is ABOUT people who love books for goodness sakes it’s got to be good, right?
Have you ever read this novel? What did you think? What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Comment below and happy reading!
- Writing Letters-“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (whythewritingworks.com)
- Wishlist Wednesday #2 (bftreviews.wordpress.com)
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- The Romantic Appeal of The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow (gplfortheloveofbooks.wordpress.com)
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