Blogger Book Love: Vicki from French Essence

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At long last, we’re back with more Blogger Book Love! I’m so pleased to present five favourite books from Vicki of French Essence. Vicki describes her blog as being about “interiors, fashion, and all things French”. But French Essence is also much more. Vicki’s posts are like letters from your cooler, wiser older sister—the one who left home to search for grand adventure and who finds it at every turn. Not only that, but Vicki is an author in her own right; her book ‘My French Life‘ details her move to France from Australia and is a lush and vivid tribute to her adopted home. I always love to know what books authors read; it’s like having an inside edge. So without further ado, I give you Vicki’s picks…

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“Only five …then these books must be five that are really, truly, madly and deeply book love. They must be books that can be read time and time again with characters that become part of your world. They must be books that make you laugh, that make you cry and that make you dread the last page. But most of all they are books to cherish and to share with friends, so I choose:

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: My absolute all time favourite tale of revenge, romance and adventure. Edmond Dantes is framed as a Napoleonic conspirator and plans his return to glory in the disguise of the enigmatic Count of Monte Cristo. From the backstreets of Marseille to the suburbs of Paris this saga is one I have read over and over and it never disappoints.

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Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk: This novel published in 1955 is about a young Jewish girl, Marjorie Morgenstern, growing up in New York in the 1930’s and her desire to become an actress. She lands the lead role in her school play and that consolidates a friendship with Marsha Zelenko; together they take jobs in a summer camp. Wouk poignantly writes Marjorie’s coming of age and her grand ‘amour’ with Noel Airman, the composer who alters the course of her life.

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: First published in 1891 this is one of Hardy’s greatest novels and is the heartbreaking story of Tess Durbeyfield and her sufferings at the hands of the men who both abuse her and love her. It is Hardy’s brooding descriptions of nature that make this novel such an emotional read.

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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: This romantic drama is the tale of Scarlett O’ Hara, a plantation owner’s daughter, set during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. One of the most popular novels ever written and one that I re-read every two years – even if it is just to re-acquaint myself with the dashing Rhett Butler and the long suffering Ashley Wilkes.

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Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M.Barrie: This children’s tale is about a magical boy who can fly and never grows up. Who can resist Peter’s imaginary world of Neverland with Tinkerbell, Captain Cook and Smee or his real world in Kensington Gardens with Wendy, John and Michael Darling? Not me.
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Thanks to Vicki for sharing her picks! I must admit to having read none of them; however I’ve read other works by Dumas and Hardy and they utterly captivated me. If you’re just joining us for Blogger Book Love be sure to check out previous installments, and as usual stay tuned for more in the weeks to come!

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14 Responses to “Blogger Book Love: Vicki from French Essence”

  1. jo Says:

    great books!

  2. i.d. Says:

    Oh wow, I just saw her book today! This is a great list, I think I need to go back and read some classics. 🙂

  3. Catherine Says:

    Love your book posts Anne! Keep them coming please!

  4. Abbey Says:

    I love Tess! Great list!

  5. stephanie Says:

    Great list! I love re-reading Peter Pan, too, but Tess … my heart can’t handle it!

  6. nkp Says:

    Another great round-up, such wonderful classics. And I love Herman Wouk, but this is one I haven’t YET read. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Karen Beth Says:

    I’m so glad you are resurrecting this feature. It goes perfectly with my 2009 resolve to read more! 🙂

  8. The Never Fairy Says:

    Thanks for the picks/recommendations. Here’s more Peter Pan to read – and it’s VERY different from all the rest… in fact it’s based on Barrie’s idea for more.
    http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Peter-Pans-NeverWorld-Picks-Up/story.aspx?guid=%7B575A5B1F-CF9E-45C4-9339-FBD24F6AEEA3%7D
    BELIEVE!

  9. Rachel Says:

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all time faves! Now I’m dying to sit down and re-read it.

  10. Joanna Says:

    I’m really loving Vicki’s picks. I haven’t read any of them either, but I’ve longed had Count of Monte Cristo, Tess, and Gone With the Wind on my to- read list. This week I’ve been watching Tess on masterpiece theatre and it just breaks my heart but it’s SO flippin’ good.

  11. Courtney Says:

    Oh, I love Vicki’s picks! I’ve had The Count of Monte Cristo on my to-read list for a long long time now and, although I’ve never heard of Marjorie Morningstar before, it is getting added too. And I loved Gone with the Wind- when I consumed it in just days in 7th grade… I’m thinking it is way past time for a re-read!

  12. alice Says:

    Anne,
    French Home has to be one of my favorite-have-to-have books! Its a wonderful reference for so many things and so enjoyable to look through and admire the easy laid back elegance that is shown on every page. The idea of collecting a household full of beautiful and useable objects is so lovely. Very different from the have-to-have-it-all-now mentality…

  13. Georgia Says:

    loving the cover and description of Marjorie Morningstar. this may be one i add to my list—if i can keep up with my resolution, that is.

  14. Trina Says:

    These all look fabulous.. I’ve always wanted to read Peter Pan and Wendy! It is my favorite “Disney” story/movie!
    xx Trina

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