The Best Kind of Invitation

posted by Sharon January 16, 2014 24 Comments

My find for this week is the lovely surprise I found in the mailbox: my daughter’s wedding invitation. I wanted to take a photograph of it, and I just happened to set it down by a picture of her when she was about two. Now my little girl is all grown up and getting married. Yes, I’m excited!

My Random 5

I just love lining up books to read. Do you? Need some suggestions? For my random 5 this week, here’s a list of 5 books I’ve read lately that I’d highly recommend.

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth

This last book in the trilogy that’s become a TV show, this concludes the true story of Jenny Lee’s nursing adventures in London’s dockyards during the 1950s. The drama follows the same stories. Surprisingly, the reality was usually more bleak. Who knew the producers were adding happy endings to soften the starkness of the life of the poor? This book tells what became of the people Jenny worked with. And we learn about Jenny’s career in music. It nicely fills out the TV episodes.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

This opened my eyes to the history of the value our culture places on extroverts. The shift from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality happened just about a 100 years ago. If you’re an introvert like me, you’ll see yourself in a new light.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

If you’re a word person, you will love this book. Young Leisel, growing up in Germany in the chaos of World War II, doesn’t know how to read. Her foster father teaches her, and her books become her lifeline, her way of understanding life. The movie is excellent, the book even richer.

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

This murder mystery, set in Montreal and a small village, is really three stories in one. The author weaves them together and comes up with a novel with plenty of suspense, idyllic settings, and eccentric people (just like all of us, eh?!). This is the best kind of relaxing reading, in my book.

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

This one goes back to right after Grisham’s first book, A Time to Kill. What I loved about this one is that the story meanders along, kind of like the sleepy Southern town it’s set in. I began to wonder if the mystery would be solved, ever. Then in the last 20 pages or so, it clicks into place. Aha! It all made sense.

So how about you? What are you reading this year? What books should I add to my lineup?

Linking up with Little Things Thursday, Random 5 Friday and Friday Finds.

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24 Comments

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nicki January 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Congratulations to your daughter – how exciting.

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Snap January 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

How exciting! Your daughter’s wedding invitation is lovely and your photo so wonderful with her picture as a young child. I love book recommendations … thank you! I’m a big fan of Louise Penny … she can’t write fast enough for me! 😉

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I read Call the Midwife over the summer and then re-watched the series and it made the stories so much more meaningful!

LOVE the invitation!!

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Gillena Cox January 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

haven’t sent any of those yet; happy about your joy; have a nice Thursday

much love…

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kim January 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Congrats on the upcoming nuptials of your daughter! It is a beautiful invitation and so poignant next to the toddler image. I too am reading Quiet. It has been eye opening and helping me appreciate my unique (or not so unique) personality.

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tiarasandtantrums January 17, 2014 at 5:40 am

wow – congrats. such a pretty invite! I wish I had more time to read fro pleasure!

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal January 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

I love the typography on the invitation, which signals a very exciting and busy time for both your daughter and you! Congratulations!

And thank you for the book list — I’m reading Beverly Lewis’ Abram’s Daughter’s Series right now and treasuring each one.

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Molly January 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

What a lovely piece of mail to receive and my book recommendation is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson… I loved that book

Mollyxxx

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mscarletti January 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

How wonderful to get a photo of her baby pic and the invitations! Wow! And the invitations are lovely!

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Jill of All Trades January 17, 2014 at 11:57 am

Congrats on the wedding!

I sort of have a stack or two of the books I plan on reading. Problem is I kind of slow down this time of year and these piles are getting a bit bigger but I’ll get through them sometime. I wrote down three of your books and I’ve already two of them! Always looking for good ones. Thanks. Carla

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Beth January 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

thank you for the book suggestions … who doesn’t love a good read. have a good weekend. ( :

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Michelle B January 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Congratulations! I love your daughters photo next to her invitation. I bet it brings tears to your eyes. (good tears) I will add Book Thief and Quiet to my ever growing list.

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Robyn January 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Sharon,
I just read The Book Theif a couple of weeks ago. Very good.
I will have to check out your other suggestions. I am always looking for a good read.

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nancyjeannn January 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

congratulations on the wedding…how exciting! Thank you for mentioning Call the Midwife…i love the show and never thought to look for the book. Now it is on my favorite reading list this winter!

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Rose January 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Thanks for the recommendations…I have placed a hole on Sycamore Row at the library and I have Call the Midwife waiting..but want to also get the other. I wondered how much the shows changed it.

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Stephanie January 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Love the design of the invitation – beautiful type and it looks like two layers of paper. I have The Book Thief waiting for me. Maybe the next snow day I’ll get to it.

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diane January 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

A wedding! How wonderful! Congratulations on gaining a son!
Now you’ve got me in the mood to read!!!
Thanks for the list!
Have a great weekend!
diane @ aug’s blog

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Latane Barton January 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

I have such a wide interest in my reading that it is difficult to tell people what I read. At present I am reading ‘Are We Walking To Alaska” written by one of the bloggers that my daughter has on her fav. list. She sent the book to me. I tried reading one of Einsteins books that he wrote of his thoughts on everything. Boy, was that deep!

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theartfuldiva January 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

That’s delightful!

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EG CameraGirl January 17, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I am an introvert too and LOVED the book. I no longer feel guilty for who I am. :))

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hula~la January 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm

What a beautiful invitation! Congratulations! And yes, I have books lined up to read…a zillion and one. So many books…so little time! Currently, I’m reading Tony Burroughs, Get What You Want, The Art of Manifesting Your Intentions.

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Anne Payne January 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Congratulations on your daughter’s upcoming wedding! Book #4 sounds quite interesting. I think I will look into that one.

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abrianna January 19, 2014 at 6:19 am

Beautiful invitation.

I read about 8 books while we were on vacation. Good thing to do on those long car trips.

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Thoughts from the Desktop January 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

Congratulations on the wedding , Love your choice of books, I have read all the Louise Penny books and have just discovered someone new, Imogen Robertson. The Instruments of Darkness is the first in the series and I think I’m going to be addicted.

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