Our Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge Goodreads group voted for our June readalong selection and the results are in! The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton edged out The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman by just ONE vote, just goes to show every vote does count! If you want to have a say in what we read and for additional discussion on this and other books from around the world, don’t forget to join our Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge Goodreads group.
I have had The Forgotten Garden and Kate Morton books on my bookshelf for awhile now since my book blogger friends kept recommending her books to me. I’ve snagged a couple of her books from library sales and Julie from My Book Retreat just gave me this one to read when we met last month.
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book; a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.
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Big Book Summer Challenge
Since this book is 500+ pages long, I’ve decided to join my good friend Sue’s Big Book Summer Challenge too. This challenge runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day and is to read those big books (over 400 pages) from our bookshelves. I’m writing down all the books I want to read over 400 pages, let’s see how many I can get through with review books and book club books to read too. I have no idea which one to focus on after The Forgotten Garden, so help me out!
Books to Choose From
1. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (548 pages) – reading this one for sure, of course!
2. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (#2 in Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, 531 pages)
3. The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis (524 pages)
4. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran (446 pages)
5. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (617 pages)
6. River of No Return by Bee Ridgway (452 pages)
7. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (my edition has 983 pages)
Which one should I read after Forgotten Garden? I have no idea!
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Join us in June for our travels to Australia. What Kate Morton books or books set in Australia have you read? What big books are you wanting to read? As always, happy reading!