Get it Girl

Read it Girl!

Take a Look, it’s in a Book

From the smell of the library to the way the spine cracks when you open a new book, I love books. Reading them, holding them, smelling them (I know, a little weird) but ever since I was a little girl, books were a part of my life. I used to line up my stuffed animals and read to them; I would even hold up the book and show them the pictures just like the Librarian would do at story time.

I have never stopped loving books. One of my favorite things to unpack when we move are our books. It’s like Christmas morning each time or seeing an old friend after time a part. In our latest move, I wasn’t able to unpack most of our books because we just don’t have the space, but I still have my favorites on display in our living room just in case I want to grab one on a rainy day.

Lately, I have been downloading books onto my iPad/iPhone so I can ready on the Metro here in DC… but there is still something just special about a real book in your hands. I’m always looking for a good read and love to share what I have been reading. So this post is just that. Some great reads if you are looking to get sucked into another world!

Here we go…

Read it Girl!


Let’s start with: FICTION-

The Night Circus: This book is full of intrigue, romance, mystic and imagination. If you are looking for a great easy read that is full of originality, this will be the perfect one. You won’t be able to put it down, which may or may not be a good thing. Plus they are making it into a movie… I can’t wait!

The Secret Keeper: This book takes place between 1970, WWII and the present and revolves around a mysterious stranger and a young girl who see’s something she shouldn’t have. With a surprise ending, this book will take you on a ride. You will want to read all of her books after this one.


Lady Almina and the Real Downtown Abbey: Ever wondered who really lives in the fabulous Castle from Downton Abbey? This book is all about the Carnarvon Family who calls Highclere Castle home written by the current Countess of Carnarvon. If you are as obsessed with Downton Abbey as I am, this book takes you deeper into the lives of the upstairs and downstairs and gives you the “real” life look into how things really were.

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness: This book will make you want to don your safari gear and travel to Africa. Written as a memoir about her time growing up in Africa, Alexandra Fuller writes a magical tale about her mother, her life and the wildness of her childhood mixed with a coming of age tale. It’s beautifully written and opens up the dynamic relationship current between mother and daughter.

And now a picture of my current bookcase! See if we have any of the same books!


I am always looking for a good book to read. Have any suggestions?


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6 Comment

  1. Reply
    Emily K.
    April 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

    We share the same name, and an intense love for books. We must be awesome! I love the smell of books, too. Someone should bottle it as a room fragrance or cologne. I’d totally buy it.
    I love how you’ve styled your bookshelves! My hubby has been promising me built-ins in my “library” (the fancy word I gave my home office), and I CANNOT wait to unpack all my books and display them. I’ve heard so many good things about The Night Circus; I got 2 copies for Christmas, so I’m hoping to crack one of them open soon 🙂 And, yay Harry Potter! If you like witty British humor, I highly recommend author David Lodge. If you like puns on medieval British literature, read his novel Changing Places. (sorry this comment is so long!)

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      emilie marian
      April 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Thank you for your comment! I love long comments. And yes to the bottled aroma of books… Thank you for your sweet comment about my bookshelf! I love to add odds and ends to the books, especially things that mean something to me. You definitely need to read The Night Circus. It is a quick read but worth it! I will check out Davide Lodge. I do love a good Brit Book.

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    Dena Sablotny
    April 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I like the Xanth books by Piers Anthony. It is Anthony’s most extensive series, with 39 novels and growing.
    01. A Spell for Chameleon (1977)
    39. Five Portraits (2014; being written)

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      emilie marian
      April 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

      They sound great. I will have to check them out! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Nicole C.
    April 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    How have you been? Looks like DC is treating you great, although you are missed at REA! Your books sound fantastic; I am going to have to get my hands on them. I love nothing more than getting lost in a good book!
    Have you read The Shack? I know it was popular a few years ago, but it is such a good read. Also, I have heard great reviews for Heaven Sent, the Heather Miller Story. It is a true story of a little girl dying of cancer but her spirit is unbreakable; I have not yet read it but plan to soon.
    Take care & btw- love the blog!

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      emilie marian
      April 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Nicole! How are you? DC is good, we had a little rough start but all in all, it has been really good. I have not read The Shack but my husband has and he LOVED it. I know I need to read it so that is on my list. Heaven Sent sounds like a tear jerker, I will check it out too. Did you read Heaven is for Real? That was also a good book. Thank you for stopping by and your sweet words. They mean so much. Miss you all too! Take care!

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