Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Under the Tuscan Sun
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion. Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, Under Magnolia
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
blurb
GypsyKat
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

1. Under The Tuscan Sun
2. Same 👆
3. In The Summertime

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🌞💙🌞 1mo
48 likes1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

📖 Under the Tuscan Sun
🎬 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
🎵 Here Comes the Sun

#ManicMonday @josch

JoScho 🌞💙🌞 1mo
51 likes1 comment
blurb
OrangeMooseReads
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

📖 the tagged
📽 Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
🎙Steal My Sunshine - Len

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 💙🌞💙 1mo
28 likes1 comment
blurb
LiterarySloth
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

This will be my last one for the night in my attempt to catch up. I‘ll hopefully be officially caught up tomorrow. I read this book my first semester in college for my honors English class, about 13 years ago. I kind of want to reread it.

#day14 #30junebooks #U

annahenke I liked the movie! 1mo
LiterarySloth @annahenke me too! It‘s been so long that I couldn‘t say how similar they are, but I definitely enjoyed both! 1mo
16 likes2 comments
blurb
CoffeeNBooks
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image
Eggs Great choice! Wasn‘t this a movie with Diane Lane?? 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @Eggs Yes! The movie and the book were both good! 2mo
tracey38 Loved the movie 2mo
103 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
Elma
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

I plan to get through as many of these as I can this month. And The Fountainhead.
#TBRshelfie #literaryluck
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Soubhiville Wow, ambitious! Good luck! 5mo
RainyDayReading Good luck! 5mo
Butterflyamore I wish I was capable of this! 5mo
See All 13 Comments
SmartSassery Wow! 🤩 That's amazing! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lots of good ones!!! Bird Box 😱😱😱 5mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Love the Fountainhead! Read many years ago though, but remember liking it 😅 5mo
Elma @Butterflyamore Me too, realistically, I'll probably get through about half. 5mo
Elma @Jee_HookedOnBookz I own it and with the buddy read happening, I figured I should give it a shot. 5mo
Butterflyamore @Elma That‘s still really good! 5mo
Elma @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've been really wanting to read that one, so I can watch the movie. But since I own it and it's not a buddy read, it's pretty far down the list. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Elma it‘s so good !!! Creepy good!! 5mo
Elma @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love creepy!! 5mo
92 likes13 comments
blurb
Lynnsoprano
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

#helloThursday
1. Rural.
2. Mountains, mostly because we are so flat here. My definition of mountain is any place where I have to look up😂
3. Walking/easy hiking
4. Hotels, please. My idea of camping is a Motel 6 🤣

Lynnsoprano I chose the tagged book because it reminds me of a walking tour we did in the Piedmont of Italy 6 years ago. 5mo
wanderinglynn I enjoy walking too! 👍🏻 Thanks for playing! ⛺️ 5mo
55 likes2 comments
review
ralexist
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image
Pickpick

A re-read of an old favorite was how I fulfilled the #RemindsYouofaHappyPlace prompt for the #Booked2019 Winter challenge. I actually had a hard time choosing something for this prompt because I don't really have a dedicated "happy place". As such I thought reading about the first foreign country I ever traveled to would work. This is such a lovely travelogue that it was fun to pull it off the shelf and recall that warm Italian sun.

Cinfhen Great review!! The lovely @Crazeedi just gifted this book to me...can‘t wait to finally read it 🌞 5mo
36 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Cinfhen
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

#LittensAreTheBest MORE #SurpriseBookMail from an “old” friend & a “new” friend!!! Thank you for the wonderful card @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks YOU always brighten my day 😘 BIG thanks to you @Crazeedi for sending such a lovely package🎁I must apologize, I forgot you were having surgery & hope you‘re feeling well💖💖💖I‘ve wanted to read the tagged book for a long time & though I‘ve read Rashi‘s Daughter it‘s nice to know u thought of me😊

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m going to write you back the old fashioned way @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘😘😘 5mo
TrishB Lovely Litsy people ❤️ 5mo
See All 6 Comments
Kalalalatja How sweet! 5mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen darn i should have known you already read! So glad the package arrived, yours has not gotten here yet. Fingers crossed! Have a great day! 5mo
Cinfhen How are you feeling @Crazeedi ??? Hope recovery is going well!! I‘m so upset the book hasn‘t arrived yet 😫😫Sometimes the mail is super fast and sometimes it‘s REALLY SLOOOOOOOWWWW 5mo
103 likes2 stack adds6 comments
quote
emmavictoria3
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

2 likes1 stack add
blurb
erzascarletbookgasm
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Mayes took on the restoration of an abandoned Tuscan villa, and discovered unexpected treasures - on her new property and countryside in which she‘d chosen to live.

‘..a memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house, and always about food...‘

#ABBAInAugust #takeachanceonme

emilyhaldi Ugh I've never read this and am not sure I can bear the jealousy if I do!!! 😬 11mo
Cinfhen I‘ve always MEANT to read this book...maybe 2019 will be the year! #stacked for future reminder❤️ (edited) 11mo
Mdargusch Good one! I wish I could take a chance like that! 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve always wanted to read this one. 11mo
Meredith3 Gorgeous 😻💛🍯🐝 11mo
91 likes5 comments
review
Krysta
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image
Pickpick

I've seen the movie and always liked it, but I wanted to read the book before my recent trip to Italy. It didn't happen but I read it today, having just returned.

The book is COMPLETELY different from the movie. I liked it, but it did lose me a few times. Perhaps had I known more of what to expect, I'd have liked it more.

Still, beautiful and makes me miss Italy. Also, bonus: recipes! Yum.

Alfoster But hey, you got to Italy😍👏👏👏! 11mo
Krysta That I did! 11mo
8 likes2 comments
review
TheReadingMermaid
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image
Pickpick

This is an absolutely gorgeous book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a light-hearted memoir.

Please read my full review here:
TamaraTheReadingMermaid.weebly.com

Crinoline_Laphroaig It's where I learned the word Limonaia. 🍋🍋🍋 11mo
100 likes6 stack adds1 comment
blurb
Rachel.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Congrats to @Sumtime77 for winning the 5th #7DaysGiveaway! 😁🎉🎈Email your mailing address to rerencher@gmail.com and I'll get your package in the mail next Monday.

Check in tomorrow morning for the 6th day of giveaways! 😁❤📚

Sumtime77 Oh my, how exciting! Thank you so much!!😍 11mo
Rachel.Rencher @Sumtime77 You're so welcome!! 🤗❤❤ 11mo
53 likes3 stack adds2 comments
blurb
JenReadsAlot
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Thanks for the chance to win! @Rachel.Rencher I would say Prague and Fussen, Germany were amazing vacations that I did not want to leave! #7daysgiveaway #day5

blurb
Adelle1
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Thank you @Rachel.Rencher for this great #7daysgiveaway! One of the places I‘ve been where I didn‘t want to go home was Paris. What an amazingly beautiful city, great food, wonderful atmosphere.

blurb
bookish.escape
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

France!! I went there my senior year of high school as a class trip for students who took French class (20 *coughs* years ago lol). It‘s a beautiful country and we went all over, from Paris to Nice. I would love to travel to Florence Italy because that is where my Grandma was born and raised. I actually rented this movie and we watched it together. The joy on her face seeing parts she recognized was priceless. #7daygiveaway @Rachel.Rencher

blurb
Sumtime77
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

This wanderlust heart is made to travel. Pretty much everywhere I go I get so caught up in the culture or scenery that I'm never ready to come home. One of my favorites, though, was visiting the Alps in Germany. We were able to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, took a cable car to the top of the Alps, and saw some cathedrals. There is so much history and culture there that I don't think I can ever see it all. #7DAYSGIVEAWAY
@Rachel.Rencher

JenReadsAlot I just put Fussen, Germany!! So amazing!! 12mo
Sumtime77 @JenReadsAlot It is such a gorgeous country, isn't it? 11mo
8 likes2 comments
blurb
Judybskt
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

This is fun! Definitely when my hubby and I went to Hawaii and got engaged - 28 years ago! After 2 weeks he was going back to Korea and I was headed home. ☹️ Most recently our trip to Emerald Isle, NC. It was our 50th birthday/25th wedding anniversary trip. 🏖🌊🐚

@Rachel.Rencher

#7daysgiveaway

blurb
jessinikkip
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

#7DaysGiveaway @Rachel.Rencher

I once travelled to visit my cousin in Savannah, GA. It was absolutely gorgeous and I didnt want to come home at all, but didnt have a choice. I'll definitely be going back!

SamanthaMarie We love Savannah!! It feels like an entirely different part of the country. So beautiful and charming. 12mo
15 likes1 comment
blurb
Rachel.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Good morning, Littens! Today's giveaway is Under the Tuscan Sun. 😁

To enter to win, simply repost this picture and tell me if you've ever traveled to a place and didn't want to come home. Make sure to use the hashtag and tag me so I can find the post! ❤

Lucas and I will choose a winner tonight! U.S. only.

#7DaysGiveaway #Day5

riversong153 I loved this movie! 12mo
wanderinglynn I loved the movie too! This is one where I liked the movie a smidge better than the book. 12mo
Rachel.Rencher @wanderinglynn I actually did too 😂 The book was good though and made me hungry the whole time! 12mo
Sumtime77 Great movie but I haven't read the book yet. This would be perfect 😊 12mo
51 likes4 comments
blurb
GatheringBooks
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

#ReadingResolutions Day 27: For #WineWednesday, I am sharing photos from our trip in Chianti last year when my family and I stayed in Tuscany for a week. Absolutely divine. And you see those wineglasses right there, paired with exquisite pasta, of course.

Cinfhen Beautiful 13mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 13mo
81 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Kshakal
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Does this book make anyone else want to give up everything and go on an Italian adventure??? #traveltuesday #readingresolutions @Jess7

PolaroidPoet I live and work in Italy now and Tuscany is my favorite region to visit. We go every chance we get and it‘s as endearing in person as it is in books. I highly recommend you go! ❤️ 13mo
wanderinglynn Yes! Both the book & the movie make me want to move to Tuscany. ❤️ 🇮🇹 13mo
33 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
BarbaraJean
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

I‘m behind on #readingresolutions, so here‘s both #TravelTuesday and #WishfulWednesday! I studied in Florence during college, and planned to go back in 2016 to mark the 20th anniversary of that semester. But then my husband & I both lost jobs that year & we couldn‘t afford the trip. I wish to go back someday & someday I will! I loved both of these books for all their reminders of Italy—I read Bella Tuscany when I returned to Florence in 2006. 😊

50 likes1 stack add
blurb
Blueberry
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

I'm thinking of choosing this for movie/book club but the reviews are making me think twice.
#MemoirMonday #readingresolutions
@Jess7

AllenTStClair I love the movie! 1y
Traci1 I enjoyed both, but the movie and the book are extremely different. 1y
58 likes2 comments
blurb
SamanthaMarie
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

It's a baking bread and starting a new book kind of day. What's your favorite thing to bake? Or do you prefer cooking? Or takeout? 😊😉

Crazeedi Great book! 1y
knittedgnome I love to bake but mostly cook. If I bake it I eat it and I don't need that! 1y
Traci1 I loved that book. I'm reading her A Year in the World right now, and it's not nearly as good. 1y
See All 8 Comments
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi I'm barely into it and already loving it. So much different than the movie 😂 1y
SamanthaMarie @knittedgnome I usually prefer cooking too!! But I like to bake for my husband and son (and then I can snag a small portion but not over indulge ha!) 1y
SamanthaMarie @Traci1 I bought that one too at the used bookstore I got this one at. Such a bummer. I felt that way about Elizabeth Gilbert's Committed. No where near as good as her first memoir. 1y
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie you are right, her other books aren't as good as first 1y
SamHeartCoffee Hi there! My middle name is Marie too! 🤗 1y
95 likes2 stack adds8 comments
blurb
Eggbeater
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

1. The tagged book sticks out in my memory because it sounded like it had such delicious recipes and I was always hungry while reading it. However, I found it odd that while living in Italy, the author never talks to Italian people.
2. Indian food
3. Fish
4. Halloween
5. Bombay Bistro in Fairfax, Virginia

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Yes to Halloween candy and Indian food. Thanks for playing 🖤 1y
MidnightBookGirl Halloween and pumpkin everything! 1y
37 likes2 comments
blurb
JoyfulChaos
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Time for this book, turned into one of my favourite movies, on this icy, stormy, ick of a day, with the very best company.
#dogsoflitsy #spiceofmylife

blurb
clconn17
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

1. Going on my first trip is what actually made me want to keep traveling, but the tagged book made me want to go to Italy!
2. Too hard to pick one - loved Ireland, Italy, Paris and the US Virgin Islands
3. It changes depending on my mood. Right now, I‘m obsessed with the idea of going to England!
4. Fly - necessary if going overseas!
5. Both! I don‘t discriminate on anything ice cream-like
#manicmonday
@JoScho

blurb
Txdmarie
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

1. Under the Tuscan Sun. 2. Cayman Islands and Jamaica 3. Italy, Alaska, Greece, Ireland and anywhere with a beautiful beach! 4. Drive but with those places I guess I‘m stuck with a plane ride. Lol. 5. Gelato!!!! #manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho I would love to see Greece 1y
30 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Courtneymal17
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Book that I‘ve had the longest that I still haven‘t read! I was all about the movie when it came out in high school, but I just never felt like reading this. I‘m definitely a mood reader! #24in48 @24in48

blurb
PolaroidPoet
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Quite literally, under the Tuscan sun in Florence.

Jas16 Beautiful! 2y
Alfoster Wowie!😍 2y
MiyakoBunny That‘s gorgeous 😍 2y
24 likes3 comments
blurb
BarbaraJean
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

#nfaboutacountryyoudliketovisit

Does it count if I‘ve already been there? These are the two countries I‘ve been hankering to return to of late.

#uncannyoctober

JaclynW Ireland! ❤❤❤ 2y
35 likes1 comment
blurb
Hooked_on_books
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

What an amazing birthday surprise, @BethM ! This is so nice of you. And you made this infinity scarf, didn't you? It's awesome--I just love it and can definitely use it in the winter. I'm so touched. ☺️

BethM I did :) Glad you liked it! 2y
BekahPat I have been wanting to read some of Francis Mayes work. I have heard good reviews. Is this a good one to start with? 2y
63 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Jschultzems
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image
Pickpick

(Disclaimer - listened to audio). This was hard to get into. It's written like a journal, but doesn't always follow chronological order. Admittedly, I've seen the movie and they are VERY different. By itself, its not a bad book, and the recipes provided sound intriguing.

blurb
caskandquill
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

It's the first day of summer and I'm just about to start reading Under the Tuscan Sun. Which, to me, seems quite perfect. Have you read it? What did you think? I love the film but have heard they're quite different. Very much looking forward to something new!

#underthetuscansun

Jess_Read_This One of my most favorite authors. The book is quite different than the movie 🎥 😂Mayes joked about the movie version of her's love life being far more active on film than real life. (edited) 2y
caskandquill @Jess_Read_This Haha, that's great! 😂 2y
jfalkens I love the book, haven't seen the movie yet 2y
caskandquill @jfalkens Looks like we're opposites in this then! Let's watch/read and compare notes. 😂 2y
jfalkens @caskandquill lol I'll have to see if Hulu, Netflix or my library has it 😊 2y
17 likes3 stack adds5 comments
review
Lynnsoprano
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image
Pickpick

I ended up enjoying this book more than I expected. There are sections that feel like filler, as other people have detailed, but overall, the story of the house restoration and the descriptions of Tuscany and Italian village life kept my interest. 3.5⭐️ The picture is from the Italian Piedmont because I've been there, but not to Tuscany. We don't always stay on the beaten path. #LetterU #LitsyAtoZ

LauraBrook I absolutely loved this book, but then again I read the bulk of it on Tuscany! I think if you've been to Italy it certainly makes reading this extra special. 2y
Lynnsoprano @LauraBrook I absolutely agree. This could picture mountain villages and the wonderful people we met. 2y
80 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Lynnsoprano
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

One of those rare gray, rainy days in South Florida. Since I have the house to myself for the next couple hours, I'm settling in with a bowl of cherries and my Kindle for an afternoon of reading.

Rachel.Rencher I wrote a review for this on my blog! I'd be interested to hear what you thought of the book. 2y
95 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Lucas.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

My wife started a review blog! So I encourage everyone to check out her litsy and her reviews at www.rachelworksforbooks.com I'm so proud of her and I know she would love the support from you guys as well!

Rachel.Rencher Thanks love! 😗😗😍 2y
DGRachel You two are so cute. 😍 2y
melbeautyandbooks Awesome! 2y
Suet624 Just signed up! 2y
73 likes4 comments
blurb
Rachel.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes

Hey Littens! Remember that book review blog that I asked for your advice on previously? Well, I've started it! 👉 www.rachelworksforbooks.com
My first review is live for Under the Tuscan Sun...check it out, and let me know what you think! 😊

Lucas.Rencher I'm so proud of you!!! 😘 2y
Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher Thank you! 😍 2y
Bklover Awesome review! I've been thinking of start by a blog- how did you pick your blog name? (edited) 2y
See All 9 Comments
Rachel.Rencher @Bklover I saw a will work for food sign and thought "I'd work for books!" Kind of terrible, I know...but that's how ? 2y
TNbookworm Great review! 2y
Beckys_Books Well done! 2y
76 likes1 stack add9 comments
blurb
Lynnsoprano
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

"Like the pig, the olive is useful in every part."
I started this the other morning, when I woke up really early and couldn't get back to sleep. I am enjoying the discoveries the author makes about her house, the property, and life in Italy. I seem to be fascinated by old houses lately. We've been watching Escape to the Country on Netflix, and I'm ready to pack up for the English countryside.

73 likes1 stack add
review
Rachel.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image
Mehso-so

I gave this book a so-so rating because I felt the author lost track of her story at the end. The first 150 pages were delightful and made me want to move to Tuscany. She was renovating an old stone house, finding herself after a divorce and learning to live like a true Italian. The last 150 pages felt like filler to make the book longer, and almost made me lose touch with the romance Tuscany has to offer. Still, I would recommend this story.

Lucas.Rencher Dang I was really looking forward to this one 2y
Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher you should still read it! 2y
xicanti This is exactly how I felt about this book. 2y
See All 6 Comments
lovintoread The movie is better than the book IMO. 2y
Rachel.Rencher @lovintoread Honestly, I felt the same way! I like the movie because she was a badass single woman who did what she wanted...but I mean the book is her true story so that's how I looked at it 2y
lovintoread I liked the actress in the movie and I felt like I was her. If that makes any sense at all. The book felt like it ended flat. 2y
96 likes1 stack add6 comments
quote
Rachel.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes

"Here, I am restored to the basic pleasure of connection to the outdoors. The windows are open to butterflies, horseflies, bees, or anything that wants to come in one window and out another." ??

Lucas.Rencher I like it! 2y
82 likes1 stack add1 comment
quote
Rachel.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Fun fact from my book! Can you imagine a bunch of peasants clawing through dirt for coins? That sounds terrible!

Lucas.Rencher Oh wow that's bad! 2y
HotMessJess It's awful, but also kind of brilliant when you think about it. 2y
Rachel.Rencher @HotMessJess I know right 😂 2y
HotMessJess I really wanted to be like, THAT'S SO AWFUL... but then I was like, damn, smart move builders. Smart move. 2y
Ubookquitous I adore this book 2y
81 likes5 comments
blurb
Lucas.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

I'm really proud of my wife she is wanting to start up a book review blog so please check out her litsy and give her your thoughts on what you like to see from a book review! She already has a post going where you can drop a comment or words of encouragement thanks everybody! @Rachel.Rencher

Rachel.Rencher Thanks for the support, Love! 😘 2y
HotMessJess Heyyyy that's what I do on the side :) 2y
115 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
Rachel.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

#Littens ! I'm planning on starting a book review blog with a goal of getting into publishing or education. Is there anything that you prefer to see in a book review? Are there any certain types of books you prefer to see reviewed? Let me know!

(Also hoping this will weed down by #TBR list 😉)

TongueTiedSLP11 Connections between the historical context and real life (at the time) would be beneficial. Commentary on the similarities and differences between the books social norms and current day would be interesting as well. 2y
Lucas.Rencher That's a great idea keep us posted and personally I like to see a breakdown of the book beginning middle and end with your thoughts on each then a breakdown of the book overall hope this helps! 2y
LectricSheep I definitely prefer to read more about your experience reading it (what else it reminded you of, what the overall tone was like, etc.) than plot points! 2y
See All 10 Comments
Lcsmcat I see we're all giving you radically different suggestions, but my preference is for comments on the writing style over the content. I'll read any plot if it's well written. 2y
readordierachel I second @LectricSheep I'd rather read your impressions and maybe a general overview than a plot summary. 2y
mabell Everyone has made great suggestions! I would add - how does it fit in the genre and how is it similar to/different from others that the reader may be familiar with. 2y
RanaElizabeth I think it always helps when reading reviews to know about somebody's genre biases. For instance, I will always rate forensic thrillers way higher than they may deserve just because I like them so much. 2y
melbeautyandbooks I agree with @ReadOrDieRachel and @LectricSheep- Overall impression. And @mabell- about the similarities/differences to other books/authors in that genre. And @RanaElizabeth- Genre biases or expectations. Example-I love all kinds of mystery/thrillers. My expectations for a cozy mystery are different from a police procedural or more hardcore dark and twisty mystery. 2y
andreadmw Do it! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I like when reviews are funny, tell me about the reviewer's perspective on the style and skill of writing, and when the reviewer shares a little (but not gobs!) about themselves. Have fun!! 2y
108 likes10 comments
blurb
Rachel.Rencher
Under the Tuscan Sun | Frances Mayes
post image

Lazy Saturday night in with the hubby! I strongly recommend this book, and this wine. 👌 (The icecream...not so much 😝)

Lucas.Rencher I love date nights! 2y
LauraBrook I can vouch for the wine and book! Have a great Saturday night. 2y
OSChamberlain Gotta agree about the ice cream. Had the vanilla bean one myself and didn't like it much. Hahaa 2y
See All 8 Comments
josie281 Halo Top in lemon loaf and birthday cake is pretty amazing 2y
LeslieO @OSChamberlain @josie281 I tried chocolate mocha chip. Not impressed. I think ice cream needs calories. 2y
Rachel.Rencher @LeslieO Yes, and cream and sugar 😂 we were skeptical when the label said to let it sit because it gets so hard. Idk it tastes like frozen water crystals with flavor powder. 2y
josie281 Maybe because I eat super low carb, I take treats as I get them! It's quite sad. 😂 2y
MrBook Nice pic! 2y
144 likes8 stack adds8 comments