Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Report // Beautiful Ruins


This weekend, Cameron and I went camping up in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington (more on that later this week!) and I had the opportunity to finish a great book! Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter is a fantastic summer read that I really enjoyed. Even though I know you're not supposed to do this, I'll admit that I was initially drawn to the book solely based on its cover after spotting it at Powell's here in Portland. It features a gorgeous illustration of one of the colorful little towns that make up Cinque Terre region off Italy's Ligurian coast. Cam and I fell in love with Cinque Terre when we visited Italy a few years ago so after I read that this book took place there, my interest was piqued and I decided to download it on my Kindle. Beautiful Ruins is one of those books goes back and forth between the past and present, and it's through these flashbacks that the complex relationships between the characters slowly unfold. If you're a fan of that type of storytelling (which I am), you'll likely enjoy this book. The story starts in a small town near Cinque Terre in the 1960s then flashes forward to present day Hollywood; however, what I found really interesting was that it also featured multiple locations in the Pacific Northwest including Portland, Seattle, and Sandpoint, Idaho. The characters are well-developed, the plot was engaging, and I liked that it wasn't just a straightforward romance or mystery. Instead it delves deeper into themes that I think a lot of people can relate to like desire, duty, regret, and second chances. It's the perfect book to enjoy on the beach, so I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a fun read this summer! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

17 comments:

  1. haha I bought this book because of the cover too! We had just gotten back from Italy and I wanted to keep the feeling going for just a bit longer. I loved the story line and once I got into the book, really enjoyed it! Have a great week!

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  2. i read this a while back and really enjoyed it! :)
    ladies in navy

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  3. I really loved this book! It was a little hard to get into and understand all of the characters, but I thought it was a sweet, fun read! Hope you had a great trip!

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  4. I've been trying to read this book for a year!! Maybe I'll make this my beach read next week!

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  5. I am happy about the book, but I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR TRIP!

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  6. Looks like a good read. I like exploring beautiful ruins, too.

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  7. I just found your blog via your comment on My Keep Calm and Carry On! I love finding other preggo bloggers! I'm due in October with a baby girl, excited to follow you!

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  8. I definitely would pick it because of the cover as well.. :)

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  9. Thanks for the thorough recommendation! I'll add it to my queue at the library. :)

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  10. I keep looking at this book and have thought about buying it just for the cover. Great to know it's a good beach read. Thanks!

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  11. Yay I have been wanting to read this! Have you read Shining Through or A Hundred Summers? They are my newest favorite summer reads :) xoxo

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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