Beauty Blogger Book Club :: Beautiful Ruins

Another month beginning means it’s time for a recap of last month’s book club choice. I got to choose February’s book and I chose Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. A few months ago, I saw Erin over at Her Heartland Soul had picked this book up for her vacation. The sample of the book has been sitting on my kindle app for months. Does anyone else do that? Download TONS of samples of books that just sit there on your ipad and never get read? I really wanted to read this book because I was intrigued by the cover of it. It looks exactly like Cinque Terre and my husband and I fell in love with how beautiful it was when we visited Italy last September. Once I read the synopsis of the book I was also really interested in how it had multiple storylines. This seemed like a good choice for me because I can often get bored easily so I thought this would keep my interest in it.
Beauty Blogger Book Club
Once I started to read the book, I was not digging it at first. I started to get confused with the different characters and the different time settings it was taking place in. I often was asking myself “where did this character go?” and “how did we fast forward 40 years?” It took awhile for me to get into the book but once I got about a fourth of the way in, the story started to make sense to me.
Beautiful Ruins
A quick recap of the book is that it starts in Italy in 1960 with an actress that comes to a local hotel to rest from her time spent in Rome as a movie actress. As the story progresses, it goes back and forth from her time in Italy to 60 years later where the local innkeeper’s from the hotel she stayed at is trying to find her in Hollywood via the director that sent her to Rome. I know, it sounds complicated but once you start to read the story, it starts to make sense.
Even though it took me a little while to get into the book, I really enjoyed it overall. I think it makes for a good vacation read. Don’t forget to head over to our other beauty blogger’s blogs and check out what they thought of February’s book club pick.
Heather – Love To Be Busy
For March, we will be reading Heather’s pick which is “One Moment, One Morning” by Sarah Rayner. I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I noticed that Sarah Rayner has multiple titles and I’m hoping that this is an author who I can get into reading. Personally I’m a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin and I always start to read their new titles they are released.
One Moment, One Mornin
If you love to read, then please join our book club! Email me for more information. And if you don’t have a blog, no worries, we welcome anyone to join the fun of being a bookworm :) Each month, one of the Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC) members will choose a book for the Club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we each write a book report/summary for our readers to enjoy and share the book for the following month!


  1. I read Beautiful Ruins over the summer. The cover grabbed me. i went to Cinque Terre about 2 years ago so I thought it was interesting that it was set in that area. I really enjoyed reading it.


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