Thursday, June 04, 2009

Good Reads

Before I had my tv hooked up, I got a lot of reading done! Now that I have a car, a tv, internet, and knitting needles, and a few friends, I'm reading less, but still making sure that I read every day, at the very least first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Since my arrival in England on March 31, I've read:

How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls (Zoey Dean)- This was a fast & fun read. Fairly predictable, but I was almost surprised by the ending.

Julie and Julia (Julie Powell)- They are making this into a movie, and I have NO IDEA WHY. Forcing myself through this book was comparable to forcing myself to wash dishes after Thanksgiving dinner. It took me forever to read this book because I swear I could only read 3 paragraphs at a time before the words on the page were like nails on a chalkboard.

Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)- After slogging my way through the last book, I decided I needed something lighter, so I headed for the Young Adult section. Jerry Spinelli wrote Maniac Magee, one of my elementary school faves, and this book had a pretty color cover, so I decided to give it a try. LOVED it!

Love, Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)- The sequel to Stargirl, I actually checked this one out before Stargirl, but realized early on that I would enjoy it more if I read Stargirl first. Another good one!

I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)- My friend Britt's favorite book. She sent it to me at least over a year ago, and I pushed myself through the first 60 pages before I just gave up. Couldn't get into it. Then I picked it up again, mostly because it was almost 900 pages long and I wanted something that would occupy my time for a while (I'm loving the library, but I still am trying to fight the temptation to purchase books!). The first 57 pages had fallen out of the book and were tucked in the bookshelf. But I didn't bother with those, because I hadn't really liked them anyway. So, I just started at page 58 and what do you know... I enjoyed the book! I don't think it makes it to my list of favorite books, but I'm really glad I read it.

The Quilter's Kitchen (Jennifer Chiaverini)- This is one of the books on the list for the book club over at ScrapVillage. This was also a super-fast read, even though I felt like there wasn't much of a plot. Maybe it would've been more enjoyable had I read other books in the series first? Elm Creek Quilters or something like that. I might have to re-check it out, because I meant to copy down some of the recipes and didn't!

Remember Me? (Sophie Kinsella)- If you know me, you know I love the Shopaholic books by this author. I've read her other novels too, Can You Keep a Secret? and Undomestic Goddess and they were alright, but not Shopaholic-good. This one was the same...can't come close to Shopaholic for me. Even so, I finished this in 2 mornings and 2 before-bedtimes.

The Tenth Circle (Jodi Picoult)- Another one of my go-to authors. If you haven't read My Sister's Keeper, GO TO THE LIBRARY RIGHT NOW!!! And pick up a box of tissues on your way home, because you'll need it! She has a pretty obvious "author's fingerprint", but I enjoy the writing style. All of her books that I've read have been thought-provoking while still being leisurely reads. I'm about halfway through the book now, and I think that soon I'll be at the point of the book where my interest in the book trumps my interest in tv (especially since I have Sky+ and can record my shows!) or internet.

There might be one or two that I checked out from the library and already forgotten about (which isn't really a sign of a good book, so I guess it's alright that I forgot!)
I currently have Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden), Chasing Windmills (Catherine Ryan Hyde...another SV book club pick) and Marley and Me (John Grogan...I cried for 3 days after watching the movie, I wonder how I'll make it through the book!) checked out to start after I finish The Tenth Circle.
New on my bookshelf and waiting to be picked up are: Change of Heart (another Picoult) and The Last Summer of You and Me (Ann Brashares), or something like that. I also finally found my own copy of Eclipse... I had to borrow from the school nurse when I was reading the Twilight series because the BX didn't have it. I'll probably re-read that series soon. Then it will be almost time to re-read Half Blood Prince before the movie comes out!

Feel free to recommend a book or two... I need to start thinking about airplane and pool chair reading!


Krista Lund said...

i will have to add these to my to-read list on good reads.

Cyndi said...

Funny thing, we have the same reading style. I have a ton of books for you. I don't normally part from them because I re-read them. But I would love for you to take them from me. I'll have to recommend a few for you too, I'll do that when I get home. One that comes to mind is Chasing Harry Winston..... by Lauren Weisenburg sp??

Dogeared said...

It seems like we have slightly different reading tastes, judging by the books you've listed there. But if you're open to trying new books, then I'd suggest these:

- Donna Leon has a series of murder mystery novels set in Venice. Very good, solid characters that you really come to love.

- Janet Evanovich has a series of chick lit bounty hunter novels. Very funny.

- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Very funny, and Lizzy and Mr. Darcy fight zombies!

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