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BOOKS (Pre-2012)

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—-20 January 2012:

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. I really liked this book. I like books that tell about many people and tie them together somehow. Weird, but good.

Forever by Judy Blume. Wow, a blast from the past. Swistle and Temerity Jane were talking on Twitter one day about this book, and when I Googled it to see if it was one I remembered, I realized I hadn’t read it. I loved it.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer. LOVE. Loved this book. LOVE.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Another winner. This book was super intriguing to me. I really, really liked it.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Hooked me on the series. A bit far fetched, even for fantasy, but I can take it.

Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. I adore Ellen. She’s so great.

Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie. Inspiring. Not a fun read, necessarily, but inspiring.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green. Maybe my favorite of John Green’s books so far. I loved this book.

Divergent (#1) by Veronica Roth. I am SO hooked on this series. I can hardly wait.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. So weird. So, so weird. Good, though.

Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man by Chaz Bono. So, so good. So inspiring. As much as I’ve learned from my father-in-law about the transgender community, reading a firsthand account was incredible. I have so much respect for this man.

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout. I didn’t read this so much as I skimmed it, but it was enlightening, nonetheless. I’m pretty sure I’d make a good couch-psychologist.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I’m excited to read more by this author. This book was a bit out there, and quite strange, but interesting.

—-3 November 2011:

-Looking for Alaska by John Green. GREAT book. But if you read it/read it (different uses of the word read), just know that I am TERRIFIED weeks later that Eriana will have the worst worst day. You have to read it/have read it to understand that. (One of my friends LOVES this author above all authors and her husband asked John Green to propose to her for him over the phone (starts about :57). Awesome.)

-Kardashian Konfidential by Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian. I KNOW. But I think they’re great. Get over it. I liked this book a lot. It read like a magazine.

-The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman. This book was a suggestion from an Internet friend, and I was really excited I read it. I felt like it was sort of a proselytizing book for Judaism, but I was still intrigued by the story and wound up really liking the way things turned out.

-The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. I listened to this book when I drove to Austin a few weeks ago. It was on the library staff picks list. It was… well, without giving away any spoilers, it was infuriating. There’s a secret in the book. A secret you don’t find out until around chapter 13. Infuriating. It turned out okay, I guess. I am a read-ahead kind of girl. I like being able to look ahead and see how things will turn out. I can’t do that with audiobooks, which is usually good for my curiosity, but not this time. I was itching to look ahead.

—-14 October 2011:

I haven’t read much the last 10 months, honestly. But I have read some things. Unfortunately the library doesn’t have a list of the books I’ve checked out over the last year.

-Did I talk about Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins yet? Highly recommend. And, bonus, all three books were already out by the time I discovered the series.

-I got some free Kindle books. I read:
The Potluck Club (Book 1) by Linda Evans Shepherd. It was okay. I understood why it was free. It had ulterior motives. It was about a women’s prayer group and Christianity.
Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford. Again, ulterior motives. But okay, all in all.

-Spiral by Paul McEuen. This book is by a childhood acquaintance of my parents. The author’s father and my grandfather are best friends (isn’t that cute? Old man best friends). It was good. I thought it wrapped up a little too neatly.

-The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentleman Farmers by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. So, so good. I had NO idea the background of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. They are awesome. If you like the show, you’ll like this book.

-My Booky Wook by Russell Brand. This book was drier than I expected. His life has been interesting, to say the least. But the book was more boring than I thought it would be, too. I might read the second one, though, because I’d like to hear about his life with Katy Perry. Ridiculous, I know.

-Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. He’s quite the name-dropper. But I suppose if that’s the life he’s lived then that’s just who he is. He’s had a really interesting life, too.

-Room by Emma Donague. Oh, this book. If I told you anything about it there would need to be a **SPOILER ALERT** but I won’t. I didn’t really like it. I will only say that. Form your own opinions.

Anywho. That’s all I can remember right now. I know I reread some Tana French books. And I know I reread most of the Harry Potter series before the last movie came out. But I can’t remember what else I read since Eriana’s been born. I should be more diligent about updating this page. I have some high hopes for the books on my currently reading list. I should make a reading goal for 2012.

—-1 December 2010:

I HAVE been reading lately, I promise!

-I recently finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which I read for the online book club I”m a part of. It was… interesting. It”s in the young adult genre, which I found interesting once I realized that it was about World War II, set in Germany, and the author was very educational about teaching readers to swear in German. But all in all, good book.

-I was re-reading the Harry Potter series, which never disappoints. I wanted to get through all seven books before the newest movie came out, but I found my time waning, so I skipped books 4 and 5 and went on to 6 and 7. I”ve read them all several times, so I didn”t feel necessarily badly about this, but I feel as if I might have missed something, anyway. Silly, I know.

-Last night I completed The Tower, the Tortoise and the Zoo by Julia Stuart. I adored this book. It was a bit strange, and very formal for a modern-day book (well, I’m assuming it was supposed to be modern-day). But I thought it was very well-written. If you have connections in any way to London or London Tower, or you just want a good book to read that doesn’t have too much in the way of sex and swearing (although there is a bit), then this is a good one to pick up.

There are more books on my to-read list. I”ll keep you posted! :)

—-11 October 2010:

-I just finished Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. Not recommended. At all. It’s safe to say I hated this book. Who knows; you may love it. But I did not.

-Before that I re-read New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd. I love love love this book. It’s long. Seriously long. 880 pages long. But wow, it’s so worth it. If you love New York, or hope to love it someday, it’s definitely worth the weeks it will take to read it.

-I also read Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. It was good. Weird, but good. Interestingly written.

—-21 August 2010:

Well, I”ve been reading a lot lately, but until a friend told me she”d been on this part of my blog, I forgot I posted it. :)

-The third installment of the Stieg Larsson series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, came out and I LOVED it. It was well worth the wait. Now I’m waiting for the American movie of the first book to come out. But a friend and I watched the Swedish version last week, and it was great, with subtitles and all. It wasn’t exactly like the book, of course, but they did a really good job of telling the complete story.

-I also finished up through the tenth book of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. That’s all of the series to this point. I finished it out, but I felt like the last few books were rushed, which they probably were, and didn”t tell enough of the story. I still recommend them, especially if you”re a fan of the show “True Blood”, which is based on the books, but be prepared for some annoyances in the last few books.

Let”s see.

-I re-read the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer before the third movie came out. The movie was good, but not as good as the books, of course.

-I read The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, and I’m super excited to watch the movie because (don’t judge me) I think Miley Cyrus is great.

-I read Faithful Place by Tana French and would recommend ALL of her books because she”s awesome. I bought her first book because of her name, since my older sister”s name is Tana, but I loved the author”s style.

-I also read The 9th Judgment by James Patterson, which is the most recent in the Women”s Murder Club series. The only complaint I have with this series is that the author is adamant that one of the characters is “large” and “chubby” and “enormous” and a “size XXL” at a “size 16″, which drives me crazy. Wow, he should have done more research. A size 16 woman is NOT a XXL, enormous or necessarily chubby.

-A great read I finished recently is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. It was AWESOME, although I ended up being angry through most of the book. It centers on a Middle Eastern, Muslim man and his family living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. It tells of a great number of injustices and stereotypes and made me really disappointed in the response of some of the military and law enforcement after the storm. Highly recommended. I would let you borrow it, but I only have it on the Kindle.

I can”t think of anything else I’ve read recently right now… I just re-started I’ll try to be more diligent about updating this part of the blog so that I can help you all find good reads. :)

—-12 April 2010:

-I just started the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. So far I”m loving it!

-I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire by the late Stieg Larsson. There’s a third coming out at the end of May for which I can hardly wait. These books are not for the faint of heart, though, as they are full of swearing, violence, abuse, etc. Reader beware.

-If you”ve got a long while, you can try this one: Under the Dome. Stephen King is, of course, a literary genius. Under the Dome was one of the best books I ever read. It”s awesome. And frightening. One of the characters in this book is the one I hated most, ever, out of all of the books I’ve ever read. Including Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter.

-Another LONG but oh-so-worth it book is New York: the Novel by Edward Rutherfurd. It’s an amazing historical novel about Manhattan. It follows a lineage from the 17th century through present day. It”s awesome.

-The Help by Kathryn Stockett was very touching. It opened my eyes a lot to the treatment of African-American housekeepers in the Deep South during the 1960s, AFTER we thought things were improving. Excellent read!

-Water for Elephants was incredible. I bought it because of the title, because of my love for the majestic elephant. But the story was amazing. Sara Gruen is a great writer and researcher! I haven”t read anything else by her because, well, all of her other books are about horses, and I”m not really interested in horses. But she has a book about apes coming out, and I am excited about that one.

 

-Another author I’ve been loving is Douglas Preston. I’ve read three books by him, and he’s awesome. So inventive and amazingly forthwith. The Codex and Blasphemy mix literature and science, and The Monster of Florence is a true story and is just incredible (and makes me think twice about wanting to go to Italy on vacation!). Highly recommended.

-John Grisham has long been my favorite author. I’ve read every book he”s ever written and I think he just gets better and better all the time.

-Another favorite is James Patterson. I just recently got into his books, and they have been great. I’m all caught up on the Women”s Murder Club series, and I’m on the fourth book for the Alex Cross series. If you like mystery/thriller books and want easy reads, he’s a winner!

-Another author I’ve recently gotten into is Kathy Reichs. Her books are the inspiration for the tv series “Bones”, and her books are great! I”ve read a few of hers, and just love them. Again, easy reads and mystery/thriller books. Excellent!

-Of course, I’ve been a huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series - who isn’t? And even though I’m not a teenage girl I love love LOVE the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.