8. Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson
Currently reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Numbers 2, 4, 5, 7, & 8 are all book club picks. Lately I’ve found I’ve had a hard time finding time to read beyond my book club obligations. Hopefully I’ll find more time this Fall and Winter so I can have a decent showing on my books read in 2014 list!
Am currently reading Orange is The New Black by Piper Kerman. Can’t put it down! I’m embarrassed at the lack of reading I’ve done this year! Pitiful! Usually I’ve read this many books by Spring! Must do better next year!
Catching fire by Suzanne Collins. Could not put down. Great characters, storyline. Can totally see as a movie. Can’t wait for book 3!
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler. Ok, but not nearly as funny as Are You There God, It’s Me, Chelsea. I only laughed out loud like once. She even said on her show that she was rushing to finish this book and you could totally tell.
Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruisie. Listened to this on the way home from the Outer Banks on CD. Wish we had picked this one first to listen to instead of Maneater. Super cute and we were both disappointed when we arrived home before the story was over. Immediately checked the book out of the library and finished the story. Would be a really cute Rom Com movie.
Altogether Dead by Charlaine Harris. I think this is the one that deals with Hurricane Katrina. I really liked how she dealt with it.
Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Delightful! Just a lovely book. I’m so glad I read this. Loved the letters format, loved the depiction of WW2. Not as romanticized as other books I’ve read. Wished there was more book to read. As soon as I finished it I instantly missed the characters.
Wild Ride Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Liked this a lot more than I thought I would. After the first chapter I almost stopped reading it but I’m sure glad I didn’t.
Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen. Funny & clever.
Undone by Karin Slaughter. Very good. Creepy. Sticks with you. Unfortunately once I was finished reading this I found out it’s the book that brings together 2 of Slaughter’s series. So now I’m going to go back and read all the books I skipped. Doh!
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris. Liked this one a lot. A little more somber. She didn’t do as much “Previously on Sookie’s life” as she’s done before and that made it much more enjoyable.
I have been using a fun app on my iPhone called Get Glue. Every time you read a book or watch a movie or a show or listen to music you check in. This has been a fun way to keep tabs on my reading list. You earn badges that they actually mail you in sticker form! Fun! Unfortunately I couldn’t find all my check ins from when I was reading these books. That would have helped with this post. I suppose I’ll use Goodreads more often so my mini reviews will be saved.
Since my last post in June I’ve read all the books starting at #11. Keep in mind I had pneumonia and was sick for pretty much all of June so reading was about all I could do!
Next on my list is Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I’m on the wait list at the library for that one. I’m also reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. So far it is very intriguing!
It seems like every time I write up a trip report I forget a few things.
One day at the beach I let Jacob & Joey bury me in the sand. Oh my goodness, I got sand everywhere! They loved it though and had fun doing it so that’s what matters. I swear, 2 showers later and I still had sand & sea life in all my nooks & crannies!
The first day we went to the beach the water was the coldest I’ve ever felt! I run hot and I have sensitive skin so I’m used to cool showers and cold water. But y’all, Y’ALL, I have NEVER in my life felt water this cold. This was feet numbing frost bite conditions cold. Insane. By the next time we went in the water it had warmed up enough to not freeze you to death on impact.
I took 3 books to the OBX with me. Apparently I thought all you do at the beach is read and I underestimated the amount of beer pong we played. I’m a big library patron, I don’t buy books. So imagine my horror when I accidentally got water on my book Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang while brushing my teeth. Yikes! When I got home I ironed out the pages to try and make this brand new book look less ghetto and keep me on the nice list at the library. I don’t think I’ve been blackballed just yet. Whew!
I’ve done pretty well with my reading this year up until a week or so ago. Here’s my list of books read so far in 2009:
Black Notice, Patricia Cornwell
True Believer, Nicholas Sparks
A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks
All About Him, Denise Jackson
The Lucky One, Nicholas Sparks
Remember Me?, Sophie Kinsella
Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult
Last Precinct, Patricia Cornwell
Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult
Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards
My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
Undomestic Goddess, Sophie Kinsella
The Pact, Jodi Picoult
Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Handler
Picture Perfect, Jodi Picoult
Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club, Laurie Notaro
An Idiot Girls’ Christmas, Laurie Notaro
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Sophie Kinsella
Mr. Maybe, Jane Green
Little White Lies, Gemma Townley
New Moon, Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
Shopaholic Ties The Knot, Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic and Sister, Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic and Baby, Sophie Kinsella
The Hopeless Romantic’s Handbook, Gemma Townley
Something happened though. Once I finished the Twilight books & Shopaholic series I lost my mojo. I finished Hopeless Romantic just fine, but since then I haven’t had much interest in reading. The library emails me when a book from my list is ready to pick up, but nothing is getting me excited. Hmmm. I do have Knit Two here at home so maybe that will get me going.
I’m trying to read more this year. My goal is at least 30 books. So far I’m doing pretty well, but it is Winter. I’m also tracking this on Facebook in the visual bookshelf app. So do any of you have any recommendations for me? And don’t say Twilight because I KNOW. I’m on the waitlist at the library. Number 9 now! In fact, I’m about to leave for the library to pick up 6 more books. More Jodi Picoult and Sophie Kinsella. But I’d like more suggestions! What are you reading right now?