After I finish a good book I think about it for days and wish that there were someone else I could talk to about it. Then I saw a column that Centsational Girl does on her blog called “On the Nightstand.” What a fantastic way for me to share what I’ve been reading! So, once a month-ish (it may be more, it may be less) I’ll update you on what I’ve read and would love for you to give me your reading suggestions. How does that sound? I call the “column”…
My reading comes and goes and ebbs and flows sometimes. Take now for example. I’m definitely ebbing. It was a different story in January. I was totally flowing. I read seven books during January (7!). But this month I haven’t even finished one. But here are the two that I’m working on.
Divergent by Veronica Roth – I’m sure if you guys haven’t read this one yet, then you’ve at least heard of it. I really liked it the first time I read it and knew my husband would too. But he refuses to read fiction (weirdo) so I’ve started reading it to him. We had to do the same thing with Hunger Games. He refused to read it, but ended up really liking it after I read it out loud to him. I gives us a good break from all the night time tv watching we normally do, too.
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin – I’ve just started this one (i’m only a few chapters in) but I’m already loving it. Last summer my sister and I went to The Biltmore Estates in North Carolina on a girls trip. When we got home Sue bought this book because we were both so interested in the era and the life these people lead (was it really the way they portray it on the mansion tours?). She really liked it so she passed it on to me over Christmas. It is awesome. the review on the cover says that it’s an “instant tonic” for anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal. I can’t attest to that (i’m afraid to start watching because i know my life will go down the toilet until i catch up), but it is an awesome read so far. I recommend it.
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After I finish a good book I think about it for days and wish that there were someone else I could talk to about it. Then I saw a monthly post that Centsational Girl does on her blog called “On the Nightstand.” What a fantastic way for me to share what I’ve been reading! So, once a month-ish (it may be more, it may be less) I’ll update you on what I’ve read and would love for you to give me your reading suggestions. How does that sound? I call the “column”…
From January until the September of this year I have read 45 books. I’m totally floored by that number. When did I find the time to do that?! Here are the latest 4 that got me to that total.
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (ebook on phone) – I’m a sucker for a Roaring ’20s novel and this one didn’t disappoint. Speakeasies, mob families and nightly parties. It had it all. And since it’s a YA fiction it was clean too! I got this one as a free book of the day as an ebook.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James – I picked this book up while I was at BlogHer in NYC a month or so ago. Someone left it in the Swag Swap room so I snagged it up. I’m always a little hesitant about classic novel sequels, but this one was pretty good. I think that’s because it didn’t try to further relationships and mess everything up. It focuses on a murder that happens on the grounds of Pemberley the night before a big ball and somehow Wickham is involved.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I also got this book while I was at BlogHer. It was in the Scholastic Swag Bag after their brunch party. I had never read anything by this author before, but had heard good things. It was good. It has a lot of the supernatural stuff in it (ghosts, psychics, ancient magical kings buried for hundreds of years), which usually isn’t really my thing, but I was pleasantly surprised. There was a little bit of unnecessary language though so watch out for that.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – At the Scholastic party last month I meet a fantastic lady that runs a blog called Teen Lit Rocks that reviews YA books. She highly recommended this one to me. I really liked it! It takes the Celtic myth of the Water Horses and gives it a modern spin. And the leading character is a girl that can hold her own, which always makes a book better in my opinion :).
There is one thing I’m sure of. I could not live without books in my life. I can get lost in a good story and I love it. I will start a book, forget about life, and just read until it’s over. This creates a major problem though.
When I say I forget about life I really mean that. I forget that I have a husband and child that need loving attention and food. I forget that I have a home that needs to be cleaned and look presentable. I forget that I have other responsibilities and obligations on my time. Basically I forget about EVERYTHING until I close the back cover. The sad thing is…that’s not an exaggeration. The only upside is that I’m a pretty fast reader (I studied Literature in college – Medieval Literature to be exact. That sort of forced me to learn to read a lot in a short amount of time) so I’m not lost to the world for more than a day or two at most
After I finish a good book I think about it for days and wish that there were someone else I could talk to about it. Then I saw a monthly post that Centsational Girl does on her blog called “On the Nightstand.” What a fantastic way for me to share what I’ve been reading!
So, once a month-ish (it may be more, it may be less) I will update you on what I’ve read and would love for you to give me your reading suggestions. How does that sound?
Here are the two books I’ve got going right now. One’s a re-read and one I’ve had on my list a long time.
The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin. I’m sure some of you have heard of this one. I used to have an etsy shop that actually did pretty well. Then our family started our trek of cross country moves (3 states in less than a year) so I had to close up shop and put it all on hold for a while. I bought this book right after I closed the shop so I could read up on how to do it probably and maybe get into some shows and boutiques when I re-opened. Well, I’ve re-opened under a new shop and name, MissyDear, but I sure haven’t done it the right way (I knew that if I didn’t just do it, it would never get done). I’m only a short way into the book, but I’ve already learned a TON of stuff on how to run a handmade business. I can’t wait to finish.
Frederica by Georgette Heyer. Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Then you’re a fan of Georgette Heyer. Believe me. This woman is a genius. Her novels are charming and witty and so much fun. In this story Frederica, how considers herself an old maid, takes her younger sister to London in the hopes of securing a good husband for her. She coerces a distant cousin into sponsoring them into society and it’s just one mishap after another. Such a fun read.