Jun 292012

So I asked Santa for a Kindle for Christmas in the hopes that I’d find more time to read (because a fancy technical doodad to play with is a great reason to fit more reading in) and he totally delivered. DH made me promise that I’d download only one book at a time…haha…silly husband but was excited to see me reading instead of blogging/facebooking/or watching TV (because then he could have the TV to himself I think). I immediately went out to Amazon and loaded up (in my defense, we were going on a cruise in Feb and I wanted to make sure I had enough reading material because surely I’d have oodles of time to ready…haha, that’s a joke).

Anyways, I had a list of books I’d heard of from others that were great so I downloaded them first:

1. Water for Elephants
I really enjoyed this book. It was tough to put down and I found myself reading into the late evenings to get thru it. I really wanted to keep moving to see what happened.

2. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Another good one but not until later in the book. I had a hard time getting into this one initially. I dont know if it was all the character development at the front or what but I was just bored. Plus I had seen the trailer for the movie so I was distracted by trying to match what I was reading with the character they picked for the movie. In the end I did enjoy it and the last half off the book went by quickly (I had formed all kinds of hypotheses on what actually happened). I’m happy with how it ended.

3. The Girl Who Played with Fire
The second book in the Dragon Tattoo series that I never finished. I’m about 30% of the way thru and there’s nothing pulling me into read it. So, it sits unread until I run out of other options I suppose.

From there it was on to the Hunger Games series. I’d heard alot about these from friends and was anxious to start in on them.

4. The Hunger Games (Series)
I cranked thru them in about a week. They were the type of book that you forwent sleep, food, and cleaning in order to read them. I forced myself to leave the Kindle at home so I wouldn’t be tempted to read it at work. I looked for every opportunity to sit down and crank thru a few chapters. 5 stars, highly recommend this one.

After you finish a series like that you’re kind of left with this void. Now what do I do with myself (same thing happened after Twilight and Harry Potter). Then one girlfriend mentioned on Facebook about how Mr. Grey has her all bound up and eager to start book 2. Up to that point I hadn’t heard of this Shades of Grey but it was apparently all the rage. There was so much hype that I initially vowed not to read it. I needed substance, not smut…haha. I was so wrong…in a moment of weakness I bought the first one and haven’t looked back:)

5. Shades of Grey (Series)
Yes, it’s hot. Yes, there is lots of sex (wild, kinky, holy-hell-people-dont-really-do-it-like-that type stuff) and alot of it is unbelievable but once you get past that (it’s fun fluff:) ) there’s a story line that actually makes you want to read. I find myself skimming the sexy parts to get the full jist but not really getting involved. I’m following the other story line of the two people falling in love in unusual circumstances. I know alot of people have major criticisms of this series but really, are you reading it to become a better person? no…you’re reading it to be entertained and for me, it has entertained:)

In penance for actually downloaded the Shades of Grey books, I needed to find others that were more wholesome and moving. So I found, thru another blogger even. I’ve not really started these (Unorthodox I have but I’m not far enough to really feedback):

6. Unorthodox
7. Bloom – Finding Beauty in the Unexpected
8. Heaven is here: An incredible story of hope, triumph, and everyday joy
9. Kisses from Katie

I’m looking forward to those last 4 if I can ever find the time to read them:)

What’s on your “to read” list these days?

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  2 Responses to “What are you reading?”

  1. Also, The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I don’t even like dogs.

    Same with Cutting for Stone – I loved it, but a friend of mine hated it, so it may be hit or miss. Enjoy!

  2. One book I strongly recommend is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and I read several books a month :) It’s the first in a trilogy, though, so be prepared to commit to it. The second one comes out this coming Tuesday :)

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