Since I’ve learned to read, I’ve always been a bookworm. Spending all my summers on a remote island on a lake in northern Minnesota gave me ample opportunity to immerse myself in literature. I would burn through like 2 Nancy Drew books a day back then! So maybe I took a little reading break during college/mid-twenties, but now I’m back to all my nose-in-a-book glory. When I first met The Hubs, 9 years ago, the thing that totally blew my mind was what an avid reader he was. That’s not a trait you usually find in most 23 year old guys. I found it totally hot.
With the invention of the Kindle, my reading now goes with me wherever I go. Getting and oil change=reading, waiting at the doctor=reading, line at Starbucks=reading. I thought I’d share with you the last few books I’ve read, and see if anyone has any suggestions on what to read next.
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
I just finished this last weekend and absolutely loved it. They call this a true-live novel as its based on a real person and real events, but it’s not an official, historical documentation. I read her other book, The Glass Castle (loved it!), which made me very interested to read this one knowing they were related. A truly fascinating history of an amazing family. If you liked the Glass Castle, you’ll love this one.
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
I’m always interested in new ideas, and this book is about changing the ideas of an entire industry. Very interesting read, although there is a lot of baseball references I didn’t entirely understand even though I’m a baseball fan. It was cool that all this occurred in recent history, and I knew the players that were discussed in the book. It did allow me to exercise my left brain with all the stats and logic talk (as if I didn’t exercise it enough during tax season)
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Holy crap this book is amazing. The Hubs turned me on to Pat Conroy, and this is FOR SURE my new favorite book. Captivating doesn’t even begin to describe it. I couldn’t bear to put it down, and when I was forced to, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I also couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks after I was finished! Now THAT is a sign of a truly amazing read. I think I would even like the movie, although I’ve never, EVER seen a movie version of any story that was as good as the book.
The Help by Katherine Stockett
Speaking of sucky movies that are based on books, the movie version of this didn’t even come close to capturing the true spirit of the book. Absolutely loved the book, hated the movie. Sorry.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
Not that I’m a huge Rob Lowe fan or anything (I do love Parks and Recreation), but I do love celebrity gossip and this book is full of it. Its like a longer Us Weekly from the 80’s and 90’s. A really interesting perspective on hollywood, and the humble (and not so humble) beginnings where superstars of today came from.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
More non-fiction.This one had me laughing from the first page on. The Hubs thought I was nuts (so did the people sitting near me on the airplane when I would bust out laughing) Great fun! My favorite were the hilarious old photos of her sprinkled throughout.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Hated it! So predictable, and I felt like it was a chore to finish. Books shouldn’t make you feel that way. Fortunately I finished it in one day, and read Prince of Tides afterwards, so the bad taste it gave me is already erased from my memory. I know a lot of people who have loved this book, so maybe its just me
Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey
This was the first James Frey book I read. I picked it up after seeing his last interview with Oprah before her show ended. Talk about a fascinating guy! I found myself really relating to his views on art and creativity. There’s nothing I like more than philosophizing about art and language, and I feel like James Frey gets it. This book was a real page turner, and had me thinking about what was going to happen the next time I picked it up. Although, after all was said and done, it was very depressing and made me never want to go to Los Angeles again for the rest of my life.
I currently have the following books on my Kindle that I have yet to read. Any suggestions on where to start or what to buy next?
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Beach Music by Pat Conroy