Monday, April 18, 2011

All About Books

 {photo from Domino - RIP}

As mentioned earlier, I am on a book reading binge. And friends? It feels really good. After months watching episode after episode of Criminal Minds, Bones and Glee (in that order), I am thrilled to say that not only am I completely caught up with those shows, but that I also now have time to indulge in, um, more intellectually-stimulating activities.  That includes reading.

It all started innocently enough with the enormously popular Stieg Larsson trilogy.  A coworker had given me a tattered paperback copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo awhile back.  It took me forever to open it and perhaps as long to get through the first 60 pages, but once I was in, I was in.  I inhaled the rest of that book in just a few short subway rides.  Luckily my roommate had the next in the series, The Girl who Played with Fire, so I dove in.  I had an upcoming 3 1/2 hour train ride coming up and knew that I'd be done with book deux before then.  I immediately hopped onto Amazon and purchased the third - The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.  I finished that one during my train ride to and from D.C.

My review?  Definitely good.  The hype is there for a reason, and I now understand why.  That being said, I don't think they are for everyone (and the first one takes awhile to get into) so use your own judgment.  I am immensely grateful for them, as they reminded me of how much I love to read and get lost in someone else's story.  Since then, I've read the following:

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (highly recommend)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (highly recommend)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (highly recommend and can't wait for the movie even though I know it will be sub-par)

Love Junkie by Rachel Resnik (interesting, but definitely not for everyone)

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (I was desperate, and my roomie handed it to me - I read it in 3 hours. It's... well, it's a Nicholas Sparks novel so you can decide for yourself what that means.)

I am currently reading:

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Book of Salt by Monique Truong 

In the next couple of weeks, I plan to read:

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

Running for Women by Kara Goucher

What's on your bookshelf these days?


Lauren said...

I'm curious to hear what you thinking about "The Sweet Relief of Missing Children". The reviews were all pretty great but I didn't care for it at all. Thinking it might just be me!

Melita said...

funny to read this because i am also on a book reading binge!! :) plus i just ordered 14 more books that were on my amazon wish list for WAY too long lol. hugs!!

alisonds said...

I love reading too. I'm currently reading Game of Thrones - inspired by the HBO series. It starts today in the UK so I'm reading really quickly to try to keep ahead of the show! the books are always better than TV or movies!

I also have Little Bee, Water for Elephants and Henrietta Lacks on my to-read list!

A xx

Anonymous said...

That bookshelf is.... amazing!
I am a Bones fanatic too.. :]
Definitely going to check some of those books out, I haven't heard of many of them. Let us know what is good!

Bridget said...

i have read a few of those and loved them! water for elephants and the help being among them.