BOOKS!

I love to read.  I always have.  It is right up there with creating art and running. I used to post about books I had read but I stopped.  Not sure why exactly. I looked my last book post was before Alex was born.  I didn't read a ton during pregnancy but I did read a lot right after his birth and still read a bit.  I did go on a  "Young Adult" bender and ended up reading a certain popular vampire werewolf book that I wasn't proud of. Which might have triggered my desire to stop posting what I was reading :). I like to keep my literary selection varied. Sometimes you just need a good ol'dose of escapist fiction. And, I met my quota with all the YA fiction after Alex was born. I would like to mention that I read the entire Harry Potter series for the first time. Let me tell you, that is one series that lived up to the hype. It is amazing. I can't wait to share it with the boys. Then there was Anne of Green Gables, which I think is the first time ever that I felt like a movie was better than the book. Maze Runner annoyed me and the ending made me mad, I saw there was a prequel book but I don't think I can bring myself to revisit the series.  Hunger Games was great, obviously.  Divergent was okay, a fun read.  It wasn't as good as the Hunger Games or as bad as Twilight.  I couldn't get into Percy Jackson series but I am considering re-reading it this summer.   I have managed to sneak in a several more respectable (ie age appropriate) titles. I even managed to read some non-fiction.  For fun I thought I would share a few of my very favorite books over the last couple of years (images are links).


 
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer.  This is a story of how people change, or don't change over time.  I love the non-linear story telling and how realistic the characters are.  At some point I loved and hated each person. I think this reflects real life.  Everyone is awful (or makes bad choices) at some point in their life.
 

"The Family Fang" by Kevin Wilson. I have an irrational love for this book. It is funny, dark and just plain weird.  Probably my favorite book of 2013.


"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbra Kingsolver. "Poisonwood Bible" is one of my favorite books of all times and this book just re-affirmed my deep love of Barbara Kingsolver.  This is a non-fiction book that followers her family as they eat local and sustainable for one year. Wonderful book with a timely message.  Read it, read it now!
 

"A Discovery of Witches" (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness.  Okay, yes this is a book about witches and vampires but I swear it is done well.  I heard a reviewer on NPR call it twilight for grownups.  Yes, it is escapist fiction and at times a bit contrived but it is still a fun read that just seems to stay with you.  I can't wait for the third book. This series would make excellent summer reading, the last book in the trilogy will be released this summer. 

Honorable mentions . . . .

"The Bronte Sisters" "Jane Eyre" "Wurthering Heights" and "Villette" are to of my favorite novels. I enjoyed this brief history. Not great but good overview of the Bronte family and a very easy read.

"The Cockoo's Calling" I'm not huge into mysteries but I decided to try this and I actually liked it.  And yes, I read it after finding out who the famous author was . . .

"Someday, Someday maybe"  This is definite chicklit (a genre I tend to avoid) but I love Laren Graham and decided to take a chance. I was pleasantly surprised by her writing and I'm looking forward to see the TV show based on it (let's hope the CW doesn't destroy it) and the follow up book.

"Orange is the New Black" I love this TV series and I enjoyed reading the book.  It isn't as dramatic (no hot lesbians or prison fights) but it was more approachable.  And, it really happened which makes it all the more intriguing to me.

I hope to post more often with books I have read.  What have you read lately?  Any summer reading recommendations?

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P.P.S.  If you in my area, I have a little book club I am member of.  We are an open group, shoot me an email if you are interested (jaime@barksblog.com).