what I’m reading

Book Worm #2

previous "Book Worm" post can be found here

Boy it feels good to be back! I had no intention of taking last week off, but I had a little too much fun over Labor Day weekend and didn’t get posts typed up, and then it just seemed like I couldn’t catch up the rest of the week.

Okay… I’ll admit, part of it was that all I wanted to do in my spare time was read.  I had picked up several books from the library and just couldn’t put them down.  I actually read one from start to finish in 3 hours.

And since I spent most of my time last week with my nose stuck in a book [is the song from Beauty and the Beast stuck in your head now?! Because that's all I can think of when I hear that phrase], it seems only appropriate to start this week off with a review of what I read and my recommendations.


ONE // Wedding NIght by Sophie Kinsella

I have read several other Sophie Kinsella books and have always enjoyed them, and this one did not disappoint.  There are two main characters who are sisters: Lottie and Fliss.  Each chapter is written from one of the sister’s perspectives, so it alternates back and forther who is telling the story.  This is the synopsis on Amazon:

Kinsella’s latest romantic romp revolves around two sisters with very different notions about love. Impulsive Lottie is expecting her boyfriend, Richard, to propose to her; she’s floored when he instead suggests a vacation using his frequent-flier miles. When Richard balks at the idea of marriage, Lottie breaks up with him. She runs straight into the arms of an old flame, Ben, with whom she spent a magical summer at the age of 18 on the island of Ikonos. Ben is more than ready to rekindle their relationship and walk down the aisle with her. When Lottie’s practical older sister, Fliss, gets wind of her plan to marry Ben, Fliss is determined to stop the nuptials. Ben’s coworker Lorcan seems equally opposed to the wedding, and Fliss thinks they’re set, until Lottie and Ben have a hasty ceremony and jet to Ikonos. Fliss decides she has to sabotage the honeymoon in the hopes of getting Lottie to see that she’s making a huge mistake. There’s plenty of silly fun to be had in this charming comedy of errors. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The kicky new romantic comedy by #1 New York Times best-selling Kinsella of Shopaholic fame will be supported by a major multimedia promotional campaign. –Kristine Huntley

It was funny and silly and an easy read.  I would recommend it if you are looking for a good “beach read.”

TWO // Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

This one sparked my interest because it was about a Greek family who immigrated to America in the 1920s. I loved the history intertwined with the fiction of this book, plus I found that the main character’s storyline, who is a hermaphrodite, to be very intriguing.  The synopses on Amazon are much better than mine would be, so I’ll use theirs again:

“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license…records my first name simply as Cal.”

So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.

Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Middlesex took me about two weeks to get through 1) because it has a lot of detail in it (in a good way!). and 2) I was reading it in what little bit of free time I had during the opening weeks of school.  It was really, really good though.

THREE // The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

If you like The Hunger Games, Divergent, or any other “dystopian-society” type books, I think you will really enjoy this one, even though it’s not necessarily set in a dystopian society (though it appears that way at first).

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

I read this book from start to finish in THREE hours.  I could not put it down!  And I want more… it would be awesome if she made it into a series!

FOUR // I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Once I find an author I like, I tend to try and read all of the books he/she has out, and like I mentioned before, I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella books [plus she has a great name ;-)].

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill, but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

This was another cute, easy, romantic beach read.  Plus it really makes you think about how comfortable you would be sharing your phone with someone… I don’t know if I could do it.

What book(s) have you read lately? I’ve got a couple more to get through (including “The Fault in Our Stars”) but I’ll be looking for some recommendations once I am finished!

***This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a VERY small percentage off of each “click.”  However, all opinions are completely my own. 

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My New Man

I have new guy in my life.

He’s got some special abilities.  He’s also got a cool scar on his forehead.

His name is Potter… Harry Potter

I mentioned a week or so ago that I had started reading the Harry Potter series. I am not sure why it took me so long to read this series, but I finally am doing it. Thankfully, other than a few clips here and there, I’ve never seen the movies either, so I am coming to this series relatively “clean.”

Every spare second I have had, I pick up my book and read. In the car (if I am not driving!), waiting in line at a restaurant, hanging out at a cookout… I even told Jeff I’d rather stay in on Friday night than go out on a date so I could read.  I feel very much like Rory right now.

I’m about to start book #5 (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) after writing this post. So if you notice a lack of posts this week, please forgive me. I’ve got my nose stuck in a book.  Also, be prepared for some major “post-series grieving.”

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This was Friday night— I finished book 3 and read book 4 this weekend

Book Worm

This past weekend, I broke a rule of mine and went to see a movie based on a book before I had actually read the book.  I normally try to read the book(s) before I go see the movie version.  But I had a chance to go see Divergent with my sister, her husband, and my husband, so I took it.

  

I really enjoyed the movie, and it peaked my interest to read the books, probably because if I read them, then I know what will happen and I don’t have to wait for the rest of them to come out.  I downloaded the trilogy onto my Kindle App (you can get it for free on both Android and iTunes} on Saturday night, and well, I have barely been able to put it down.  I read the first one, Divergent, in less than 24 hours, but that was mainly because I was at my in-laws all day Sunday while my hubby worked on fixing their internet issues, so I couldn’t watch TV, stalk people check out Facebook, or work on the blog.   I finished the 2nd book {Insurgent} on Tuesday, and I finished Allegiant last night.

I haven’t read a good book in a while, and now I am on the hunt for some good books to read since I finished this series.  So I thought I would share a few of my favorite books {which as I made this list, I realized that almost every one of them have been or will be turned into a movie. Maybe I need to read broaden my horizons}.

{ONE}

The Hunger Games Trilogy // Team Peeta!

{TWO}

Moloka’i // very interesting to learn some of the history behind this Hawaiian island, even if the characters themselves were fictional

{THREE}

Safe Haven // The town of Southport, that the main character moves to, is just a short drive from where I live

{FOUR}

The Shopaholic Series // the books are WAY better than the movie

{FIVE}

The Giver // I’m actually going to reread this soon as it has been so long since I read it, and the movie comes out in August

What are some of your favorite books? I would love to hear your recommendations!

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