Monday, February 21, 2011

My New Stash.

Stash o' books, that is.

I may or may not have mentioned it before, but I absolutely LOVE to read. I learned how to read when I was 2 1/2 and have been obsessed ever since, often times staying up way too late, getting lost in another world. I can literally spend hours in books stores pouring of every genre, trying to decide which books I want to take home, while inhaling the warming scent of an untouched book. Freak alert: I always sniff books, they smell so good! Anyway, I've read more books than I can count and am constantly looking for new ones to add to my collection.

Border's bookstore declared bankruptcy recently and I am so depressed. I feel like you're either a Border's or Barnes & Noble person. I? Am a Border's girl all the way. The store in my city is having a major closeout sale and everything was 20-40% off, so I sought some book suggestions from my friends on Facebook & headed over to Border's this afternoon. I made out like a bandit! Twelve books (one for my brother) and two new reading lights!

I plan on doing a book review for each one, so hopefully there are some that you can add to your reading list, too. Below is what I purchased (some recommended, some of my own choosing) with links to descriptions, in case some of you are interested. As you'll notice, the genres are pretty varied.

1. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Another blog friend has this on her list and a lot of people commented on how good it is. I had never heard of it, but I'm ridiculously fascinated by true crime, Mormonism, and polygamy; this book is about all three. Another interesting book about a Mormon cult & crime is Prophet of Death: The Mormon Blood Atonement Killings by Pete Earley. Read it in college and finished it in 36 hours.)

2. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult (I've never read Picoult some I'm curious to see if I enjoy her as much as everyone else seems to).

3. Honolulu by Alan Brennert (chosen for obvious reasons. I've heard it's really good, though, & a few people recommended it to me recently.)

4. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert (see above.)

5. House Rules by Jodi Picoult (recommended by a college friend.)

6. House of Evil by John Dean (true crime that happened in Indiana in the late '60s. Shockingly, I'd never heard of it & was happy when I randomly pulled it off the shelf.)

7. Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch

8. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (Surely you've heard of this. James Frey claimed it's a memoir and all true, Oprah put it on her Book Club list, raved about it for.ever, only to be made a fool when it was revealed that much of it was embellished. Nonetheless, I've heard it's decent, true or not.)

9. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

10. Fabulously Fashionable by Holly McQueen

11. The Aqua Net Diaries by Jennifer Niven (It kept catching my eye, so I'm curious to see what I think-- the reviews on Amazon aren't that great, though. It takes place 40 minutes from where I went to college, so that also has me intrigued.)

I finished Beautiful People by Wendy Holden in Florida & was not a fan & still don't know why it got such good reviews. I started Little Bee by Chris Cleve, but haven't read much and will probably restart it, but so far, it's good, and has gotten rave reviews, so I'll let y'all know what I think of that one when I'm finished.

What's on your reading list?

Also, thanks for all the suggestions of what you'd like me to blog about. I have them saved and will be doing each and every one of them :) Registered & Protected


denise said...

I am not a Jodi Picoult fan - but everyone else seems to be.

Out of your list, I enjoyed A million little pieces.

I read a lot too - about 50 books a year.

Murdock's mama said...

2, 5, 8, & 9 are all great! :) Enjoy!

NP Odyssey said...

You're not going to have any problem doing social reading even when you are in nursing school.
I could never study nursing and then casually read for entertainment while the semester was in progress I had to wait until it was over.

I love the feel of books and being able to write in them, but I'm older than you and curious what an avid reader as you thinks of the electronic readers like the Nook?

Adriane said...

I love Jodi Picoult! I haven't read the one you mention, though. I started A Million Little Pieces, loved it, got about half-way through when I heard it wasn't real, put it down, and never picked it up again. Like, the whole thing was ruined for me. :(

Sigh...I wish I had time to read. I miss it!

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Rosh said...

Ohh.. I am readng Under the Banner of Heaven right now!

I was just thinking I need to load some new books on my Kindle. Thanks for a great list!

Some books I've recently read that I loved:

The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir by Elna Baker (Recommended by a non-mormon friend living in SLC. I thought it was a good read)

The Truth About Dating by Julie Christensen

Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

Love the One Your With by Emily Giffin

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

P.S. Love the new look!

Helene said...

I'm a huge Jodi Picoult fan!! Love her!!!!! Every book of hers that I've read has been a HUGE page-turner, like I couldn't put them down, ignoring my kids kind of page-turner. I especially loved her book "Change of Heart"...could not put it down!!

Right now, I'm reading a newer book by James Patterson.

Can't wait to read your book reviews. I'm like you and I love the feel and smell of books. I cannot give in to buying a Kindle because I'm just too old school.

Bella and I hit Borders today and made out like bandits but I'm still sad that Borders will be gone. I'm not a B & N lover at all.

Pennie said...

I LOVE Jodi Picoult! I don't always agree with her takes on issues...but she always picks controversial things - I LOVE that! And her writing is so gritty - so genuine. I, I admire her for her writing. She keeps me intrigued. And, I've read the Picoult books on your list and I really liked them.

Million Little Pieces? It was wild...there's no way it was true. Nobody could have lived like that. I didn't believe it for a second - and I read it BEFORE it found to be false!

I just read a fun chick-lit book you'd like! "Time of My Life" by Allison Winn Scotch. It was really fun. I belong to a book club and it was our pick for the month. Another one we read that I normally wouldn't have, but was glad I did was "The Art of Racing In The Rain" by Garth Stein...oh, and "Summer at Tiffany" by Marjorie Hart. There - those were my faves from the past few months. I know you'll like them. (It looks like you have enough to hold you off for a little while, though.) Can't wait to read your reviews! I believe the comment you wrote on my blog IS TRUE...we ARE kindred spirits - I love to read, too! ;) My kids and I could spend whole Saturday afternoons just lollygagging in Borders and spending TIME with the books in there - seriously! Bridgette volunteers at the library just to spend time with them!

Pennie said...

Did I just comment that I love to read? Apparently, my comprehension isn't very good, because I just recommended "Time of My Life" by Allison Winn Scotch...and you have it on YOUR list....

I'll just chalk it up to "Great Minds Think Alike?" or that we're kindred spirits...

Katie said...

The Meg Cabot book was cute. I've never read any Jodi Picoult because they all seem so sad. I'll be curious to hear what you think about hers.

Some of my recent great reads have been:
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series
Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

I'd really like to read Million Little Pieces too. Enjoy!

Zazzy Episodes said...

I liked a few of Jodi Picoult's books. I'm similar to NPO, who has time for reading for fun while school is in session. Enjoy the time you have to read as much as you can.
I have a Kindle that I still can't wrap my head around reading electronically verses a good book where you can see and feel yourself getting closer to the end, there’s nothing like a good book. I miss reading for pleasure!
I love reading Beverly Lewis who likes to write about the fictional Amish setting.

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