Books Read

I decided I’m going to keep a running list of books I’ve read along with a thought or two on each one.  Most recent book read at top of the list- in case you care about order (I do).

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  The other night I was up until 2AM in a race to finish this book- THAT is how good it is, that I would stay up until 2AM knowing FULL well I’d have to be up and functional by 7AM!  I laughed, cried, bit-my-nails and chipped off my nail polish reading this one.  Get it now and start reading, you will NOT be disappointed.  Hopefully it will change your point of view on a few things….!

Forty Rules of Love: a novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak.  Another historical fiction read- you seeing a trend here?  The history major in me is making a come back!  This novel tells the tale of the friendship of Rumi & Shams of Tabriz.  Set between current day and the 13th Century this novel is about love, yes, but spirituality and God as well.

The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.  If you like historical fiction, but this on your must-read list.  An imagined past of the still-existent Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the oldest surviving Jewish Illuminated texts, The People of the Book tells the tale of all those artists, families, and religious leaders that were involved with the book’s creation and survival.  Similar in style to the Da Vinci Code, although slow in parts, I still think it’s a worth while read.

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.  So I just finished this and it was a MAJOR PAGE TURNER.. I mean GREAT.  Of course, I really had no intention of reading this, and when the movie came out, I’ll admit, I read a spoiler.. I figured I would probably never see the movie anyway (my movie-watching time is limited) so why not know what it was about to be able to “chat around the old water cooler and what not.. even though I sort of knew the ending.. this book was still great.  Well written.. no boring/tedious parts at all.. .so I highly recommend this one!

Dead Until Dark– A Sookie Sackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris.  I admit- I got totally hooked on the HBO series True Blood.  So when I saw Dead Until Dark at my local target for $5, I threw it in my cart.  Harris writes the PERFECT summer-time read: steamy and fast.

Gloria by Keith Maillard.  Phew.  This was a long one.  I had to get an extension at the library in order to finish reading it.  It wasn’t a hard read, just long.  I really do appreciate a coming of age story, especially one that involved a young woman that isn’t only beautiful, but smart AND witty!  Maillard writes with such detail and care- you can tell he took the extra steps to research both the time and places he was writing about.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld.  This book is loosely based on Laura Bush.  It seems the arc of the former first lady’s life is fodder for the book, but the day-to-day accounts are fictionalized.  I enjoyed the first 3/4’s of the book- but once Bush got into the White House, I lost steam.  Even so, the book is interesting- and the first two sections that mention “Laura’s” upbringing and her introduction to “GW” were the most juicy.

One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell (author of Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle).  Although I’m not finished, yet, I think One Fifth Avenue is more interesting that both Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle.  I wouldn’t be suprised if Bushnell wrote with television/movie in mind- the characters seem perfect for the big (or little) screen.  Not high literature, this is a perfect beach/vacation read.  Better if you are in-the-know about NYC… as many of the scenes play out in the West and East Village.



  1. First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    Are you tension? panic?

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