I love reading — like seriously love reading. Considering the scattered thunderstrms and lighening we are experiencing today, it would be a perfect day to stay at home and cuddle up with a book. But alas, I will be at work so… yea.
Back to my love for reading: from 2009-2011 I used to set goals for myself for how many books I could read in a year. 2009 I graduated college in July so it wasn’t many but here is how I did those three years. 2009 = 12 books; 2010 = 28 books, 2011 = 23 books. Not bad right? I even used to put down every title I read. Then I realized I was focusing more on the quantity of books I was reading instead of the quality. So I got rid of the numbers and just kept a list of all the books I wanted to read, when I discovered Amazon’s wishlist functionality it went to an entirely new level — O. M. G.! (here and here)
I usually find my books from blogs or the book deparment on the Amazon site. Whatever catches my eye really. My interest ranges from Harry Potter to Seth Godin. So I’m not even sure if I can begin to tell you what genres are my favorite.
I try to have a balance between what I would call “Life Improvement” books (work by Tim Ferris, Ramit Sethi, Seth Goddin, Dan Pink, etc) and Leasure Reading (Harry Potter, The Memory Keepers Daughter, Tiger Lily, etc)
Recently I made my way through four books in about 2 weeks. I haven’t read much since the beginning of 2013 and I think my hunger for a good book just took over. It also helps that I have an hour commute each way, so it was really easy to find the time to read.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This book was amazing. I feel like this would be great for any Disney lover (although the book is not by Disney). Tiger Lily is the back story to Peter Pan and Tiger Lily’s relationship; observed and narrarated through the eyes of Tinkerbell! I think it was so well done and very “grown up” from the Disney Version of Peter Pan. I definitely recommend it.
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
She’s Come Undone was a bit harder to get through, and not because it was terrible but because it was filled with so much emotion. The story is about a young girls life from grade school till her 30/40’s and all that she experiences. From her parents divorce, to dropping out of college, and the struggle of the character trying heal.
Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan
I’m not a fan of this book. I love the main point of the story and what drives the character but I feel like some of the background details were a bit unnessary, although I do understand the relevance it was just not for me. I think I gave PK the silent treatment for a few hours because I was so put off by the book. (yes books have that power over me).
Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Linn
After reading three other books. I really wanted a story empowering women, instead of showing them as weak and defeated and reliant on their men. Butterfly Swords was great because it had the balance of a strong, brave women and her desire to just be with the man she loves. It does a great job of showing the inner conflict and confusion of believing what you were told growing up and growing up and making your own decisions. I think all of us at some point broke up away from what our parents or guardians taught us, only to revise and retro-fit our guidelines for life to best fit us. Others coming back full circle and believing that yes their parents way is truly the best way for them.
I love this adorable story the grandmother shares with the main character.
I didn’t want to give too much away and you can definitely read the reviews on amazon. My hunger for books is not yet satiated but I’ll have to hold off a bit since books don’t grow on trees. Let me know what you think if you’ve read these books or plan to read them!