Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Read any good books lately?

I don't know why Blogger ate half of my pictures...and apparently stole my Turtle mascot too.

Is anyone else having issues with Blogger and pictures today?


My Mexican cruise is only one month away! OLE'!

That means it's time for me to start looking for vacation books. This may sound easy enough, but I can go through 3-5 books during the span a typical week-long vacay. I DEVOUR books.

I read (or started) three books during my honeymoon: The Ruins by Scott Smith, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (didn't finish this behemoth) and The Host by the Twilight chick (she should stick to vampires).

Here I am with The Ruins. It's suspensful and interesting...not the mention, the villian of the story is very unique. anything worth recommending lately?

What I Don't Like...

Chick-lit is just not my thing...and I've tried it, I swear I have! Nicholas Sparks made me want to puke (toooooooooo sweet). I love Jodi Picoult, but I've read most of her stuff.

And while I appreciate the "bring back the classics" movement, I did enough of that in undergrad...I just can't balance Joyce and a pina colada.

What I Do Like...

Suspense that doesn't smack you upside the head...Odd humor (I know, you must be SHOCKED)...Stories that rely on a character's relationship to their environment...Historical novels that DO NOT involve bodice ripping...

My Short List so far...

- The Road, Cormac McCarthy
- A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore
- American Gods, Neil Gaiman

Despite my list of "dislikes," I'm really open to any and all suggestions!


  1. Jodi's got a new book...Handle with Care, I heard it's excellent! Do you like Wally Lamb? I am currently reading "The hour I first believed" and it's really good.

    PS - I am totally jealous you're going on a mexican cruise

  2. I picked it up in the bookstore the other day and read the back sounded really good! I wonder if it's in paperback? I hate getting hardback books all soggy and sandy.

  3. no, only just came out a couple of weeks ago. Probably wont be printed in paperback for a while :(

  4. No suggestions here. I haven't read something fun in quite a while. I need to!

    But your turtle is looking fine for me, so hopefully that problem is settled.

  5. um I have been trying to read Eat Pray Love ( which I really enjoy actually) for about 3 years.

    I just find it hard to sit still because I spend so much time reading and writing for school - I would have no idea what I would suggest - I need suggestions- I tried the whole read before I go to bed thing but that seemed to not workout so well because once I was ready to go to bed- i wanted to sleep.

    I admire your reading abilities. I should set a goal or something.

  6. I've read that Eat Pray Love is a must-read kind of book...I need to get it!

    When I was in school I had zero time for pleasure reading...I feel ya on that.

  7. It's not a new book but I always have to mention it when people ask for recommendations...."The Red Tent". It is AMAZING historical fiction. It does use characters from the Bible, but I am the least biblical/religious person out there and you don't need that knowledge to get this book. It is a wonderful story!

    There's a book out now called "Running Well" that I really want to read, too. It might be stuff you already know, but it's worth checking it out on amazon!

  8. Have you read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier? It's one of my favorites, the perfect combination of suspense and romance. Seriously check it out!

    -Kathleen (