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Book Worm: What I’ve been reading lately

Allyn is a continuous, prolific reader. I love to read and always have, but tend to do my reading in spells. I’ll go six months of continuous reading, but then take the next six months or so off. Since July I’ve been in a reading spell. The husband is getting a little jealous. Reading to me is an escape and I’ve needed some escaping lately. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. I picked this up at a used bookstore and couldn’t it put it down. Seriously, I finished it in about 24 hours which is unheard of for me when I am not at the beach.  It was an easy read, but not too “dumbed down” as many easy reads are.

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Alright, so I did read this one back in April, but if you haven’t read it, get it now. Jenny’s funny outlook on life makes me feel better about mine. And thankful for my family… and that I don’t live in Texas.

The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy. I was feeling like an uneducated redneck after reading Garden and Gun magazine the last few issues for not having read anything by this Southern author. I was expecting something difficult to read, but it wasn’t.  I’m not really sure how to explain this book. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve totally digested yet one week later.  The Last Gentleman follows a young man who deals with his insecurities as he goes back to his roots and joins a new family.

An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer. Confession: I saw this book when I was picking up The Last Gentleman at the library and liked the cover.  I wouldn’t say I judged the book by the cover, but it made me want to pick it up. I’m glad I did because I  really loved this book. The author has such a way with words that I cherished every little bit of this coming of age story. I might have cried at the end because it was ending, not because it was overly sad.

I just started Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility and am really enjoying it.

What have you been reading?


Book Worm: Blood, Bones, and Butter

One of my awesome presents that I received this year for my birthday was this book from my sweet sister Lucy:

Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. She has been wanting to read it for a while, but hasn’t gotten to it yet. What she didn’t know is that it has been on my Amazon wish list for a while, so I was insanely excited to get it.

This is one of the best memoirs I have ever read, and her love of food (and incredible writing) has made me savor each and every page.

This book is not always pretty. She is no Julia Child, and her life has been, at times, brutal, and the book is very honest about that. It is incredible to see how she has overcome so much and how she allowed her true love of food, real food, to lead her out.

I can’t recommend this book enough.

Anyone else read anything they loved lately?!


Book Worm: Spring 2012

Why yes, I do have a shirt that looks like this.

Every day on my lunch break, I take my food out to my car and read my Kindle, like the nerd that I am. It’s the perfect way for me to escape for an hour, that doesn’t involve shopping (I work right by the mall and lots of good shopping. Danger.)

Here are some of the books I’ve read recently:

Nicholas and Alexandra– A very in-depth and very sad look at the fall of the Russian Empire and the death of the Romanovs. Gets into the “power” that Rasputin managed to wield against hemophilia, and shows how quickly everything can change.

The Hunger Games– This was actually my second time to read the trilogy, in preparation for the movie. Which I went to the midnight premier of. Yup, nerd alert.

The Passage– Technically this isn’t a recent read, but I just preordered the second book in the trilogy, so it’s been on my mind. Post-apocalyptic vampire book. Think I Am Legend mindless killing machines. No Twilight sparkles or love triangles.

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir… of Sorts– Beautiful and painful book about struggling with an alcoholic father and faith.

Unbroken– The true story of Louis Zamperini, a bomber in WWII, who was shot down and captured by the Japanese. This book was seriously intense. I’m pretty sure I cried a few times. The fact that people can endure that sort of experience blows my mind. Makes me wish my grandfathers were alive to ask them more questions about fighting in the war.

Not sure what I’ll read next, though I did just preorder Rachel Dratch’s new book, Girl Walks Into a Bar. It comes out tomorrow, and might be a nice change to laugh after reading about entire families being shot.

Anyone else? Lists, recommendations? I’m always on the hunt for more!

Book Worm: What I read at the beach

Allyn and I are both book worms. I’m kind of surprised we haven’t already posted something about books and/or reading. The one thing I was most looking forward to during vacation was the ability to sit for hours and read.

Pre-trip I ordered a ton of books from my Amazon Wish List. I figured 6 was a good round number. I managed to finish 4 and started in on 5, which wasn’t too bad for me.

Here’s what I read:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
It has been on my to-read list for the last couple of years. With the movie being out, I was finally spurred on to read it. I’m glad I did. It was one of those books where I was totally immersed in the time period, the place, and the characters.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
A well written love story featuring a young girl, a mourning mother, and an old man. I’d recommend this to anyone, including husbands.

The Brontes went to Woothworths by Rachel Ferguson
A whimsical story of three sisters. This lighty and frothy novel is the perfect beach read. Allyn, you need to read this if you haven’t already. It reminds me a good deal of our high school adventures.

Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover’s Courtship, with Recipes by Amanda Hesser
A sweet memoir of courtship and food, packed with delicious recipes. It made me swear to start throwing more dinner parties.

What have you read lately?