Books - have read, will read, suggestions & goals!

on Mar 24, 2015 @ 02:20 pm

So in 2014 I just picked up a book whenever I had time..I read a total of 25 books with some notables:

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Bet the Farm
The Wolf of Wall Street
Orange is the New Black
Eleanor & Park
This is How You Lose Her
Super Sad True Love Story
Just Like Someone With Mental Illness, Only Moreso.

My goal for 2015 is to read 52 books, or average at least 1 book per week. Some great ones I have picked up so far this year:

Fast Food Nation
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
American Savage
Freaks & Revelations
All Families are Psychotic
If You Were Here
Dark Places

Now reading: Everything Bad is Good for You - How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter.

I have a huge library of physical books, but lately I find myself reading digital books just because I travel a lot and have the option of carrying multiple (like...thousands...) of books at once. I usually just randomly pick one from my collection and read it, which has forced me to read books I might not have normally read. I am finding it really hard to get into my current selection.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Any great recent reads? Any other reading goals, or other goals in general? What keeps you motivated?


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Books -Have Read on Mar 24, 2015 @ 04:18 pm

Good for you reading all the books. I love reading when I am sitting outside or while I am in bed. I have read in the last couple months.

Angela's Ashes
Gorky Park (very Good}
The Rishi
I enjoyed them all.
Great post.

Books on Mar 26, 2015 @ 09:52 am

I too am on a quest to read more. I used to read a lot but got caught up in day to day bs and stopped. I have a stack of things to read waiting for me.

Gorky Park is a great read

Dr Sleep (sequel to The Shining)

Greedy Bastard Tour by Eric Idle of Monty Python

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Those are the most recent reads. I'm just starting to read Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, Stephen King's son.

Happy reading!


books! on Mar 26, 2015 @ 04:33 pm

I didn't know The Shining had a sequel...I only just read the book and saw the movie last year. The book was much better (of course)...I would like to try and read more for sure, especially to my daughter and get her liking books and reading as well.

Some of my favorite reads:

Gone Girl
I Know This Much Is True
The Odd Thomas series
The Help
Sarah's Key
A Million Little Pieces & sequel My Friend Leonard
and many, MANY more!!


BOOKS!!! on Mar 27, 2015 @ 10:17 am

My favourite all time series of books is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon (I waited 15 years for a movie or tv series, and wasn't disappointed)
Another fun series is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (I'm a Morelli girl for the record)
I also really enjoy the In Death series by JD Robb (It's light reading, but the characters become really well fleshed out as the series progresses.

Books on Mar 27, 2015 @ 06:14 pm

I would suggest ALL of Chelsea Handler's books if you end up liking the one you have listed. They're hilarious. Also in the same line of thinking, you could try Mindy Kahling's book (Is everybody hanging out without me?), Tina Fey's book (Bossypants), and also the new ones by Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham.

An Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi talks about her struggle with her eating disorder. It's sad but powerful, informative, and it's a really quick and easy read. I enjoyed it.

Cameron Diaz's book is really well written, too. Her voice really comes across the page and it's so informative, but interesting and not presented in a boring way that a lot of scientific books are. I think it's called Bodybook, or something along those lines.

Books on Mar 27, 2015 @ 11:35 pm

A few books that I've read that really stood out for me were the following:

- The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan

- Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall

- Night by Elie Wiesel

- The Help by Kathryn Stockett

- How to Know God by Deepak Chopra

- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

- Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael Moore

Although these books are geared towards children/teenagers, they are still great reads:

- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

- Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling


Books-PrettyRainbow on Mar 27, 2015 @ 11:46 pm

Great suggestions PrettyRainbow have a great weekend.

Dooks-Bethanito on Mar 27, 2015 @ 11:48 pm

I have read Chelsea Handler's books they are sooooo funny.

Books on Apr 01, 2015 @ 07:42 am

The Maze Runner Series (so much better than the movie!)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood- MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF ALL TIME EVER!
James Patterson writes good suspense crime novels if you like that kind of thing. Also I loved the novel ROOM, I can't remember the author but she's Canadian and that book is excellent.

so many great ones! on Apr 01, 2015 @ 10:40 am

There are so many great suggestions here!!

I have read Room - I was telling my bf about that book the other day. It is one I will never ever forget!

@prettyrainbow - so many awesome classics! I absolutely loved The Outsiders. I still remember it clearly even though I haven't read it in about 15 years.

I also have some other Chelsea Handler books, and I think one by Mindy Kaling too - I don't often reach for the funny stuff (though I love comedy!!) so they are nice refreshing reads especially after reading a book like Dark Places. I still haven't been able to get over that one, and haven't picked up a book since I finished it almost 3 weeks ago.

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