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Monday, May 7, 2012

Reading List

I have been going through a lot of ups and downs lately.  Mostly downs, if you ask my husband, but whatever.  One of the things that I decided I was missing was reading.  That sounds lame, right?  I mean, I'm a librarian, right?  So I read everyday.  Seriously.  Whether it's reading to classes or kiddos that I sit at the tables with in the library or browsing through new picture books, reading books to recommend...I do A LOT of on the job reading.

But I had all but stopped reading at home.


I had been reading the same book for months and it was going nowhere and I have such a hard time giving up on a book because I feel like I am rejecting the author and well, that's just not nice, even though I teach kids all the time that it's ok to abandon a book...I have a hard time with it.  And the thing is, I have liked other books by this author, so it was kind of a double whammy.  

So I jumped back in to the reading pool.

Starting with the 50 Shades series.  I had read an article about it on People and decided that I should give it a go.  I think I read all three books in about 4 days.  Well written?  Ehhhh, errr, maybe not so much....  Was I attached to the characters?  Yep.  Kind of like reading a Danielle Steel that's been notched up a bit...ok, quite a bit.

And then because I felt guilty for reading such smut, I read the final book in the Bailey Flanigan Series by Karen Kingsbury.  I have been Kingsbury fan for several years now and have made my way through most of her books.  Was this one the best?  No.  But once I start a series I, big surprise, have a hard time walking away.

Next up was Heaven is Here by Stephanie Neilson.  I've read her blog for several years now and was so impressed that the book was not just a repeat of the blog.

Beware, though, you'll need a box of tissues for this one.  I cried a tremendous amount.  But it was oh so good. 

Then I read Kisses from Katie....which you can read my post about it here...

Followed by Wild by Cheryl Strayed...

...and I must say, it was a GREAT read!  Especially because it is so far from something that I would ever do.  It was one that I did not want to end....definitely the sign of a good book, right???

And then I downloaded some more smut.  Maybe smut is a little too harsh of a word, but definitely cheesy romance novels.  But I didn't actually go to the store, shop around and pick these babies out.  No, it was more of a price point search and then a 5 minute decision and 30 second download and two nights of reading.  But here are the others that I just finished...  The Marriage Bargain and Weekends Required.  Who says don't judge a book by its' cover?  Because that is completely what I did.  I looked for the cheesy steamy covers.  Whatever.  :)

So, I went from no books to nine books in the six weeks.  Not bad, I think.  And it has helped my mood (in my opinion, anyway).  Does reading do that for you?

But all of this leads to my next question...What should I read this summer????


Eliza said...

The Book of Mormon! ;)

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