Warming the Mind

Before we left for our cruise, the perfect storm hit.  All sorts of books that have been on my “holds” list at the library FOR-EVER (we’re talking like ~3-4 months here, kittens) came in, so I could go on a reading binge at-sea.

The cruise lines try not to advertise that sort of thing.  But curled up on the airplane, stretched out on a lounge chair, I was in HEAVEN.

What was in my beach bag?

Committed, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Kittens, I’m tres close to needing to do another book club beat-down, so we’ll hold off on our revised reading list until then.  To that end…

What have y’all been reading lately?

What’s one book you would NEVER want to (1) admit you read AND (2) just loved?

Fact: I have read basically all of Pern.  Multiple times.


18 responses to “Warming the Mind

  1. I’m reading ‘A People’s History of the United States’. It would probably bore the hell out of most people, but I love it!

  2. Funny, I just posted reviews on my recent reads, though I’m afraid I’m too wordy. I write like a talk–A LOT haha.
    I’ve heard good things about Hunger Games–one the fence about reading it, but I know it will find its way into my hands eventually, maybe just after the craze has died down. :]

    Books I’m ashamed to admit I liked?? Hmmmm . . . books I’m ashamed to admit that I read were the Twilight Saga . . . but I hated them. I don’t like to judge something before I actually read it, so I kept reading, hoping it would get better so I could understand the madness. Yeah, I just never got there. haha.

  3. I LOVED Little Bee! It was not at all what I expected and it was lovely.
    I have been dying for some new books to read. Everything on my shelf I’ve either read or it’s too “textbooky” for my down time.
    Currently, I’m reading cookbooks for pleasure reading. Not totally ideal, but not horrible either.
    I’m learning a lot about the benefits of “roasting”. It makes things taste good that wouldn’t otherwise.
    Anyway, I can’t wait to reserve some books at the ole library…maybe I should get a card…

  4. 1) I read Sarah’s Key and totally agree with your assessment – worth getting through the first few chapters because then it is a great read
    2) I also was confused about why the hunger games were great. But then I read it. It is so good! I have all three – someday if I ever see Marcus and the library hasn’t come through for you yet, you can borrow them 🙂

  5. Those sound like some interesting reads, plus I’ve been hearing a ton about the Hunger Games books.
    As for my own reading, it’s been pretty much just school books. Eh.

  6. I just finished the third book of Larsson’s series, the Hornet’s Nest, as well as Catching Fire (which was awesome, but not as good as the first one…can’t wait for mocking jay!) And I’m also currently ready Chelsea Handler’s first book for a nice, funny, light read.

  7. Great book ideas! I have my bi-monthly book club this week and these are good suggestions for our next book. Right now I am not reading anything, but I just finished “Water for Elephants” and LOVED it!

  8. I really enoyed Sarah’s Key, nd liked the writing style. I’m working on Little Bee right now, but I’m not very far in. I’d have to say the reason I chose Little Bee is because of the back- it intrigued me that they wouldn’t tell me what it was about.

    Other than taht I read the three Steig Larson books- and really enjoyed them. Though the first book took a little while to get into, once I got going I couldn’t stop!

  9. Pern as in the Dragonriders of Pern? Cause if so, I was obsessed with those books in highschool!! I think the white dragon one was my favorite. I cant remember now, I should probably dig those out and reread them.
    And if you are talking about a different Pern, then forget everything I just said 😉

  10. i have a love/hate relationship with all my books on hold coming in at once. first i’m like “yay!!” then, i’m like, “how am i gonna read all these before i have to return them??”

    i’m reading various trivia and random fact books right now. a cool one i got for my daughter is “It’s disgusting and we ate it.” It’s about weird food people have eaten through the centuries.

    a book i read, and embarrassingly loved was Tori Spelling’s Stori Telling.

  11. I have Committed and still have yet to read it. The other “sequel” book I want to read, but fear doing so, is Cleaving – the follow up to Julie and Julia.
    My book club read Little Bee, but I didn’t finish it. And I was told by one of my besties she would beat me until I read through Hunger Games. Ahhh so much to read and so little time.
    And embarrassingly enough, I have and read all of the Twilight books…I’m 25. So so so sad.

  12. I have to admit that the whole Hunger Games thing has confused me. I don’t understand how this book can be so popular! But 1984 was one of my favorites so I may just have to check this out.

    I read every single one of the Sweet Valley High books. I’m not proud. But they were good! And VC Andrews. Oh, and someone gifted me LA Candy by Lauren Conrad and I read it. It was terrible! And yet I still finished it. Go figure.

  13. The Hunger Games is on my must read list. I can’t wait to have some time to read!

  14. You’ve sold me on Little Bee! And The Hunger Games is definitely on my list. Both of my daughters read and loved it!

  15. LOVED The Hunger Games. Read it over the Christmas break – all 3 in one day. I barely moved, but I had to find out how it ended! Luckily they were easy to read.

    Am embarrassed that I read and enjoyed the Twilight series, because while my inner-teen was suckered in and swooned, it just really wasn’t that well-written, was it?

    I’m mostly studying, but started reading Atlas Shrugged early in the year. I’ve got to order a few books for a vacation coming up. May have to check out Little Bee.

  16. Nice! I love when others do book reviews so I don’t pick up a could-be-crappy book. 😉
    I really want to read Little Bee!

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  18. I didnt think Id like, much less love The Hunger Games, but of course I did. I did like Sarahs key too, though it made me exceptionally sad. I started Comitted awhile back but still havent finished. I havent finished, or started, much since school started but am hoping to do some good reading over the summer

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