Page Turners

It has been over a month since our last round of Book Club and it’s not as if I haven’t been turning pages like a pro since then.

I can’t say that this latest round of reads would qualify me for the title of “Intellectual,” but none of them elicited an eye-roll, so I think we’re in a good place.

What’s been keeping me sharp?

Comfort Food, by Kate Jacobs

gods in alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson

Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

firefly lane, by Kristin Hannah

As per the usual, our collective reading list…

The Millenium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson
The Glass Castle
Anything by Jodi Picoult
Anything by Chelsea Handler (I’ve read My Horizontal Life – it’s good, but if you loved I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, you’ll find it tame)
The Joy Luck Club (Tawny, I somehow managed to escape reading this one in H.S.!)
Anything by David Sedaris
Water for Elephants (Back in my book-club days I read this one – highly recommend)
Life of Pi
All Creatures Great and Small
The Gun Seller
Unbearable Lightness
Immortal Life
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Sherlock Holmes (collection)
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (series)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (I love this book SO hard.)
Other People’s Love Letters
Bitter is the New Black
Not Ready for Mom Jeans
Madras on Rainy Days
Good Girls Don’t Get Fat
Here on Earth
A Thread of Grace
Outlander (series)
Under the Banner of Heaven
Lolita in Tehran
The Pact
A People’s History of the United States
Stori Telling
Julie and Julia
The Three Musketeers
The Lady and The Unicorn (along with anything else by Tracy Chevalier)
The Persian Pickle Club

Summer is just around the corner – what beach books do you just LOVE?


18 responses to “Page Turners

  1. I just finished Water for Elephants. *loved* Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth is still glaring at me from my bedside table, so I should probably start that soon. For summer, I love Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve, or her Light on Snow. Other than that, Anita & I don’t see eye to eye.

  2. I try and try to finish books but it never happens!! If you could pick one book for me to read this summer on the beach which would it be?

  3. I LOVED Firefly lane- GREAT book! Another good read for you to check out is Two Kisses for Maddy.

  4. I loved Water for Elephants – just saw the movie – and why is it that Robert Pattinson gets hotter and hotter the long he ISN”T a vampire? Damn! I used to curse and mock him now he’s hot. WTF.

    If you need to read another book – go for The Art of Racing in the Rain. From a dog’s perspective – and a Totally freakin’ tear jerker. I swear I cuddled up with Huck for two days straight and wouldn’t let him go.

    Oh – and I have the audio-book for Cleaving – listening to that one in the next couple of weeks, once I get tired of listening to my Netflix streaming on my laptop of Law and Order :SVU at work. Ear phones in, of course.

  5. I’m going to the bookstore to find Firefly Lane.
    You had me at “Oh, shit” in your review.
    Your description of this book reminded me of the first time I watched the movie “Out of Africa.” As soon as it went off, I went into our guest bathroom, sat on the edge of the bathtub, and cried for half an hour. Beautiful story; depressing as hell. Now I must read Firefly Lane so I can compare the cry factor! I loved Water for Elephants and The Glass Castle is one of my favorite books. I also recommend The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. It’s a good one.

  6. I need a good book!! I have one by Jodi Picoult that I haven’t read yet that I will probably start with called Change of Heart I think. I love her books, so its the perfect way to start the summer for me!! Other than that, I plan on reading lots of cookbooks :):)

  7. Hey Kat–

    I’m not sure you’re asking for an opinion but I read Change of Heart and I have to say it was not one of her best books (aka: My Sister’s Keeper or Nineteen Minutes). I found it cheesy and predictable. I rally don’t know much about your taste in books but a few I’ve read lately and loved are The Help, The Space Between Us and my bookclub loved Room. Warning: These are not chick flick books…but they are GREAT!

  8. I love anything by Jen Lancaster but they never last until beach season. I usually read them the first week they are out. I have also recently discovered James Patterson. I know he has been around forever but I just recently discovered him.

  9. Every summer I eagerly await the new Jane Green. They are perfect beach reads. I’ve also discovered Kathleen Tessaro, not mentally taxing (pure chick lit but usually historically appropriate, who doesn’t love reading about pre WWII London?!), they wrap up a bit quickly but they are simply delightful.

  10. The Stephanie Plum series is fun and easy. This summer, I am continuing on with this series and I am totally re-reading the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games series. I also want to read the new Tina Fey book and I have a couple of running books to get through. Can’t wait! The reading adventures start after my last final next Friday. 🙂

  11. Lindsey's Abbah

    Saw you liked Hillary’s book. If you are open-minded to the facts, read Rewriting History by Dick Morris, the Clintons’ political consultant for 20 years.

  12. That book comfort food just looks like it would be a feel good read, even though the cover is black.

  13. I want to join a book club 😦

  14. I’m in such an embarassing chick lit place right now b/c it’s just the only thing I can wrap my addled brain around these days. I have literary ADD at the moment. I did try reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but it’s so involved and nobody has stolen anyone’s man yet and it’s just tiresome 🙂

  15. If you haven’t read it already and are up for a novel that takes up a hell of a lot of time and thought, I’d add The Poisonwood Bible to your list.

  16. We just started reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie for grad school. Please don’t judge my grad program by the fact we are reading young adult lit for our masters… but I will say that I had to force myself to stop after the first 47 pages assigned this week. It is young adult lit, so reads fast, like the Hunger Games, but on a completely different topic than the Hunger Games… stay tuned as I read more of it, but I was pleasantly surprised when I started!

  17. sufei'sworld

    i loved the book by hilary c ! she is an inspiration .
    i ‘d say anything by paulo coelho is nice , maybe reread harry potter again too 😛

  18. Wahooo!!! I bought “Firefly Lane” today! Can’t wait to dig in. Thanks for the recommendation. -j

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