On the Side

Like I said before, the A Song of Ice and Fire series pretty much had a monopoly on my literary-life for the past few months.  While they were incredible, reading another book here and there on the side kept me sane.  It’s hard trying to keep hundreds of characters and dozens of story lines straight in your head!

I can’t say that any of these would qualify in the heavy thinking category, but as they say, Variety is the Spice of Life.

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, by Ree Drummond

Bossypants, by Tina Fey

Summer at Tiffany, by Marjorie Hart

The Persian Pickle Club, by Sandra Dallas

Finally, our collective reading list…

The Millenium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson
The Glass Castle
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
Light on Snow
Two Kisses for Maddy
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
The Space Between Us
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

What books are you excited to curl up with this fall?

Have you ever read a book and felt conflicted about the experience after you finished it?


14 responses to “On the Side

  1. I’ve decided. I need to raid your book stash ASAP. I want to read ALL of those. 🙂

  2. What a great reading list! I was just listening (to half of) a Tina Fey interview on NPR tonight on the way home and was sad when I pulled into the driveway and didn’t get to finish listening. It definitely made me want to read Bossypants. I am picking up a copy for the plane tomorrow.

  3. I have wanted to read Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers for so long – so I fianlly am setting aside time to read all three and have just started TIpping Point and loving it thus far. Plus, then mix in the book club books. It is funny, but with a lot of the books we have read for book club I have been left feeling conflicted abou the endings – I hate that feeling.
    Much love,

  4. What a great reading list! You’ve totally sold me on the Tina Fey book. I don’t read a lot of autobiographies but it sounds great. And I love books that made me laugh.

  5. I really, really wanted to like “Black Heels…” I was also disappointed. She would have benefited from a better editor. I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

    This fall, I’d like to read Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West (http://www.slate.com/id/2297792) and Julia Child’s My Life in France.

  6. I have to admit I was seriously peeved at The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I found the entire book highly readable and became totally invested in the main character, Edgar. The book was the size of War & Peace, but I didn’t mind. When I got to the ending, however, I believe I actually yelled out loud, “Are you KIDDING me?!?! What the hell?” I was all in until the ending. I’m not saying I wanted a sappy happy ending, but I sure didn’t expect abrupt and disappointing.

    • OMG!! I had the exact same response at the end of that book. And at the end of The Grapes of Wrath, and Middlesex for that matter. Nothing like investing in a huge book only to keep hoping it’ll get better, and/or have it all fall apart at the end.

      I am very intrigued by Summer at Tiffany. The blue sucked me in, too.

  7. I just finished Columbine by Dave Cullen – while hard to read as a mother it was astonishing how the media told a story and the cover ups that ensued. Lighter was Sing me Home by Jodi Piccoult

  8. Funny enough I have no desire fo any jewelry from Tiffany’s since I am not a jewelry person, but I DO love all things Tiffany-related. It’s the idea that I love I guess…so I will definitely be adding this to my list of things to read.

    I finally started on the ever-popular Emily Giffin books…the first one I’m reading right now is “Matters of the Heart.” So far… so good!

  9. I’m in the middle of the 2nd book of the Outlander series and I love it!

    Also, The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my absolute favorites. It totally made me wonder what Maddie thinks about the way I live my life.

    Happy Reading!

  10. I’m 100% with you on reading PW’s book. I can’t wait until I have time to read for fun again *deep sigh*

  11. LOVED Bossypants. I am currently on a “reading old books I read in my youth” kick. It is a nice place to be.

  12. I want to read Bossypants so bad! We’ll see when that happens. I’ve heard a lot about the Pioneer Woman, but I’ve never checked out her blog. Seems interesting though.
    I’ve been off and on reading a book my sister suggested to me called One Day. Not sure how I feel about it yet.

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