Embracing The Printed Page

Apparently we haven’t Book Clubbed since September.  Which is a pretty long time in Kat Years.

I’m not so much in the mood to dissect each book today (who is?), so we’ll try something different this time.

Dystopian Stuff You’ll Love

If you liked The Hunger Games, 1984, or The Giver.

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood

Really Depressing

Some of it is real, some of it is not.  All of it is written in a way that will suck you in and spit you back out.  Prepare Yourself Emotionally.

Unbearable Lightness, by Portia de Rossi

Room, by Emma Donoghue

Excessively Long and It Offers No Redemption

If you’re interested in something dry that continues on to no real end, by all means, go for it.

The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman

Happy Girls Are The Prettiest

You’ll want to pinch yourself while you’re reading these.  As it turns out, sometimes the truth is the best story.

The Girls From Ames, by Jeffrey Zaslow

Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl

And, as per the usual, Our Book 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
Tipping Point
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
My Life in France

Sing me Home

One Day
Matters of the Heart

What have you been reading lately? 

What have you loved?  Hated?

8 responses to “Embracing The Printed Page

  1. I’ve been needing inspiration – and I think I’m going to need to revisit my county’s downloadable audiobooks for le iPod. I can’t possibly “listen” to that much Hulu in a day to keep me entertained whilst clicking my keys and shufflin’ documents.

    As always – I love your list. And you. But you knew that 😉
    PS – Haven’t read anything new yet. Last attempt at a read was Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mind numbing in the beginning. Watched the Original movie and will attempt the book again, starting…NOW. No really, I’m going to go read it now. 🙂 hehe

  2. I’ve been reading the Wicked series, I’m hoping this last book brings some closure. I may have to re-read the series.

    I loved Kite Runner and a Thousand Splendid Suns.

    Moscow to the End of the Line and We are great in the dissident political sort of way
    Bergdorf Blondes is a great book where you don’t have to think. I hated Good in Bed.

  3. Handmaid’s Tale is awesome.

  4. I love a good dystopian novel. I read Handmaid’s Tale when I was a teenager but I don’t remember much of it- I should revisit it.

    I just checked “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” out from the library, so that’s my next read- my sister warned me that it was really depressing, though!

  5. I forgot about The Handmaid’s Tale! I read that in college for a political theory class. It was definitely a good read.

    I usually go for memoirs or traditional fiction (is that a type?), but next year I plan to break out a bit. For starters, I partnered with some local gals for a Romance Novel book club, so I am currently enjoying some tales of love and lust 🙂

  6. I just finished GIrls in White Dresses. It was quirky, but I liked it.

    Margaret Atwood pretty much rocks.

  7. I just read The Room. Agreed – totally depressing. I just reread The Hunger Games Trilogy because I love it. Recently read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer and really enjoyed it (note: I’m Canadian so was not very acquainted with Lincoln’s history). Am in the process of reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I wish there was a little less Pride and Prejudice and a little more zombies. I hope it gets better. Am also reading The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks, because I loved World War Z, but am sad to report that I’m not loving this book. I downloaded several books to my kindle (some lighter, holiday-type stuff, since I’m on vacation), including the first few books of the Jessica Darling series and the 4th and 5th books in the Stephanie Plum series.

  8. Just read Mindy Kaling’s book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” and I loved it so much. Pretty much I feel like we are BFFs now. I would totally recommend it for an easy, entertaining, and fun read.

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