I cannot believe that 2010 was the last time I did a book post (besides coffee table books). I still highly recommend all the books in this post. If you are looking for some to add to your list. I enjoy reading so it’s time we made a book post a habit. My mom gave me a kindle for Christmas two years ago and it has really helped me read more because I can read in bed without disturbing my husband with each page turn (the new kindles can also be read in the dark, mine can’t, so that would be even better). I still buy books that I want the actual copy of, but I definitely read my kindle more. It’s so tiny I can easily take it on trips, etc., without lugging several books around with me.
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, by Jeannette Walls — This is sort of a sequel yet prequel to The Glass Castle. Jeannette wrote it about her grandmother Lily. If after reading The Glass Castle you sort of hated Jeannette’s mother (I did), this helps explain her by the way she grew up and what her mother was like.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel, by Jonathan Safran Foer — Anything that has to do with 9/11 is fascinating to me. I definitely want to see this movie, but Jonathan Safran Foer has an interesting writing style. Some love it, some don’t. I liked the story, but not the writing style. Still worth reading in my opinion.
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, by Liz Murray — Another book (similar to The Glass Castle) where you just want to smack the parents. Liz is one amazing girl. Basically living on the streets in her teens she made it through and ended up at Harvard. One of those amazing stories that make you grateful for what you have, and also make realize what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins — Let me just tell you a little about how reading The Hunger Games happened for me. I was resisting. I typically don’t like to read hype books and especially ones that are sci-fi-esque or imaginary. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, I know they are amazing stories … not interested. Never read them, and I’ve only seen the first Harry Potter movie (which was fine), but have no intention of seeing more. My siblings however are obsessed. As adults. Back to The Hunger Games. Just something about kids killing kids I was like, um no thanks. Not the picture I want in my head before I go to sleep, heck ever! But my sister kept telling me it was good. Well that did nothing. Then I was on a plane in January 2012 and the lady next to me pulled it out. We had been chatting a little so I asked her about the book. She said she resisted at first also, but couldn’t put it down. So I thought fine, this random lady on a plane likes it, okay. So I bought it on my Kindle around that time, but couldn’t bring myself to read it. That summer, I had just finished a book (on my Kindle) and wasn’t ready to do to sleep yet, and the only other book ready to go on my Kindle was The Hunger Games. I thought fine, I bought the thing, I’ll read it.
I read all three books in the series in nine days.
I’m not even sure where the second book ends and the third begins in the story line. So you could say I thought they were good. I ate them up. I finally saw the movie over this Christmas season (a little late I know). Reading the book first sort of ruined the movie for me because I just saw all the things they left out, but I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to see the movie before reading the book. The book was too good and I wouldn’t have wanted the movie to ruin it. If you haven’t read the series yet, take it from the resister, I loved it.
What books have you read lately? Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Please tell me in the comments!
I have a thing for memoirs. But they are just so damn inspiring to me. With the life and amazing parents and family I’ve been given, I have extremely high expectations for myself, because so many people who have none of that and have accomplished extraordinary things completely alone — maybe not even knowing where they are going to sleep or where their next meal will come from. And then they go to Harvard. Just amazing.