* The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2013 by Bob Sehlinger
This book was essential for us. We didn't use ALL of it, and I didn't use it exclusively (I pulled lots of information from other bloggers), but it was a fabulous buy. I highly recommend. It is packed full of useful information, helpful hints and tips, and maps and itineraries. Loved it! Eddie laughed when he'd see someone else toting around the same book in WDW.
* Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids 2013
The key word here is "for" kids. FOR kids. It's not a great trip-planning guide, but if you have little ones (especially ones who can read and would like to weigh-in on your planning) then it's a good one. I read parts of it to James. It's written as though a kid is guiding you through WDW. Just okay. Definitely don't bother if you're looking for great information.
* Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe' by Fannie Flagg
I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. The movie was one of my favorites growing up, but the book was even better. I'm definitely getting a few more Fannie Flagg books at the library this summer. The book revolves around the story of Evelyn Couch, a fifty-something woman who has lost her direction in life. She meets Mrs. Ninny Threadgood, another patient living in the nursing home with Evelyn's mother-in-law. Mrs. Threadgood begins telling the story of Whistle Stop, Alabama, and Evelyn becomes entranced by Idgie, Ruth, Stump, and their neighbors. The story is so funny and heartwarming. I'm trying to convince Eddie that we need to visit Whistle Stop in Juliette.
* Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
I've read this one before (this is the sequel) and loved it. It's just so darn funny. Bridget gets herself in the most hilarious situations but she's so likable that you can't help but root for her!
* Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup (originally published as Q&A and I had more success finding it on Amazon under that title)
This was our Book Club read this month. I really, really enjoyed it. I actually put off reading it because we had so many things going on in May and then it was the week of Book Club and I panicked. I just knew I wouldn't finish it but I read the whole book in less than a day and a half. The book is set in India and follows a young boy, Ram Mohammad Thomas. He has just won a show similar to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and the producers of the show are out to prove that he cheated. He meets with a lawyer and goes through question-by-question and tells how he knew the answers to the questions. I really enjoyed this one! It reminded me a little of Kite Runner. I cannot imagine living the way this boy has lived. Life has been SO hard for him. This is one I would never have picked up on my own but I'm so glad I branched out a bit!
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Tired of hearing about me reading Harry Potter? This is at least my third time through the series. I started listening to this on audiobook but it took so long that I would up finishing the book. (I just don't drive enough to listen to audiobooks in a reasonable amount of time.) This year, Harry winds up entered into the Triwizard Tournament (not of his own doing). He's made to perform in tasks that could very well kill him. This isn't my favorite of the books, but it is great regardless. Seriously, if you've not read this series you're missing out!
Up next...Book Club's pick for July is Lee Child's Killing Floor. At the library last week I picked up another Fannie Flagg book, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. I also got a collection of Michael Crichton novels. The one I wanted to read is Congo but it came with Sphere and Eaters of the Dead as well so I may try those, too. I've been on a bit of a sci-fi kick this year. What are you reading?