Thursday, November 29, 2012

Recent Reads.

It's been far too long since I've updated the world wide web on what I've been reading. Does anyone really care? Ha! Anyway, here's what's been on my nightstand or playing in my car lately.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Yes. Again. We've been listening to these in the car recently. I much prefer it to music.

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Seriously. If you haven't read the Harry Potter series, give them a chance! They are fabulous! (Although, my mama would tell you that there is a little bit of a language barrier sometimes - she doesn't even know what a Hogwarts is!)

3. Divergent

This one is the first in a series by Veronica Roth. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games or you like dystopian society books, you'll really enjoy these. They're excellent! The first book is about a girl named Beatrice and the fact that she is "of age" and will have to choose what faction she will join. Their society is broken into five factions that each focus on different traits - bravery, selflessness, etc. She chooses to leave her family and join a different faction, but not before she learns that she would fit in among several factions. This is almost unheard of and she is advised never to tell that her results came back this way. She has to learn to fit in and blend in instead of standing out. I will say that I dragged out the reading of them a bit (I have a horrible habit of reading about five books at once) so I had a hard time remembering the names of characters and their factions.

4. The Lucky One

I hadn't read Nicholas Sparks in a LONG time. I feel like I've already shared about this one, but I couldn't find the post. Y'all, this one was excellent if you're at all interested in Nicholas Sparks and his lovey dovey romance books. It was VERY sweet. I read it in August and I couldn't even tell you the characters names, but it's about a man who is in Afghanistan and finds a picture of a woman. It has a name written on the back and nothing else. He is almost killed in combat several times and begins to think that the picture had something to do with saving him. When he returns he finally decides to find the woman. Seriously, so good. The movie was actually really good as well!

5. Loving the Little Years

If you have small children you NEED this one. Another boy-mom friend recommended it to me when we'd swapped emails about all that our oldest kiddos are getting into. It was a great encouragement to me and a quick read (a total plus if you're a busy mom!). I'll read this one again and again, I'm sure!

6. Alias Grace

This book, by Margaret Atwood, is NEVER one I would have picked up on my own. (Join a book club!) It was such a strange, disturbing story! Grace Marks, a maid, has been convicted of helping to murder two people - Thomas Kinnear, her employer, and Nancy Montgomery, the housekeeper and Mr. Kinnear's mistress. She begins to tell her side of the story to Simon, an expert in the field of mental illness. Grace Marks and the murders actually did happen, but the story itself has been fictionalized. I enjoyed it, sort of. Like I said, it was something SO different from anything I would have chosen on my own, but once I got into it I did enjoy it!

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Yes! More! Listening to this one in the car at the moment. Hopefully, I'll be done with it by Monday because I have no more renewals! Eek!

8. Insurgent

This is the second in the Divergent series. I'm not telling much about this one in case you haven't read them. It still follows Beatrice, who now goes by Tris. Sadly, the third (which Roth has jokingly titled "Detergent" {hardy har har}) won't be out until next year.

9. The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty

If you've enjoyed the television show, you'll enjoy this book written by Willie and Korie Robertson. I have to confess...I bought this for Eddie for Christmas and I've hidden it in my bedside table and have been reading it while he's at work. HA! It's a fun read with all of their back story.  I've enjoyed learning more about them!

I have a HUGE stack of to-be-reads on my bedside table. Among them are:

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie

Tell me what you're reading!


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