Thursday, May 13, 2010

Obsession: Books - Part 1

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I love to read!  

I wish I had more time to read.
My problem is that I can't just casually read a book that  I am really enjoying.  I get obsessed with it.

I ignore everyone and everything else.

My husband hates when I have a good book.
 I thought I would share some of my favorites with you to tick your husbands off too.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Set in my favorite era... Civil Rights South, this novel is so wonderful.
Truly one of my all-time favorites.
It's Kathryn's first published novel... I can't wait for more from her.

The Time Travler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Try not to get bogged down by the sci-fi element of this book and just enjoy the love story.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
One of the best love stories you will ever read.  Written by a Romance-Novelist turned born-again Christian it is a beautiful picture of love and redemption.

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Another Civil Rights South set story... fun, surprising, and dramatic.  Even if you have seen the movie, you will love the book.  The movie combines the stories from this book and its sequel, Little Alters Everywhere, which I liked, but not as much as this one.

The Green Mile by Stephen King
Again, even if you have seen the movie you will enjoy the book.  There is a great love story that they ignored in the movie.  I love a book that can make me cry... I finished this book and sobbed for about twenty minutes.  Sobbed.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This book will make you want to go to Guernsey!  I loved, loved, loved this book.  An easy read, and so romantic.  I finished the book, and immediately went back and re-read the last chapter because I just didn't want it to be over.

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Fascinating novel that intertwines the story of Brigham Young's 19th wife and the 19th wife of a modern day Fundamentalist LDS leader.  It's long, but a total page-turner.  There were times when I had to skip ahead through one story because I couldn't wait to find out what was happening in the next.

The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis
The is the prequel to The Chronicles of Narnia series, and by far and away the best one of them all!  This one needs to be made into a movie, and I hope they will someday.  If you haven't read this series with your children, you must!  We started reading it with Beau when he was about 5 and we have two to go.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Wonderful book... not even close to the same story that the movie portrayed.  I mourned for Jodi Picoult when I saw the movie because I think she must be devastated by how they massacred her amazing story.  If you've seen the movie... read the book, it's way better.  If you haven't seen the movie... don't!

sTORI TELLING by Tori Spelling
Okay... you knew I had to get a guilty pleasure in there.  First of all, I love a good autobiography, and didn't I just admit to you yesterday that I watch The Real Housewives?  This is me people.  Seriously though... surprisingly well written and hilarious, and freakishly fascinating at the same time.

Okay, now here are some books that I don't recommend:
The Shack by William P. Young
I know, I know... everyone loved this book, it's so great... blah, blah, blah.  I pained my way through this ridiculously over descriptive book because I have to finish a book once I've started it, and when it was through I threw it across the room.  I hated it.  I mean it.  Hated it.

 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
An autobiography that is hard to believe.  This book was very interesting and well written, but utterly depressing and with no redemptive ending.  I won't give it away in case you are into depressing true stories, but as a mother I found it difficult to read... the absolute selfishness of the author's parents was disgusting.

 Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
Unlike most novels-turned-movie, this one is actually better as a movie.  See the movie.  Don't read the book.

Here's what on my to-read list:

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers
Mommywood by Tori Spelling
Unchartered TerriTori coming soon by Tori Spelling

Tomorrow I have a fun little book craft for you... stay tuned.


  1. That's exactly how I am(the ignoring part!) when I'm reading a good book! But I only read romance books especially historical ones. I guess I'm not into heavy stuffs,yet. Anyway, I love your blog and your personalized calendar. Have a great weekend ahead!

  2. i do the very same thing! lol.
    i love the time traveler's wife and also my sister....... who am i kidding? i love anything jodi picoult. she's great!

  3. I loved and The Time Travelers Wife.

    You should read The Lovely Bones

    Ok... So have you not read the Twilight Series?

  4. so ... i actually have never considered myself a "reader". it is quite embarrassing to admit that for years, YEARS i never read a single book. this started to become an obvious problem when i decided to homeschool. it became an even BIGGER problem when i decided to switch from a traditional "school" format, to a "literature" based approach, DOH! (that was back in january) ...

    now i read (mostly out load to my kids) anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 hours a day. we just finished "the lion, the witch and the wardrobe" and we did read the "magicians nephew" ... someone assured me that i would find out later what happened to digory and polly!

    i also quite enjoy reading the books to the kids, "the wonderful wizard of oz" for example, and letting them see what a tragedy occurs when hollywood takes over (most of the time). this may not be popular opinion, but that movie was AWFUL!

  5. Loved the Time Traveler's Wife also. Please read Water for Elephants! I saw it on your to do list. It is sooo good. I 100% agree with you on My Sister's Keeper. It was the first Jodi Picoult book I ever read, and when the movie came out, I refused to see it, and still haven't.

    Also, read Marley & Me if you need a good laugh. I laughed out loud thoughout the book, to the point of my 7 year old son asking "What did he do now?"

    I am an obsessive, complusive reader myself!!

  6. I have just found your blog through the Make It and Love It post, and I think I'm going to stay. I totally understand about the compulsion to finish a book even if you hate it- I had to make myself finish "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" over the winter.... it got thrown across the room when I FINALLY finished, too!

  7. I also just found your blog! I love to read so I was excited to see that we share many favorites! You must read The Mark of the Lion series......some of the best novels I've ever read!!
    I love anything Jodi Picoult and haven't had the heart to watch the movie.

  8. I have just found you... and i think you might be my new best friend! Not only do you have the most awesome name ever... (which I have never found anyone else to have) but you are a crazy reader and love craft and clearly love gorgeous things as well...
    SO looking forward to keeping on reading what you share :)

  9. i'm like that with books too, and my husband is like *stopppp reading and pay attention to me!!!* hahaha. he's like a 5 year old. and water for elephants is on my list too!