I've been watching a lot less tv. This makes more time for reading. And, boy oh boy, do I love to read! So far, I've read ten books this year. I was on a roll, but haven't had as much time in recent weeks. Once I'm done working and shuffling the kids back and forth in the evenings, I'm too tired to concentrate on characters and storylines.
Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
I've read and loved all of Weiner's books. This one is probably my least favorite though. A politician's wife gets cheated on when she thinks her marriage is great. She has two daughters who are going through different struggles of their own. The story itself wasn't bad, but I didn't feel a strong attachment to any of the characters.
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
I have also read and loved all of Sophie Kinsella's books. She writes the super cute Shopaholic series. Unfortunately, I didn't love this one. It's about a young woman struggling to find her place in the world when her great aunt dies. She suddenly starts seeing and talking to her ghost. The story had its funny moments, but mostly I just wanted it to end.
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
I heard this was a better and tamer version of Fifty Shades of Grey. It's definitely tamer, but it's not good. It's actually quite stupid. The two main characters are likeable. I found myself rooting for them to finally get together. But the supporting cast was so one-dimensional, the author shouldn't have even bothered including them.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
I really enjoyed this book. The story centers around a woman who was once in an abusive relationship. As soon as she begins healing and making progress, her ex is released from prison. Craziness ensues. I feel like I should warn you though. This one's pretty graphic and not for the faint of heart.
It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions from an Unprepared Single Dad by Josh Wolf
Josh wins for longest book title. If you aren't familiar with Josh Wolf, he's a comedian and regular on Chelsea Lately. He's super funny and super cute. I jumped at the chance to read his book when it came out. If you aren't offended by school boy humor and want to read about single parenting from a guy's point of view, this is the book for you. I read this one in a day and laughed out loud repeatedly. I'll definitely read it again for shits and giggles.
Family Pictures by Jane Green
Jane Green is my absolute favorite chick lit author. I've read two of her books this year. I have one more to go, and I'll finally be caught up with everything she's written. This is the story of two families who are torn apart when a shocking secret is revealed. I can't say much else without giving it away. What I most love about Jane is that she writes stories I can relate to. This one is no different.
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Everyone who loved and hated Gone Girl suggested this one as being similar. A woman is abducted and held captive for a year. This is another one that's a little hard to read at times. I finished it in a day though and really enjoyed it.
Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking is a young adult author I love. This is the second book in her Watersong series which focuses on a group of girls who are sirens. Think mermaids on steroids. Her books are quick, easy reads. They won't win the Pulitzer Price for Fiction, but they're entertaining nonetheless. If you love cheesy young adult novels, I recommend this series as well as her Trylle and My Blood Approves series.
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
This is the fifth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I really enjoyed the first few, but this one was rather boring. I really want to finish all of these, but I'm not as interested because of the show. True Blood is crazy good and steers away from the books. Typically, I hate it when they do that. In this case, I'm happy to be surprised every week.
Promises to Keep, Jane Green
This story is heartbreakingly beautiful as a close-knit family deals with cancer. I cried during and cried even more when I read Jane's epilogue. If you can handle the tears, it's a great read.
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So, tell me, what have you been reading and loving lately?