Wednesday, July 11, 2012

back to basics

When I was little, I was that kid who got in trouble for staying up past my bedtime reading.

Its funny what traits & activities weave in and out of our daily routines, and which activities fade away.  I've always considered myself reader, but for a million reasons, its been too long since I have really read.  I've read Twilight & Harry Potter, but nothing really significant or interesting.  I don't know the last time I actually sought out new material, or browsed a bookstore of any kind.

It has literally been a year since a friend lent me The Girl with A Dragon Tattoo series, but this weekend I finally picked up the first book....and promptly read straight through it.  Its not going to be my favorite book of all time, so nice to actually read

Which brings me to a question for you.  What are your favorite books?  What do you recommend?   

Twilight aside, I'm not typically into sappy love stories, but other than that I'm just looking for books and a good story.

Anything goes.  I appreciate the help, and can't wait to see what you suggest.  : )


  1. Anything by Iris Johansen, Jodi Picoult, or Harlan Coben :)

  2. This is so hard for me to answer without knowing more about what you like/don't like. I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the next two books (although I felt like they weren't quite as finished). I also really enjoyed Cornelia Funke's Inkspell trilogy, but it's kid lit. However, if you like Harry Potter, you might like it, too. I really liked the Game of Thrones series, too, but it's definitely not refined literature - just pure entertainment, and it drags in spots. Plus, it's a pretty big commitment.

    Do you have a way to read Kindle books? If so, it can be fun to browse the free and under $3 books in the Kindle store. Also, if you are on Goodreads, you can read reviews and stuff. I have reviewed something like 150 books there so if you find we have similar tastes you could check out my 4 and 5 star ratings to find books.

    Those two - the kindle store and goodreads - are where I do most of my browsing for new books. They are both easy to use and pretty fun.

    1. I don't have kindle (yet), but I need to get on Goodreads. I used to read a lot of John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Dan Brown...basically mystery novels, but I'm up for trying new genres.

      I'm going to look through your reviews and see what I might like. Thanks a ton Dava!!

    2. I don't have a kindle either, but a kindle app on my iPad. My daughter has it on her iPhone. I'm pretty sure you can download it on any smartphone. Perhaps oddly for a confirmed bibliophile, I LOVE reading on the iPad - possibly more than physical books. It's nice to be able to look up words so easily. Also, all those freebies are great - especially for someone who reads as much as I do.

  3. One of my favorite authors is Maeve Binchy. The setting is Ireland, and the characters are interesting. Some of the characters appear in several books, but you don't have to read them in any order. Some of my favorites:
    "Circle of Friends," "Quentins," "Scarlet Feather," "Evening Class," "Heart and Soul," "Tara Road"
    Happy reading!
    Lea's Menagerie

    1. Thanks for the suggestions Lea! You guys don't know how happy it makes me to have your picks :)


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