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#23. Books books books books books..

Posted Aug 03 2010 7:24pm

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.  ~Groucho Marx

I LOVE to read. I LOVE the smell of a new book, I love reading reviews and get excited to pick it out.  I can spend HOURS in the book store. 

Why not the library? Well, thats the selfish and neurotic part of me. I am building quite a collection and there is something very proud of looking at your collection of books. For each book, I remember where I started it, where I finished it, how I felt through out, how many people I recommended it to.  The neurotic part? The idea of reading a book that thousands of other people have touched, is a little too much for me. I have a close relationship with my books. Its always in my purse, it lays on my chest at night.. I sometimes fall asleep on it with my face all over it.  I can’t be that intimate with a book that has been in that many hands. So it helps that I love to collect them, brand new smell, AND I can underline my favorite quotes, highlight them, make dog-ears, and watch them stack and grow, and hand out to other friends and family to read! Love it!

I read a couple series and I really enjoyed them. The big series, was The Left Behind series by Tim Lahaye & Jerry Jenkins. There 12 main  books in the series, followed by three prequels and one book 1000yrs after the second coming of Christ. So 16  books in total. I had only read the 12. It is a modern adaptation about the prophecies of Christianity and the second coming of Christ. I’m not a super religious person (more spiritual, hello, yoga?) but I was raised Catholic and always appreciated the stories. I respect religion, ALL religion. I believe its good to be part of something bigger than yourself.

Anyway these books got me hooked. It goes through the Rapture, the 7 Seal Judgements (White Horse: Anti-christ, Red Horse: War,  Black Horse: famine and disease, Pale Horse: Pesitilence and death, Martyrs of the Tribulation, The Great Earth Quake, Silence in Heaven. It continues through the 7 Trumpet Judgements then the 7 Bowl Judgements. Then the Glorious Appearing. The follow a central cast through all these judgements. Some make it, some don’t. It was an unpredictable read, and based off the Old and New Testament. For anyone curious or interested in religion, I recommend this series.

I stopped serie reading for awhile. After this one, it was pretty heavy stuff. So I read random books if I had time in between classes.

The most recent series I dove into is the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse books.. better known as the ‘True Blood books!

There are 10 books in this series, one recently released in May 2010. Its all about vampires, werewolves, shifters, witches, alternate universe and LOTS of twist and turns! It aint no Twilight because it is DEFINITELY not for the kiddies!

I haven’t found a series I’d like to get into again. I’m not really sure what type of  ‘series reader’ I am. When I was younger, I had read and owned every Babysitters Club Book (100+!?) and alllll the Goosebumps books!

Then I read all those religious ones, then 10 more about vampires! Would I like Sci-Fi fantasy? I tried to get into the girly ones (which I normally love) like Sophi Kinsella Shopaholic Series… but after the first book I didn’t have the desire for the next one.  So since then, I’ve read a LOT of biographies! That is definitely my favorite so far. Mostly about strongwilled women who over come obstacles. So this is a list of the books I’ve read this year, that I can remember and are worth mentioning (Note: I usually read about a book per week)

  

A biography about Cupcake Brown, a story about a child with a hard childhood who turns her life around and becomes a successful lawyer. I’m not doing it justice by its brief description…it was a VERY emotional read.

The story told through Shoshana Johnsons eyes of being an American P.O.W. in Iraq while she was shot in the legs and suffered for weeks withouth medical attention. Same group as Jessica Lynch.

Shannon Burke was an EMT in Harlem, and he describes what life was like during his first few years there. Its VERY detailed and he describes what type of character you REALLY have to be in order to be an EMT.

Yes… Even the Kathy Griffin Memoir. Absolutely hilarious. And if anyone knows anything about me… I LOVE to laugh. Her potty mouth and the love of ‘her people’ is a great read for those looking for a laugh.

The story of another comedienne looking for love in all the wrong places… dating hipsters, artists and a slew of unavailable men. Big on the humor!

Another hilarious potty mouth comedienne recalls her insane says as a.. ahem… girl with a lot less morals :)

Along the same subject, but no humor neccessary to tell the story of this woman who was looking for love in all the wrong places.

Courtesy of media.onsugar.com

And this was the latest biography I finished. A beautiful, intellectual, psychologist (PhD) who loses her job and is in desperate need of money, takes out a personal ad for a Sugar Daddy and gets THOUSANDS of responses. She regales the reader of stories of meeting up with these ‘Johns’ and describes these encounters, contracts and huge mistakes with VERY vivid detail. Its a real power struggle of the genders and really makes you question your views on relationships!

Tomorrow I’ll post some of the books I read this year that were just good reads in total.

What are some of your favorite reads this year?


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