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Summer Reading

Posted Jun 27 2013 12:00am

Reading is something I do every day of my life. I've tried, with varying levels of success, to get my family to follow along. My husband actually asked (!!) for a book for Father's Day - it was super very exciting. He hasn't read it yet - let's not rush things, he's only read a few books since we've been married - but I have high hopes.

My three youngest are big time readers, especially #4 and #5, and my bigger kids USED to read a lot more than they do. I keep trying, as much as I can, to get them to read - I just can't imagine not reading, every single day. Here are the books I've read lately - it helps that I read quickly, often and everywhere. I take books with me into doctor appointments, read before bed for at least 20 minutes, and read whenever I have a spare minute, if the book is that good. And if the book is not THAT good - I'm probably not going to finish it. These books I finished, and they were all *that* good.

Reading is an escape for me - a chance to try on someone else's life for a little while, walk around in it and see how it fits - and, maybe, find out that all you really needed was a break from your own life to appreciate it, or understand it.

The Obvious Game - Rita Arens - I've known Rita for years and years, and consider her to be one of the best people in the blogosphere. She's a rock star of a lady, and now, you can add rock star of an author to her description. In The Obvious Game, Rita takes on eating disorders and parental illness and hits them head on, unafraid and unapologetic. This book really hit home for me, and I'm not a fan of YA books - most of them feel like YA books, you know? This one didn't - and I'd really recommend it to any parent, not just those dealing with parental illness or eating disorders.

Hearts In Atlantis - Stephen King - Once upon a time, I read everything that Stephen King wrote. He was my favorite author. And then I read Misery. And Pet Semetary. And, finally, It. That books still haunts me, and I stopped reading his work. Which is a super shame, because he is a truly gifted writer with an amazing ability - and when he's not writing horror, I think he's at his best. It's super easy to scare people, but it's more difficult that intrigue them and leave them wondering what's next. I loved this collection of interwoven short stories that revolved around the Vietnam War. There was one bit of supernatural weirdness, but the rest of the book was just ordinary people, doing ordinary things, and it was really well written.

Joyland - Stephen King - Another King book, this one detailed a legend of a haunting at an old fashioned, rickety theme park - but it wasn't spooky and it wasn't scary. The haunting seemed legitimately a feature of the story that absolutely belonged there, and gave the tale a depth that it needed. I really enjoyed this story as it swooped and circled and came to an end, much like the roller coaster referenced in the main story line - and, as a bonus, I didn't figure out the villain. (I usually do!)

And the Mountains Echoed - Khalil Hosseini - I loved this book. It was enormous and wandering, a set of interwoven stories, each one picking up a character from a previous - but there was only one time I was confused as to who, exactly, was who. Set in Afghanistan, it covered several years and many current and past struggles and kept my attention far too late at night.

Roots, A BlogHer Anthology - I love food blogs. They are my favorite, and this book (disclosure: I work for BlogHer) was awesome. (I paid for my copy, btw.) I love to hear the stories of family recipes, passed down from generation to generation, and a few of my favorite food blogs were represented here - although, surprisingly, my favorite stories were *not* from them! The history of food is so interesting to me.

The Ashford Affair - Lauren WIllig - Written by the author of the Pink Carnation series, this book (as far as I know) is a stand alone. It was a light, fun read, and, although I quickly figured out the "villian" - it was fun reading.

Curtains - Tim Jokinen - I am *super* fascinated by funerals, funeral directors, funeral homes, death and elder care. This book covered all five, one lightly and four in great detail. Tim took a year off from his job and this book is the story of that year spent learning the funeral home business. If I had it to do over again, I think I might have picked the funeral business.It fascinates me, and so did this book - until the last couple of chapters, which delved into politics.

Next up - I have downloaded samples from 2 Stephen King books that I really liked and want to purchase - Bag of Bones and Lisey's Story - and Her Last Breathe by Linda Castillo.

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