My sister-in-law Maureen suggested I do some book related posts. She lives in Switzerland and needs some good suggestions. I have to say, this wasn’t a banner year for me and reading. There was a whole lot o’ wedding planning going on for part of the year. And when I’m busy at work, I don’t tend to read books as much (that whole English major who only has time to read books during school breaks thing).
I know I read a lot of Irish/British chick lit from Marian Keyes and Sophia Kinsella because they are such easy, mindless reads where the lead characters are falling in love, falling all over themselves trying to figure out their life. Plus they use great words like malarkey, prat, bloody awful, knickers, takeaways (take-out food) and scuttered (drunk). When I wasn't reading about British or Irish women looking for love and good times, I read these books:
Until I Find You I really like John Irving, but his books have gotten weirder and weirder lately. This is a strange one, and long to boot. I wouldn't recommend it.
Center of Everything
The Mermaid Chair Blech, this book was cheesy, unbelievable and not nearly as good as The Secret Life of Bees.
Waiting: Confessions of a Waitress
Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss One Song at a Time This book was sad and sweet, I really enjoyed it. I had plenty of mix tapes that speak to different times in my life.
But Enough About Me: How a Small Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet
Up next is the Memory Keeper's Daughter. Better read it fast and get my own impressions of the characters; I just read today that a film is being made with Alec Baldwin.