Reading List- May 2014

I’m gonna change up my reading posts a bit. I’m a little bored with the way I’ve been doing them. And, even though I have a journalism degree and one of my favorite things to write in school were book and movie reviews, I get tired of writing about every book I read.

I’m going to rate the books on a scale of 1-5 (I know, so original). [1] means “don’t waste your time”, [5] means “must read. right now.” I’ll probably also still say a little something about the book, but not a full summary or anything.

[4] Growing Up Duggar by Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar (2014, Non-fiction): As I mentioned in my laundry soap post,  I LOVE THE DUGGARS. There are a few things they do that I don’t totally agree with (like skirt wearing), but overall I think they are just a genuine, loving family seeking to truly love God and love others live life to the fullest. Just looking at their older kids, it’s obvious they are doing something right. This book is obviously targeted at teen girls, but if you love the Duggars as much as me, or are just intrigued by their family, it’s a good, easy read. They share some insights into their family that I hadn’t heard before from the show or their previous books.

[5] Coming Clean by Kimberly Miller (2013, Non-fiction): This book was recommended to me by a friend who is also studying counseling. And for those of us who are interested in psychological disorders, it is a fascinating look into the lives, motives, and struggles of true hoarders. Miller grew up in a home where both parents were hoarders and she describes how that impacted her growing up and how her parents tried, and repeatedly failed, to get their lives and homes cleaned up. It is anecdotal, but also includes research about hoarding.

[2] Dune Road by Jane Green (2009, Fiction)

[4] Wild by Cheryl Strayed (2012, Nonfiction): If you read Wild just through the lens of wanting to read about Strayed’s solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, you will enjoy it. It’s when you really start to think about her as a person, and some of the improbabilities in the book that you maybe stop enjoying it a bit. Overall, it’s fascinating as Strayed hikes alone on the trail to try to “find herself” and start fresh as she has lost her family and husband and most friends. I found out there is a movie coming out, and that will be great. But as I finished, I wondered why did she deserve a book? Did she really go through everything she says she did on the trail, because I would think she would be dead.

[3] Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke (2000, Fiction): I went into this book (the first in a series of many), with pretty high expectations. It seemed to have the same “feel” as the Evanovich Stephanie Plum books and I was excited. But, Evanovich is a much more talented writer than Fluke. I almost quit reading this book, which is something I NEVER do. The dialogue is so poorly written and it was just boring and dry. But, as happens often, by the end the story had gripped me. I plan on reading at least one more in the series, maybe it gets better?

What have you been reading lately?

 

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5 responses to “Reading List- May 2014

  1. I like the rating scale!
    Just finishing up10% Happier by Dan Harris. I plan to read American Pastoral by Philip Roth. A friend, an English teacher recommended it to me.

  2. “Because I think she would be dead.” is a fantastic line. Was it supposed to make me smile? Because it totally did.

    just finished divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood. it was drippy honey and bourbon. i kinda loved it. There was some southern women bad language in it, but the story was so fun! Great summer read.

    Gah. One day, friend. One day we’ll just sit together and read books and drink tea and talk about our dogs.

    • taylormill

      I didn’t realize how funny it was until your comment, and I read it back, and laughed so much. But for real, she should be dead. I would be if I did what she did.

      I’ve never read that book, and I think I watched the movie a while ago, maybe… I should read it.

      Oh friend, yes. Let’s do that. Can I come to your lakehouse? 😉

  3. oh my goodness, y’all can SO come to the lake house! seriously, if y’all are ever in the mood to drive 6 hours, we would be all for it. and we would play games and show our really passive aggressive word game selves. (Always at each other. never at guests. i don’t know if that makes the situation better or worse.) YES. COME. BRING BOOKS.

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