When I was a teacher and got summers off, my favorite part about it was that I would get to lay out by a pool and read lots of books. Then read more books. Then read a couple more. I love to read, but I get really involved in the story, so it's hard for me to read when I have other (work) stuff going on. I tend to stay up until 4 in the morning to finish the book because I just HAVE to know what's going to happen. As a result, I don't read lots during the week because I neglect the rest of my responsibilities. I'm trying to get better at just reading a chapter or two at a time, but I'm not quite there yet.

So before vacation, I was really excited at the fact that I would be spending hours at a time on an airplane, and then hours at a time at the pool. I have a library card, but I like to sit in the pool sometimes when I read, so my pages get all messed up and I didn't want to ruin a library book. So I went book shopping before we left. I was just at Walmart, so there weren't a ton of titles to choose from, but I got some goodies.

First, I went with one from an author that is always a trusty standby:
I've loved Mary Higgins Clark since I was in high school, and figured that if none of the others were good, at least I would have a back-up. I haven't started this one yet.

Next, I went with another author I know and love:
The first Jodi Picoult book I read was "Nineteen Minutes." It was when I was teaching and it was about school shootings. It was so good. So sad, but very interesting, because she tells her stories from all the viewpoint of several characters. "Perfect Match" was good. She always makes you think from a perspective you might not have thought about otherwise.

I'm now reading one from an author that is new to me:

I'm only about 4 chapters in, but it is pretty good. Kind of depressing, but it has definitely peaked my interest.

The last book I bought is one I'm excited about. It FORCES me to just read one chapter a day - but for 40 days! I haven't seen the movie "Fireproof" yet, but I've heard it is really good. I guess the book is based off of it or something? Not sure, but basically, they give you 40 ways to be a better person to your partner, then you kind of journal in it and write your reflections. I'm not exactly sure how it works yet, but I look forward to trying it!

Oh, I also got a new cookbook, so if you need any low-cal recipes, let me know.


Pat said...

I have the same bookworm disease--have to force myself not to stay up to finish a book. The hard part is that sometimes (and I know it's this way with MHClark) the adrenaline kicks in, and even if you put it down, it's still hard to sleep. Maybe you can see Fireproof while you're here, but it may be unlikely with all the other things going on.

sarahsmile3 said...

I just got myself an armload of new books. It makes me so happy to know that I have plenty to read for few months. I got a Jodie P. book based on your love for her stories.