Thursday, April 29, 2010

BOOKS - Question 1 (well, my only Question)

So, I have to honestly say I was a little disappointed that I only got one question!  After all my followers and people that email me, only one person???  But that's okay, it was a good question!  (I will take more though if anyone feels so inclinded :-)

Shannon asked: If you had thirty extra minutes, what would you do with your time?

Answer:  I either craft or read and as of late, it has been much more reading due to the hectic family schedule.  My husband purchased a Kindle as a present for my birthday last year, so in the last 8 months I have read lots of books (see list below)!  I know Husband's cousin is reading this thinking "darn Kindle" as it's not exactly the author's best friend and in that sense I feel guilty.  What I mean is, the authors don't receive nearly as much royalty from Kindle.

Moving on, what are the books I've read in the last few months and which would I suggest.

1.  Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner - That was a great read about an overweight women's struggles with finding true love.  I would recommend anything by Jennifer Weiner.

2.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett - An unbelievably enlightening book set in 1950's deep south about the friendship forged btween a young, white writer and several black women with the nickname "the Help."

3.  The Nanny Diaries and The Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin - I know several friends who have LOVED the Nanny Diaries but I honestly have to say they were just "eh" for me.

4.  Overnight Socialite by Birdie Clark - loved this book!  Would definately recommend.

5.  Prep - A Novel by Curis Sittenfeld - About a young, not-so-rich girl experiencing a well-to-do prep school and all the social struggles that come with it.  By the same author of American Wife, which I've also read, I thoroughly enjoyed both novels.

6.  Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton - loved, loved, loved this book.  I really don't want to say to much about the plot as it doesn't really thicken until about 1/4 of the way through and I don't want to give it away.  But basically, it's about a Memphis family moving to northern Vermont to run a Bed and Breakfast.  Loved it!!  Read it!!

7.  Tainted by Brooke Morgan - Okay, honestly, this book completely creeped me out because I'm a mother and this book was just weird on so many levels.  If you're not a mom, read it, if you're a mom, steer clear.

8.  The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova - I loved The Historian but I'm on the edge with this one.  I haven't finished reading it yet so maybe it will become apparent soon and then I'll let you know!

9.  Emma by Jane Austen - I LOVE Jane Austen.  My all time favorite author.  There is nothing by her that I wouldn't recommend.

10.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - the annotated version.  I could read this book a million times over.  BUT, when I read it with the annotations, it became so much more elightening.  I suggest everyone read this book with annotations.

11.  Firefly Lane - I loved this book, but make sure you have a kleenex box handy.  Wow, tear jerker!

12. Sarah's Key - I am a sucker for any book surrounding World War II.  Mainly because my final paper in college was to take my major (applied music) and connect it some other course I had studied in my four years.  I chose philosophy and more specifically the use of music as propaganda in Nazi Germany during World War II.  Ever since I've had a soft place for WWII novels, biographies.  This was a real eye opening book regarding one particular Aryan family's connection to a Holocaust survivor.
There you have it.  I hope you enjoy


  1. Those sound like some great books to add the my summer reading list.

  2. I must have missed the whole "ask me a question" post. Sorry about that! This list of books is great. I've got to get my hands on The Help. I've only heard wonderful things about it.

  3. Jennifer, read "The Irresistible Henry House" by Lisa Grunwald. I read about it in a review in People magazine so I decided to read it and I thought it was really interesting. I have recommended it to several people because I want to see what they think but no one has taken me up on it. I read Whistlin' Dixie on your recommendation and liked it a lot too. I read Good in Bed when I was in Bermuda a few years ago and have since read everything Jennifer Weiner has written. I love her! The Help is next on my list. You know what? Let's talk about this a week from tomorrow when you are here! Woohoo!!!!!

  4. Sorry, I was planning to play along with the Q&A, but hadn't had a chance to yet. So here goes-
    What brought you to Florida and would you ever move back home?

  5. I just got a Sony Reader and a few of those books are already on there so I can't wait to read them but also thank you for some other suggestions that sounded really interesting. I now want to go and purchase Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter. Thank you again.