Kindle Love.(And a need for book recommendations)

At first I was skeptical of the whole “e-reader” thing.  I have TONS of books and I had a hard time imagining my collection turning from tangible to electronic.

But then Mr. A got me a kindle for my birthday.

In the past two weeks, I have read four books.  The transition time took approximately 2.31 seconds.  I am absolutely in love with this little device.

The problem now is not knowing what to READ!  I’ve read MOST of the books that people recommend.. Water for Elephants, Bossypants, all the Hunger Games books, and The Help… all read.  I have been in the mood for “lighter” books… fiction and historical fiction.

Here’s what I’ve read in the past couple of weeks:

Dangerous to Know.  This is the 5th in the series with the 6th one coming out in October.  They advertised it as Jane Austen meets DaVinci code.. me and Olivia just find this whole series addicting.   I ate it up.

The Story of Beautiful Girl. (amazon description) It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: “Hide her.” And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love. I was fascinate with the topic and it was a quick read.

Divergent. OMG Seriously you guys… read this.  It’s in the same vein as Hunger Games, but I liked it better.  I couldn’t put it down.  I cannot wait for the 2nd book to come out.

Sisterhood Everlasting. As a fan of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies I picked out this book which picks up the story when the girls are 27.  This books is about friendship and grief.  It made me cry… and that makes it a win in my book.

What have YOU been reading?  What can you recommend?  I NEED RECOMMENDATIONS!

16 Responses to “Kindle Love.(And a need for book recommendations)”

  1. Nerdy librarian-type to the rescue! (Also – first time leaving a comment. Hiiiiiiii!)

    Books I haven’t read but have been reading good reviews for: French Lessons (Sussman), Bed (Whitehouse), Vaclav & Lena (Tanner). These are either just out or they’ll be out soon.

    Ape House, by Sara Gruen – who wrote Water for Elephants – was a quick, decent read. It won’t change your world, but it is good.

    I just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was heavy but fascinating. If you like memoirs and haven’t read The Color of Water, I highly reccommend it. Same goes for Angela’s Ashes (McCourt) and Jesus Land (Scheeres).

    The Road (McCarthy) was the best book that I read last year. So, so, so good.

  2. I just read The Lacuna and loved it. Right this second I’m reading Dreams of Joy which is the sequel to Shanghai Girls which was awesome awesome awesome. For “lighter” books, the Flavia de Luce series is fun, or anything by Jonathan Tropper. Oh, and One Day. A must read. I could keep going….

  3. I like catching books before they turn into movies. So, The Help.

    Also, I plan on reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’ve had this book recommended twice to me.

    Thousand Splendid Suns by author of Kiterunner. Might make you cry, both of those books.

  4. If you’re into lighter historical fiction I’d recommend Cleopatra’s Daughter or for some action and history I’d say Abraham Lincold: Vampire Hunter. As for just some fun fiction reads I’d recommend the Stephanie Plum series (One for the Money is the first one) by Janet Evanovich, absolutely adore all of those books. Yay reading!

  5. Rockabye by Rebecca Woolf. I’m reading it right now (on my kindle) and I loaned my hard-copy to my sister, and she read it in less than 48 hours. An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin. Or Shopgirl by Steve Martin.

  6. Um, maybe I’m stating the obvious, but INFINITE JEST. Holy crap, girl, it’s good stuff. HOWEVER, I also recommend anything Kurt Vonnegut, all things Graham Greene, and everything Louise Erdrich. They will definitely change your life. And Vonnegut will make you laugh your lunch up. 😉

  7. OMG Sisterhood Everlasting was so sad, but beautiful too. I recommend joining Goodreads. It’s a great little community of book-lovers, and a fun way to keep track of what you’ve read.

  8. The Vampire Academy series is life-consumingly good. It’s waaaaay better than Twilight. Cooler twists to vampire lore. More edgy. More sexy. Way better love stories. Way better fighting and action. Solid characters and storyline. There are 6 books in the series and each book gets BETTER and BETTER! Plus, the main girl character isn’t wimpy, whiny, or insecure (sorry Bella). This girl is strong, confident, sexy and a fighter. Very fun to read.

  9. Hi Brianna!
    Really love following your blog, thanks for all of the updates and also book recos.
    Congrats on the wedding (loved your dress) and also for new arrival to come!
    I recomment a non-fiction must read : The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine.
    It’s actually a book that was originally discovered at the Timberlane Way “library”!
    A G-pa read apparently.
    Anyhow, a great info book about how “women’s behavior is radically different from that of men due to hormonal differences”.
    Could be a must read for a newly married couple. :)
    She uses a lot of scientific studies and also examples of couples to establish her case and it sheds so much light on communications issues for example.
    I highly recommend – the book is higher in my esteem than that old Mars and Venus book. 😉

    Love ya,
    Caetlin

    P.S. Try and get your man to read it after you!

  10. Ok:

    * The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Amazing
    * The Wednesday Letters; perfect book. Part love. Part intrigue. Part faith.
    * Anything by Jane Green or Jennifer Weiner (seriously)
    * Did you read the Potato Peel Society book? That was pretty fabulous.
    * Something Borrowed is total chick lit. Interesting premise. You might like it or you might hate it. Goes either way.
    * As silly as it sounds, Tales from Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet. Knight devoured it and loved it.

    If I think of more I’ll let you know :)

  11. Hey Bri,
    I just read Your Voice in my head by Emma Forrest. It wasn’t necessarily a light read because it covers some heavy territory but it approaches it with a sense of humour and insight. It really makes you feel like you are not alone if you’ve ever felt sad, unconfident or unworthy and it is ultimately a story of hope and survival in a good way. I’m going to bookmark this post for book reco’s. Love reading!

    Echo the One Day recomendation. Amazing.

  12. I’m totally bookmarking this entry. I ran through Hunger Games and have been having trouble finding anything that looked interesting since, so I’ve been going through a few Jane Austen – I’m adding all of these to my wishlist. Thanks!

  13. I have just finished reading a really good kindle novel that has just been published.
    Through an Icon’s Eyes by Grace Conti
    A magical narrative weaving a story of love, heresy, murder and betrayal through 1440s Florence, London and Greece. I couldn’t put it down.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CF7AQK
    It looks like the author is giving Royalties to Breast Cancer Research which is a cool bonus!

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