Thursday, January 20, 2011

Christmas Break Book List!

I go in little media spurts. Some months, I'll just want to watch the entire series of some TV show on DVD. Other months I'll want to read every free second I possibly have. I've been known to watch every movie with a certain actor or actress in it. I just get on these little kicks. Over Christmas break, it was reading - anything I could find! Over the course of about 3 weeks, I read all these books & I wanted to recommend them to you!! Lewis got me a Nook for Christmas, so a couple of these were read on my new Nook!

All three of these are in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I was a little skeptical at first. The story of yearly games where children aged 12-18 have to fight to the death in a futuristic America just doesn't sound like something I would normally like. But I had been hearing about them constantly & I knew that most things that become that popular have a reason to, so I decided to check it out. I read all three of them in a 4 day period. They are AMAZING. I couldn't put them down! I found them interesting, action-packed, funny at times, even romantic! There's another love triangle, like Twilight, between the main characters of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, but unlike Twilight, there is no cheesiness and I never even chose a side! At the end of the whole series, I was just totally okay with whoever she ended up with. It was a fabulous series & I highly recommend them!

I read the Something Borrowed book by Emily Giffin early this year & loved it! I had wanted to read the follow-up book (as well as many others off my Summer Reading List), but after I started student teaching, just never had the time. I really loved this one, too! I was nervous that I wouldn't like it because Darcy was not my favorite character in Something Borrowed, but she is the main character of Something Blue. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I connected with her by the end of the book! It was really sweet & I read it really quickly! Again, just not able to put it down!

This is a Sophie Kinsella book. She is the author of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Several people had mentioned loving her books on my BlogFrog community this past summer. For some reason, I couldn't get myself to read the shopaholic books - probably because I've seen the movie. It's really hard for me to pick up the book of something once I've seen the movie. So I decided to try some of her other books. I bought this one and I also have Can You Keep A Secret, but I haven't started it yet. I thought this one was really fun! Just a light, easy read about a girl who you meet in the beginning as a normal girl-next-door type and then she wakes up after an accident 5 years later with a gorgeous, rich husband, Louis Vuitton bags, new teeth, hair and body! It's fun.

I love Nicholas Sparks. There's really not much more to say here than that I read all his books that come out. This one was a little different & it actually scared me in the end, but I liked it! I can normally count on his books to be enjoyable. This was also the first book I read on my Nook!

This is a book by a pastor in California named Francis Chan. I listen to his podcasts on iTunes & I've read his other book, Crazy Love. This book is about the power of the Holy Spirit & how to live by the Spirit & rely on the Spirit in our lives. It was really challenging for me & I'm really happy I read it! I've already referred back to it several times to remember & apply what he was saying! This was another book I read on the Nook!

I love The Vampire Diaries - tv show, that is. Actually, reading the books, this is the first time in my entire life that I genuinely believe that the tv show has done something much better than the books! I am more interested, excited and intrigued by the show. But I still have to read the books (by L.J. Smith). I think this was partly just because I needed some kind of Vampire Diaries in my life while the show was on break. I'd already read the first 2 books, so I read the second 2. They're okay, not the best, no Twilight or Hunger Games fabulous-ness, but they were still okay. I also read these on my Nook!!

So, any great book suggestions??
Does anyone else have a Nook? I'd love to lend & borrow some books! Although I only have one good one I could lend out right now since not all the books can be lent. I need to buy some more!

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The Planet Pink said...

for more light reading I recommend Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. I loved it!

Deeds said...

I have totally read all those books! I loved the mockingjay series. Such a well written world.

flyrish said...

Also a fan of the Hunger Games trilogy. I was sad when it was over, but I was a Gale fan, so there's that.

Wish I had something else to recommend right now, but I need some more books to read, so thanks for sharing your picks!

The Planet Pink said...

One more suggestion - but it's not light. Radical by David Platt. It will rock your Christian world. We're reading it right now in small group at church. It's one of those books that you will hate and love at the same time.

Mayra said...

anything nicholas Sparks= amazing!

Thanks for the suggestions.

I'm intrigued about Remember me?

Have a lovely weekend!

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