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!!
Up next in my reading list: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Can You Keep A Secret?, One Day, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, The Me I Want to Be, Good in Bed
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!