I am doing pretty well with my reading this year – it’s been such a joy over the past few years to get back into the swing of reading regularly and searching for new and interesting books! My daily commute is a real treat. Here are a few of my recent reads: as ever, a bit of a range!
Return – Karen Kingsbury
I’m really enjoying the Baxter family saga. It’s frothy and pleasant, and Kingsbury conjures up the Midwestern niceness of her characters in a sweet and engaging way. It’s a fun read, and this is the third book in a five book arc.
Dear Fatty – Dawn French
Loved this book and love Dawn French even more than I originally did (which was buckets!) having read it. Made me giggle and snicker like a schoolgirl, and also left me in tears. I enjoyed this as much as I did Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, which was one of my favourite books of last year. Highly recommended.
Left Behind, Tribulation Force, Nicolae – LaHaye & Jenkins
I’d heard about this (thirteen(!) book) series before, but when it was featured on Glee I just had to take a gander. Oh my. Way to turn theology into a strange mix of biblical referencing, repetition, banal dialogue, gore, and more repetition. Despite this, it’s a good trashy read – I swooped through the first three books and quite enjoyed the shock horror tone and the incongruous plotting mixed with actual moments of pathos and suspense. Not great literature by any means, but pretty entertaining. However, I think after three installments I am done!
The Seamstress – Maria Duennas
This was our bookclub novel last month and it wasn’t half bad! Spanning a huge swathe of history, it evokes a time and place beautifully and was written well. I quite liked it, but others in my book group adored it – definitely worth a read!
Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea – Chelsea Handler
I loathed this book. As I’d enjoyed Bossypants so much, someone suggested this as a similar read. I really didn’t like Handler’s ‘voice’ and found it a dull read, peppered with crass anecdotes and attempts to shock in place of actual interest. Boo.
Fireproof – Eric Wilson
Loads of my friends had enjoyed this book, and the film of the book, so I gave it a read. It’s very much like the Baxter books mentioned above – good, clean fun; easy to read; a brain break after a long day!
So, what have you been reading?