This is not a post where I humblebrag about how many books I’ve read this year so far. This is a post to call myself out. I’ve only read 5 books and it’s already mid-year.
I only have excuses. I moved. Work has been busy. I read a lot of magazines & blogs & read at work. And man, TV was really good…True Detective, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, etc.
But really, I just fell into a rut. I started seeing my iPad more for the Netflix escape versus the Kindle escape. I remember when I was living in my apartment; I had dreams of being outside reading where I didn’t have to worry about neighbors walking 2 feet in front of my patio.
Well it’s time to turn that dream to reality. I have been enjoying reading outside in my backyard recently. Summer reading…outside in the sun, cold beverage beside you, the birds chirping, your skin burning–wear sunscreen!
Let’s make a pact to read more this summer!!
Books I’ve Read So Far in 2014
This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper
I purchased this book several years ago when I was still living in Wichita. When I read in Entertainment Weekly (see–I do still READ), that they were making a movie with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and more…I was motivated to read the book. If you like books with an ensemble cast of characters about family with humor, I think you’ll enjoy this book. And PS it was helpful to keep all the characters straight in my head knowing which actors were playing them in the upcoming movie.
Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl
Until reading this book, I knew little of Reichl other than I think she’s guest judged once on Top Chef. Tender at the Bone is Reichl’s memoir of growing up and her adventures with food. Her very eccentric mother would plan lavish dinner parties with food that would make even people with iron stomaches ill. Reichl had to save face for her family and save the guests. She later parlayed that into being a food critic & editor of Gourmet. I really enjoyed this book!
One More Thing, by BJ Novak
Confession time! I bought the book, One More Thing, purely out of hope of seeing Mindy Kaling. BJ Novak was in Austin during SWSX for a book signing at Book People. And I knew Mindy was in town for SXSW and they are besties. I thought maybe, just maybe, she’d come support him at his book signing.
(Geez, you see why I need to read more….)
I’m not normally a fan of a book of short stories. But humorous stories, I’m game.
Some of my favorite stories in the book:
Missed Connection: Grocery spill at 21st and 6th 2:30 pm on Wednesday
Chris Hansen at the Justin Beiber Concert
Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Missing Bicycle
There is a Fine Line Between Why and Why Not
One of These Days, We Have to do Something About Willie
If you like audiobooks, I highly recommend the audio version of the book! Listening to
Ryan the Temp, er I mean Novak read the stories brought a smile to my face.
Where We Belong, by Emily Giffin
Giffin’s Where We Belong is the story of a girl searching for her birth parents. It alternates chapters from the girl to the birth mother’s point of view. I don’t have a lot to say about this book. It was good, not great, but an easy summer read.
Ali in Wonderland, by Ali Wentworth
Another confession! I just read this book yesterday. I knew that I was going to be writing this blog. It was just too depressing to say I’d only read 4 books. Five sounded so much better.
If I’m in a rut, funny memoirs to the rescue!! It was not nearly as good at Reichl’s book, but it served a purpose as a fast read that made me smile.
One gem from Wentworth: “The Queen or Kate Middleton should knight whoever invented the epidural. (And also the person who invented Skinny Cow ice-cream sandwiches.)”
And now I’m off to watch TV….oops, I mean read more!!