May 24, 2013

Good Reads

Many of you know that I have been trying to read more lately.  Ever since I finishing grad school and took a little break from reading post academia I started picking up a book here and there.  See I have never been very much of a 'reader' - my mother and sister are HUGE readers, they can easily put away a couple of books in a week - however that's just never been me.  Growing up, when I wasn't reading for school I was much more of a 'newspaper' or 'news magazine' gal (nerd alert); in college I didn't do much personal reading and that continued throughout graduate school.  But now that I am finished with school forever for the foreseeable future I have started to read on a pretty consistent basis. 
I am not a very 'heavy topic' book reader shall we say - you won't find me sitting down with a book about a major global conflict or a book that has been reviewed as overly sad or depressing.  I like to read happy books and what other's may call fluff, but hey my philosophy is this - I work hard and I work in a field that deals with homelessness and poverty and I read a lot for work so when I come home I want my choice of reading to be happy, entertaining and light.  That's not to say that I won't ever delve into a piece of epic literary work but for now I have chosen to keep it light.  I have also become a big fan of the Bethlehem Public Library!  It is a great little community library within walking distance of work and Adam's house, so we end up going there often. 

So here is a list of what I have been reading lately - you may also realize that I have a bit of 'author loyality', if I like a book by an author I will more than likely read other books they have written.  For example, I have now read five of Emily Giffin's six books, I got on a bit of a Tom Perrotta kick and I plan on reading more books by Gillian Flynn.
Books Read
The Abstinence Teacher - Tom Perrotta
Fifty Shades of Grey, Book 1, 2 & 3 
(I definitely jumped on this bandwagon so no judgement!)
The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta
Where We Belong - Emily Giffin
Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer
(this book was incredibly interesting)
Love The One You're With - Emily Giffin
Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin
Something Blue - Emily Giffin
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Baby Proof - Emily Giffin
Gods in Alabama - Joshilyn Jackson
Next Up
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
The Expats - Chris Pavone
Of the books that I have read I would definitely recommend Under the Banner of Heaven, The Abstinence Teacher, Love The One You're With and Gone Girl (although I will say that about 100/150 pages in I was ready to put it down, but keep going!).  So read up and enjoy!


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