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Reading

Just finished: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The only reason I hung on throughout this book is because everyone (EVERYONE) said that the first half was a total snore, but if you could get through it, it got good, like REALLY good in the second half. And it did. But I actually have 25 pages to go, because after the meat of the story was done, it got boring again, and I’m just not that interested in finishing it. What so you think, should I give it a go? The movie showed up in my mailbox tonight, and I’m really psyched to ogle Daniel Craig watch it.

Currently reading: Bossypants by Tina Fey. I’m loving it.  Tina Fey’s intelligent and understated humor and sarcasm is woven effortlessly with her background and her input on being a female boss in a male driven world . She speaks my language. Only a much funnier dialect.

On my nightstand: I have a few books piled up to read, and my mom just hooked me up with even more over Thanksgiving. I definitely get my bookworminess from her. Plus I’m cheap, and who doesn’t love free books?

books on nightstand

Beyond that stack of books is a whooooooole lotta clutter.

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). I was excited to get started on it until I found Bossypants for a steal at my local Half Price Books.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. Comes highly recommended by anyone I know who has ever lifted a pencil. I can’t wait to dive in.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin. I do love a good historical novel, especially in the bawdy era of the late 18 and early 1900s. Water for Elephants is one of the best books I’ve ever read, so I’m really looking forward to this one, even though you don’t really think of a great book being written by someone named Melanie. [If your name is Melanie, I mean no offense. I'm sure you're lovely AND intelligent.]

The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman. I have no idea what this one’s about, but who can resist a summary that includes secrets, the Depression, and Appalacia? [Answer: Probably lots of people. But I'll give it a go.]

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Loyalties put to the test, truths laid bare, and lives put at risk??? Sold.

Parenting the Strong-Willed Child by Rex Forehand and Nicholas Long. Yeah…I read chapter one it’s sat on my nightstand ever since. Not because it wasn’t great info…but because it really takes effort to altar your parenting methods. It’s exhausting, really. But I haven’t given up on it, hence the fact that it’s still in my stack o’ books.

 

What are you reading?

 

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Leigh Ann Torres
Writer, artist, wife, cook, maid, bookkeeper, mom to twins plus one...all around genie in a bottle, except you only get one wish, and it has to be reasonable.
11 Comments
  1. HI!
    I miss you.
    Nice list, I am currently reading “ON WRITING” again. Felt like I needed a little push.

    and I am also reading BOSSYPANTS, my best friend texted me to say “You have to read this with me…so we are…readng it together”…what’s funny is that someone met me at BlogHer and said, “I was expecting more Meg Ryan, and you’re more Tina Fey.” which made me giggle.

    guess my sense of humor proceeds me.

    thanks for sharing your list, enjoy your reading sweets…and all those candy canes this time of year. xoxo

    • I am so excited to see what On Writing holds. Everyone raves about it. Bossypants is SO great. I love that someone said you were like Tina Fey! Now we must meet for sure.

  2. Tina Fey is my HERO. I could only wish to achieve half of what she’s achieved. Reading now? Nothing, sadly, but I did ask Santa for a Kindle.

  3. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Stephen King’s On Writing book and have wanted to read it for a while but I just haven’t bought it yet. But the one that really grabbed my attention was The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb… I loved Water for Elephants too and if this book is similar then I know I’ll enjoy reading it too.

    • It took me a ridiculously long time to order it from Amazon. I never buy books full retail and I had to wait until I had something else to order so I could get free shipping! #cheap

  4. I’m just impressed you have any time to read! I read The Atlantic…does that count?

  5. I loved your photo and book choices. I wrote about this too, complete with a similar, yet quite different photo.
    http://cwestermark.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/bedside-reading/

    It is comforting, somehow to have a stack of books on the go.
    Cheers,
    Christine

  6. I’m reading one of Edgar Rice Burrough’s Barsoom (Mars) books.

    And some other things. Life piled up when I was gone last month and I haven’t had much time for reading in the past 2.5 weeks. :(

    I want to read a murder mystery. I don’t care so much which one, as, MURDER MYSTERY. I have one on the headboard, that might be a good one to start….

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