Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Report: No. 1

Goooood mornin!  I realized last night, as I was starting up a new book, that I could be sharing that little bit of me with you here.  Ever since my amazing mom taught me to read in pre-school, I've always loved it.  But now that my life is resembling a mild form of mayhem, books have become somewhat of a rare treat for me.  It saddens me to the core that I crawl into bed too exhausted to read much more than three pages before falling asleep, but it is what it is.  I'm trying to make reading more a priority, because I love it so much, and over the past couple of months, I've actually chipped away at my very long to-read list!  Here are the titles I've read over the past couple months, and a few that I'm about to start. 

Do you have any books that I should add to my list?  I've just started making use of our public library system here, so I'll add your suggestions to my hold list there!

Thanks for the Memories: A Novel
Survey Says:  It was fine.  A great book to fly through when I was crawling into bed at night, trying to quiet my busy mind.  Ahern wrote "PS I Love You," and my favorite of hers is "Dear Rosie."  This one doesn't come close to either, but it was still nice and pleasant and would make a great pool-side read.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Survey Says:  I really liked this book.  It's kind of Malcolm Gladwell meets "Chi Running."  It had some really interesting history of running mixed with a charming story and a sprinkling of sociology.  It was a great change of pace (pun intended), and I ripped through this book in less than a week.

The Help
Survey Says:  I loved this book; all the hype is warranted and earned.  The storytelling sucks you in, and I finished this heavy book in 5 days (and with my insanity schedule).  It's a must read.

Water for Elephants: A Novel
Survey Says:  I really liked it.  Not enough to ever read it again, but I'm definitely excited to see the movie.

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

Early Survey: I started this book last night, after having been impressed by his Oprah appearance while promoting the book's release. It's funny, sarcastic, and positive, all while centered on his battle with Muscular Dystrophy. Funny, sarcastic, and positive? Who doesn't need a book like that?

The Peach Keeper: A Novel
Early Survey:  I cannot wait for this book!!  Sarah Addison Allen has become one of my most loved authors; her dreamy way of describing things makes my heart buzz, and her books are my favorite form of escapism.  Gush, gush, gush, I can't wait for its release date!

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love Story
Early Survey:  If you don't know the force of nature that is Ree Drummond, you really need to go make yourself acquainted by visiting her kitchen and her front porch, via  She has a condensed, pre-book version of this tale posted on her site, and I flew through it.  It reads like a romance novel, but it's the real deal story of her husband and her.  The library emailed me just this morning to say that a copy is on hold in my name, so I'll be starting this book soon!


  1. Thanks for the reviews! I have read many of the same books. Have you ever read any books by Laura Moriarty? Check her out! I think you'd like her stuff!

  2. LOVED The Help. I'll have to put the last two you mentioned on my library hold list! I just picked up The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (recommended by a friend). I'll let you know if it's a must-read! Recently read One Day, White Tiger, and The Lacuna. Liked all three, although that last one took me longer than usual to finish!

  3. Ok Sara, you have 7 books there but you start out by saying you don't have time to read. :) I am juggling 3 books and a busy schedule and that is hard enough.
    Yes you do need to quite that busy mind of yours. :)
    Did I tell you I am reading that Harmony book from Prince Charles, it is very interesting.
    Love, Marn Marn