Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Good Reads

I wouldn't call myself a 'voracious' reader. I have many friends who ready dozens of books a year, sometimes more than one at a time. They have varied interests, and love talking about books. My interest in books ebbs and flows. I can go months without reading anything more than a magazine. Sometimes I have a big stack on my bedside table.  I also seem to be easily swayed-I see someone online gushing about an author or I hear about a really great upcoming movie based on a book (ahem, Hunger Games) and I can't wait to read it and know what everyone is talking about.

Lately, I have been on a kick. Not only have I READ several great books, but I have downloaded audiobooks like crazy. I have always loved a good audiobook-not only for long car rides, but also for cleaning days or crafting days. Sometimes I can get totally lost listening to a great actor reading a really engaging story.

I thought I would share a few of my favorite recent reads/listens. Vacation time will be hear before you know it. Better to be prepared:

{BOOKS}

-The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
. He was such a powerful and engaging writer. This is accounts of his life totally compiled from letters, speeches and articles he wrote. If you are a history person, so worth the read.



-Dirty Sexy Politics
. I am only half way through, but so far, so great. Her perspective on the election process is so interesting. She puts into words that struggle of being a twenty something and figuring out who you are and what you believe. People assume she is just like her famous father, and in some ways she is. But, in most ways, she is just like a lot of us at that age-forming our own opinion and making our own mistakes.

-Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels)
. This is  the latest book by one of my favorite authors. The Stephanie Plum novels are some of my all time favorites and some of the only books I will read more than once. They are HILARIOUS. Easy reads, pure fluff. Anytime someone needs a vacation recommendation, I always recommend a novel from this series.

{AUDIOBOOKS}

-The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set
. Yep, that sound you hear was me jumping on  the bandwagon. My nephew raved about them and we have a long standing love affair with the Harry Potter series, so I knew I would like them. I'm glad I listened to them, I could sneak in an hour here and there. By the end I got a little tired of the young adult language, but overall I thought the story was so creative and really drew me in. I can't wait to see the movie (side note: Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss is from Louisville. This movie has been all over the media here. That might have helped really pique my interest.)

-Commencement (Vintage Contemporaries)
. This story is perfect for anyone my age who reminisces about her college days. Put into words that awkward phase in your life when you change at a breakneck pace and how friendships that were your whole world in college change (and sometimes fall apart). I saw myself so much in the characters.


- Alex Cross Novels, James Patterson
. Not new books, but new to me. I started at the first one and am making my way through them all. I LOVE the Crass characters! They are murder mysteries, but Alex Cross is so a  complex character, each novel is fresh (not just like watching another episode of CSI, know what I mean?)


-Next up?Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
, I have heard great things about his author, I can only imagine hearing someone read about the president killing vampire is going to be EPIC. And, yes, I decided to read it after hearing about the upcoming movie. ; )

I find alot of my audiobooks from the library, and on a site called Audible.com. The price can add up, so I try to get most of them from the library, which luckily, is getting even easier.

Looking for recommendations from your friends? Well, there's an app for that- Good Reads. I just started using it, so I have no idea if it's any good-I'll get back to you!

Whats the last book you read that you loved?? Do tell!

Michelle


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