Monday, March 21, 2011

Books I liked (and a tiny giveaway)

Haven't done a book post for a while, so here goes. (oh, by the way, update on my kidney infection here.)

I've read quite a few books in the last couple months. Including my favorite book of ALL TIME, Ender's Game. I've read it like 50 times.

I finally got around to reading "The Lost Symbol". It was entertaining, thought provoking with a fantastic villain. Really creepy. 

Spent a quiet Saturday reading "A Song for my Mother", and while predicable and short, it is was a nice campy read. Something for the front porch and some lemonade. 

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy is good if you are looking for a more crack-literature read. The third one is the best by far. All 800+ pages of it!

I'll be reviewing the next Karen White novel in May.

My top picks for the last couple months:



The Intentional Family: How to Build Family Ties in Our Modern World



A really lovely book about making the daily rituals already in place in your family more binding and meaningful.  Anyone with any kind of family should read this book, especially ones with children.







Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln


Oh man, I love this book. I am mad at myself for really never understanding what made Lincoln such a powerful leader. It makes me want to move back to the South and visit all the Civil War sites I never took the time to see.











Dick and Jane and Vampires



HA! This book is so awesome! Lydia got it for Christmas and besides the BOB Books (which are golden) it is Lydia's favorite book to read. And she doesn't even know it's hilarious. She just thinks there is this vampire hanging out with Dick and Jane. No biggie. 
She is reading so much by herself! She is going to totally rock Kindergarden.



And now for a little giveaway. I really really need to restock my library. I feel totally off without a good book. I don't think I have read a novel I really loved since "The Help". Comment on this post with the name of your favorite book you've read in the last couple years. I'll randomly draw a name and send you a pair of homemade earrings in any color you choose. I've gotten back into jewelry making...since I don't have any good books to read!

Speaking of giveaways...I have some incredible giveaways coming up in April just in time for Mother's Day. Want your product to be included? Email me ASAP!



USA and Canada addresses only. I'll announce the winner April 1st. No fooling!

20 comments:

Shanny said...

I wouldn't be surprised if you've already read it, but my favorite read of the past year was The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.

Samantha said...

Loved The Book Thief!

Jana @ The Summer House said...

I like the Luxe Series by Anna Godberson. They are in the library under older teen. I enjoyed them because there's romance but they aren't smutty. They are easy to read and entertaining.
Jana

Shauna said...

I HIGHLY recommend "Peace Like a River" by Lief Enger. It's one of my all-time favorites. You will love the character Swede, an 11-year old female brilliant poet obsessed with the Old West style. Truly a touching book, but with adventure.

Lauren said...

Same Kind of Different as Me

amydear said...

Flavia de Luce mysteries, or The Bureau for Rich People. But for laugh out loud fun, try the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.

Jessica said...

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson!

Heather said...

Al oldie but goodie, "Gone With the Wind." I can't help but read this book every year. Another great book is "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett.

Stacy said...

Just one? I enjoyed Duma Key by Stephen King, and both of Sarah Pekkanen's books.

Nama said...

I read "East of Eden" a year ago and fell in love. It's a beautifully tragic book.

Shelly said...

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner total chick-lit mommy book. I love it!

Samantha said...

I recently (okay like 2 years ago) ready "The Wednesday Letters" by Jason F. Wright and loved it! Normally the only books I can sit and read in less than a month are Nicholas Sparks novels, but this one was awesome!

Beth said...

I haven't read much lately... it seems like there just isn't any time! But I glimpsed "Gemma Doyle" while skimming through my Reader and I had to go back and read! I feel like she's such and easy character to relate too, and I love it.

The Great and Terrible Beauty books are amongst my favorite books ever. And I definitely agree with you that The Sweet Far Thing is the best of the three!

Other than that, I love White Oleander, although it's not at all new. I guess I need to get back into reading!

Canadiachik said...

Just read 'Garlic and Sapphires' by Ruth Reichl, detailing her time as a NY Times food critic. Made me hungry!

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Christal said...

I love your giveaways! I love the series sarah's quilt by nancy turner

http://www.amazon.com/Sarahs-Quilt-Novel-Arizona-Territories/dp/0312332629

They are so good!

The Osborne's said...

Thanks for sharing! I just got the Ender's game in the mail yesterday and can't wait to read it. I added the Lincoln book to my amazon cart- I live near his birthplace in KY right now and we named our son after him- so really excited to read it. Right now I'm enjoying the food murder mystery books by Josi S. Kilpack, they're light entertaining books with yummy recipes...

Melanie Anne said...

I would reccomend "These is My Words" and "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" Fantastic reads!! Also I loved Book Theif and have you read the classic 'Hiding Place'? Those are great books too about WWII.
Have fun reading!!

mel nielson said...

REFINER'S FIRE series by Lynn Austin. These books are historical fiction Christian novels that take place during the civil war. The first book gives a perspective from the South, the second gives a perspective from the slaves, and the third book gives a perspective from the North (though they don't have to be read in order). These books will take you to the heart of the civil war, with pain, courage, strength, faith in God, and romance of course. They are so inspiring and captivating- I can read them again and again! And in my circle of family and friends, no one has ever been disappointed by these books!

Kelli said...

(I think your lds right?) anyway, I love anita stansfields books. always a happy ending. (my bff hates her books because they are always a happy ending) so it might not be your style. New ear rings, would be so fun. allknames at gmail dot com.

Lisa B. said...

Definitely Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. Faith building.

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