Wednesday, April 29, 2009

An Open Book

I am not a reader - I never really have been. Not too long ago Brandon (who is a reader) brought home a book that I was required to read in high school. I could not figure out why he would purposely read a book like that. I told him that I might still have the Cliff's Notes in one of the boxes downstairs.
I used to feel somewhat guilty for not reading, like I was not as cultured - or whatever readers think they are? But, then I found out that mom's sometimes don't get off the couch for most of the day because they just have to finish the book they are reading. That made me feel a little better.
A year or so ago Brandon started a book on our 8 hour drive to Colorado. He started reading it out loud as I drove. This was a long book, so it was far from over by the time we got home. But, I had a desire to finish it - which I did. When we went back to Colorado for Christmas, we did it again. It was fun! Imagine that! Now that summer is about here, I was thinking I might like to read a book while I watch my kids play outside. But, where do I even start in this world that is so new to me? So, help me out. What are your suggestions and why?
Please no Twilight!
By the way - the book Brandon brought home was Walden by Henry David Thoreau and he only made it halfway through!


Devry said...

I don't even know where to begin in book recommendations, there are so many great ones...a few of my favs are Pride & Prejudice, Count of Monte Cristo--two classics, A Thousand Splendid Suns--a really great book although a bit depressing, and then there are more fluff type books like Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code, etc...) and Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, etc...) that are fun to read. Really there are just so many options out there.

Jason and Summer said...

Oh my, this is a huge step for you! As for suggestions, what kind of book are you looking for? I love anything from John Grisham, Dan Brown. I am reading a book right now called the Last Lecture. It is about a man who has cancer (but it's not about his cancer, so it is not sad). He just is writting about his life. It is actually really inspiring and uplifting. It ahs made me want to live life to the fullest. Anyway let me know what your into and I can help from there. Happy Reading!!

AJ said...

I love reading. It is my escape from the world. Actually I have to say that I am addicted to reading. I have to stay away from the library so as not to ignore my family. So I enjoy Debbie Macomber. The Cedar Cove series and Blossom Street series are a great place to start. She has so many books just keep a funning list of what you have read!

josh&stef said...

I'm the same as you I am not a reader unless it's UsWeekly or People.

AJ said...
'nuff said

Julie said...

Good luck in your search! There are a lot of good books out there! Let us know what you pick!

Cyndi said...

I don't know if this is the right place to start...but I just finished a cute book called : A Girl named Zippy by Haven Kimmel.

It is well written and I found the stories fun. The author writes a collection of her childhood memoirs. I enjoyed it.

Lydia Moon said...

I have to agree with "Devry" on Pride and Prejudice, also one of my favorites. Austen can be difficult reading, though, so make sure you are up for a challenging book. I love short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I enjoy books by Dickens also: Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities. Little Women is fabulous. The Anne of Green Gables series is fun. I'd really like to re-read those now. I just bought The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I can't wait to read those. I also recently really enjoyed Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Let me know if you want more suggestions. I could go on!

Chenel said...

I love to read! My one fear when I read is that books can get pretty crude because there’s no restriction or “rating”! I love Anita Stansfield, who is an LDS author. Her books are good love stories without the yuck that you get in non-lds stuff. But some of my other favorites are The Secret Life of Bee’s, Letters to Emily, Little Women, Christie, and my all-time favorite, The Princess Bride. Good luck and happy reading.

Emily said...

I hesitate to even recommend this, but it was a great read: The Time Travelers Wife."

The concept of the book was fascinating, but very sexual. Probably rated R . . . but the writing was excellent.

Happy reading!

Emily said...

Oh, a few more . . .

The Shopaholic series, Books by Emily Giffon (Baby Proof and Something Borrowed) are good.

Valerie said...

I started reading about a year ago, and have gone from one book to the next. It is like anything else - moderation is the key. I like the fact that I can read beside my kids. We have "reading" nights, where we all have our own books, and read in the same room, with beanbags, pillows, blankets,etc. I would rather have them see me read a book, than be on the computer. It can be addicting, just like anything, but if you time yourself, it can actually be really rewarding! Here is a list of books I highly recommend, I get my books from the library, if they don't have them, you can order them online and they hold them for you. Sorry, I get a little excited about books. There is life after Twilight.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch(Sad, but inspiring)
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Ella Minnow Pea. Forgot author, but very creative. good one to start with, easy reading.
The Book Thief. Forgot author. Hollocaust book. LOVED it, one of my faves. Told from death's perspective, inspiring, historical fiction, but some language.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Loved this, it is a classic. Probably my fave.
Other's that I have not read, but are on my book club list are:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Mormon author)
Almost Sisters nancy Anderson
The Scarlet Pimpernel Emmuska Orczy
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Tiffany Ryan

You asked for it!!
I have more, if you ever get hungry for more!