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I've always wanted to be the person who constantly has a new book on the nightstand, ready to make the dive into a new adventure. That person just sounds so worldly. Instead, I am the person with the mentality of "If the book is worth reading, I will see the movie!". Exhibit A: Harry Potter and every other book-turned-movie thats come out in the last 10 years. The only exception in recent memory is The Hunger Games. I actually read those books and loved them. That's my reading claim to fame.

I'd like to be a bookworm, but like I said, that's just never been me. I blame being forced to read books against my will in high school and college. Higher education is the culprit. I've accepted this, but my husband apparently has not. The other night, he looked at me and said "Scrolling through Instagram and playing the bubble game on your phone is a waste of time.... you should read a book!". I tried to use my trump card in the productivity argument and told him this blog is my hobby, but he said cool bloggers blog about a hobby. The struggle. 

So, I'm going to attempt to transform into a "scholar" of sorts. Apparently reading the Bible verse of the day on my phone does not count towards this goal, so I'm in search of some good old novels that I can really stick my nose into. That's where you come in, dear friends.

What are the titles you just couldn't put down? Like I said, I read the Hunger Games trilogy and have loved anything I have read by Emily Giffin. Aaaand that's the end of the short list that I can think of without including books I was forced to read against my will. 

Let me know which books need to go on my list! Apparently I am looking to be more productive with my spare time. I still think watching TV counts (Who didn't learn a little about the justice system watching How To Get Away With Murder this year?), but I suppose adding a book here and there to my productivity repertoire wouldn't hurt. 

Mom, if you're looking for a productive hobby, just throw the ball. It's not rocket science. 


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25 comments :

Janelle Vannice said...

I love reading so much, and I can't imagine a world without enjoying it... but I know SO many people who don't like reading for fun, so you are absolutely not alone. Oftentimes at our house, we are both reading different books across the room from each other. I love that! I actually have a blog post with my top 15 favorite books of all time. Feel free to check it out:

http://janelle-and-dan.blogspot.com/2013/07/top-15-all-time-favorite-books.html#.VIhveGTF-Ho

Peyton O'Gorman said...

Everyday a Friday- Joel Osteen

Ladonna said...

I love to read. The Hunger Games were good. You may like Divergent, Stolen by Lucy Christopher, Love, Aubrey it's a middle grade book but very good, Alone with God, Cool Beans, Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Jane Eyre, Respectable Sins. I could go on but I hope this helps.

Samantha Reddy said...

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton and Bread and Wine by Shauna Neiquist are two of my favorites that make me laugh, cry, and want to live life to the fullest! Plus they are broken up into short stories of sorts so they may be more manageable to jump back into reading! Highly recommend!

Iulia Gulia said...

Anything by Francine Rivers! I read her book Redeeming Love on my honeymoon and it was soooo good. I also recommend her Mark of the Lion series!

Ali said...

You should check out Goodreads! You can friend people and see what they've read, what they like, etc. I really love all of Tana French's mysteries, and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (plus her other 2 novels).

I am that girl that always has another book lined up ready to read, although I don't consider myself worldly. Just bookish! Here's a link to the books I've read on Goodreads. You can sort by rating too: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3461238-alison?shelf=read

Jen said...

I wish the same thing, I just have such a hard time getting into reading anymore.

Melzie at Ribbons and Rotor Blades said...

I used to read all the time and LOVED it! But with blogging, I spend the little free time I have catching up on my BlogLovin' feed. Following so many blogs leaves little time to read a real book. #bloggerproblems lol

Chelsea E. said...

Gone Girl, Friday Night Knitting Club, Art of Racing in the Rain (sad, but so good!), Julie and Julia (better than the movie!), Alphabet Weekends (cute and easy to read), The Help (again, way better than the movie).

Clearly I like books? I read a lot during Sully's deployments ha.

Holly said...

If you like Emily Giffin, try Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, and Elin Hildebrand. Fabulous authors - light, funny books.

Emily Stewart said...

I definitely think that blog reading constitutes as reading! Take that, Parker Phelps! That being said, I'm like you and would love to spend more time reading and less time watching TV/browsing the social media interwebs. That being said, Emily Giffin is awesome. That's about all I got. Pathetic. Ohhhh I did read The Fault in Our Stars and it was pretty good. Yup, that's all I still got.

Everything I've learned about the medical, legal, justice department and government industries has been from Shonda Rhimes or Netflix shows and I'd say those producers probably hire a lot of college intern fact checkers. Just saying.

Patty said...

I LOVE to read, have since I was little when my Mom read to me every night. Now as an adult I still make time to read before going to bed...hmm one of my favorite books of all time is Redeeming Love:)

Kara Lewis said...

I read "avalon high" when i was 18 and hated reading and couldnt put it down. Its about high schoolers who are living the King Arthur tale. I also love the Nora Roberts books that are murder mysteries (not the super scary kind that keep you up at night--im a wimp) with a touch of romance. Blue Smoke, Angels Fall, Carolina Moon, and Rivers end are some good ones to start with! (If you want more just ask) also, theres "The Search" which has lots of doggies in it so i think you would like that one as well :-)

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I agree Goodreads is a good place to start. Or just browsing the aisles of your local bookstore or library. I've come across great books/authors that way. Enjoy!

Alleson said...

It's a quick, easy read but Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews is a good one, I actually made myself read slow so I could enjoy it longer :)

Katherine Bailey said...

I agree with the previous comments and think that Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, and Elin Hildebrand are all authors worth checking out. I also second the nod for goodreads...it is how i keep track of what I read and what should be on my bookshelf next. My current read is Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and I can't put it down. Actually selected it for my newly established book club! http://everydaycelebrationsblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/celebrate-reading-book-club.html

Melissa said...

You know, I actually used to be a book blogger ;) I hate to plug it since I don't blog there anymore, but if you're looking for recommendations, I hope it will help you a little! www.iswimforoceans.org

Ashley said...

I used to hate reading as well. I didn't pick up a single "pleasure" read for the first 3 years of college. But I found the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich and fell in love. So check out One For the Money. (PS it's also a movie, but read the book first!) Also Goodreads is a great website/app for finding great books that are similar to ones you know you already love.

Sarah @ Seriously, Sarah? said...

Some of the most fun reads that I've read in the past few months are Before I Go to Sleep, The Rosie Project, Reconstructing Amelia, The Silent Wife, The Girl You Left Behind, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I would second the other recommendations for the Dublin Murder Squad series. If you like classics (like Pride and Prejudice), books by Georgette Heyer, like The Grand Sophy and Fredrica are hilarious versions of similar novels.

I also second the idea of creating a Goodreads account. I am friends with a lot of other bloggers who read a lot, so I can always get ideas from them!

Amy said...

oh. i am a HUGE bookworm! right now i have 5 books to read before the end of january (book club <- see book worm haha)

i have a list of some of the books i read on my goodreads account, and if you hover over the title you'll seem my "star" rating on waht i thought of them.

I LOVE denise hunter books (she is christian), and if you loved the hunger games - check out the premonition series by amy bartol (the first book is "inescapable"

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/10664911-amy-s?shelf=read

Stephanie said...

I feel like you would like Jodi Picoult books. I feel like all of her books suck me in. I don't know how you feel about historical books, but if you are looking for a great trilogy, the North and South trilogy by John Jakes is hands down one of the best trilogies. It is based on the Civil War, and I love it! I would also suggest the Nikki Heat series by Richard Castle. It is a fictional author from the show Castle that they made into actual books. Happy reading!

Bailey Kay said...

That is so funny that you think readers are worldly-- I read a lot because I don't have a real life. I have a whole list of books I could recommend to you! I'm actually doing a new series on my blog every other Wednesday where I review books that I've been reading-- maybe you should check it out! :)

Shelbi Huntter said...

Try the O'Malley Chronicles by Dee Henderson or the Bright Empire Series by Stephen R. Lawhead.

Lauren @ Lot Forty Eight said...

you HAVE to read gone girl, attachments, garden spells, the sugar queen and big little lies. those are my favorites

Lauren @ Lot Forty Eight said...

you HAVE to read gone girl, attachments, garden spells, the sugar queen and big little lies. those are my favorites

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