Saturday, August 1, 2009

Waiting to Start

The boy doesn't want me using a circular saw by myself (which I was going to use to build the shelves this morning at our new place). He says someone should be there if I cut my hand open and pass out. I say that might be interesting considering I'm the only one who knows where the hospital is near our new place, but I digress.

Since I'm just hanging out, but I'm motivated, I thought I would share what I've been up to lately. I have been reading like crazy lately, one book after another, thanks to swaptree. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this site before, but it is absolutely awesome. Here's what I've been reading-all of these books have been given to me, purchased second-hand (which I <3) or swapped.

Good In Bed (swaptree-free, just paid shipping) turns into a surprising story. This book is awesome-great summer reading. This book is about a woman who's ex-boyfriend writes an article-"Loving a Larger Woman." It's an empowering story, with great drama mixed in. Towards the end is when things really get interesting, and it becomes a major page-turner.

Prep(Swaptree-free, just paid shipping) is a great book when you want to reminisce. The author did a great job of capturing the emotions of an awkward teen thrown into a new situation. It's got the typical "My parents are SO embarrassing" thing, and a lot of what you think boarding school would be like, without being a boring book. I really liked it.

The Perfect Fit (found at Goodwill, 50 cents) is one of my favorites. This book is written by an author in the UK. I like the language difference between American writing and UK writing. It's a novel, but it makes a good point. Women always say "I'll buy that once I lose 10 pounds," or, "I would look so much better if I was a size smaller" and the main character in this story does what women say they are going to do-she loses weight, only-she loses around 100 pounds. However, this story is about how the weight doesn't change things the way you think it might. The main character's friends get jealous, people think she's a snob, and her whole life revolves around keeping low calories and working off all she eats with exercise. It's really interesting.

Now I'm reading Little Altars Everywhere, the first book in the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood trio. It's really good too. I love the southern dialect used in the writing. Each chapter bounces from character to character and different time periods, so you have to pay attention when you are reading that. I'm only halfway through...

With reading, I go in spurts. Sometimes, like now, I read one book after another...although I have to say this is getting to be one of my longer reading binges. Usually after a while, I'm over reading and I'll get back to it another time.

Right now, I have a lot of books waiting to be read, so I feel I owe it to them to give them my time of day. Once I'm done reading Little Altars Everywhere, I have the other two books in the trio (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Ya Yas in Bloom), then I have A Million Little Pieces, Memoires of a Geisha, Montana 1948, Pride and Prejudice...the list goes on. I will update you as I go:)

What have you been reading? Any good book suggestions (not that I'm out of books, I'm just asking)? I love a good book!

Happy Reading!
Rachel May