Read with me

Do you love to read books? I sure do. I don’t feel right if I’m not in the middle of a good book. On this set of posts, you can find out what I’m reading, reviews of books I’ve read and discussions if you’d like to contribute!!

Just In Time for Summer

Spring Reads

Good Reads

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More Summer Reads
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What I’ve Been Reading
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Chemo Reads
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Books I’ve Read Lately
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Summer Reads II 2
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Summer Reads II
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Summer Reads I
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Read These!
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More Snowed In Reads
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Snowed In Reads
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Out of My Mind
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End of Summer Reads
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Vacation Reads II
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Vacation Reads I
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A Couple of Good Books
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Dear Judy Blume
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Books, books and more books
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Bad Mommy Moments Review
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Summer 2012 Reads II
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Summer 2012 Reads I
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50 Shades of Grey
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What I’ve Been Reading
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Books and More Books
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I’m Obsessed with Karin Slaughter!!!********************************************************************************
Hammock Reads
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Good Books!
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Read These Now!!!
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More Great Reads
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Hunger Games and Other Books
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Sarah’s Key and Jack Reacher
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Vacation Reads Summer 2010

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1000 White Women and The Middle Place

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A Corner of the Universe by Ann Martin

The little girl I babysit before and after school who is in 4th grade was reading this book and I thought it sounded great. Sometimes young adult books are amazing—The Book Thief anyone? So I requested it from the library and dug in.

It’s really good. It’s a quick read too which is nice for busy moms!! It’s told from a 12-year-old girls point of view; one summer she discovers she has an uncle who has special needs. He comes to live with her Grandma for the summer. I can’t really tell you much else without giving anything away except to say it’s worth it. And I’m going to have Gabe read it in a couple of years. It’s really good.

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Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

I just finished reading this book on the suggestion of my friend, Julie E. She wrote me on FB and said “You will LOVE this book. Go get it right now!” So I did. Hey, I’m a good listener, what can I say?

I LOVED it.

I think every Mom should read this while they’re pregnant…or maybe even when they’re just thinking that they want children. It’s so real. That’s the best way to describe it. Real.

It’s basically a journal of her first year as a single mom with her son, Sam. She holds nothing back. I just loved how she described the extreme highs of love and the extreme lows of exhaustion that comes with being a new Mom. She is also hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud several times. I particularly loved the way she described her “village” of people that helped her raise her son. They are amazing, Pammy in particular, and you will find yourself either wishing you had friends like that in your life…or being so thankful and greatful that you have friends and family like that too.

Like my friend Julie said….go get this book. Right now. Go! Then come back and tell me how much you loved it. OKAY??


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My All-Time Favorites

The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
The Pilot’s Wife Anita Shreve
The Perfect Husband Lisa Gardner
Anything except Picture Perfect by Jodi Piccoult
The Post-Birthday World Lionel Shriver
Little Altars Everywhere Rebecca Wells
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Rebecca Wells
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
The Devil Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger
Nanny Diaries Emma McLaughlin
A New Earth Eckhart Tolle
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

Anything by Janet Evanovich (HILARIOUS books—you will laugh out loud! Read in order….)
Anything by James Patterson (murder mysteries)
Anything by Ridley Pearson (cop/murder mysteries)
Anything by John Sanford (cop/murder mysteries/read in order)
Anything by Lee Child (murder mysteries)
Author Lisa Scottoline (law/murder/mysteries
Anything by Patricia Cornwell (law/cop/murder mysteries/read in order)
Anything by David Baldacci

Nerve Damage Peter Abrahams
Sister Mine Tawni O’Dell
We Need to Talk about Kevin Lionel Shriver
The Spellman Files Series Lisa Lutz
Sheer Abandon Penny Vincenzl
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Restitution Lee Vance
Prince of Tides Pat Conroy
South of Broad Pat Conroy
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
The Book Thief Marcus Zuzak
Still Alice Lisa Genova
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter Series J.K. Rowling

2 responses to “Read with me

  1. Yay! So glad you loved the book as much as I did. I always know I’ve read a good book when I either don’t want to leave that world behind or want to write a letter to the author. (I’ve yet to do that yet—too self-conscious!) but I felt like Anne was a friend by the end of the book.

  2. The Bearded Iris

    I love so many of the books you’ve listed! Water for Elephants and A Thousand Splendid Suns, especially… could read those every year for the rest of my life.

    I will definitely check out Operating Instructions. I adore Anne Lamott! Thanks for the recommendation.

    Your family is beautiful and I was really touched by your post today about being teachers. I tried to be a teacher once and SUCKED at it, so I have a special place in my hearts for those who can do it and do it well! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your husband with his job. He sounds like a gem!

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