Books

I’ve wanted to keep a journal of books that I’ve read for years.  I’ve never quite gotten around to it though.  So, I decided that the best way to do it would be to do it here.  Right now, I’m not reading as much as I have in the past, but that is likely to change at any moment.

Some of my all time favorite books have been (in no particular order):

  1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  2. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (I read it about a decade before it was a Oprah book club book)
  3. The Clan of the Clan Bear (and series) by Jean Auel
  4. Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon
  5. One for the Money (+ the whole Stephanie Plum series) by Janet Evanovich

2/5/11 — True Grit by Charles Portis — I’ve watched the old movie True Grit with John Wayne so many times, I almost know it by heart.  I never knew it was based on a book.  When I heard that they were remaking the movie and were staying more true to the book in the remake, I decided I had to read the book.  Now, I have to see the new movie to see exactly how they are going to change the movie.  Actually, I think I know where the changes will be, but I don’t think they will improve on the movie (my opinion) over the John Wayne version.  The book was good, but not great.  I liked it.

3/25/11 — My Nest isn’t Empty it just has More Closet Space by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella — I loved this book!  I read it while visiting my son and grandchildren in Oklahoma.  It was during and emotional week when I needed a pick-me-up.  This book was hilarious and fun.  It’s a keeper.

End of April 2011 — Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog by Lisa Scottoline — I liked this book and it had some laughs, but it was not nearly as good as the first one I read.

6/14/11 — Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart — I love epistolary books (written in letter form)!  These are the real letters of Mrs. Stewart sent to her former employer over several years.  It’s amazing to me just how much has changed in the last 100 years in America.  I really enjoyed the book, so much so that I got the next (and apparently, last) book of her letters.

June 2011 — Letters on an Elk Hunt by Elinore Pruitt Stewart — I enjoyed this one too, but it wasn’t long enough in my opinion.  Nothing to be done about that.  I guess there were only so many more letters.  I sure hated to see them end.

June 21, 2011 — Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich — I love the Stephanie Plum series!  I’ve read all seventeen and some of them more than once.  I’ve loved them all.  Each one just gets better than the last, in my opinion.  I laughed all through this one and hated for it to end.  The only good thing about it ending was seeing that Explosive Eighteen is coming out on November 22, 2011!  I’m already looking forward to that one!  I can’t believe I don’t have to wait another year to read more.  Yippee!

6/23/2011 — Dead Reckoning (a Sookie Stackhouse novel) by Charlaine Harris — I enjoyed this one (the 11th in the series) much more than the last one.  I started it last night and finished about 24 hours later.  It was fun.  Can’t wait for the next one to come out.  And i can’t wait for True Blood to start back up this Sunday on HBO.  I do enjoy Eric.

July 2011 — 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Daily Act of Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik — I liked this book.  It’s nonfiction.  Reading it once was probably enough for me though.

Aug. 1, 2011 — Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank — This is the version that has all the parts in it that have not been printed before.  All the parts where Anne talks about hating her mother, about sexuality and other teenager type stuff.  I guess, in 1945 this would have been terribly shocking, but even the hating the mother passages are just typical teen  growing pains, in my opinion.  If she had lived, she probably would have grown through all of that, I’m sure, and had a fairly normal relationship with her mother.  That was not to be the case.  It was interesting to me to see the way she grew.  She was 12 when she started the diary and is 15 when it abruptly ends.   I read at least part of this in school as a child.  When I read, years later, that the school version I’d read had been a sanitized version, I wanted to reread it.  I’m glad I did, but I never want to read it again.  It’s just depressing to me now.

8/5/2011 — The Help by Kathryn Stockett — I loved this book.  I loved the characters.  I loved hating the characters that I had hated.  It was funny and sad and heart wrenching.  I read it in less than two days and I would have read it faster if I hadn’t had to sleep and take care of grandkiddos.  I can’t wait to see the movie that is base on this book.

8/21/2011 — A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren; The Secret Lives of Men and Women by Frank Warren; PostSecret Confessions on Life, Death and God by Frank Warren — I read all three of these books in a few hours.  I’m a bit addicted to PostSecret right now.

8/26/2011 — I finished Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler a couple of days ago.  I had borrowed it from the library.  I loved this book and want to get a copy to own.  It was fun to look through and I think it will be a great resource to have around.  Oh and did I say that I loved it?  I did, I did!

8/26/2011 — My Secret (a PostSecret book) by Frank Warren — This one seemed to have secrets mostly from younger people.  It was — as all of the PostSecret books are — touching, lovely, disturbing and wonderful.  It would be a good book to buy for a teenager as a way to open up a discussion on various subjects that could be difficult to start.

8/26/2100 — I also finished 1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol tonight.  Love, love, love it.  This is another library book that I hope to own one day soon.  It has a list of all the artists in the back of the book, with website addresses, if they have one.  Another great resource book and just plain fun to have around.  I want to see some of the pages more closely so that I can read every little thing.  I’ll buy a magnifying glass when I get the book.

Sept. 2011 — Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich — This was just a fun book to read.  It starred Diesel and was set in Salem.  Lots of hocus pocus.  Just what I needed at the time.  Something I didn’t have to think to read and I enjoyed it.

9/28/2011 — Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin — I picked this book up last Sunday at the library.  It’s the book that the local library’s Readers’ Society Book Club is reading for their next meeting.  I’ve missed being in a book club, so I figured that I might as well join this one as any and they had copies of the book on hand!  I enjoyed the book.  I’d never read this author before.  It’s set in Mississippi, with race relations, crime, lonliness and finally healing.

April 29, 2012 — Making Piece — a memoir of love, loss and pie by Beth M. Howard — I hated for this book to end.  I loved it.  Someday, I hope to go on up to the Pitchfork Pie Stand and buy a piece of Ms. Howard’s apple pie.  If you’ve ever lost someone close to you, you’ll be able to identify with all the feelings expressed in this book.  Plus there are a few recipes at the end.  I’m tempted to buy a copy for myself.  I read a library copy.

June 6, 2012 — Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee — If I tell you much of anything about this book, I fear that it will give too much away.  I’ll say this much — it’s about a young widow, a dog and second chances and I really enjoyed it.  I turned off my laptop to read.  I even tuned out my Texas Rangers to read.  It was a rather fun novel in many ways.

End of June, 2012 — The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka — based on true events.  This was about Japanese ”picture brides” coming to America in the early 1900′s.  Written a little differently than most books I’ve read.  I enjoyed learning about this part of our history and it was a good read.

End of June, 2012 — True Sisters by Sandra Dallas — also based on true events.  A really good book about Mormon converts who migrated from England and Scotland, coming to America to push two-wheeled hand carts from Iowa City to Salt Lake City.  Amazing story of survival and endurance.

Early July, 2012 — Wild by Cheryl Strayed — Loved this book!  It’s a memoir about Cheryl’s life and her walking the Pacific Crest Trail alone.

Mid July, 2012 — Run by Ann Patchett — a good book.  I enjoyed it, but it was not as good as my favorite book by Ms. Patchett which is Bel Canto.

Mid July, 2012 — Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich — a fun read involving Diesel and the gang.

July 30, 2012 — Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris — Since I watch and love the HBO series True Blood, the books are getting a little confusing to me.  The series no longer follows the books.  Sad, in my opinion.  They are now two seperate things (to me) with the same characters.  Still, it’s a fun, light read.  I enjoyed it.

Mid-October 2012 — Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith — this is book 10 of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Angency series.  I enjoy the books and characters.  It’s a simple, light read.

October 30, 2012 — The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith — book 11 in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.   I had checked out the two most recent books at the library and then discovered that I missed two.  So….

November 3rd — The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith — a pleasant read.

November 14, 2012 — The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe — Wonderful book!  I had trouble putting it down and I didn’t want it to end.  I wish I had known Will’s mother.  She was an amazing woman.  The books they read and discussed between the two of them made me want to be in a book club again.  I hope that happens.  I love to discuss books with others.

3 Responses to Books

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  2. Jan T., Spring TX says:

    I now have oodles of good books to add to my reading list. I enjoy your “capsule comments” — just enough to peak my interest but not enough to give away the ending and therefore spoil the story. Keep ’em coming!

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