January 8, 2014


We need to discuss books for a minute, because it's been a while since I've read something I loved.
And for the record - no, I haven't finished Kelly Oxford's book, and probably won't.
I never not finish books. Ever. But it's happening this time.

I can count on one hand how many books I read last year.
Or maybe not.
Because I'm bad a math/my memory is failing me.
But I know, for sure, it's a low number. Since my time was spent watching TV.


Well, not entirely, because I'm still going to watch the shit out of TV.

Try to remember a good book that you read a few years ago.
A book that, by the grace of God, was not made into a sub-par movie.
No sci-fi, please. But murder mysteries are always welcome.

And don't you dare suggest Gone Girl, because if I owned a physical copy...
(instead of on my Nook) ...I'd burn that mother fucker.

But a book that you liked enough to read more than once - let me know.
Or an author that you really like.
Or your single cousin's phone number.

I'm getting off topic.

Maybe there's a book you haven't read, but heard is good.
Tell me about it and let's read it together.
But, really, apart.
You know what I mean.

I love to read, and it's been too long since I've gotten lost in a good book.
I have a few good reads up my sleeve, so let's compare notes.

Please and thank you!


  1. i've got nothing. but i can comment anyway dammit :) only reason i finished kelly's book was because i heard the end was better and it actually was. although took me months to read. was disappointed though.

  2. The only book I read last year that I could read again and again would be Fault in Our Stars. The rest was "meh." But I know you've read that one. Skyler read like four books last week, I'll ask him what the mystery one he read was. He said it was really good. Also, I'll come back later to steal whatever list has surfaced in your comment section, because I need a good read too.

    aka I'll wait for Michelle to comment.

  3. I heard Gone Girl is pretty good??

  4. But no, seriously....try Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.
    Mind blowing. The only (and I reallllly mean ONLY) book I have ever read twice.

  5. Check out Jodi Picoult. She is an awesome writer. I've read My Sisters Keeper, Nineteen Minutes and The Pact. They have all been great!

  6. First of all, if you haven't read Great Gatsby...read Great Gatsby. It is so good. Also, I just finished Malcom Gladwell's Outliers (because I like being 5 years late to the conversation) and that was very, very good.

    If you like historical books, I cannot recommend enough "Ordinary Men" by Christopher Browning, but it is a really tough read (emotionally) about the average people who committed the Holocaust.

    If you're looking for an ease-back-in book, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon is really great, told from the perspective of a boy with Aspbergers who is investigating the death of a dog in his neighborhood. In the same Aspbergers vein, "Look Me in the Eye" and "Born on a Blue Day" are both really interesting memoir reads.

    And I'm coming back to these comments later to get more recommendations!

  7. I've got a good book for you.

    1. It's true! They can be! I've met a few.

  8. If you didn't like Gone Girl, you MIGHT like Dark Places or Sharp Objects. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens was a really great thriller about a woman who was abducted by an obsessed stalker and kept captive for a year. The ending involves a crazy twist that is completely unpredictable.

  9. i read Wild and really enjoyed it. but it is being made into a movie with Reese Witherspoon... so i don't know how you feels about that. I also just bought the Fault In Our Stars, but have not started it yet.

  10. What is your problem with Gone Girl, YOU HEATHEN?

    Get yourself some Chuck Palahnuik and report back. Start with Lullaby. I'd mail them to you to borrow but they are my most prized possessions. Those and my David Sedaris collection. I would always recommend him.

    I am reading The Book Thief and it is longgggg but good. Also, long.

  11. I love Kelly's twitter feed, but it wasn't as funny as I'd hoped. If you're looking for hilarious reads, Mindy Kaling's book is great, so is Andy Cohen's. Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is older, but really awesome. And Jen Lancaster's autobiographies are super funny. I especially loved Bright Lights, Big Ass, and Such a Pretty Fat.

  12. *rolls up sleeves* LET'S DO THIS

    Ok. I've been reading a ton of memoirs lately. Like the girl above, Jen Lancaster is gold. Bitter is the new Black & Bright Lights, Big Ass. Also, Shut Up, You're Welcome by Annie Choi. Oh! And the Bloggess' book. The chapter on HR is the funniest thing I've ever read.

    I agree with what Tiff said about The Book Thief. If you read it, prepare your emotions.

    Get a goodreads account!! It's my favorite thing ever, and I've found so many books from it. I will keep thinking of books for you!

  13. What Twilight and Beautiful Creatures and Hunger Games not your thing??

    I actually went and checked out my reading list from the past two years (yes I have a list. It's a disorder) and I've read nothing good. YA only. I need help. But from before that? I really enjoy Bill Bryson's writing. Or there's always reading the Harry Potter series for the hundredth time.

  14. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper was one of my book club's favorite books this past year. Plus, it's being made into a movie.


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