#Friday Reads 2/25

Posted 25 February, 2011 by DLWhite in Writers Read 0 Comments

It’s that time again! Friday Reads is when we talk about what we’re readin’!

My reading has been considerably slower this month than last. I was entirely more productive in January than February, but in my defense, I had a lot of writing I wanted to get done. Since I’ve finished that story  (that was hanging over my head),  I have more time. I wish I could say I’ve filled it with reading, but that would only be a 1/4 truth. Not even a half truth. *shame*

On with it! Let’s chat about what I’m reading… these are the books most active in my ‘Currently Reading Pile’.

I’ve been an avid reader of PastaQueen for nearly three years. Back when I was trying to lose some weight (never did manage to outrun those lbs, the suckers) I was looking for inspiration and someone linked her blog and I was hooked, right away. I love a success story, and when Jennette Fulda, the Queen of Pasta herself, announced that she was writing a book, I was ultra excited. Half Assed, her weight loss memoir, was her first. Chocolate and Vicodin is her second, about the headache that is like the Little Engine That Could. Since February 2008, Jennette has had a constant headache. At a time in her life when she should be deliriously happy and celebrating, she is knocked to her knees by debilitating head pain. My father suffers from chronic migraines and back pain on a constant basis, has for as long as I can remember. I have friends who are migraine sufferers. If nothing, Chocolate and Vicodin brings the experience home and puts it into words which are down to earth and even humorous. I don’t know how Jennette does it… if I’d had  a headache for 3 years, I would be pretty unbearable right now. Great read so far… very entertaining.

Minding Ben , by Victoria Brown p. 26 of 352 (7%)

I won this book through Goodreads FirstReads program. It took a bit to get into it, but I’m now on my way! This book promises to be The Nanny Diaries meets The Help (have read both and hold both in high regard). It is the story of Grace, a young woman from Trinidad who travels to New York in search of the American Dream. What she finds is work with a family that pays meager wages for demanding work and an underground network of the West Indian babysitting community. I’m interested in digging into this book further.

Daughter of Joy , by Kathleen Morgan p. 46 of 336 (13%)

It’s odd that I am a Christian but I shy away from Christian fiction. I often find it preachy, instead of simply having a book where the characters are believers and not… I dunno…  non believers. If I want to read a sermon, I will open my Bible, or tune into the 800million churches here in ATL that broadcast their nightly services. I stumbled upon this book and decided to read it without realizing that it was Christian fiction. I kept reading it because it is also historical fiction, sort of a favorite genre, lately. Abigail Stanton is a widow who’s child recently passed away. She’s looking for an escape from her old life while she heals, and happens upon Culdee Creek’s Conor McKay, a surly-yet-handsome, wifeless man with a wild one of a daughter and a son who’s on the wind.  This story seems pretty predictable, but then again a lot of love stories are. That won’t stop anyone from reading them. This one is moving a bit slowly, but I am determined to stick with it.

Slammerkin , by Emma Donoghue p. 50 of 408 (12%)

I haven’t read past my last spot a few weeks ago. This book reads entirely more difficult than Room. I am interested in the story but it is set in London. Which, for no reason, is about my least favorite setting in a book. Slammerkin might join the ranks of Stiff, another book I just haven’t been able to dig into.

Damage , by John Lescroart p. 103 of 416 (24%)

Made  a bit of progress in this book this week. Lescroart does a great job of building suspense, piling story elements on top of each other like bricks. It really is just beginning to get good. I’ll probably dig into this over the weekend. Did I mention I miss Dismas Hardy?


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