Wednesday, March 21, 2012

on my bookshelf: vacation reads

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday.  I was feeling very under-the-weather and spent most of the day {and Monday afternoon and night} sleeping and laying in bed.  Not at 100% yet, but I am getting there!

I wanted to share with you the books that I read while on vacation last week.  Honestly, one of the best things about going on vacation is being able to read a book.  I've found that since I've started working and blogging, I haven't read as much as I usually do.  Being on vacation changed that though since I was able to finish four {no, really - four!} books in one week.

1. and 2. Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: I don't know what to say about these books or this series that hasn't already been said.  I read them because I knew the movies were coming out this month {on Friday - AHH!} and I wanted to see what all the hype was about.  I never imagined that I would like this series because it fits in the science fiction/adventure genre, genres I tend to stay away from.  But I completely gave in, read all three {one before vacation}, and LOVED them!  The storyline was never dull and made me never want to put them down.  With an exciting and unique plot and a strong protagonist, I highly, highly recommend reading these!

3. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart: This book was recommended to me by a friend and it took me a day to get into it.  I'll be honest, I would not have picked this book up myself if I had seen it at the store.  It's a mix of satire and politics {it's quite liberal} which could be a turn-off to some, but it really was an interesting book that really made me think. I recommend going to this site to read the synopsis of the novel because I know I would not be able to describe it correctly.  Would I recommend this?  Only to certain people.

4. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult: OK, I'll be honest.  I really like Jodi Picoult.  I started reading her books when I was a sophomore in college and since then, I've read nearly all of them.  I usually can start and finish her books in a day or two and this was no exception {took just one afternoon on the beach}.  It was an interesting storyline with the tie-in of the lives of a wolf pack and addresses the issue of medical science vs. moral choices.  I won't lie, this was a heartbreaker and I did tear up at the end.  I would recommend these though - especially if you are a Jodi Picoult fan!

As for what I am reading right now, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is on my Kindle and I am loving it so far!

What are you reading?  Any favorites or recommendations?

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