Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Reading? What's Reading?

Before Social Media {and specifically blogging} I used to devour books. Technically I'm still 'reading' other blogs and I will always love writing as my main creative outlet, but I do really miss getting lost in a new book each week. This past month reading was a goal priority, and still I only halfway accomplished while trying to cram in all things baby related.

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The good news is I made it to the library and rechecked my overdue books. The bad news is I realize I've been trying to read the same book for nine months according to Instagram:

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I really, really want to get into this book because Will raved about  it after he read it, but I haven't been able to get past the beginning yet. I love running, so I want to delve into the crazy running feats this Mexican tribe has accomplished in Born To Run {like running for days on end, all the races they conquer, running from enemies, etc}, and I've heard that it's 'riveting', so I just hope I get to the riveting part before they won't let me check it out again.

Other than that, I've been loving my Kindle App because I can read in the dark. For the past few months I've found myself wide awake early in the morning, so I click into the app and read until I get sleepy again. I've made it through the following this way and am now reading Home To Stay. It takes me a pretty long time to get through each book this way and every now and then the plot keeps me up, but  I do enjoy the solitary time I have reading without distractions.

Meant To Be If you like travel, Europe, Shakespeare, and/or a young love story, then this is right up your alley. It follows a young girl on a school trip to London, and as the story unfolds she learns to let go in general and in love.

This Is What Happy Looks Like might be my favorite lately. It's another young adult fiction where  a teenage movie star accidentally sends an email to a small town girl, they make a connection turning into pen pals, and he moves an entire movie set to her town to meet her face to face. It's summer love at it's finest with a few surprise twists, including a mother in hiding and a political father that's never been in the picture, and a fun read.

Home To Stay This one is a little 'Safe Haven' esque with a woman moving to a small island to hide from her past, but the story focuses on the island and it's inhabitants, as they work together to build up the tourism, plan a wedding, and seem like real people until a new love story unfolds. It's gotten pretty steamy lately, which I wasn't expecting, but I'm looking forward to how it all turns out. I know something big is coming...dundunDUN.

It's probably strange that I like Young Adult Fiction so much, but YA is like the PG-13 of books, and there's a reason that Will tells me that movies are PG-13 when he's trying to get me to watch them. Whether it's a book or movie, I just don't enjoy horror, gore, overly sexualized characters, or shock value just for the sake of shock value. That being said, any good recommendations that fall into the PG-13 category? Have you guys read any of these?


Sarah said...

Hi Janna!!

I still read your blog but haven't commented much, sorry about that!! First off, congratulations on Charlie!!!! Little girls are the best!! I have two of my own - my oldest just turned 3 and my youngest is 21 months. They go to daycare very part time (10 hours a week) and that has been my saving grace LOL! Love them, but it's nice to have time to get things done!!

I'm not sure if this falls into YA or not, but I just started reading "The Girls on the Train" and OMG. It's good!! I bought it over the weekend and am determined to finish it today. It's very well-written and is an absolute page-turner.

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

- Sarah

Brittany said...

I haven't read a book in a while although I have a few sitting in my living room waiting for me. I did try and start one but in not into it so we shall see how that ends up. I'll add these to my list for sure. I love young adult books too.

P!nky said...

Okay, I need to add all of these books to my list. I don't use the kindle app, just my kindle but need to check that out for when I forget my kindle on travel [ugh so terrible]. I have heard amazing things about Born to Run but have yet to give it a try. I'm worried I'll hate it or will love the philosophy and start running like a maniac ;)!

I'm a big fan of YA too, I just don't like too much violence or seksi time stuff. I do enjoy murder mysteries so sometimes I'll just skim the violent part and just learn how the crime was committed!

Betsy said...

Sometimes I find with books I need to just put it down and try again at some other point in life. Like maybe I'm just not in the right time to read the book. I know it sounds weird but maybe that's what it is!

The Morrows said...

So glad you shared.
I have been looking for some good summer reads!

Cece said...

The same thing happened to me. Between social media and blog reading the books disappeared from my life unless I went on vacation. The library brought me back to reading too. I have a co worker that raved about Born to Run.

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

I love a good book! It's been a while. I'm currently reading You're a Badass. It's great!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever read Jodi Picoult? I love YA books too, and she is a favorite of mine! Also, if you like a funny read, try anything by Jen Lancaster. She writes mostly memoirs, but also has a couple of novels. She is definitely PG-13 and hilarious!

Alana Livingston said...

I used to read a lot, but have definitely read less over the past year--I need to make more of an effort to read! Those books sound really good, I'll have to check them out!

Mandie said...

Oh my gosh, I love my Kindle & Kindle app on my phone. If I'm reading anything but James Patterson, it'll most likely be on my Kindle & if I leave my Kindle at home, I can sync my phone to where I've read up to & read anywhere. I love it! Best thing EVER! :)

Mandie ~

Anonymous said...

I read a book that took me that long before. I learn that you just need to bear with it, but sometimes I give up too early because I hate taking that long to read a book. I have a reading list that continues to get bigger and bigger on pinterest. You should check it out When I was in middle school and high school I read tons of books, but since I'm in college now my time is limited. It can be crazy hectic sometimes, but I'm working on reading more. Especially this summer! I'm so glad you linked up with Create Your Own Adventure. I'm a host and will be continuing this link up with a new twist each month and would love for you to join.

lisacng @ said...

I love a great YA book! #noshame I once read "Ultra Marathon Man" by Dean Karnazes and it was so inspiring! Maybe you'd like this one.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I think I might enjoy Meant to Be!

Thanks for linking up!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I'm with you on loving YA fiction! It's my favorite genre. I'm adding "This is what happy looks like" book to my Goodreads! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

Stephanie said...

I used to love YA Fiction but I'm with you - reading has been on the back burner for awhile. I'm much better at reading when it's the e-book version but I really would like to get back to library and check out a real book. Maybe I'll look for something on your list!

Kathryn B said...

Oh my! I LOVE YA fiction! It's some of my favorite. Here are some recommendations for you :)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
These Things Hidden by Heather Gunderkauf
Big Little Lies by Laine Moriarty
Defending Jacob by William Landay
The Divergent Series if you haven't read those already
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I love to read! Even though I don't find much time, I still enjoy getting lost in a book.


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