2013 Books

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Park LaneI have already posted once about books and joining my neighborhood book club.  I admit I haven’t read too much since my last post but I hope to read more in this new year.  I did read a book called Park Lane by Frances Osborne.  It was recommended to me by one of my neighbors.  I was excited to read this book because I thought it would be similar to Downton Abbey, which I love.  It was an OK read.  I found it a little hard to get into but once I was into it, it was good.  However, I wasn’t too pleased with the ending.  I also read Sophie Kinsella’s book Can You Keep A Secret. This was a very easy read and I loved it.  It was super cute and a very light read; I believe I read it in about 2 days.Can You Keep A Secret

I mentioned in the last book club post that our book club was reading The Invisible Bridge  by Julie Orringer next and while that was about two months ago, we took the month of December off for a Christmas party instead of a book club meeting so we are meeting this upcoming Tuesday to discuss The Invisible Bridge.  I have not yet started it but I hope to cruise through it over the weekend.  Our book club has the following books on our list to read:

  • For February:  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • For March:  The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • For April:  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • For May:  War Brides by Helen Bryan
  • For June:  The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shrev

In addition to the above books for my book club, I hope to read several books on my own:

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (I believe the movie comes out on DVD in February)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Sophie Kinsella’s books: The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number
  • All of Jane Green’s books
  • All of Nicholas Sparks’ books
  • 50 Shades of Grey series

I absolutely love the movies Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Jane Eyre so I want to read the books since admittedly I probably just browsed the Cliff Notes back in high school.  There are many more books I want to read but I think this is a pretty aggressive list that I hope I will be able to get through by the end of the year.  If any movies based on books come out in 2013, I will most likely try to read those before I see the movie because the book is always better than the movie (with the exception of Pride and Prejudice because I love Colin Firth).


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