It’s been a long time since I did an article about the recent books I’ve read. I wanted this blog to be more than just about my diabetes but my diabetes provides a lot of content, living with it every day, thinking about it every day. So since my last posting, I’ve read quite a bit.
- The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
- The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
- Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
- I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
- Jemima J by Jane Green
- Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
- Bookends by Jane Green
- Babyville by Jane Green
- Straight Talking by Jane Green
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
- To Have and to Hold by Jane Green
- The Other Woman by Jane Green
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Swapping Lives by Jane Green
The books in bold were books I read for my book club. The others were fun chick lit books that I bought back when I graduated college (has it really been 7 years?!) and never got around to reading. And then I read The Great Gatsby so I could go see the movie.
Since I have read so many since my last book post, I won’t recap too many of them. Sophie Kinsella is the author behind the Shopaholic series which I really enjoyed so I went on to buy/read her other books. I finally finished her books so then I moved onto Jane Green’s books, which I am still trying to get through. I love Sophie’s books. I like her writing style and the storylines were pretty entertaining. I didn’t particularly care for the beginning of Twenties Girl but it turned out OK. Jane Green’s books have been harder for me to get through. I don’t particularly care for her writing style or her story lines. The first few books she wrote/I read weren’t too great. But I had already bought all of her books so I have kept reading them. Her writing style has gotten much better with more recent stories. I have also enjoyed the story lines a little more as I have progressed through her collection. The Other Woman I read recently and I really enjoyed it. I started her next book in her collection called Swapping Lives and I have read the first four chapters about 5 times. For some reason I couldn’t seem to get through it. It’s not that it’s bad but it didn’t hold my interest. I was able to commit to it a few days ago and powered through and I actually ended up really enjoying the book despite the rough start.
For my book club books, I enjoyed all of them. The Invisible Bridge was a VERY long book and it took me a while to get through. I actually think it could have been broken up into a few books but overall I liked the first 350-400 pages, then pages 400-600 sort of dragged on and the last 150 pages or so I really enjoyed. I would recommend this book but I would warn that it is long and takes a while to get through. The Art of Racing in the Rain was the next book for book club I read and I really enjoyed it. It was a really sweet story, told from the dog’s perspective and I cried at several points throughout the book. I enjoyed it until my book club met and we started analyzing the book and I got a different perspective on the book. I still enjoyed it but I will say the book club ladies made me think a little harder about what I read (for instance, the way women were portrayed in the book).
The next book for book club I read was The Kitchen House and I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t really know what it was about before I read it so it was a surprise to me as I was reading. I thought it was very well written and a good, quick read. I didn’t particularly care for the ending but I would definitely recommend this book. Finally, in April we read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. This was a tough one. I was the only one in my book club to get through the whole book and I think the ladies in my club focused on a different aspect of the book than how the ending left me. It was a story about a family learning to eat off their land for a year. The book went into a bunch of different stories about various topics such as the importance of eating local. I was hoping they would go more into the story of the year that they lived off their land but they sort of got “preachy” throughout on the various topics. I enjoyed the topics relating to their land the most and it brought attention to how I should eat certain fruits and vegetables when they are in season so I have been trying to heed that advice.
The Great Gatsby was the other book I read and I’m sure most of you have read this book. I think this is one of those books they assign in high school and is probably one of the reasons I didn’t particularly care for reading books in high school. It was a good book but I didn’t care for the writing style. I was somewhat confused through certain parts of the book and had to re-read to understand. I also think this is the ONLY book that was made into a movie where I liked the movie better. Maybe it was because I had to speed read the book to finish it in two days to be ready to watch the movie but the movie was more enjoyable to me.
Well it was quite a busy few months of reading for me. I’m onto the next Jane Green book called Second Chance but I also have my April DSMA prize-Ginger Viera’s Emotional Eating with Diabetes to read and I went ahead and also bought her other book, Your Diabetes Science Experiment. Hopefully by my next post I will have finished reading Jane Green’s collection then I’ll move onto Nicholas Sparks (seen all his movies but only read one of his books and the book was way better than the movie).
Oh and a happy Father’s Day (yesterday) to my Daddy (and all the other T1D Dads!)! “Anyone man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad”