Thursday, June 12, 2014

I bend my books.

In this warm weather, there is almost nothing I love more than sitting outside (preferably in a hammock), with a yummy sweet tea (preferably from Chickfila) with an awesome, addictive book. I love all kinds of books... romance, mystery, medical, drama. I much prefer fiction but I've been known to pick up a memoir or two in my day.

This summer, although I have a crazy little calendar, I'd really like to make time to dive back into books. Yes, I have a Kindle...and an iPad... but there's just something about HOLDING a physical book; bending the pages (which drives my husband crazy), folding over half onto the other, accidentally getting pool or salt water on the pages which forever shrivels the ends up (which I sort of love). I do love me a good e-book, but in a world full of technology, its fun to unplug, kick your feet up, and dive into an ACTUAL book. There is something about getting caught up into a story, making this fake world up in your head, picturing people for characters in the novel, and getting emotionally attached to the storyline.

Yesss, you go Walt.
I totally was that girl and made a Pinterest board for books I wanted to read in 2012...HA, I got about 2 done, and gave up... so its time to revisit, and update that list!

What do I need from you? SUGGESTIONS! Please, let me know your favorite books and tell me what you recommend! I'd really like to finish a few books before the summer is over. I'd like to challenge myself to sit on my patio (which I have yet to do; our apartment is on the second floor and we don't exactly LOVE our fighting neighbors, who seem to always be outside), fix myself a cup of tea, and READ!!

So, help a sister out? ;)

24 comments:

  1. I'm the exact same. I love a good book in my hands. I really want to read Fault in our Stars...and I also want to read the new Emily Giffin book!

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    1. Kayla just bought me that book for my birthday this week. Waiting for vacation to start it.

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  2. An oldie but a goodie is The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom....my favorite book ever! :)

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  3. I just read The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue. Are you on Goodreads? It's an awesome free app!

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  4. I bend my books too! And dog ear (woops). But I like having books that look well used!! And I also LOVE the smell of books new or old.

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  5. I'm the same way - I love bending the books! Peter let me borrow a few and I may have gotten some water stains on them whoops :) I have a kindle as well but I love holding and it may sound weird, but smelling them too! I would recommend Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and The Fault in Our Stars if you haven't already!

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  6. I just finished The Fault In Our Stars and LOVED every single page of it! <3

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  7. This was mentioned already, but.. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is my absolute favorite book, hands down. Actually, all of his books are awesome. I've read them all. Wife 22 was a fun read as well. =) I think I've sat on our balcony maybe five times since we moved here last year. And it was one of our selling points because I was going to sit there every night in the summer...pshhhhh. Gotta change that this summer! =)

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  8. I'm about halfway through Gone Girl right now and really like the writing style. I also just finished The Husband's Secret. It's not really a masterpiece, but it was a quick, enjoyable read with a little mystery to it.

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  9. I did the same thing with Pinterest, haha. But then I discovered Goodreads and now I mainly use it. I am reading The Fault In Our Stars right now, which is really good. I heard there's a twist at the end. I really liked Still Missing by Chevy Stevens, but I might have already told you that?

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  10. I read everyday at my lunch break (for an hour) and at night! I think I get SO much more reading done when I have a hard copy, instead of electronic...definitely agree with you on that! My iPad is hardly used for reading. I joined the library and get most of my books from there, unless I have a B&N gift card. I have read a few things that I have liked lately: The One & Only (Emily Giffin's new book), Save the Date (Mary Kay Andrews' new book), I also love anything by Megan McCafferty, Silver Lining's Playbook was also really good, and so was the Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks!

    I use GoodReads (the website or app) and love it for finding new books. You should sign up if you don't have it yet!

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  11. i love physical books too. and swore up and down i would never read a book on a kindle/nook/ipad. uhhhhh guess what i read on 80% of the time? my kindle! oops. but i do love to switch it up now and then and read a physical book.
    and the recommendations.. where do i even start? Colleen Hoover is an amazing author, so any of her books. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn... definitely check out Goodreads. tons of suggestions/reviews!

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  12. I second Colleen Hoover books. I've loved them all but I think Hopeless was my favorite. On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves was a great read. Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay - soooo good! I've got about 100,000 more recommendations. If you like any of these - let me know. :)

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  13. Freaking read the Jodi book(s?) I let you borrow!!!! ;) Your life will be changed, woman!!!

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  14. Crazy Love by Francis Chan is a GREAT book! I am actually reading it for the second time, ha! Also, Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank is a good read too! :)

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  15. YAY! Join Goodreads, I have a TON of books to read on there!

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  16. Read attachments the pretender and the husbands secret

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  17. Even Now/Ever After by Karen Kingsbury are my all time favorite books, they will make you cry and laugh all at the same time. I work at a bookstore and read a lot and I would highly recommend anything by Colleen Coble, Becky Wade (awesome brand new author), Dee Henderson and Karen Kingsbury. Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury is about abortion and is a very good read about forgiveness. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is based off the book of Hosea from the Bible and is also good! If I had to recommend anything again it would be the first two! Happy Reading!

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  18. I'm in a reading funk right now even though I have a boatload of books at the ready. But I was struck by your post title. I've given paperbacks to friends that both my mom and I have read, and they look brand new. It must be one of those weird genetic traits!

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  19. I just finished Fault in Our Stars, which was really good. Also, The Book Thief and Name Of The Wind are good!

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  20. You forgot smell! You can't smell the pages of a brand new book, or a musty old book. Does that make me sound weird??

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  21. I'm loving Beth Kendrick right now!

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  22. If you like medical thrillers, check out "Hypocrisy" by D.M. Annechino, www.dmannechino.wordpress.com . A friend recommended it to me and it was a great read!

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  23. I'm Happy to Be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs. She blogs at The Girl Who Loved to Write so it is even better because of that :) Here is the link to get it on Amazon >>> http://amzn.to/1qXBL1K

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