>Books …

>I picked up a couple of books last week. Thanks so much for your suggestions.

One is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. My book club is reading it and we meet next week, so I better get to reading.

The one that I have actually started and don’t want to put down is One and the Same that Laura C. recommended. WOW. This is an eye opener for anyone with direct relation to twins, whether you are a twin, have twins, or just are friends of twins. It is written by an identical twin, and even though I’m only on the second chapter, I know this will be one that will stay on my bookshelf to refer to for many more years.


>On my list

>Has anyone read the New York Times article of the new book, “Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man?”

I was intrigued by just reading the article and can’t wait until it releases next month. It almost feels wrong to want to read a story about someone spiraling out of control, but I am fascinated by taking a look into Bill Clegg’s life. I loved “A Million Little Pieces” too, and I don’t care whether it was real, or embellished.

What are you reading this summer?

>I finally did it.

>I got sucked in to the Vampire books. I picked up New Moon at the airport on our way to NYC and finished it on our return trip home. I could have read the entire thing in one sitting, but since I was in NYC, I did want to get out and explore and not sit in a hotel room and read about vampires.

On my trip to Vegas, I picked up New Moon on the way home and have put a big dent into it. I will probably finish it this weekend. Good thing, because I have a date with two of my oldest friends to see the movie on opening weekend.

For those of you who are in the know … will it matter if I didn’t see the Twilight movie, but have read the book? Have you already read the entire series … are there four total in print? Totally different than the Harry Potter series, but I think they are both a must read for tweens, teens, and adults alike.

So far, I think they are great. The dialogue is easy to read and as a friend from my book club summed it up, Edward was exactly how you wanted all the boys in High School to be. Ok, maybe not be a vampire, but I guess that’s beside the point.

>Back to the books

>Since I had the girls, and even while I was still pregnant, my reading really consisted of baby milestone books, what to expect kind of books, life with twin books, and of course children’s books. Good Night Moon, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Pat the Bunny …. you know the deal.

I love to read, but it’s really hard to make the time for it now. As a kid, I was obsessed and would read for hours. Just sit and read. I know my Mom loved it. I still love to read and finally tried to get back in the swing with my book club to read Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey. He wrote A Million Little Pieces, which I loved. Don’t care if he made it up or not – I thought it was an incredible book and I think you must have spent some time heavily using drugs to write about some of the things he described in that book.

Back to Bright Shiny Morning … Not sure how I’m feeling about it yet. It’s written in his typically style – sometimes descriptive run on sentences or short one liners. Lots of chapters about life in Los Angeles, facts and figures about LA. I liked several of the characters, but I guess I was left waiting to know how they all interact. Maybe I missed something, but I guess they only had the city was their common thread. Anyone else read it?

I just started Bitter is the New Black by Jennifer Lancaster. Can already tell that I will love it! Easy read, full of sarcasm and fun. What’s not to love about that?

>Recommended reading

>I’ve had this book on my “to read” list for some time, and finally borrowed a copy from a co-worker. Oh my gosh, I started reading it when I came home from work tonight and it has to be some of the funniest writing I have read in a while.

If you have worked in the advertising business, you will appreciate this novel. I think I knew I would love it when on page 5, they describe how someone had placed a sushi roll on a bookshelf of another employee and it took weeks for anyone to finally find it, but the whole time, the guy is sniffing his underarms, breathing into his hand to see if he’s the one exuding the smell. I had to laugh because I previously worked at an agency where a very similar incident happened that involved banana peels. I will of course protect all parties involved.

So, if you love cubicles, cynicism, and caffeine breaks, check it out.

>Book Club

>I’m currently reading gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson for my Book Club. We meet Tuesday and I’m not quite finished (and need to get with it), but I’m really enjoying the book so far. Since we live in the South, we always try to read some good southern writers every now and then and I think Jackson does a great job at capturing the places, dialects, and emotions of her characters. I really love the first line of her novel. “There are Gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel’s, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus.”

Growing up in a smallish southern town in Tennessee, I can firmly relate to this statement and while I somehow found my way into the popular crowd as a teenager, I started my high school years no where near that clique. Now, don’t go reading into anything – I am far from the character named Arlene (as she’s known in AL) and Lena (as she’s presently known) in Jackson’s book, but there are times that those “gods” in High School made me feel like the lowest of the low. But that’s OK, J. Lorenzo, where ever you are with your high top red Reebok’s, I hope karma has caught up with you.

>Catcher in the Rye

>I’m re-reading Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I think it’s been since high school and I had forgotten how Salinger writes in these long, rambling run on sentences that make you struggle to keep up. Love this book and it’s great to revisit. I am remembering why it doesn’t take long to read – I don’t think I even take a breath when reading it!