Saturday, September 10, 2011

On my bookshelf

I love to read. Love, love, love. Hence why I want to have my own book haven someday. And why I started out as an English major in college. And why I love books on shirts. And why I have at least six books out on loan to friends right now (I actually have to keep a list!). And it's partially why I have a quote book.

So, I've been doing a lot of reading lately. And I don't know if anyone is interested, but I thought I'd start sharing what's "On my bookshelf" maybe once or twice a month, depicting the books I'm currently devouring. Personally, I love to see what others are currently reading-- whether it be the New York Times bestseller of the week, little-known classics, biographies, etc. I'm open to it all and always searching for something new. So what do you think?

Here's a few of the most recent books I've read:

Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos

From the title, this may sound like a typical romantic love story, but it isn't so! Although there are romantic elements throughout, the focus resides much more on other relationships of love in ones life, and growing as an individual through interactions with others. And, although the plot is compelling enough by itself, I particularly enjoyed the poetic flow of the prose-- which makes sense, considering the author is also a poet. I highly recommend it (and I've heard they are making it into a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker in 2012!)

Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

I adore memoirs. Absolutely adore. Just the idea of knowing that what I'm reading is a true story-- actually happened to real people-- amazes me. It's like I've opened up a secret diary and been let in on someone's most personal thoughts and experiences. It makes me feel like I've been invited to an exclusive party. Plus, memoirs help me remember the world is much larger than I think it is, and what may seem significant in the day-to-day, really isn't that big in the grand scheme of things. Does that make sense? Sure, I love good fiction, but when it comes down to it, those aren't reality. But memoirs-- now that's a different story. 

Anyway, Jesus Land is for those who don't mind reading something a little dark. The plot revolves mostly around race, discrimination, punishment, and a misuse of the idea of Christian love or Christian values. It's heart-wrenching and filled with sadness-- and many times I found myself in disbelief of the actions taken by certain individuals. But in the end there is a sense of triumph and new understanding.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Now if you are in the mood for a quick, easy read, Safe Haven is the way to go. Just like all of Sparks' other novels, this book is centered on romance and suspense-- making it a novel hard to put down. With his books, I always find myself rushing to get to the end-- and then disappointed when it's over (Not that I'm disappointed with the outcome, but that I wish there was more to read). Sparks' definitely knows the way to a woman's heart, which always makes me think he must be a wonderful husband and father in real life :-)

So there you have it. Let me know what you think, and if I should continue with these "On my bookshelf" posts. Also, I'd love to hear what you've been reading recently! Feel free to tell me in the comments. ♥


Laura said...

Definitely keep doing. I love hearing about what others are reading. I do book reviews on my blog whenever I finish a book. I know it doesn't quite go with crafting, but it is part of my life I like to share. I've seen Love Walked in Before and heard good things; I'll have to check it out.

Sarah said...

I too love book reviews! I don't read nearly as much as I should. There was a time when I was constantly reading, but it's been replaced with blogging and reading others blogs (Fluffy material that that normally is, I still consider it "reading" since it takes up so much of my time.

Jess [tenpenny splendid] said...

I'm glad someone else wants to do this too! I say keep going. I love book recommendations and talking about what I've read. I'll have to give these a try! And if you do end up reading Don't Breathe a Word let me know what you think! So good. :)

Unknown said...

I read a book lately that I think you'd enjoy, it seems like it woud be your 'cup of tea' as they say. It's called Life Of Pi, i wrote a bit about it here