Vacation Reading

This is for those who asked what books I read last month. I read 14 books in February, 12 of them while on vacation. Some were good, some were weird, some were just bad.

I read Divergent and Insurgent after several people told me there were better than the Hunger Games Trilogy. I really liked them. I do not like that I have to wait until October for the next one.

I read Dead Until Dark, the first Sookie Stackhouse book (or for you TV people the first True Blood book). Kind of strange to read after having watched all of True Blood, but I still enjoyed it.

Next up was America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom. This is Meghan McCain and Ian Black’s book. I started it stack of booksawhile back, but had to stop when there was a section on guns and the Sandy Hook shooting has just taken place. I just couldn’t read the politics and experience all of that. Overall it was okay. Meghan McCain is one of the only Republicans I can read and listen to. I assume that has to do with her beliefs on gay marriage and her beliefs that some of the out-spoken a-holes in her party are exactly that. I’m not sure this book actually achieved what they wanted it to, and it got a bit long, but it was entertaining.

A Negotiated Marriage, not sure I should admit this one. It was brainless, mostly pointless, and definitely a beach read. I read it in one day.

The next one was intriguing; The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. It wasn’t at all what I thought it would be and I still don’t know how I feel about the ending.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – This is kind of about 9/11, but only kind of. And it’s through the eyes of a kid. I enjoyed this one. It was deep, complex and came together well. At times it was a bit hard to follow, but I think that was vacation brain.

The Millennium Trilogy – or Better known as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Books.  I know I’m several years late to the party on this one and actually had the books on my kindle for over a year, and for some reason decided vacation was the time to read them. I read all three books in six days. They captured me and I needed to find out what happened next. For anyone who only read the first book I highly recommend reading the other two. They get a lot deeper and a lot stranger, but hold you until the end.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, ugh, what a self-absorbed woman. This was our last book  club book and it took me three times to get past the first chapter. Not sure why I stuck with it. Oh no, your life was hard and you decided to hike. Gah. Save yourself the time and don’t read it.

Another brainless vacation read: From Notting Hill with Love… Actually. Nothing wrong with this one. It actually had a plot. Simple and a nice break after the previous reads.

This was bad, Faking It, yet didn’t end how I expected it to, so at least there’s that. The character’s (ok, some of them) actually had substance to them.

I have enjoyed a lot of Ann Patchett books. State of Wonder was different. It was too fantastical or something. It was interesting to be reading it at the end of my trip considering it took place in Brazil. There are many of her books I would recommend, not this one.

So that was February. Since getting home I have watched too much TV. My DVR is overwhelming me and I’m ready to start reading again.

3 thoughts on “Vacation Reading

  1. Thanks for the list! 🙂 I started Dead Before Dark but didn’t like it at all, which is strange because I do like True Blood (but I’m very late to that party). I just finished (today!) From Notting Hill with Love … Actually, loved it, but how much of a shocker is that since I love the movies too. 🙂

    I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, thought it was so-so, turned the movie off midway. Maybe I’ll give the second book a try.

    I’m glad to hear you like Extremely Loud, the movie was phenomenal.

    1. I didn’t know there was a movie for Extremely Loud. I’ll have to check it out. (I’m so, so out of the loop on movies.)

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