Saturday, February 12, 2011

good reads

This blog can't be very long because I have a headache from staring into the screen for so long book shopping
I used to use and record all the books I've read and what not, but I was completely disappointed and bored with it. It recommended books that had nothing to do with the books I was reading, nor were they even popular books. And the reviews I read were very limited and the people who wrote them sounded extremely informal. Like perhaps they got the e mixed up with 3 and forgot that "you" isn't spelled like u and "yours" isn't urs and no offense if that's the boat you float on but I really just have no desire to take advice on intelligent literature when using correct grammar seems to be such a hassle.
So I found and now I can't stay away. I'm in love. Finding books is easy because they are separated into lists like "best books of the 20th century" and "books of the decade" and I can scroll through and see all the big titles that I've been hearing throughout the past few years but never actually knew what they were about. And people write awesome reviews. Like entire essays, but they don't spoil the book. I have like 30 new books that I'm dying to read just from reading reviews.
Some I already knew I wanted to read and others I had never heard of. Lately I've been on a classic novel kick and I'm reading My Antonia by Willa Cather and starting Jane Eyre and now I'm just ready to read every classic novel ever published.
But anyway, considering my headache I'm just going to show you some of the books I found and give a tip for those of us who honestly enjoy books- this website is pretty legit.

Also, I started this challenge thing where I state how many books I want to read in 2011 and my goal was 40, but I got started late so I've only read two so far. I'll do better though.

 1. loved. it was so cute. a journalist from london begins corresponding with a book club in Guernsey and learn about all their experiences during the holocaust. it sounds like it would be thoroughly depressing but it really wasn't at all. i love all the cute little love stories going on between the lines. i love it because her love story it isn't blunt, it grows on you. kind of like the love comes softly series. and i seriously laughed until i almost cried at the end.

 2. loved. there's no way that i'm qualified to review books, especially mark twain. but i honestly loved this book and if i ever read a book twice this would be one i would choose. i had to read it for school but i'm really glad that i did. it's one of my favorites now.

and now on to all the books I want to read... 



  1. 1984 was thoroughly odd. The Book Thief was pretty hard to follow but not bad. Life of Pi was really good but not at all what I expected. If you want to borrow them, I have Life of Pi and The Book Thief. There are a lot of books on that list that sound interesting. I've started on a list of 100 books to read before you die and some of your books are on it.

  2. I might do that if you don't mind :) I've heard a lot of different opinions on 1984 but I think I'd like to just experience it, just because it's so obscure I guess... Lol and I'd really like to see your list! I want to read at least 40 this year but I probably won't stick to these, they're just the ones I found interesting while I was shopping around on goodreads. :)

  3. Here's the link to the list:
    I started The Hobbit a couple of days ago.

  4. That's very interesting, I'm probably gonna look at that closer. :) How are you liking the Hobbit?

  5. I tied to read it about a year ago and couldn't get into it, but now I'm really enjoying it. I might have to try to read Lord of the Rings again.

  6. We have Mere Christianity, Start Here, Love Walked In, Crazy Love, The Screwtape Letters, and the Jane Austen books. I know you like to buy books to start your own library but if at any time you would like to borrow, I would love a visit/book chat. :D

  7. Melissa Jane, you're just amazing :) My next book to read is Anne of Green Gables, and as soon as I finish I'll bring it back and would love to have another book chat! I'll bring any of mine you'd like to read, like maybe Guernsey if you're interested :)

  8. I started Anne of Green Gables LAST NIGHT. That's crazy. It really will be like a little book club chat!

    That Anne book is yours to keep. I have the set so that was just an extra.

    I forgot to tell you the first time that I have a goodreads account. :)

  9. Aww Melissa that's so exciting! And thank you so much! :) We should completely be friends on goodreads, whatever that means. Haha I'm not exactly sure how it works but it sounds like something we should do :)