What I'm Reading

I don’t think I’ve read this much since I was in college. I feel like a real grown up. Maybe I’ll even graduate to reading actual adult books at some point, but no promises. Here’s what I read to kill time walking on the treadmill while I was patiently waiting to be able to run again.

1. Reached by Ally Condie

You can find the summary here.

Reached is book 3 of the Matched series. I had no interest in reading another dystopian novel but somehow I managed to plow through all of them quickly. I thought the whole series was really good and I like how the writing seemed to mature in each book as the characters matured and got stronger. If you liked The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series, you’re going to like these.

2. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.


You can find the summary here.

I.loved.this.book. A friend of mine posted about it on Facebook so I thought I would give it a try since I loved the movie. Well, the book is so different from the movie. I want to watch it again after reading but I’m afraid I won’t like it now in comparison. While reading, I had a hard time not picturing Will Smith, when the lead character was more like an alcoholic Chris Hemsworth that doesn’t work out. The end is amazing, has interesting social undertones, and makes the title make sense unlike the movie. It’s a short read (maybe 200 pages), and if you like vampire stories, you’ll like this one.

3. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

You can find the summary here. Unrelated, I’d like to go drinking with whomever designs those covers. I think it would be a good time.

This is book 10 in the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series. I read the first nine books back-to-back several years ago, bought this one right after I read book nine, and then let it sit on my Nook for three years for no particular reason.

I love the series but this was probably one of the least interesting of the books. Half way through I thought, I’m never going to read another one of these. By the end of the book, I was ready to buy the next one. Even though it wasn’t as good as most of the others, it still sucks you in and reminds you how different they are from the series.

4.  Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels

You can find the summary here.

I read most of this book. I skipped some of the long tables and hormone descriptions that got repetitive after awhile. What I did read I thought was really informative. My take away was that everything is poisoning us and wreaking havoc on our metabolisms. Sometimes I felt like the book had too much information to take in at once and it also seemed impossible to follow all the rules she suggests without making it your 24-hour job to rid your life of artificial foods and products. If you want to worry about everything you’re doing to your body even more than you already do…read this.

5. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

You can find the summary here.

I read this book on Michelle’s recommendation. It’s about a girl who is unwillingly sent to live at a leper colony in Hawai’i. The summary doesn’t sound like anything I would normally want to read, but man am I glad I did. I even almost stopped reading 20 pages in because I thought I couldn’t get into it, but I would have really missed out. This book is amazing. It’s sweet and sad and emotional and uplifting and heartwarming and just so, so, so good. I highly recommend it. It’s up at  the top of my list with my other fave of the year, The Fault in our Stars.


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8 responses to “What I'm Reading

  1. I loved the Fault in Our Stars too.

    I am currently reading Kristin Chenoweth’s bio which is quite funny. As well as some Intuitive Eating books. I’ve got Jillian Michael’s latest book but it has so much info too that I’ve been picking it up and putting it down.

    • Paula

      Yes! I probably should have done that with this Jillian book. Information overload. It made me want to eat only lettuce and chicken that was raised in a loving family.

  2. So glad you liked Moloka’i! Honolulu (also by Alan Brennet) is a good read too. It’s not AS good, but there’s a similar writing style. Plus, I love reading about Hawaii.

  3. Melissa

    Admittedly, the Moloka’i doesn’t sound like it would interest me for the same reasons you say, but if both you AND Michelle recommend it and it’s up there with The Fault in Our Stars, I’ll get it.

    Did you read Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Been hearing good things about that one.

  4. I loved the Matched series too, although not as much as Divergent 🙂 And I felt the same about book 10 in the Sookie series! Although, I think the author is getting a bit out of hand– HOW many books can there be?!

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