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A-Z Challenge – Day 2: B

Day 2 of the blogging challenge I’m trying out. It’s being hosted by this blog. Each and every day, a new blog, lead by a new letter in the alphabet. Day 2, letter B.

Books. Definitely a luxury I haven’t afforded myself much since having kids. Unless you count the copious baby manuals I lived by in E’s first year of life. But that was more survival training and a private, relaxing escape.

However, since my promotion to stay at home mom, I have been able to carve out a little more time in the evenings to get back into it. Just another perk of being a kept woman. If you asked me though, I wouldn’t really know how to categorize my book preferences. I’m a little all over the map. or multifaceted, as I like to think of it. I’ve always preferred true crime, but recently discovered that I probably only like {modern} true crime. I’ve tried to read a few highly reviewed crime novels, only to be bored to sleep. I also like funny books by funny people, but only {short} funny books. I can’t do +300 pages of funny. Can anyone? I do know what I hate though! Old stuff, Victorian stuff, stuff my husband likes, and anything overly sci-fi or with comic book undertones. I also won’t read a book if I’ve already seen the movie adaptation. Bizarre? Probably, but you’re still reading right? Thought so. Carry on.

I don’t have any clear memory of my life before kids, so let’s start with the last 6 or so years of book-reading. If a book can be life changing – even just for a phase of you life – for me it was “It Sucked and Then I Cried” by Heather Armstrong. It’s the authors own account of her post partum depression following the birth of her first kid. I know it was completely due to timing and some mirroring circumstances, but the raw honestly Armstrong shared made me feel like a normal parent. And that is what every single new parent needs. Daily affirmation that they are doing it just fine. Is it weird to hug a book?

So, that was the best parenting book I have read. Now, let’s mature a little and talk teen fiction. A few years ago I (and the world) read The Hunger Games series. It was absolutely fantastic. The story and characters were great, strong, disobedient chicks appeal to me for some reason, and I’m a sucker for a bow. And no, I’m not at all effected by the premise of kids killing kids as a survival sport. It’s just a book peeps. At least for now…

Now onto grownup talk. At the end of last summer I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I think it was a GoodReads suggestion based on my psychosis, but who remembers such things? I devoured it every time I had a free minute and it was KILLER! Dark, smart and magnetic. I thought about it for weeks after I finished the last chapter. Best. Book. Ever.  I also loved Sharp Objects by the same author.

Today, I’m about halfway through Divergent. I know the recently released movie got crappy reviews, but I’m not reading it for the movie’s benefit, and my taste in movies isn’t usually on par with the critics reviews {Ahem, Twilight}. The books is pretty good, I like the premise, the characters are numerous, and aren’t very deep, but they’re decent. And I’m looking forward to seeing how the plot plays out. It’s also on the teen fiction” list so I wasn’t expecting a classic. Hanging my head in shame. But I also love me some Twilight.

There you have it. A quick recap of the books that have had an impact on my reading life. Kinda makes me seem less deep than I thought I was. Oh well. I own the Blu-ray box set of Twilight so I can’t drown out that self doubt with sparkly vampires.

Happy reading! And I’m always looing for my next book, so please feel free to make suggestions in the comment section below!



One thought on “A-Z Challenge – Day 2: B

  1. I’ve been meaning to read Gone Girl but keep forgetting to pick it up. I have read Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Loved them both — very involving, they totally sucked me in. Thanks for the reminder that I need to plan a trip to the book store!


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