I’m trying to get back into reading. I was always a big reader…until blogging came around. Once I started getting into the whole internet blogging blogosphere thing, my late night reading became, well…visiting blogs, reading prolific posts and commenting…sometimes(only if I can add to the conversation or be REALLY obnoxious).
I’ve read a few books, here and there, over the last few years. Nothing too major. I tried reading Atlas Shrugged to no avail. I lost interest, probably because I saw something shiny or I forgot…ADD and epic long books don’t seem to mesh well for me. So, my 8th grade son is reading it instead. He keeps bragging about it and throwing in my face how good he thinks it is and that I’m such a lazy butt for giving up reading it.
Whatever. Let him be intellectual, it’s a better look on him than me.
I decided to try to get into some of the “newer” popular books. I excitedly bought myself “Eat, Pray, Love” while I was at Sam’s Club a couple of weeks ago. I figured that I should prepare myself for the movie, after all, I’m TOTALLY going to see it. Julia Roberts is one of my longtime favorites.
I can’t get past Italy. In real life, I wouldn’t mind being stuck in Rome. But, this is a book. I’m not going to torture myself with it any longer. I’m not going to India or whichever other “I” place she goes to. I’m giving up on it, shutting it, placing it in a ups envelope and sending it to a friend of mine.
A friend saw my tweet about the issues I was having with reading “Eat, Pray, Love” and took pity upon a poor girl in need of a good book. She sent me a care package with “The Help” as the premiere read. I was thrilled because I’ve been hearing such incredible things about it. I’ve been seeing women walking on the treadmill at the health club and reading it at the same time…which, I SO don’t get how people can read and walk at the same time, especially at sort of high walking speeds. But anyways… I’m bored to tears. I like how it’s written, she is a great writer. But the story? I fall asleep the minute I pick it up.
I’m starting to think there is something wrong with me.
I need more excitement. More intrigue. More fantasy. Suspense. And some good sex thrown in. It IS summer, after all. And what screams summer than a great book with mind blowing sex.
Any suggestions my friends?
The two best books I’ve read this year are The Help and Water for Elephants.
I didn’t like eat pray love either..
How much time do you have? Although blogging has certainly set me back in the reading novels department- I can still knock a few back. Currently reading Best of Friends by Cathy Kelly. Although it started slow it’s picking up and I figure by the end a fair amount of tissues may be used…
Although it’s a huge book (and if you are into that kind of thing) Under the Dome by Stephen King is really good…although the ending was kind of weak (ssssh-don’t tell him!)
this is a subject I could go on and on about-so I’ll stop here. But I can’t wait to see some other suggestions as I’m always on the prowl for new reading material.
*Grin* You like to read online, how about an erotic online writing/story site. LOL I won’t spam your comments with a site because you probably maybe could possibly know the one I am thinking of HA!
I just finished Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child. It didn’t have a lot of mind blowing sex, but it had tons of action and violence. I’m not really into chick lit or whatever it is called. I like books that appeal more to men, but I did read a (gulp) romance novel a couple of weeks ago that someone had given me. It was by Christine Feehan and is from the ghostwalker series. So bad it was kinda good.
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Not much sex in it, but Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger has a lot of the other elements you’re looking for.
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Guilty Squid says
Holy crap. I could have written that post. Only with more swearing. But down to the treadmill part. It’s like you’ve been in my head. Which, by the way, if you have been in my head, ignore all the stuff you may have seem regarding a certain cute guy and his car. There’s really nothing to see there. Trust.
It’s more than I can’t put anymore in my ADHD head than I already have- posts I’m writing, posts I’m going to write, blogs to read. I wish I could spend all of my time in 140 characters or less.
It is a huge book but Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is the beginning of a wonderfully sexy series! There are at least 5 books to the series but so well worth it. I was given Outlander right after my daughter was born almost 20 years ago…I still get giddy when another one is to be released! Try it…time travel, sex, history, sex, strong ballsy woman, sex, strong handsome man, sex…
I’m in the same boat that you are when it comes to reading. I LOVE to read but between reading for my classes and keeping up with blogs I don’t have the time or brain capacity to sit down and read a novel but I wish I did.
LizzB (@hereslizz) says
I’m in a current historical fiction phase. The current author who has me sucked in is Phillipa Gregory. You want sex and scandal try The Other Boleyn Girl. The book was lightyears better than the movie. I realize period fiction isn’t for everyone though. But of all of her books, this one is just amazing. Those British royals were some horny, “immoral” peeps.
However, what I suggest to you…. My guilty pleasure books. My “unintelligent” books are the Sookie Stackhouse books. You want sex and fantasy, you got it. Suspense? Yup. They are mysteries. But with vampires (NOT twilight kind), telepaths, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Lots of sex and hotness. Light and fun reads.
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I agree with LizzB on the Sookie Stackhouse series. SO much fun, and great for light summer reading. The Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice is also FULL of sex and a little mystery and suspense, but mostly sex. For something with more substance, pick up anything by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, The Blind Assassin). She’s my absolute favorite author, and never, ever dissappoints me. 🙂
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Another Suburban Mom says
I love Jennifer Crusie. I reccomend Bet Me. I also enjoyed the Sadness of Lemon Cake book that recently came out.
I also like Lorna Landvik. Patty Jane’s House of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons are awesome.
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I third the Sookie Stackhouse series. I polished the first one off this weekend – and I haven’t finished a book in months, so that’s saying something.
Oh, and I have a theory. If you’re reading a book while on the treadmill, you’re not working hard enough.
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Zoey @ Good Goog says
I’m no help to you whatsoever! I haven’t read a book in over two years and now I have the attention span of a fish. The problem is that pre-child I would devour books in one sitting, now that I can’t do that I kind of suck at it.
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