Monday, September 12, 2011

In Which I Need Book Recs... And Other Random Thoughts

So today should have been the day when I giddily posted covertly shot videos from the Lifehouse concert on Saturday night. Except, thanks to that dumb beyotch Hurricane Irene, the band shell at the venue was damaged and the concert was cancelled.

Not. Happy.

In fact, I've kind of been in a funk all weekend. It started on Thursday, when I learned a friend from high school had passed away. I haven't seen him in years, but we stayed in contact on Facebook and I enjoyed seeing the adoring words he'd write about his wife and infant daughter. I can't imagine being a widowed mother at 31 years old, or growing up not knowing my dad, and my heart absolutely breaks for his family.

Then, as we all know, yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. The photographs and video footage still give me chills to this day, and forget watching the tributes or documentaries. I cry my eyes out. I'm fortunate to be able to say I didn't personally know anyone who lost their life that day, but my heart goes out to all those who did.

And maybe it's all this funkiness messing with my head, but with the exception of my ARC of EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton, I can't seem to enjoy the books I've read lately.  

I've finished two or three books recently that left me disappointed. They were best sellers, so the last reaction I expected to have was Blah. Yet, that's exactly where I stand on them. And the one I'm reading now? Beautifully written and a very compelling story, but there's not a single romantic aspect. Not a cute boy in sight. I need me some romance, people, especially when I'm in a funk.

So if you don't mind, I'd love your recommendations. Which books have you read lately that grabbed a hold of you and wouldn't let go? (But make sure there's some luuurve involved, 'kay?)

*Speaking of lurve* Congratulations to Anthony, one of my oldest and dearest friends, on his engagment to a total keeper! (Hi Emily!) And... A VERY HAPPY 31ST BIRTHDAY TODAY TO MY BELOVED HUBBY!


  1. So I'm kind of inclined to say that when you're so bummed (rightfully!) the best medicine is books you love. Read them again. Isn't it comforting to read words you know will bring you happiness?

    Don't you kind of just want to read TWILIGHT right now? And really, what could it hurt?

    I've been having trouble with new books disappointing me lately, too.

    Here were my faves from the summer:

    HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire (romance *everywhere*)
    POSSESSION by Elana Johnson (kickass romance)
    BREAK by Hannah Moskowitz (sweet romance from a boy's perspective)

    And there's always one of my fave romantic standbys (one of my "I don't want to read any new books" books) - GRACELING by Kristin Cashore. It's fantasy, but not high fantasy, and the romance is INCREDIBLE.

    (((HUGS))) to you. Sounds like a rough weekend.

    And happy birthday to Dom! You guys are stunning.

  2. I'm in the same position as you were with reading. I was reading a book by a best selling author, but just wasn't getting into it (no romance either). I read to almost page 100 before deciding I'd had enough. I have tons of unread books on shelf, and this isn't even mine, so I don't have to read it. I didn't spend any money on it.

    So I abandoned it for something else. Something that's a page turner at least. I prefer books I can't wait to read. It just wasn't happening with the other book.

    *hugs* hope your week is better. Sorry about your friend.

  3. My youngest turned six today. Sorry about your blah week. I liked the book Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

  4. okay- ones I enjoyed this year the most: The Hex Hall series, and Jeri-Smith Ready's 'Shift' and 'Shade'. Hope you feel better and I'm so sorry about your friend:(

  5. btw, were you at Uconn in 2001? I remember they closed down the campus for a few days. I was in the choir and we did Mozart's Requiem to raise money for the victims families and the clean up effort.

  6. I know how you feel! I cried all day yesterday. Why, oh why, did I feel the need to watch hours of 9/11 footage? What WAS I thinking?
    I hope your mood improves soon!

  7. I read "Bumped" by Megan McCafferty....wasn't loving it at first, but then it totally sucked me in!! Can't wait for the sequel!! Ever read the Queen of Babble series by Meg Cabot?? LOVED those!! Have you read The DUFF yet?? Another great one!

    And of course, I need to pimp out my own books ;) A Bitch Named Karma, Paradise Cove, and Soap Dreams!

  8. I don't think you'd like what I just read. The autobiography of darts player Eric Bristow. He does get married so I suppose there's some luurve in it but it's mainly about darts and drinking.