Thursday Favorites! Look Ma, I Can Read!

Summer reading was never my thing. Heck, reading was never my thing, which is ironic since I am a teacher and all. I always envied those teachers who talk about how they just finished their 3rd book this week. It takes me SOOOO long to finish just one.

Let the record show that I am not a slow reader, I am quite fast actually. It's just I get so distracted. I watch a copious amount of stupid stuff on the boob tube, I love to do anything that doesn't require moving, and really...I've always been more of a magazine person...ooooh prudy pictures! I never wanted to admit any of this because now you probably think I'm an illiterate lazy bumhole. Lazy bumhole...mayhaps.
But this summer year has been quite different for me. I've been lucky in love at the bookstore. I'm reading actual books and not magazines!! And there are no prizes or ice cream parties at the end of this journey, I'm very much enjoying the feeling of getting lost in books. It feels good since it was in fact, part of my New Year's Resolution.

Here are some books I finished at truly enjoyed! (all images from
1. This book was so intense. Very graphic in nature, suspenseful, and exciting. I really enjoyed it and was quite disturbed at the same time. You really have to get past the first half (which was full of lawyer jargon) to really get into the "good stuff" but I thought it was a great book.
2. If I had to describe this book it would be the same description I give to a Gummy Bear. This book is filled with a handful of sweet and delightfully funny stories. It's about the author's experience moving to Whitter, California as a young child in the 70's. It's very cute and it was a fast read.

3. This book is now my all time favorite book. First off, this book is NOTHING LIKE THE MOVIE! Sure, it has snippets of the cooking and Julie breaking down and how she was inspired by Julia Child, but the movie left out Julie's crude humor (she curses like a sailor and I LIKE IT!), 100 more recipes that she has funny little adventures trying, and a crap load of weird characters that are her friends. In a nutshell, this book is about a girl who uses blogging and cooking to relieve herself from her crazy job with the support of her patient hubby. THIS IS ME!!!
4. This is my second time reading this book. I read it when I graduated college (Almost 7 years ago! WOW) and for some reason I couldn't get into it. Reading it again has given me a different perspective and I think I'm reading it in a good time in my life. It's about chasing your dreams and finding your passions. I'm diggin' it!

5. One word: HILARIOUS! The first half is about her childhood, about her teenhood, and her personal life. The second half is mostly about SNL and 30 Rock. Both halves made me laugh out loud and read it to my hubby. I LOVED IT!

6. More on this later because I'm only a quarter through it. So far, it's eye-opening and life altering. I don't want to accept the fact that I've been abusing my insides with all the butter, cookies, and burgers I've been consuming, but this is really going to help me feel better about myself. I can feel it already.
7 & 8. I purchased these two and look forward to reading them! Can't wait! I'll let you know how that goes.

I understand that these books aren't going to make me any smarter (DARN!) or make me look any smarter (Double DARN!!) but they make me happy and that's all that matters to me.

  • Have you read any of these books?
  • What's on your summer reading list?


  1. I'm the same way -- I love to read and can get through a book quickly. But it takes me a while to actually pick the book up. Once I do, I'm hooked!

    I'm late to the Water for Elephants game, but that's on my summer reading list. Bossypants too! =)

  2. I read Lunch in Paris this spring and really enjoyed it! I made one of the recipes already and hope to try some of the others too. The Happiness Project is one of my favorite books!! It was really inspiring and I liked her goals and reading how they worked out for her. The Alchemist was also a good read!

    I've never heard of Funny in Farsi but now I really want to read it! Thanks for the suggestions! :)

  3. Vigorously nodding my head in agreement with the two comments above! :D

  4. Such wonderful books and great that you're reading again :) I'm obsessed with reading and can't get enough. I have most of these on my want to read list! Can't wait to read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Bossypants, the Alchemist, and The Happiness Project.

  5. I really want to read The Happiness Project and Bossypants. Currently I'm reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, In Defense of Food, and What to eat.

    Happy reading!

  6. What a great post! That just inspired me to write my summer reading list :) Great choices!!

  7. I've been trying to read the girl with the dragon tatoo but i can't get past the beginning with all the funny legal jargon...blah! i've been reading a book by phillipa gregory for a bit and am just starting a book about japanese culture that my mom got me. i'm only 12 pages into but I know it's going to be a good book, just from that!

  8. Once you're ready to use your Kindle, pass these books on to me!


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