What I’m Reading Wednesday
I read quite a bit. And when I say “read” I really mean I listen to books on tape. Same thing, right?
Right now I am actually reading a book on my kindle. This is Jen Lancaster’s first novel (the others have been autobiographies) and it has not disappointed so far. Her writing style reminds me so much of my friend Janie, so I definitely get a good laugh every time I read her books.
I just downloaded two books to my phone from the library. (For more on how to do that, read this post. I am in love.) However, I just found out that Amazon has a subscription service called audible that you can do the same thing if you aren’t in the Tulsa area. There is a 3-month intro rate of $7.50 and then it is $12 a month after that. They have more options than the library, but I haven’t bitten the bullet and subscribed yet.
My picks for this week were actually biographies/autobiographies. I haven’t gotten those in awhile. My last one was actually Paula Deen’s autobiography. The funny thing about her is that she is a smoker with a potty mouth. Who knew?
I was intrigued about this one on Oprah. I honest to goodness used to be her number one fan. I got all of the email alerts, watched EVERY show, watched the tv biographies, etc. After going to her show I just didn’t feel like she was the same person as we saw on television. I am curious to know if my gut feeling was right or not.
The next book, ironically, I became interested in after seeing President Bush on Oprah’s Behind the Scenes show (do you guys watch??? It is seriously fascinating. You definitely see a different side of Oprah than you do on tv.) Anyway, the way he described what actually happened with Hurricane Katrina made me have so much more perspective in the fact that we really don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.
If you missed the interview, he talks about how when Hurricane Katrina happened he wanted to send troops down to New Orleans. However, the governor has to declare a state of emergency in order for troops to be sent. Behind the scenes there was a power struggle going on between the governor and New Orleans’ mayor. He could have still sent troops down, but they would have to be unarmed and he didn’t want to send unarmed troops when the reports were that there was complete chaos in New Orleans. Finally, there was a state of emergency request sent and that is when the troops came in.
I guess the moral of the story is that things sometimes are not as straight forward as they seem…or what the media makes them out to be.
I just finished these books:
This book was cute and an “easy read.” (Can you still call it that when you listen to it on tape?) I have read two other books by the author – Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Secret of a Shoe Addict. It was similar to those, so if you have read those you can kind of guess what happens.
I had heard about this book on several blogs. I didn’t read anything about it, but heard it was cute. I thought it was “meh” at best. I finished it, but was bored and not really feeling it. However, all of that said, I think I would be friends with the author in real life.
I liked this book. The library has A LOT of Jane Green books and they are all easy, enjoyable, light reads. This book is about a girl who is trying to get pregnant with her boyfriend, but can’t. She decides to take a break from him and moves to NYC. They both find someone new in the meantime and….the rest is history.
This is probably going to be blasphemy to a lot of you, but a few months ago I tried to start the Hunger Games. I heard it was as good as the Twilight series. And you know I loved me some Twilight. Um, I HATED this book. I honestly couldn’t get past chapter 2. What the hell was going on? It was freaking weird. (I know. And vampires aren’t?) I will definitely not be waiting in line for this movie.
Okay, so what are you guys reading and any recommendations?