My Five (Recent) Favorite Books

I’m following a new blog for writers called WordCount: freelancing in the digital age. The author of this blog is hosting a 2011 Wordcount Blogathon where bloggers who jumped aboard pledged to blog everyday in May. I’m not part of the group doing this, but as I follow Michelle’s WordCount blog, I know that they recently all blogged about their five favorite books. As I’m an avid reader, I thought it was a great idea and wanted to share with you some of my favorites right now.

I read A LOT. I’m kind of insatiable about reading. As soon as I finish a good book I’m immediately ready for more. A friend of mine, Stephanie, recommended a book called Look Again by Lisa Scottoline while we were waiting for our kids to finish gymnastics (or was it T-Ball?) I can’t keep it straight! Anyways – I went home that night and downloaded it onto my Kindle and two days later I was done and ready for another.

#1 – Look Again is about a journalist who adopted a boy who was sick in the hospital and without family. The journalist adopts him but years later swears it’s her son’s face she sees on a flyer for a missing boy. As a reporter, she can’t stop herself from uncovering the truth, even when everyone around her begs her leave things alone. As a mother, this one ripped at my heart strings and kept me interested until the last page. You can check the book out here on Amazon for more information.

Speaking of Hunger…the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, written for teenagers but loved by adults as well, became an obsession from the first page. Now I hear they are making the book(s) into a movie – due to come out next year. I. Can’t. Wait. I picked up the book after someone I follow on twitter recommended it. Since then I’ve recommended it to many others and not one person said they didn’t like it.

#2 – The Hunger Games, the first of three books, introduces the readers to a future world that isn’t pretty. Corruption has made people live in fear daily but especially during the annual event where children from different districts must compete to the death in a Survivor-type reality show /game. Sounds gruesome? It is. But it dives into the personal relationships that will seem familiar even when the circumstances are unbelievable.

#3 – The second book, Catching Fire, will make your jaw drop. You won’t believe the author has the nerve to take the characters back to the field for more.

#4 – By book 3, Mockingjay, you’ll be dying to know how it all ends. And it will keep you guessing until the last page…I promise!!! Check them out here.

#5 – The most recent book I read was If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster. I read a short review of it in People magazine and what it lacks in depth it makes up for in fun. It’s a fun, easy-breasy read about a gal who lives out her love for John Hughes films by purchasing the home Jake Ryan lived in in Sixteen Candles. I like almost any genre and this one falls into the chick-lit category for me. Which is fine. I ate up all of Sophie Kinsella’s novels like red skittles. I’m not ashamed of loving chick-lit. There. I said it! This one is cute and perfect for those 15 minutes here and there reads. It won’t take you long to pick up where you left off if you have to go drive your son to baseball practice, attend a PTO board meeting or find out why your five-year-old has been so quiet upstairs for more than 10 minutes. You can find this one here.

So there you have it…my recent reads. Have you read anything good lately? Give me the deets!!!

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