Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Forty Three Books

 Last month I started on my list of Forty Three that I want to accomplish before my next birthday. It's a work in progress so feel free to pop on over there and offer up some more suggestions as long as it doesn't involve great expense or heights I will consider it. Number 5 on my list is to read 43 books and I thought I'd share a few I've managed to read with you.

1. Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster

An entertaining & witty tale about a Lissy Ryder, Mean Girl Extraordinaire twenty years post high school. There are Madonna & Heathers references so I was sold. Acid washed jeans, big hair and booze were a big part of my high school career. This was the first book I've read by Jen Lancaster and I found it to be a comical, quick, easy to relate to read. I will definitely be checking out her other books.


2. I'll Be Seeing You Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan

First off the authors are bloggers who have NEVER met IRL! How crazy awesome is that? Fabulous story of  an unlikely friendship that spans the miles and years. As the girl who grew up with a handful of pen pals who I never met face to face,  I found this fascinating.  I COULD NOT put it down. Laughed, cried, cheered!


3. Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy Susan Ray Schmidt

Recently I became a tad obsessed with watching Sister Wives and when a friend told me about this true story I felt compelled to read it. It is the narrative of a teenage girl growing up in a polygamous community in Mexico. At fifteen she marries a man with five other wives. The book chronicles her struggles through the path she chose. I have a confusing connection to this book and I was both hypnotized and appalled by the subject matter. The print was tiny in the version I borrowed from the public library and there were times where the details were painfully dull but I powered through. Apparently one of her Sister Wives, Irene Spencer, also wrote a book about her experience. Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist Wife has been added to my reading list.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Any books you think I should add to my must read list this year?


Jen and Tonic said...

I love Jen Lancaster! The first book I ever read by her was "Bitter is the New Black" and was hooked by her writing style. She's got an edgy, but fun humor I love.

I am very intrigued by the Sister Wives book. It's a lifestyle I don't understand (no judgement though as long as everyone is consenting)and will add this to my list of reads.

Jake said...

I haven't read any of these books, but the Sister Wives one sounds REALLY intriguing. I've only caught a couple episodes, but i think the idea is so strange and interesting.

Stacie said...

I loved the Paris Wife. Hemmingway, Stein, Pound...what's not to like?

Stacie said...

I loved the Paris Wife. Hemmingway, Stein, Pound...what's not to like?

Shailaja V said...

Wow. As an avid reader, every book sounds fascinating. Really should get my hands on some of these.

-@shyvish on Twitter

Rara Saur said...

:) I'm a Jen Lancaster fan. I've added the others to my read list! :)