Several years ago my sister decided she was watching way too much television and with Lent right around the corner, she vowed to not watch Television for 6 weeks. I decided to jump on that train with her, seeing as I am pretty much a tv junkie also. We did it… the weeks went by quickly and I was reading a lot! I quickly fell off the wagon though when the six weeks were over ,and since then have been addicted to the tube. Not a night would go by that I could fall asleep without the television being on. Now, for me there are not that many great shows out there, that truly warrant being spending so much of my time watching, but that did not stop me. I would watch my favorite series over and over and over. Just ask my husband… he will not watch Friends with me, as I have the dialouge memorized! So this year, I decided it was of utmost importance that I go for another 6 weeks free tv and if possible fb too. As I have said before the facebook and instagram abstinence was not that easy as both mediums are used to communicate with friends and family throughout the world. But the TV.. that I just about pulled off! I “sinned” once to watch the Royal Interview. And this past Monday I caved and turned on the television, when I came down with a sinus infection and also had to quaratine for a few days waiting for PCR Results(thankfully I am negative). So I said a prayer and decided to watch a show or too. I gave myself one rule… in order to watch TV, I have to read a certain number of chapters a day. So far so good.
With this post I would like to give my two cents to the books I read. I am not a professional book reviewer, so bear with me.
John Grisham …. The Guardians….. was replaced by A Time for Mercy also by John Grisham. Turns out I had already read The Guardians! A Time for Mercy takes us back to Clanton Mississippi and another case for Jake Brigance. I will be honest with you, while this book was a very good read and I like “Jake Brigance”, although that could be due to the fact that I still see Mathew McConaughey in the role of Jake Brigance in the movie version of A time to Kill, it is not as suspensful as Grishams first works. The author has written several books over the years and I I have them all in my library, but it is my opionion that A Time To Kill, The Pelican Brief, The Firm and The Client are John Grishams greatest works. I remember scarficing lunch hours just to get a chance to read a few chapters.
Kim Michele Richardson… The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. This book was recommened to me by my girlfriend in Montana. She read it with her book club. I have to say this was one of my favorites. I learned about the blue skinned people of Kentucky and got to enjoy a happy end. I would recommend this to anyone looking for the next good book to read.
Hanna Rothschild… .The Improbabilty of Love. This book also was a nice, enjoayble read. The perfect vacation book. I donated the book to the free library booth down the corner.
Kinglsey Amis… Everyday Drinking. I have to be honest here, I bought this books months ago at Shakespear and Sons because I liked the title and the cover! I tried the first few pages, but this book did not grab me and so it landed on the still to read pile.
Alxander McCall Smith…. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies. If you are like me and have already read The No. 1 Ladies´ Detective Agency, you will want to read this book also. It is an easy enjoyable read and fun to see what the charachters are up to now.
Natasha Lester…. The Paris Seamstress……. have not gotten to this book.. yet
Jojo Moyes… The Horse Dancer. I was first introduced to Jojo Moyes when I read “Me Before You” and what can I say, I was hooked and since then have enjoyed several Jojo Moyes books including now The Horse Dancer.
Mathew McConaughey… Green Lights. Since I had given up television I finally started listening to PodCasts and discoverd that Dax Shepard hosts Armchair Experts. In one episode he interviews Mathew McDonaughey and I was tears from laughing so hard. In this podcast he discusses his book and thus his life…Wow, this may sound corney, but he is not just an “actor”. There is so much more to McConaughey´s Story. The day after I listened to the Podcast I ordered his book at our local bookstore. I read that book from cover to cover on one Sunday afternoon. A must read. A Greenlight Moment for me.
David Lagerkrantz…. The Girl in the Spiders Web… Seeing as I had devoured the first three books that were written by Stieg Larsson, I just had to read this story. I find the author did an amazing job continuing the story. Now of course the writing style is different than that of Stieg Larsson but still a good book and worth the read.
Jodi Picoult… The Book of Two Ways. This was an interesting story. The main character survives a plane crash and Jodi Picoult takes us, the reader through two versions of what happened after the accident. I was hooked after only a few pages. It was quite interesting to see how the author basically wrote two stories and how well she tied the two stories together at the end.