So, I love to read. I always have. When I was a kid I rode my bike to the library once a week with a grocery bag or two and rode home balancing them and trying not to kill myself. I would read them all that week and then head back the next week.
I read so much in fact, that my mother insisted on including that little tidbit in the yearly brag letter. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but my paragraph read like this for a couple of years: "Rachel enjoys reading, watching X-Files and spending time with the cat." If that doesn't make me sound like a reclusive and socially awkward teenager, I don't know what does. . .
For Christmas this year I got 16 books. I have been in heaven. I have gone through 5 thus far. I thought I would share, in case you're looking for a good book . . .
The Grift by Debra Ginseng
I really enjoyed this book. I actually read it in a day. Didn't do much else that day. . .
I thought the writing was pretty good and the story was original. It's about a woman who works as a psychic. It is interesting because it paints her as a cross between a con artist and a therapist. I would give it at least a PG-13 rating, though. There wasn't a ton of swearing, but a couple of characters swore a lot so those chapters had more than the rest of the book.
The American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
This is the portrait of the First Lady, loosely based on Laura Bush. I enjoyed it. There is more swearing in this one, again, certain characters more than others.
It was really interesting to see the thought process of her character. What it might be like to be the First Lady and the path that might have brought her to that point.
I wanted this one because I had heard so many good things about all the Shannon Hale books. I actually read The Actor and The Housewife first, but I didn't love it. I didn't think the writing was a ll that great and the conversations felt kind of forced. So I didn't have the highest expectations for this one.
I loved it. I thought the writing was much better in this one. I think that Shannon Hale has her niche in fantasy. This is a YA book, if you aren't familiar with it, and I will happily pass this along to my daughters when they get to this point in their reading skills.
Bright Blue Miracle by Becca Wilhite
This was one that I have heard good things about, and it didn't disappoint. It was a quick read and despite the somewhat serious subject matter, quite delightful. It is the story of a blended family and they pull it all together. The characters are likable and fun.
This is written by an LDS author, but that does not figure into the story. It is, however, completely clean.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
I have been wanting to read this for a long time, but, sadly, I was disappointed. I thought it looked clever and ridiculous and would therefore be funny. It was just Pride and Predudice with the occasional zombie attack. No clever interruptions or insertions. Unless you find vomit funny.
It was kind of a bummer.