Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bookworm

When I'm not scrappin, my nose is usually stuck in a book.
I'm a history professor in my other life, and books are my true passion (outside of paper and glue that is...) I love to escape into stories, and sometimes I escape so much that I don't even hear people talking to me when I'm reading. When I travel, I usually have a few books with me, and then I find myself stopping in an old used bookstore looking for something fun to take home with me. And don't even get me started on Paperback Book Swap!

I have really ecclectic tastes too...I pretty much read everything. One of my favorite books ever is Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits. Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveller's Wife is another fave, and I can't wait for the movie. I love Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, and The Namesake by Jhumpha Lahiri is a new favorite. It really is an amazing book if you haven't read it. I was completely sucked in by the Twilight Series (even though I HATED Breaking Dawn), and right now I'm immersing myself in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris. I'm really sad that I'm on the last one, and I hope she writes more! In between Sookie's happenings, I'm fitting in a chapter or two of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. Yeah, Betty Friedan is a little heavy, and I read her in really small doses...but I still make time for silly fluff like the occasional Jude Devereaux.

What are you reading these days and what is your favorite book?
Why don't you celebrate that book and make a page about it!

15 comments:

princessteach said...

Twilight series all the way. I am on my 2nd reread of these books. I am in charge of a book club at work based on this series. Actually, I am in charge of the goodie bags and all the prizes that I give out based on each book. Way too much fun.

Jewel said...

I am addicted to the Twilight series too. I just discovered this series and am going to start New Moon tonight. Also loved Water for Elephants and The Boleyn Inheritance.

Ryzmomplus2 said...

Huge book fan here. Recently read both Twilight and New Moon, favorites include The time traveler's wife, A thousand splendid suns, The other Boleyn girl and Water for Elephants. Currently reading The red tent. Will have to check out some of those you have listed here

Laina Lamb said...

Loved Time Travelers Wife. I used to read all the time before I started scrapping. I need to take more time this winter to read again. Also loved Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock.

Sandy said...

Loved Me & Emma!! I need to try this Twilight series. I just finished Anita Shreve's newest - Testimony. Very, very good! I'm a huge Jodi Picoult fan and have read all of hers - awaiting the next in 2009.

sillypea said...

Big Twilight fan here too - in fact I'm having a hard time getting into anything else now!

Tara Piper said...

Currentlt reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. To many to pick a favorite though!

pickmepam said...

i work in a public and a hs library, and see stuff come and go. my fav is janet evonavich. i recently read the "fever" series by moning. weird, but i liked it. i'm trying to read more young adult, and most of the girls here either love the twilight series or are now just sick of it!

Anonymous said...

Great idea to make a page about it. One of my recent faves is The Thirteenth Tale. There's a paragraph in the book that struck me as a pitch for journaling to us scrappers. Our stories SHOULD be told - in pictures and in words. Loved Time Traveller's Wife, The Art of Mending, and A Year by the Sea.
- Jill

Jen said...

Hi Colleen, I'm a book lover, too. As a matter of fact, I maintain a book blog. I just finished a debut called Brother by James Fredericks that was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Anyone who liked early John Grisham novels would probably love this book. Now I'm in the midst of the third John Ceepak novel, Tilt-A-Whirl (love, love, love Chris Grabenstein), Harvest by Tess Garitsen, and The Vig by John Lescroart. While I haven't done a page on a book I like, I have created a mini album of the authors I've gone to see in person. It's a work in progress!

A great site you can check out for used books is www.betterworld.com. They have an excellent selection of used books, shipping is free, and donations are made from sale profits to reading charities across the world.

Rita said...

Hey, another big time reader here! I just finished The Shack last night. It was different than I expected, but very good. I plan to start the last Twilight book next. Some of my recent favs are:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Best Friends, Same Kind of Different as Me, and The Road. I remember the days when I read every book Jude Devereaux wrote......oh, the fun of romance novels!!!

Colleen said...

awesome! keep 'em coming ladies!

jen: seriously checking out your book blog and thanks for the site suggestion! you actually got my wheels turning...i think i might make a fave books mini!

sandy: read twilight. it will rock your world. can't wait for the movie!!!

jewel: anything phillipa gregory is a read for me

pickmepam: i'm so jealous that you work in a library.

jill: i have the thirteenth tale in my "to read" stack. i think i'll read it next!

pickmepam said...

in case anyone checks back, there is a website shelfari where you can actually keep track of the books you've read on little book shelves. a great idea to track those books you've read!

avidreader said...

Currently reading Eat, Pray, Love. Really enjoy reading Anita Shreve, love the book...The Weight of Water. Going to check out Brother as I love John Grisham as well! Check out goodreads another site to list books you've read and discuss them!

Colleen said...

pickmepam: are you talking about goodreads? i love that site!!