Monthly Archives: December 2012

dirty little secret…

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DIRTYAnother great bargain book has been read!  I read Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu yesterday.  I would absolutely recommend it, not only because of the price ($1.99 through a bookbub.com email), but it was a great book!  I literally could not put this book down.

The book is about a teenage girl that lives with her mother who is a hoarder.  I’ve watched many TV shows about hoarders, so I could completely picture their living conditions (although, the author also does a great job of describing it – no need to watch bad TV to enjoy the book!).

The girl has spent her whole life hiding their “secret” from the rest of the world.

I am trying to get my daughter to read it next.  This book can easily span all age groups.

Goodreads describes the book:

Everyone has a secret. But Lucy’s is bigger and dirtier than most. It’s one she’s been hiding for years—that her mom’s out-of-control hoarding has turned their lives into a world of garbage and shame. She’s managed to keep her home life hidden from her best friend and her crush, knowing they’d be disgusted by the truth. So, when her mom dies suddenly in their home, Lucy hesitates to call 911 because revealing their way of life would make her future unbearable—and she begins her two-day plan to set her life right.

With details that are as fascinating as they are disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy’s desperate attempt at normalcy. Her fear and isolation are palpable as readers are pulled down a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen’s life will have readers completely hooked.

(For those who have finished DLS, there is an “AFTER” chapter on the website www.cjomololu.com. Contains many spoilers, so only for those who have read the book).

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i should clean…

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Fold Laundry or Read?

It’s no secret that I am a reader.  I love to read.  I go through slumps when I don’t read much and I also go through periods that I can’t read enough.  Right now, I can’t read enough.

I really should clean.  I have dishes in the sink that I could (should) be washing.  I have laundry that I could (should) be folding.  But, I am reading.  I’m so excited to have a few days off of work.  It’s Christmas Vacation!  Normally, I would find a painting or DIY project (read more about that here), but I am just not in the mood.  I. Want. To. Read.

I took a break from reading today to take my kids shopping.  They have Christmas money that they like to spend on after Christmas sales (gotta love a sale!) and I took another break to help my daughter make a cake (although, she did all the hard stuff… I was just the oven and kitchen-guide).   Besides that, I’ve been reading.

Oh, and right now, I am taking a break from reading… just to update my blog (I have my priorities!).  But, I really should clean.

I have organizing I could (should) be doing.  I have beds that I could (should) be making.  Although, we are well into the evening… beds don’t need to be made now.  We’re just going to unmake them soon anyway!

Well, I’m off now to clean (or to read).

(I should really clean…)

before i go to sleep…

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I just finished reading another great book!  A real page turner, if you will.  The book is called Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson.  I’ve had this on my “to-read” list for a while.  Recently, a fellow blogger (thank you, aworkingmum!) recommended a website called Bookbub.com.  This site shows many book deals and book freebies from a variety of different sites.  I found this book for $2.99 (yay!).

This was a quick, easy read.  I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it… wondering what was going to happen next.  Love it when I find a book like that!  I just started it yesterday… that should tell you something!

Goodreads describes the book:

‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.

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the handmaid’s tale…

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was an incredible book.  I read this book in 2 days — I couldn’t put it down.  Now, I can’t stop thinking about it.

This would be a really great choice for a book club discussion:

What would you do if you were a handmaid, a wife, an aunt?  Or even, a commander?

Goodreads mentions the book as “funny” but I did not find one humorous thing about the book, so take their synopsis with a grain of salt.  Horrifying, yes.  Funny, not so much.

Goodreads describes the book:

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining fertility, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

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fried green tomatoes…

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friedI just finished reading Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.  This was a great movie.  It is also a great book.  If you’ve already seen the movie you don’t need to shy away from the book.

While the book and the movie are obviously very similar, the book has so many more details.  The story goes back and forth between current times and the 1920’s and forward.  You hear from the voices and perspectives of many different characters.  I loved how the book showed loving, family-like relationships between white people and black people in the 1930’s… how each would literally put their lives on the line for one another.

This book was very well written.  I enjoyed every moment of it.

Goodreads describes the book:

It’s first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women — of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

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lit: a memoir…

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litWell, I fell for another Kindle Daily Deal.  Apparently, I am their target audience!!  I read quite quickly and can’t spend $12.99 on a new book all the time, so I buy the Kindle Daily deal for 99 cents!  Although, I do borrow e-books from the public library they don’t have all of the books on my “to read” list.  Hence, the Kindle Daily Deal purchases. 

I bought the book Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr.  She is the author of The Liar’s Club which is a popular book with good ratings, so I decided to give “Lit” a try.

Lit is a memoir of an alcoholic mother and her recount of raising her son and her relationship with her husband while she was drinking.  She talks about her mother and father, who were also big drinkers.  To me, it raised the question about nature or nurture.  It seems a bit of both played a part on her road to alcoholism.  It was an interesting read.

The Kindle Daily Deal worked in more ways than one on me… I am now intrigued enough by the author’s story that I plan on reading “The Liar’s Club” as well (which is not available as an e-book at the public library and sells for $12.99 at amazon.com).  Darn Kindle Daily Deal. 

I gave the book 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.com simply because I was a bit bored by the end of the book.  But, I thought it was interesting enough to want to read other books written by her.

Goodreads describes the book:

Karr’s longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. But she can’t outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in “The Mental Marriott,” with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors, awakens her to the possibility of joy and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since Saint Augustine cried, “Give me chastity, Lord–but not yet ” has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity.

“Lit” is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr’s relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up–as only Mary Karr can tell it.