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Monday, March 7, 2011


I had the most fantastic weekend. Doing practically nothing.

Well, almost nothing. I should confess my latest obsession:

Steig Larsson novels.

I believe the story goes that Larsson (a Swedish writer) passed three manuscripts on to his editor in 2004 and then suddenly died. Since then, his editor has published the three books as a trilogy. They first came out in Europe and then in the U.S. in English in 2009. They've been on the best seller shelf ever since.  

For good reason! These books are so fantastically written! I'm not usually one that goes for any type of mystery but wowzers. I'm hooked. In the first book, a journalist is hired to uncover a deep family mystery. To put it lightly, he definitely gets more than he ever bargained for. In all honesty, it took me about 100 pages to get completely interested, but after that I couldn't put the thing down! The second and third books feature the same characters as they take on more controversy. I finished the second book midday on Sunday {it ended in a clifthanger, ARG!} so I immediately ran to BooksAMillion to grab the final book. So far, so good. 

Although I had a house to clean, laundry to do and crafts to make, it was nice just to snuggle up to my husband on a cold day and read for hours. Not sure what I'm going to do when I finish it!

But I've always been a big reader. I thought today might be a good day to share a couple more of my all time favorites!
 {click the links for reviews}

This story broke my heart and captured my spirit all in the same moment. Walls' memoir of her childhood will give put a whole new meaning to the term "dysfunctional family"
Just found out that its on the table at Paramount to be filmed! Can't wait to see it!

I read this book back when I started college, and immediately feel in love with it. At first, its a little overwhelming to understand the storyline and exactly what is going on. But once you get the gist, you're hanging on every word. Niffenegger is incredible.

The movie version of this came out a couple years ago and I was a little leery of how they'd adapt it to film. Although the screenplay definitely had some differences from the original book, I was pleasantly surprised. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams {two of my favorites} were both wonderful.

This review hits the nail on the head. Gruen doesn't spend a lot of time developing the characters, as much as she develops each scene. You feel like you're right in the middle of this travel circus at the turn of every page.

I heard rumors that this was going to be another book-to-movie soon. Just saw a trailer with the ever luscious Robert Pattinson playing Jacob. Ready for this to come out!

Another favorite read! This tells the story of a murdered girl ... from her perspective. It's a little heart wrenching and little hopeful all in one.

Let me also go on record saying that the recent book-to-movie version of this was creepy, weird and not very good. Don't let that discourage you from Sebold's great story!

Ok, so I live in Alabama. And like a lot of my local friends, I do get tired of all the redneck connotations and horrible Southern accents that the rest of the country attempts to mimic. This book has a few of those obnoxious labels that you Southerners might have to look over, but its a fantastic read about facing the past and being yourself. I've enjoyed several of Jackson's books, but this one is my favorite!

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Do any of you have one of those books that you like to pick up every couple of years and reread? Well, this is one of mine. For as long as I can remember, this book has had a buzz about it. People know it, people love it, people recommend it.

Miller is very non-traditional Christian trying to find his way in the world. His randomly placed stories seem to have some common tie that we all can relate to. Fantastic!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Some English teacher would probably have my tail if I didn't put at least one piece of classic literature on this list. Well, I do one better than that ... This is my absolute favorite book in the world. Maybe that's cheesy or predictable, but that's just the way it is.

Other favorites:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Life At These Speeds by Jeremy Jackson

And as if it needs to be said ... anything by Dan Brown and the entire Harry Potter series ...

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