What I’ve Been Reading

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It’s no secret I love reading.  I read all the time, like all the time.  I pretty much always have a book or my Kindle with me, which I still LOVE.  After finishing up in Bullfrog I took a trip to Florida, driving from Salt Lake City to Gainesville, and back, and read four or five books in the three weeks we were gone.  Here are some of the books I’ve been reading and enjoying, well, all summer.

A Walk in the Woods – This must be an Appalachian Trail classic, or something like that.  I’ve been looking at this book for years trying to get myself to read it and finally got it this fall when I found it at a used bookstore.  I really enjoyed it and it has some good laughs in it, along with all kinds of fun AT and National Park facts.

The Museum of Intangible Things – I read this in one sitting between Denver and Salt Lake with time to spare along the drive.  And this is probably where I admit that teen drama stuff is my guilty pleasure.  This may or may not fall into that category.  Two friends go on a whirlwind adventure across the US following a storm, searching for something a little unexpected.  It’s an easy and enjoyable read.

Fear Street Super Thriller: Party Games and Don’t Stay Up Late – This is everything RL Stein is and is two books in one!  I just finished this morning in a matter of a few days.  Once I got going I got sucked in, it was hard to put down.  I liked Party Games (This first book) a little more, but I got sucked into both.

Rules of Summer – This is another of those guilty pleasure reads.  With a new job as an errand girl for a family in the Hamptons for the summer, Rory is in for an adventure in a whole new world of money, boys, and new friends.  It’s another easy read that I enjoyed.

Julie and Julia – I wasn’t actually sure what this was about, but I found it in a book exchange and decided to give it a shot.  I really enjoyed it, even though I couldn’t read what any of the recipes were called.  Julie takes on a challenge to cook everything in Julia Child’s cookbook, The Art of French Cooking, Volume One, in one year.  It’s full of ups and downs, and is definitely worth a read.

Wild – I might be a little late on this bandwagon, and the next one, but I finally read Wild by Cheryl Strayed and really enjoyed it.  It made me want to go see the west coast, and maybe someday hike part of the PCT.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but probably need to.

Eat, Pray, Love – I’m way off on this bandwagon.  Like, probably years, but I finally read this after finding it in the sale section of the bookstore at home.  I enjoyed it, but it didn’t make me want to go off to eat everything and meditate forever.  I mean I want to eat everything anyways.  It’s definitely worth a read and now I want to get Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It.

Shantaram – I really didn’t think I was going to like this, but I did.  I loved it.  I’m actually reading it again.  I got it from a friend after she finished it in Taiwan and then lugged it around the Philippines before passing it on there.  It’s full of adventure and a life of crime around India and Afghanistan and you really need to read this.  This made it want to go to India, even though it still scares me.

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure – I went on a bit of an Indian Spree after Shantaram, and this was one of them.  It’s the story of moving to a new country for love and exploring the spirituality of the country.  I actually enjoyed this more than I expected, too.

It’s Only the Himalayas – This one was pretty funny.  Sue goes on a round the world adventure with one of her good friends, and their dads eventually, and she severely underestimates things, like the Himalayas.  This was an enjoyable, fairly short read, and good for some laughs.

What are your favorite books?  Have you read any of these?  Which ones?  Did you like them?

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