Reading

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

This is probably one of my favorite books.  I read the whole thing in a couple days.  Young Bee aces school and is promised a trip to Antarctica.  Bernadette, her agoraphobic mother, disappears.  Bee sets out to find her on an epic adventure to Antarctica.

Wild

I think everyone knows Wild, but I was late on the bandwagon.  After her mothers death and a divorce, Cheryl set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone with no training or experience.  Follow along on her journey of walking with strangers and without boots.

A Walk in the Woods

Head to the other side of the US to follow Bill Bryson’s journey along sections of the Appalachian Trail.  He’s an entertaining guide, teaching you about about the history and ecology of the trail, as well as introducing you to some of the hikers of the trail.

Shantaram

This may look intimidating, and I’ll admit, I got a little lost at some parts, but I LOVE it.  Lin is an escapee from and Australian prison living in Bombay, working in the black market, fighting in wars, and finding love.  The characters are intriguing and enjoyable.  You can laugh and cry during this.

Holy Cow

Another adventure, however much more reluctant, in India.  This is more of a spiritual journey, as in experiencing the countless religions in India after moving there for her husbands job.  Sarah needs something to do in her free time and goes in search of the meaning of life and death.

Julie and Julia

Julie Powell gives herself a challenge to make all 524 recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days.  Through ups and downs of poaching eggs and extracting bone marrow, she pushes on and I won’t ruin it, but it’s full of some bizarre cooking adventures.

The Hidden Staircase

I had to have a Nancy drew book on this list.  They’re old and easy reads, but every now and then I still enjoy them.  Willie Wharton is missing and it’s Nancy’s job to find him and to solve too many other mysteries.  Only finding the hidden staircase will help.

The Rope

After living on Lake Powell, I had to read this.  Ann Pigeon takes her first seasonal job at Dangling Rope Marina and goes out hiking on her own.  After waking up in a hole, she has no idea what happened.  After piecing together her memories, she realizes what happens and makes a plan to escape in the hopes of returning to the marina.

1984

Set in an unsettling negative Utopia, Big Brother is watching and you’re probably committing thoughtcrime and being sought after by the thought police.  History is rewritten and I don’t even know how to describe this book effectively, it’s just one that you can’t not read.

Gone the Next

Roy Ballard is an insurance fraud investigator going about his job as usual when he thinks he spots a recently missing girl.  He takes investigating upon himself and it ends up being the most important case of his life.

Pretty Little Liars (Series)

If you’ve seen the show(I’m watching as I write this), you know.  After book four, they get very different.  Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hannah are being tormented by A after their friend Alison goes missing.  The series is about their journey.  It’s ridiculous, but I love it.

The Perfectionists (Series)

By the same author of Pretty Little Liars, four friends in Washington joke around about killing someone, only for him to turn up dead at a party where they played a prank on him.  Someone is framing them, making them look as guilty as possible.

The Lying Game (Series)

The last series by Sara Shepard (the same as above) and also a former TV show.  I watched the show, then it got cancelled and I was lost.  Ok not really, but I decided to read the books to find out what happened.  Sutton Mercer is dead and Emma has to take her place and pretend to be her to figure out who did it.

Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America

This piqued my interest in visiting Central America.  Catherine Ryan Howard invited herself on her friends backpacking trip, not sure what she got herself into.  She’s happier reading by a pool and ends up climbing volcanos and throwing up in the street.  This is a funny read.

Happier Than A Billionaire

Another book set in Central America, Nadine and her husband move to Costa Rica.  You get to learn about finding a house, driving, and everything else that happens when you move to Costa Rica.  It’s a lot funnier than it sounds, I promise.

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