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Books and more books

I always have one or two books I am working on. Usually one for book club, one or two from the library, one or two that were recommended to me, and the list goes on.

Last week I read THE QUEEN OF WATER for book club.

Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta—stupid Indian—by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds.
In this poignant novel based on a true story, acclaimed author Laura Resau has collaborated with María Virginia Farinango to recount one girl’s unforgettable journey to self-discovery. Virginia’s story will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to find his or her place in the world. It will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately, it will fill you with hope.

It was such an inspiring book. I think I need to have my daughters read it.

I also just finished John Grisham’s THE LITIGATORS.

I am not a huge Grisham fan, although I have read a couple of his book. I checked this one out from the library for my Kindle, and it was a good read. A lot of legal language, but enough plot and intrigue for non lawyerly types like myself.

Also in my pile of books are a bunch of half read ones that I have started some time ago, and haven’t gotten around to finishing.

Also on my pile is a big old book for our next book club, The ONCE AND FUTURE KING

I’ve read two pages of it so far. If I’m going to get through this one, I would do well to see if I can get a digital copy on my Kindle, because then it will be with me, and I’ll be more likely to read it.

I’m also almost through the Hunger Games Trilogy.

I don’t generally reread books, and especially not a whole set of books, but after seeing the movie, I kind of wanted to read the book again, and since I have the whole set together on my Kindle, I got sucked into reading the whole set again. Nearly done with that, though, and even if I didn’t finish, it wouldn’t matter, since I already know what happens.

At bells rehearsal this week, we received two books from Deseret Book. The gifts were actually to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, to say thank you for such a great job recording CD’s, but since we are distant relatives in the Choir family, we got books, too.

Then, while garage saleing on Saturday, I cam across TONS of books. I don’t buy a lot of books from bookstores, but when see books that look like good reads for 25 cents or 50 cents each, I am tempted to buy.

The Help I just love, and didn’t own a copy, so I splurged and bought it for $1.00. I’ve given it to my 13 year old to read.
I looked up these other books on goodreads, and a lot of my friends have read them and given them high reviews. I’m halfway through THE LAST LECTURE and it’s a great book so far.

So, I think I’ve got enough to last me through the first month of summer reading, don’t you?

What’s on your nightstand waiting to be read, or what’s your favorite summer read?


  1. I’m about 200 pages into “The Once and Future King”. I am liking (not loving) it. I also really enjoyed the Pioneer Woman’s book about how she feel in love with her husband–Black Heals and Tractors Wheels or something like that. I am also eager to read. “A Duty to the Dead” by Charles Todd. I have heard it is like the Maisie Dobbs books (which someone from our book club chose years ago).

  2. i’ve been reading the help since you lent it to me, and i love it!!!!

  3. I’ve been reading “Mind Body Health”, “Sex and Gender”, and “Abnormal Psychology”, and “Teachings of the Living Prophets”. Someday I’ll read something other than textbooks…I hope.

  4. I am currently rereading Cormac McCarthy. Dark and depressing! I think I need something lighter for summer….

  5. The Queen of Water looks like the kind of book I enjoy reading. I’ll add it to my “mut read” list.

  6. I have downloaded a bunch of books on my Kindle Fire so I can have reading material for the beach next week. I will be publishing my book list when I return. After reading your post, I may have to add a few more!!! Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday.

  7. I loved The Help, and Sarah’s Key. Another good book I read recently, but hair raising to read, was called “Room”

    I read “The Once and Future King” when I was in high school, so it really is a classic. I liked it a lot then as I found the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table so romantic.

  8. Thanks for the recommends. The first one sounds fascinating. I also started Reading Lolita…but never finished it. It just didn’t hold my interest. Loved The Help. Haven’t read any Grisham for years. Pres. Uchtdorf and Elder Bednar are always a good read!

  9. I love the list of books you share! I am always looking for a good read. Your choices are great and you got some great deals! Brilliant minds like to read! Have a terrific weekend!

  10. Currently reading The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt … excellent! and I have a stack of books i picked up at a used book store that I cant wait to read … one of them is Queen Victoria’s Sketchbook, I have browsed through it a few times, the Queen was a wonderful artist!

  11. Books. One of the joys of life. Thanks for sharing your new titles with us.

  12. I am reading everything I can get my hand on. I started working my way down the list of ‘books you must read for 2012’ and so far haven’t loved any of them.


    I do like a lot of the same authors you are currently reading, though!

    Thanks for sharing the bounty of books with us for Alphabe-Thursday this week.


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