Thursday, April 7, 2011

Life’s a beach!!

Hey! You guys! I, like, totally live in California!

Yeah, I know I’m slow to the party, like, seriously! But in my totally righteous dude defense I moved here 2 years and 5 months ago, and today Alice is, like, 2 years and 4 months old! Do you know what this means? I am totally spending my summer at the beach! Like, totally, Dude!

I think I am getting my “valley girl” and “surfer dude” vernacular mixed up. Whoa, dude, I think that means I’m, like, oh my gosh, totally bilingual! I can also say hammer, hurry up, thank you, beautiful, and ‘more cheese please’ in Spanish. I am becoming a woman of the world.

So, that brings me to the goods: I need some beach reading! Leave me a comment with your three all time favorite books or book series! Then Sunday night one random commenter…






Two Dozen Petite Easter Egg Sugar Cookies from Sugar and Flour on Etsy! Who knows, it could be you!!

I don’t even know if I can pick top three for myself, but if I tried without thinking too hard I would have to say:

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (or anything else he’s ever written for that matter, especially Fool)

Jane Eyre! (Oh, Dear Mr. Rochester…)

The Sookie Stackhouse Books (vampire books that made me love doing my laundry. It’s true.)

Anna Karenina (I find my fragile, joyful, tortured human experience on almost every page!)

The Chronicles of Narnia, Seabiscuit, The Giver, Bird by Bird, It Sucked and Then I Cried

Yeah, I will stop now. I told you, dude, it’s, like, oh m’gosh, all good!

Now, what do you love?!


Brookelyn said...

Best list/comment comming soon....wanted to keep you, like, totally in suspense or something...

walkinblonde said...

1) Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
2) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
3) Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George

Marf said...

I have read so many it is hard to choose, but here goes:
1. Bill Bryson's "a short history of nearly everything"
2. The hunger games series
3. Pride and Prejudice and zombies

Lorraine said...

I thought Jon was in charge of the blog giveaways budget now?

1. The Black Stallion (of course)
2. Little Women
3. The Horse Boy

I've read one and two so many times that i've had to replace my copies. three is new, but considering my career switch, clearly quite important to me :)

Kateastrophe said...

1) His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. It's young adult so it's easy reading but it's a fascinating, awesome series. Skip the movie.

2.)Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (and the other Ya-Ya books though they're not nearly as good as that one). Great girlfriend story and hilarious

3.)The Count of Monte Cristo. More serious but oh so good.

Erin said...

For beach reading I would recommend:

Ender's Game (the whole series)
Pillars of the Earth
I Am America and So Are You

Marcy said...

Only 3?!

1--Pillars of the Earth and it's sequel (well, 500 years later) World without End. (my favorite books of all time. Warning: You'll wanna neglect your children and read all the live long day, right from the get-go) Not PG or PG-13 rated though...

2--A Proper Pursuit (late 1800s, Chicago, a bit of historical fiction, sweet, clean romance. LOVED it)

3--These is my words (one of my all-time favs)

Andrea said...

Haha people, I gave her Pillars when she still lived in Utah. My list will come shortly...

Andrea said...

Ok, my list is... a bit more than three books, but hey I have broken it up into categories with three selections in each category so it still counts, right?

A-Books that should be read by everyone because they are fantastic books:
1-The Crimson Petal and The White by Michel Faber
2-One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3-Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

B-Books by Anita Shreve, the older ones are best:
1-Fortunes Rocks
2-The Weight of Water
3-Sea Glass

C-It is my personal opinion that while all of the books above are probably "better" books, they aren't beach reads (especially Weight of Water. Don't read that around water). If it is beach reads you want than my votes are for:
1-Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner (woke Brian up with laughing while reading it one night.)
2-Faking It by Jennifer Cruise
3-The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer

Honorable mention goes to a book that didn't make the list because it is a kids book would go to The Candy Shop Wars by Brandon Mull. (I think Russell would love it if you read a chapter a day to him out of it.) If you haven't read the Fablehaven series than you need to read that too.

Jared said...

let's pretend like this really is jared.
#1 Lord of the Rings
#2 The Two Towers
#3 The Return of the King

ok, NOT jared because i don't want him to win the prize. for the prize to go to jared's ma-in-law, i will submit in addition to the above beloved books:

#1 Our Tragic Universe
#2 The Tibetan Book of the Dead
#3 A Year at the Races

since i have still not received the prize which i supposedly won on lorraine's blog, i'm assuming that even if i win here you'll think you don't have to give it because it's only your old ma...

Tara said...

Oh, I read tons, so I'm just going to gaze over my bookshelves and write down some good ones:

1) anything by Jodi Picoult, especially 19 Minutes (but it's a little stressful)

2) Anything by John Irving (Prayer for Owen Meany or World According to Garp, specifically)

3) Anything by Pat Conroy (loved Lords of Discipline)

4) Historical fiction/romance series by Diana Gabaldon: The Outlander

5) Gone with the Wind

6) Roots

7) The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

8) East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Oh, and for beach reads: anything by Jennifer Weiner, Marian Keyes, and Jane Green

Okay, that's not 3 at all, is it?

Brookelyn said...

Ok, I have made my decision. I am giving you two lists, because I love you and I feel as though you deserve them.

List A: (The Classics)

Wrinkle in Time Series-All of them. Easy reads that are mind engaging and fantastical to read, without requiring complete dedication. Madeleine L'Engle was just put in the national library with some great awards last week, accepted by her granddaughter.

Bridge to Terabithia- So great. Oh, SO great. Get lost in the imagination and sweet simply love of the book.

Catcher in the Rye- Beucase who doesn't enjoy a little internal GD dialog between you and the rest of the stinking world?

List B: (New Treasures)

The Help. Love it, enjoy it, devour it's women, and learn from their lives. SImply a fascinating look at the world we have come from and the worlds we are creating all around us.

Bad Mother. Haha. Ok It's awesome. Maybe you're past it, but she's great and even though I haven't finished this yet I have started it and I feel a kindship to her that is invauable right now.

My Life-by Bill Clinton. HAHA Just kidding, I think only I would read that on the beach, and I would. here's my real third:

Water for Elephants: I read this 3 years ago when I was in Wayne. It's a great look at the way we view the elderly AND it's about the Circus. So very weird things in it and there is a movie coming out, so I would read the book before the movie, which is why this made my third pick over The Hunger Games-which was almost a tie for third.

Ok, a link for you(which should make me win) with the most fantastic lists of three books ever:

And an interview with the Author of Bad Mother and her recommended list of Three books:

Ok, I'm done. Enjoy!

Alissa Rae King said...

I must confess I am blown away by the obvious good taste that seems to accompany the stellar good looks of my fine friends!

I LOVE Anne of Green Gables, Emily! I have read them all many times and they should have been on my original list, right along side the the first 3/4ths of the book Pillars of the Earth!

…because unfortunately that is how far I got before I misplaced it for almost a year and when I picked it back up again, there were so many characters I felt totally lost. How do you people keep track?! I need someone to draw me a chart or something since I’m more determined than ever to finish it. Common sense says I could start over, but have you seen the book? I think it has 12,000 pages! It’s like standing in line for Peter Pan at Disneyland when you’re near the front and it breaks down… I’ve already come so far! I can’t give up now!

And thank you, Lorraine, I was almost positive you were going to out me for the love affair with trashy teen fiction you and I have shared over the years. You know, I have never even read the Black Stallion! I read Wildfire, The Red Stallion like ten times during my horsey book phase. (and, yes, by trashy teen fiction I am hoping to mislead you all that I mean horse books my sister and I share, not Goosebumps, RL Stein, or the series The Emperors Mage which ends in a steamy kiss between the seventeen year old heroine and her 30 year old mentor.) (And we LOVED it!)

“Marf” not only did your list instantly make me like you even more, you must know me to suggest “A Short History Of Nearly Everything” because that sounds tailor made for my attention span!

I also know I should have just emailed Kate directly, I knew she’d give me the goods! I’ve wanted to read the Count for years since I heard the movie ‘ended wrong’. Is that true? It did seem a little too “happily ever after” for it’s dark content. And Erin! Now I need your list for “not beach reading” because that all seems very stressful! Thrillers, politics, and again with the 12,000 page monster?! May I suggest a little Secret Garden or Blue Castle? And what on earth are you reading to that delicious baby these days? Not Stephen Colbert I hope! You know babies don’t understand sarcasm, right? Do not accidently ruin that baby, lady! She’s gonna be a hippy like her Aunty!

Andrea, I can’t even address your list from here, it would need it’s own post! FanTAStic! Although I don’t know if I can brave another Michel Faber book, the last one ended so abruptly and disturbingly I tried to wash my brain with an electric toothbrush but I couldn't fit it in my ear, and putting it up my nose just made me sneeze.

Which brings me to “Jared” (who know who you are) (and you already know I am reading Our Tragic Universe) (which incidentally I would probably carry around with me even if I wasn’t reading it because the title and the cover art make me feel like I appear more interesting than I actually am.) But, thank you for covering all the bases on the recommendations! Though if you were really Jared, I think a Harry Potter book would have at least made the list at a number 3 spot. He went to HARVARD, he’s probably read more than one series.

Wow you guys! This is fun!! Thanks for playing along, and keep it up! I’m still waiting for your list, Brookie! Don’t forget there are COOKIES involved…. :)