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One of my favorite books

One of my favorite books is one that I read in high school (twice). I loved it so much that I made my mother read it despite the steamy sex scenes.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is the first book in a series. At the time I just picked up the book from the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble with no idea that there were actually two more books in the series.

Set in Russia, The Bronze Horseman is a love saga during WWII. The book is a hefty 810 pages, but every page is worth it. Tatiana is just 17 when she meets Alexander, a soldier, and they are immediately drawn towards each other. The only problem is that Tatiana’s older sister, Dasha, is already dating Alexander. At times Tatiana is infuriating, but perhaps that is what makes the novel so interesting (at least to my high school self). However, the novel does have shortcomings (namely the flat characterization of the other characters in the novel besides Tatiana and Alexander).

If you enjoy historical romance novels and WWII, I would suggest reading The Bronze Horseman. And if you enjoy it, read the second installment, Tatiana and Alexander, and the third (which I haven’t read yet), The Summer Garden.


Currently reading: poemcrazy

Last year I bought poemcrazy by Susan G. Wooldridge. I went through the book and highlighted all the prompts– ready to start writing. This book is all about freeing your life with words. Its about finding the most powerful words and creating meaning with them.

Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words
Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words

Using the book, I wrote for about a month. But, like most things I put the book aside and never finished reading it.

This book has so many amazing prompts. Prompts that I plan on using this September to get the poetry flowing.

This book is about feeling life – it’s about finding words that express feelings that you might not have even known that you had and living life to the fullest.

I am looking forward to actually finishing it!!

Book Bag: What I’m Reading Now

Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
Where the Heart Is (Oprah’s Book Club)

Currently Reading: Where The Heart Is by  Billie Letts

I am a little over halfway through the novel and so far the movie is a good representation of the book. Sure there are some differences, but overall they tell the same story.

It has much more depth than the book. It is sugary sweet, but in a refreshing way.

It’s a very fast read. You sit down to read a few pages and suddenly you are almost finished. It is engaging and hard to put down.

Book Summary:

Where the Heart Is: Talk about unlucky sevens. Seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change, Novalee is now homeless. In Oklahoma Novalee finds a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is.

Summer Reading List

The book that started it all for me this summer. I wasn't really reading until I picked up this book.
The book that started it all for me this summer. I wasn’t really reading until I picked up this book.

There’s only a few weeks of summer left. Although some people are going back to school already, the unofficial end of summer isn’t until labor day.

Recently I got back into reading– surprisingly enough it was a movie that inspired me. I wanted to watch The Fault in Our Stars, but I wanted to read the book first. I downloaded it onto to my kindle… and I haven’t really stopped reading since.

I am not going to sugar coat it. I honestly didn’t think it was an amazing book. It was sweet, but predictable.

Yet this sweet, sappy book got me reading again. To make sure I don’t step reading any time soon, here is my list of “summer reading” that I hope inspires someone to pick up a book.

Five Books I Hope to Read this Summer

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green. John Green has a wonder way with words (as you can tell by the following behind The Fault in Our Stars)
  2. The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso by Dante. This one has been on my list for years. I know that I will probably never read it.. but the English Major in me knows that I really should read it.
  3. The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl. A crime story about a series of murders inspired by Dante’s inferno in 1865.
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Now this one just seems awesome. Blade Runner was loosely based on this dystopian novel. Heck yeah.
  5. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts. This seems like a book with a lot more heart than the movie based on it.

In the next month I know there is no way I can read all five of these books… but it is always fun hoping.

What book do you plan on reading this month?