Choices, Choices

I love to read and have read A LOT of books. Here lately I have been going through a little bit of a dry spell. I tend to choose books in one of two ways

1) Favorite author- I have a list of authors that I have read every single book they have written. When a new book comes out you can bet that my name is on the wait list (cause I use the library) to get it ASAP. Some of these authors include Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, Stephanie Myers, Beverly Lewis, etc, etc). These are very main stream popular books and I love them. Some are amazing and some are par but these new releases usually keep me in plenty of reading material.

2) Popular/recently mentioned books- By this I mean books that are or about to become movies, Oprah book club books (don't judge she usually picks some good ones and she stretches my tastes..sometimes), books recommended by others.

So as I prepare to take the longest road trip of my life once again to KS in a few weeks I am starting to panic. I have nothing on my list of books to read. Although we are incredibly busy visiting family this is still our vacation and I like to take advantage of the time off. My plan for the week off is to do some fun things with kids (go to the zoo and maybe a movie), play some golf with my hubs, and read.

So because I know that some of you readers are also big "readers and lovers of books" I am asking what is/are your favorite book(s) and or what are you planning to read this summer.

Along this line I am starting a summer reading project with each of our kids too. The library has a great summer reading program for the kids (you know the kind where the log the number of pages or books that they read and get prizes in return). I also think Emily and I are going to start a novel together. Any suggestions for the first no picture book to read to an almost five year old? She is really interested in learning to read herself so if you have any suggestions on that I would love to hear them too.

Because I am in an asking mood today I am also wondering why some of you haven't become followers yet? You don't have to have a blog to follow I know (from my site counters) that I am getting way more hits than I have followers....so what are you waiting for?

Is there anything (within reason) I can do for you? Yeah tomorrow is FRIDAY!!


Autumn said...

Lol. I love the question at the end there. I have google analytics with my blog and I read that there have been 465 DIFFERENT people that have viewed my blog (I am assuming they know this by ip number or something). And yet I have 15 followers...I'm not sure that's a good thing, but at least my numbers are growing somewhat!

Reading for the summer: Check with the school too, most schools have a "read 200 books get a trophy type of a thing to encourage the kids. It works, I still have mine from 2nd grade and this year my kids are doing the same thing. Also the school got smart and decided to open the library at school once every two weeks so that we can check out books ~and get a sneak peak at what they will be reading next year in school and make sure the kids are on the right level)
Wow that was a run on sentence if I ever saw one. I have had NO SLEEP for almost 30 hours now (stupid work, but I honestly still love my job.) So I am off to bed now, but I wanted to drop in and leave you this incredibly long (it wasn't going to be this long when i started it) comment....


Rebecca said...

I pick books the same way!
I just read a GREAT book! Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah. http://www.amazon.com/Firefly-Lane-Kristin-Hannah/dp/0312537077/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242995712&sr=1-1

It was one of the best books I have read! A great story of friendship.

Have a great trip!

Over from SITS!

Adriana said...

Rebecca- That looks like a good book and I am excited as it is a new author to me. Thanks for the recommendation.

Stephanie said...

If you still need some summer reading, try these authors (I'm like, I have favorites):
Marisa De Los Santos
Dorothea Benton Frank
Marian Keyes (my fave is "Sushi For Beginners")