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What I’ve Been Reading

Friday, October 12, 2012

The last time I updated what I’ve been reading was early August! I think I’ve read enough books since then to write another post about them. I’m going to skip over 50 Shades though, as I’m sure everyone has heard enough about that series, and I already posted about that here.

First up was Thumped, the sequel to Bumped, which I mentioned in my previous what I’ve been reading post. “It's been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. Since then, their story has become irresistible to legions of girls: twins separated at birth and living different lives, each due to deliver sets of twins . . . on the same day! In a future where only teens can "bump," or give birth, babies mean money, status, and freedom.

Married to Ram and living in religious Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once loved and believed in. But she can't seem to forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell in love with under the strangest of circumstances.

To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything she always wanted: a big, fat contract and a coupling with Jondoe, the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.

Cursed by their own popularity, the girls are obsessively tracked by their millions of fans, who have been eagerly counting down the days to their "Double Double Due Date." Without a doubt, they are two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and there's only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are:

Tell the truth.”

My favorite part of this book was that it was not only a sequel, but the conclusion of the story, so the end was not a cliffhanger! I continued to enjoy the irony of the book and the characters as I enjoyed them in Bumped.

Well look at that! I read a book that was not YA Dystopian! Anita Shreve has been an author that I have enjoyed for awhile, although I remember being annoyed with her writing at some point in the past. She is excellent at the twisted ending of books – check out The Last Time They Met for a great one! Anyway, “Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.  A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.” I enjoyed reading about Kenya and felt that I learned a lot about the country and about the mountain. This was not one of Shreve’s twisty books but was more of a character book. It wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t hate it either!

I chose this book at the library book sale because I’d read a few other books by Katherine Center and really enjoyed them. This one was just as enjoyable. “Sarah Harper isn’t sure if the stupid decisions she sometimes makes are good choices in disguise—or if they’re really just stupid. But either way, after forwarding an inappropriate email to her entire company, she suddenly finds herself out of a job. So she goes home to Houston—and her sister, Mackie—for Thanksgiving. But before Sarah can share her troubles with her sister, she learns that Mackie has some woes of her own: After years of trying, Mackie’s given up on having a baby—and plans to sell on eBay the entire nursery she’s set up. Which gives Sarah a brilliant idea—an idea that could fix everyone’s problems. An idea that gives Sarah the chance to take care of her big sister for once—instead of the other way around. But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. After a decade away, Sarah is forced to confront one ghost from her past after another: the father she’s lost touch with, the memories of her mother, the sweet guy she dumped horribly in high school. Soon everything that matters is on the line—and Sarah can only hope that by changing her life she has changed her luck, too.” I found this book funny, entertaining, and a quick read!

While I did read a few more books than these, I will save them for a future update as this has taken me much to long to write so far!