You think THAT is a great book? Oh Honey, we need to talk.

English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade...
English: Stack of books in Gould’s Book Arcade, Newtown, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was scrolling through endless book lists looking for that next great read. I find myself reading book reviews and browsing Goodreads and think, maybe. My problem is I have read such great books in the past 6 months that the next great read needs to be SPECTACULAR! All I really want to know is WHY for the love of libraries is Shades of Grey the number one downloaded book? That is the worst book EVER. There are WAY better books that will teach you and tantalize you about sexual encounters that may or may not shock you depending what your pleasure is. Seriously, Shades is NOT GREAT LITERATURE, it’s not even good porn. Obviously I cannot rely on the masses to tell me what is a great read. Luckily I have friends who read great books and are willing to spread the word.

So far this year I have read 8 books, I know…I know… I was suppose to slow down. But now that the pressure is off, and my goal is only 25 books instead of 50, it may be darn site easier to read 50. We shall see… At any rate, I have read 8 and started my 9th. My iBook reader (ipad) says this latest book has 1653 pages. Holy hell Stephan King, you write really long books. I know that isn’t actual pages because I read with bigger font because I am old I don’t like the glare.  Still, the average book I read is 400 pages. I hope Under the Dome is at least as good as 11/22/63 because THAT book was fantastic.

Here is my list of books I read this year so far (2013) it doesn’t count the fantasy books I am kind of reading. I am trying to get through Dragonlance Chronicles and have learned fantasy is NOT FOR ME, but I am giving it my best shot. There is too much war and fighting…snore, I prefer – well I no longer don’t know what I prefer. I now like thriller or mystery, that’s new because I wouldn’t read those before. Mostly because I would skip to the end because I am impatient. I can’t stand romance for the sake of romance….snore. But throw in a great romance into a thriller, sci-fi or contemporary novel and I am IN! Anyways………….. here is what I read so far

The Edmonton Tourist’s 2013 Book List so far

  1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadmen. This is one of Heather’s Picks (the CEO of Indigo Books) I typically think she picks great reads, this is another one. This is about a Lighthouse keeper in Australia after WWII and the things a lonely couple get up to when no one is watching. I liked it. 4 GR stars
  2. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. The movie was better than the book. I liked it in spite of the main character being to naive to be real. I didn’t love it. 3 GR stars
  3. Proof of Heaven by Alexander Eben. I am a sucker for this kind of stuff for reasons I won’t get into. His story is fascinating and not fake like the Heaven is for Real. 4GR Stars
  4. Every Day by David Levithan. Now THIS was a great book! It was odd and quirky about a disembodied soul that pops into people everyday to live their life for a single day. Levithan is becoming one of my favorite authors. 5 GR Stars
  5. Dragonlance Chronicles Book 1 by Margret Weis – I just am plowing through this series, this book was meh for me but those who love this genre will LOVE this book.
  6. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Good read filled with sociopaths. It was a little unnerving to read this book about a school shooting so soon after Sandy Book, but it is enlightening. Well thought out and characters are real. 4 GR Stars
  7. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. This author is CRAZY or at the very least understands crazy. This is the second book of hers I read, I will read her other one hoping it will be as good. The reviews I read say Sharp Objects isn’t as hood as her other books. I rated 5 GR stars. I thought is was dark and twisted. The ending  – well, just read it.
  8. Lessons from the End of a Marriage by Lisa Arends. This is a true story about a woman whose husband left her via text so he could marry his second wife. The best part about this story, is how Lisa learned from choices she made and used goals to pull her out of her nightmare. I really admire her courage and spirit. I found her because she subscribed to me here first. Then I decided to take a peek at her blog. I watched her on Jeff Probst and love here memes. I have gleaned great insight from her that can be applied to all relationships and self, not just broken marriages. Go give her site a peek and then buy her book. $7 on Amazon, you can’t go wrong. 4 GR Stars


Tell me about a GREAT book you read, chances are I have it on my list or have read it, but I am hoping for that book I will mourn over and miss characters from for weeks.

Happy Reading!


23 thoughts on “You think THAT is a great book? Oh Honey, we need to talk.

  1. Hvae you read The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman? My favourite book last year. Actually, my favourite book in the last ten years! It’s so good, after you’re done, you have to wait a while before you read something else.

        1. Ok, I downloaded it right away because you were so enthusiastic about it. I am finding it reminds me of my very favorite book of all time, The Red Tent. I think YOU would love that book if you loved Dovekeepers so much. So far so good, I am hooked! Thanks!

  2. Hi, I love the phrase “All I really want to know is WHY for the love of libraries” ! Like you I am not a fan of fantasy books. With a few rare exceptions… One of my best friends raved to me for years about A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and I finally ordered them at Christmas. And then did nothing over Christmas break except read, until I had to put it down long enough to read the novel my book club had selected! Martin’s books really do meet the hype: he has raised the genre to the level of literary works of art. The books are tomes (1,000 pages per volume) but the experience of diving into the world he creates and the story he tells is well worth it. —Jadi

      1. I’m reading the Game of Thrones series as well and I wish I’d read them before I watched the first two seasons… one of those rare cases where the movie/TV series is just a bit better than the book. But I”m hopeful to get through book three before season three starts 🙂

        1. I’m ready to order the HBO series (right now, after hearing you say that it’s actually better than the books) but have hesitated. Would my husband (who will not be reading the books) like the TV series as well? He is NOT a fan of fantasy books or films.

          –and starting a new strand, one of the few movies that was way better than the book was The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Having Daniel Day Lewis in the title role didn’t hurt, either!

  3. Hi, It’s Nancy from Justabackpack. Thanks for stopping by my blog and the link to my post – read any good books lately? I just found several more good reads to add to my fifty books reading list/committment on Goodreads. I love your blog and your post about taking down the Christmas tree cracked me up. I am a Canadian by birth transplanted to Oregon and I have sparked the Boxing Day tradition here with our annual open house but the tree goes down on New Years Day.

    1. I Nancy and fellow Canuck! Good news, I took my tree down on the weekend. I have no idea what is wrong with me, I NEVER do that. Oh well, never say never. I am reading good books all the time! Good books and Sci-fi shows are my passion. Thanks for popping by!

  4. You have GOT to be kidding – 8 books already…this year? You’re amazing! I’ll take a look at your recommendations. Having a hard time finishing anything lately, but your list makes me want to dive right in. 🙂

  5. Oddly, I’ve been on a nonfiction kick lately and haven’t actually read a novel in ages. Once I finish “Life” (Keith Richards’ autobiography), I’m going to jump into a book by a fellow blogger, author, Portlander, and friend. I’ll let you know how it is!

  6. Definitely read Gone Girl. I haven’t read either of Gillian Flynn’s other books yet, but Gone Girl is officially my “OMG, everyone ever must read this book” of the year (so far, of course). I already had one coworker read it–I gave it to her on a Friday and she gave it back to me Monday morning, and told me she didn’t go to bed Friday night because she was so hooked by the book. Just gave it to another coworker, and a third has downloaded it on her Kindle, so we’ll have a nice little book club going 🙂 Buuuuut anyway my point was that you should read it.

    I haven’t read Under The Dome yet, but I definitely will at some point…just haven’t quite gotten around to it! Love the premise though. Looking forward to hearing what you think 🙂

      1. I know, right?? She seems so normal in her picture and acknowledgements but WOW. She’s definitely been added to my favorite authors list, but also to the “authors you should probably not cross should you ever have the chance” list.

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