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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How do you prefer to read?

I generally get horizontal on the couch with a pillow, some ice tea or diet root beer, and the Kindle. One sister, Ro, likes to read like this.


Quite peaceful, no?

Sister Ree has a slightly more unorthodox reading style with positions like this one:


So, have you read any good books lately? If so, please share! I’m always looking for fun reads to add to the Kindle library and am a sucker for light, kinda funny books. I’m in the middle of reading Swapping Lives by Jane Green (like it so far!) that I got from the web site What Should I Read Next?

PS: I’m working on a post about computer/internet security for kids. Whew, it’s a whole new world, isn’t it?


  1. I used to live in Nantucket, so in the summer, I read anything by Elin Hildebrand. Lots of delicious food, scandal, and all are set in Nantucket. I think I've read them all.

    1. Cool, thanks! I've never read any of those will add them to the list.

  2. It's fluff but Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews is about a lifestyle blogger. Easy fun read. I like Elin Hillenbrand as well. I could list lots of books. Catherine Mckenzie books are pretty good I especially liked Forgotten: a novel

  3. Anonymous7/16/2013

    I have been reading the Whiskey Sour series. It is VERY light hearted mystery series. So far I think there are only 2 books, Whiskey Sour and Whiskey Rebellion. A third is due out soon. They are very fun, light easy reads, but also very funny. The author has a way of pulling you in and making you care about the characters. Highly recommend for a fun and funny summer read. I couldn't put them down. If you like Janet Evanovich you will love these.


  4. Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series. There are quite a few really old ones that are hard to come by. I've read them all, but I started with The Last Camel Died at Noon. Egypt, archaeology, Victorian England.... very precocious children... strong female leading lady.

  5. Anonymous7/16/2013

    I can recommend:
    The Lost Saints of Tennessee - by Amy Franklin Willis
    While We Were Watching Downton Abbey - by Wendy Wax
    And the Mountains Echoed - by Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner)

  6. Bound by Love by Linda Droeger. You may have read this already as you are a CCAI family. But if you haven't, it is a must-read!

  7. Anonymous7/16/2013

    I am reading a book called Emily and Einstein. It's about a couple. The husband dies and comes back as the wife's dog. It is very cute and enjoyable. It was written by Linda Francis Lee.

  8. Anonymous7/16/2013

    This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.

  9. I just read When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin. My book group loved it. It was really good. Also if you like historical fiction, a friend of mine from high school just published The Boleyn King by Laura Anderson. Really good. (What if Anne Boleyn's son she miscarried had lived!"

  10. Love chick lit! Here are some fun authors...Emily Griffin, Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner, Marian Keyes and less fluffy..Jody Picoult. Easy summer reading! Enjoy!

  11. Anonymous7/16/2013

    LiLi and I are reading Kingdom Keepers right now. It is 4th+ reading level but if you like Disney-I would give it a try now. Very good! I would also recommend you guys read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. LOVE THAT BOOK!!!


  12. Anonymous7/17/2013

    The sunshine when she's gone by Thea goodman

  13. I just finished "Instant Mom" by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). It chronicles her journey to parenthood and the ins and outs of adoption. You will find yourself laughing out loud! Elin Hilderbrand is also a great author for light beach-reads!

  14. I second the comment for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane for you and the the girls to share together! I love the author Lisa Scottoline....she has books out such as Save Me and Don't Go...not totally fluffy but excellent reads! I also loved the fluffy books of Nanny Diaries and Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus! The Sisterchicks is a Christian series of fun, delightful reads! Meg Cabot is another excellent fluffy author! I think that the one reading position for stretching the calves!! When I was in 4th grade I read with my head hanging upside down from the chair. Yikes! Now thinking of that makes my head hurt! Enjoy reading!!!

  15. My go-to author for funny, light reading is Elinor Lipman. Try The Family Man to start with. I was hooked.

  16. My book club just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - such a good, heartfelt read. We also read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I was expecting another Eat Pray Love (which I detested), but was pleasantly surprised by the author and her story. Finally, I HIGHLY recommend The Land of the Long White Cloud. Wonderful saga, well written, well developed characters and overall great book.
    My go-to fluff is anything by Nora Roberts or Susan Elizabeth Phillips - never fail to amuse me.
    Happy reading!

  17. Anonymous7/17/2013

    Thank you so much, M3, for asking this question, enabling me to add many new titles to my "books to consider" reading lust. :-)

  18. Anonymous7/17/2013

    What Alice forgot by Liane Moriarty. Promise: a thirty something divorcing mother of 3 hits her head and thinks she's her twenty something self: childless and madly in love with her ex..

  19. ok-- for you-- anything by sophie kinsella-- you will laugh out loud!!!! but you HAVE to read the Peter and Starcatcher series out loud to the girls-- one of the best series ever-- on par, in my opinion, with harry potter-- it's all about peter pan, before he became peter pan-- explains tinker bell, captain hook, the lost boys, never land,-- love it!

  20. Thanks for the awesome recommendations!! Am loading up the Kindle as soon as I send this comment. We're heading out on a trip Sat, so this list will come in so handy.

  21. I second the Peter and the Starcatcher series. And if you and the girls haven't read Grace Lin's "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and "Starry River of the Sky," I doubly recommend them.

  22. some more great kids books YOU'LL enjoy (cuz if i don't like it, i ain't reading it)...
    little house on the prairie series-- we so enjoy listening to this on CD
    the seven wonders of sassafras springs-- i read it every year to the kids-- LOVE
    the miraculous adventures of edward tulane-- you might cry a bit at the end
    the tale of desperaux-- the movie is awful, the book is superb
    the seven tales of trinket-- love
    anne of green gables- the girls will get a kick out of her

  23. LOL! Ree just makes me giggle although I'm more like your style of reading. I'm such a s-l-o-w reader that I'm of no help to you friend. Hope you get some good suggestions.

  24. Anonymous7/22/2013

    Have you read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, or anything else, really, by Lisa See? Shangai Girls, and Dreams of Joy were also excellent:) I also just finished reading a book that made me laugh out loud and had my hubby continuously asking me what I was snickering about:)It is called The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby. Hilarious! My daughter Isobel (7 yrs old) loves the Judy Moody series if you are looking for books for the kiddos!

  25. That is dang funny! I think the upside down head pose would be difficult. All the blood would run to my head.I read an amazing book awhile back, not a lot of time to read lately, but it was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Phenomenal.

  26. Anonymous10/21/2013

    Hi, I know this is an old post of yours, but I have an author/series that I love. The author is Alexander McCall Smith and the series is the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency." REALLY good, funny, and light! He wrote one story with the main character as a young girl; that one is for kids, although I enjoyed it too. (Can't remember the title) Happy reading! -- oh, and if you do read the series, you should probably read them in order, it will make more sense. Best wishes from New York.