Thursday, May 3, 2012

{New on my Nook}

For the past year or so I have been turned into a reading machine. I usually read about 2-3 books a month, sometimes more. In April I read 5. 5 books in ONE MONTH (3 of them in less than a week). Whew! I read before I go to bed, during commercial breaks, on my lunch break, in traffic and other random times during the day. It helps that I travel a lot so I have countless hours in airports, planes and hotel rooms to read. It is fun for me, relaxes me and teaches me new things every day. I just downloaded 4 new e-books on my Nook so I thought I would share them with you! They all are getting great reviews and I am so exited to read them all!

"Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed

I started this book Monday.  It was a little slow at first and I found myself quickly skimming over the pages hoping it was going to get better on the next page.  And sure enough, it did! I am only about half way done but so far, so good.  Here is a quick description from Amazon:

"A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her."
"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth

This is the 2nd book in the Divergent trilogy.  I read Divergent several months ago after several recommendations from blogs I follow and absolutely LOVED it.  The 2nd book was released just this week and I can't wait to read it next!  Description from Amazon:

"One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature."

"Bloom" by Kelle Hampton

Thanks to so many of your reviews of this book on your blogs, I downloaded this book this week! 
 From Amazon:

"From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, a thriving photography career, and great friends. When she learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Brett, were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful, healthy, high-kicking baby girl.
But when her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her two-year-old sister, Lainey, had at birth. As she watched friends and family celebrate with champagne toasts and endless photographs, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome—a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle's fear and pain were vanquished by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.
With lyrical prose and gorgeous full-color photography, Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life—a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective. As Kelle writes, "There is us. Our Family. We will embrace this beauty and make something of it. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky." 

"Mrs. Kennedy and Me" by Clint Hill

This is not my normal type of book but my book club is reading it now and it has gotten great reviews.  I saw an interview with the author too and he definitely made me want to read it. 
From Amazon:

For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and intensely private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and, in many ways, her closest friend.
Now, looking back fifty years, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender, enthralling, and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.
When he was initially assigned to the new First Lady, Agent Hill envisioned tea parties and gray-haired matrons. But as soon as he met her, he was swept up in the whirlwind of her beauty, her grace, her intelligence, her coy humor, her magnificent composure, and her extraordinary spirit.
From the start, the job was like no other, and Clint was by her side through the early days of JFK's presidency; the birth of sons John and Patrick and Patrick's sudden death; Kennedy-family holidays in Hyannis Port and Palm Beach; Jackie's trips to Europe, Asia, and South America; Jackie's intriguing meetings with men like Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli, and André Malraux; the dark days of the year that followed the assassination to the farewell party she threw for Clint when he left her protective detail after four years. All she wanted was the one thing he could not give her: a private life for her and her children.
Filled with unforgettable details, startling revelations, and sparkling, intimate moments, this is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a man doing the most exciting job in the world, with a woman all the world loved, and the tragedy that ended it all too soon— a tragedy that haunted him for fifty years."

Have any of you read any of these books?
Any other recommendations (since I will probably be done with this before May is over!!)?
Happy Reading!


Valerie Griffin said...

i can't wait to read Insurgent! I loved Divergent!

Lia Joy said...

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on these books. I'm reading Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. It's good so far! :)

Kristen said...

Thanks for these book suggestions! I'm a huge reader as well and I'm always looking for more books to read. Downloading a couple of these on my kindle right now :)

Domesticated-Bliss said...

I read so much more now that I have an ereader, it's just so convenient! I already downloaded Insurgent and it's next after I finish 50 Shades Freed!

sophistifunk said...

super excited to start insurgent (i read divergent)...can't wait to get into reading again! summer = lots of time for reading