Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Routine - July Books

I started a new routine in July that involved reading on the treadmill several mornings per week. I have never been much of a treadmill girl let alone a reader on the treadmill but people change. :) The Kindle helped me tremendously in the reading department - I just bump up the font size and read away as I walk. Surprisingly it passed the workout time very quickly and has now become my favorite part of the day. (If you consider pre-sunrise part of the "day" that is.) This new routine helped me to read 4 books in July, a personal record I think. The past few years I tend to get lost in trilogies from time to time but aside from that MAYBE read one book every other month. Anyway, I love getting recommendations from other people so I thought I'd share what I've been enjoying.

1.) Gone Girl - I read this book in two days thanks to the 4th of July holiday. It was suspenseful and a page turner in my opinion. While the ending was not exactly what I would have chosen, the rest of the book made up for it. I have recommended this book to several friends, all of whom stayed up way into the night reading it. Definite two thumbs up.

2.) On the Island - Overall I really liked this book too. There were parts in the middle where I wondered if we would ever move on in the plot but overall it was a good story that you could easily get lost in. Good pool or beach read.

3.) One Pink Line - Again, I really enjoyed this one. I would put it (along with books 2 & 4 listed here) in the "chick" book category but that's okay because I enjoy that genre. I wanted this book to keep going and draw out the happy ending but I am also sappy like that.

4.) These Girls - I happily read this and enjoyed the story of friendship it involved. You get three perspectives from different characters and a sub-plot as well. Loved the ending here (girl power!) - would make another good, easy read to bring on vacation.

Next up for me:

1.) Where We Belong - Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors and I have been saving this book for a long plane ride I am about to take. I cannot wait to read it and will be sure to report back with my take on it.

2.) Insurgent - I have been saving this one too. I loved Divergent more than Hunger Games and have high hopes for this sequel.

3.) Blue Bistro - This came highly recommended by a friend with similar book tastes to me. I am about fifty pages in thanks to my treadmill time and am looking forward to seeing what happens.

What are you reading this summer?


  1. Oh, I love this! I'm so going to copy you when back from the beach and get some kindle workouts in :)

    Okay, so in case you want to download more books for your plane rides--you know, in case you run out--here are some I think you might like:

    The Selection by Kiera Cass
    White Cat by Holly Black (the first in a trilogy)
    The Way We Fall, Megan Crewe (virus story--super awesome)
    The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson
    Wither, Lauren DeStefano
    Starters, Lissa Price

    Those are all young adult books, so if you're not into those, I totally understand--but I think they have awesome crossover appeal!

    (Also, I really loved Insurgent--I can't wait to hear what you think!)

  2. I really liked "Girl Gone" too!! Although I agree, the ending wasn't what I would have expected either. I heard Reese Witherspoon is making it into a movie! I just read "Summerland" by Elin Hilderbrand - good beach read. All her other books are fun too! I just started "Where We Belong" so I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

    Love the book reviews - keep them coming! :)

  3. I loved On The Island! I will have to check some of these others ou! I also read on the treadmill! ;)

  4. Yoou go girl!! You are looking great and your workouts and reading is paying off!! Now if only I could get up that early ;-) I'm more of a scenic long distance runner but I have 5 unread good books on my IPad. Guess I need to catch up with you. :-)