January 17, 2015

Winter Reading

I love to read and one of the best parts of going to the mountains is that the lack of internet access leaves lots more time for reading.  The above picture shows a few of the books I enjoyed most this vacation.  In no particular order, here is what I read:

1. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld.  The first book I read of Sittenfeld's was Prep this past summer and I loved it.  Sisterland did not disappoint and I had a hard time putting it down.  It is the story of two sisters with psychic abilities.  The author's writing style is so relatable to me and I plan to read more of her work.

2.  Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist.  One of those books that I have been meaning to read and when I saw it was on sale for $1.99 at Amazon, I immediately downloaded it to my iPad.  It is part memoir and part cookbook (much like another of my favorites, A Homemade Life).  I have already tried a few of the recipes and it inspired me to spend more time cooking and entertaining.  Lots of food for thought here.

3.  The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain.  I have read almost everything Chamberlain has written, and her latest did not disappoint.  It kept me constantly wondering what would happen next as secrets were revealed throughout.

4.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Not my favorite by Picoult, but it held my interest enough for me to get through it.  Enjoyed learning more about elephants, but probably my least favorite of the books I read recently.

5. Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl.  Another food centered memoir that Shauna Niequist recommended as one of her favorites at the end of Bread & Wine.  An enjoyable read.

6. That Night by Chevy Stevens.  This is Chevy Stevens' third novel and I have loved them all.  Highly recommend all of her books.  They aways keep you guessing until the end.

Next up, I am planning to read:
1. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
2.  Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

Now that we are home, I am making an effort to keep the tv off and read more.  It is good for the soul and I find that I sleep so much better when I unwind with a book before dozing off.  I also like to read in the bathtub, but it seems that I am downloading more and more of books onto my iPad and it was frustrating not to be able to read in there.  I did not trust myself with my iPad near water.  So I went online in search of a waterproof iPad case and found one (it's this LifeProof case) for a decent price on Amazon.  I am loving it!  I don't think I would trust it to submerge it completely in the water (although it says you can), but at least the iPad is safe from splashes and accidental droppings.

Speaking of downloading books, I have been loving how many books my local library has been adding to their online site.  Sometimes, I have to wait a week or two for a popular new book, but many books just seem to be available when I search for them.  Also, I have been borrowing magazines from them digitally for about a year now and I am amazed at how much the assortment that they have available has grown.  Pretty much all of my favorite magazines are now available for free.  I just thought I would tell you about this amazing resource so you can check out your online library.

Have you read anything great lately?  Do you download books electronically from your library too?  I would love to get some more recommendations.


  1. Great recommendations! I haven't been reading as much as normal lately. I have to get back in the routine but it seems like by the time I get to bed I am too tired! Sisterland sounds great, I received the Jodi Picoult book for Christmas but I never even glanced at the back cover to see what it was about....doesn't really sound that interesting! Oh well. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Shelley,
      I think you would really enjoy Sisterland. I am in the middle of American Wife by the same author right now and I am loving that one too. The Jodi Picoult was so-so to me but it did get good reviews so maybe you will like it. Also, I rented Boyhood this week and it was one of the best movies I have ever seen. Thank for the recommendation! Have a great weekend and stay warm!

  2. Love all these recommendations. It is good to escape and enjoy a book every once in awhile and I agree it is good for the soul. Love that you have read these and give these recommendations Courtney. I look forward to seeing what you think about the other two after you finish them.

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed this post about the books I have been reading, Kris. I love to read and hear about what others are reading too. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  3. I love this blog post as I am always searching for the next book! Thanks for connecting with us in a different way, Courtney! I do LOVE your decor posts, but this is fun too! I look forward to choosing one of these suggestions. I just finished The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy. Great read! =)

    1. I am so glad you let me know that you enjoyed this post. I am going to check out the book you recommended. Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Courtney, I love to read also and like you, read every night before going to sleep. Seems like a great stress reliever, and also in the bath tub. I read mostly from the Kindle and do think about what if I drop it in the water, but I do it anyway and nothing has happened yet!. Knock on wood! Now, I am reading No Time For Goodbye, by Linwood Barclay. It was also $1.99 from Amazon and it really is pretty good, about a woman whose family disappeared 25 years ago. I just finished Gone Girl and watched the movie last night. I really liked it..Happy Weekend and thanks for the recommendations..Judy

    1. Hi Judy,
      Some of those $1.99 selections from Amazon are great. I am going to check out the one you mentioned. I read the book Gone Girl but haven’t seen the movie yet. Glad to know you enjoyed it because I am going to try to see it soon.
      Happy Weekend!

  5. Believe it or not I'm just sitting at the lecture about reading:-) Unfortunately, it's rather boring because it's only the theory of reading:-( but I do love reading so thank you for your recommendation! It's very useful for me, I'll try to find these books and read them. There's nothing better in the winter time than sitting in front of the fireplace with a good book and a cup of tea:-)

  6. Thanks for the recommendations, Courtney! I read on my Kindle Fire...and always have quite a few loaded. It IS a great way to relax and de-stress...