Book Club

Book Club

Happy New Year!

So we missed the boat on holiday gift guides and end of year round ups.

I’m not sure I’m ready to make any big announcement regarding resolutions for 2014, but, I did receive a Chanukah gift this year that changed my life and is worth mentioning…a kindle.  I realize these have been around for nearly a decade, but let’s face it, I’m a slow adopter.  I had a flip phone until last year.  Seriously.

But I digress.  The point is, I love my kindle.  It’s the absolute perfect size and weight for subway commuting, which, as it turns out, is when I read the most.  And so, since receiving this phenomenal little gem, I’ve read more in the last six weeks than I read the whole rest of the year.

Two books worth mentioning:

1. The Twentieth Wife–full disclosure–I actually read this in paperback, but only because I didn’t have the kindle yet, but I may just re-read it as an e book for kicks. This book was recommended to me by my dear friend (and faithful reader of L2S), Sanyukta.  It’s historical fiction about an Indian empress.  It truly unfolds like a movie and is an absolute page turner.

2. The Goldfinch–so incredibly good.  I think it’s ruined me for the next several books I read.  In short, it’s the story of a boy who is orphaned after his mom is killed in a terrorist attack in NYC.  This is such a simple explanation of such an extraordinary book, but I really don’t want to say much more except, read this now.  I had read a bunch of reviews of this one, but when my friend, Alyssa recommended it, it was a no brainer.  She has the distinction of ALWAYS recommending books that I like.

So there you have it.  A little technology is definitely going a long way for me in 2014.

What were your favorite books that you read this past year, and what are you planning on reading in the next 12 months?

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Sorry for the late response. It brings me such joy to know you are reading again! I suffered through many years of no Slinkie book recommendations, so thank you to Joe and your Kindle for bringing you back into the world of books and sharing the good ones.

I have recently read an odd collection of books that somehow all had to do with death (maybe some divine intervention there). Leah offered her favorite book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene which was a beautiful love story about two teenagers living with cancer. Highly recommend to adults and teens alike.

The Lovely Bones and Defending Jacob were two oldies I devoured simultaneously. We are back in carpool season which means, books on tape for me in the car. A bit challenging listening to one and reading the other, but enjoyed both. Duct Tape Parenting is a parenting book that has recently changed my life. Lucas happened to see on the coffee table and blurted out after seeing the title and the illustration of parents with their mouth duct taped, “Now THAT’S a good idea!”

I just picked up The Woman Upstairs so will let you know about that one soon.

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  1. Sanyukta says:

    Love my kindle too! Only wish we could loan books to friends through it.

    Currently reading (in paperback): The Round House by Louise Erdrich, 2012 National Book Award Winner. Definitely worth a read (

    Also, Gail there is a follow-up to the Twentieth Wife ( – The Feast of Roses (not as delicious as the first book, but still engaging nonetheless)


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