Friday, May 2, 2014

Recently Read

Even though I'm in the midst of final projects, papers, and exams, I've still been making time to read.  I hadn't been sleeping well for a few weeks...I would wake up in the middle of the night unable to fall back to sleep, or just be really restless all night and wake up still exhausted.  I had read (and been told) that limiting my "screen time" (computer, phone, iPad, etc) for the hour before bed would help to "un stimulate" my brain and help me to sleep better.

I'm actually convinced that reading for 25-30 minutes before bed each night, instead of surfing instagram and tumblr, has significantly helped my sleeping.  Science people, it's true and real!

I have a pretty hefty "stash" of books on my Nook from my mom and sister, which is where I found Firefly Lane, but I also like to use GoodReads to find new books to read.  GoodReads has a "recommendation" feature that will suggest new books based on what you've read, what you've marked you'd like to read, or genres.  I also like GoodReads because you can see what other people are reading.  For instance, my friend Mackenzie and I have a similar taste in books, so if I'm looking for something new to read, I'll look at her GoodReads account and see if anything piques my interest.

Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell
I came across the book on GoodReads, I think.  I don't remember if it was recommended based a past book or if I saw it on a friend's account, but it looked like a cute, easy read.  On a whim, I checked the Nook store and found that this book was only $2.99.  I read this over the long Easter weekend.  I enjoyed it, but I don't know if I would necessarily recommend it.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
If you haven't read this book, you need to.  I give this books five stars, hands down.  Despite the length, I read this book in a rather short amount of time, considering I only read before bed, because it was just that good.  I am looking forward to reading the sequel to this book, Fly Away, and Kristin Hannah's other books.

Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman
I'm a huge fan of the Orange Is The New Black Netflix TV series.  I had heard that the book was slightly different from the show, but I still wanted to hear the story in Kerman's words versus the producers words.  I actually liked the book more than the show because it felt more realistic to me.  I can't wait for the second season of the show (coming out in June, I think!), but this book is a must-read if you watch the show!

I'm always looking for suggestions...what should I add to my to-read list?



  1. I loved Orange is the New Black! I just started reading The Cuckoo's Calling. I like it so far, but it is based in London and the way they talk is a little hard to follow. I don't usually follow british books or movies.

  2. I loved Firefly Lane! Actually made me cry, but so good. I'll have to try Orange is the New Black before the new season!

  3. I can't wait to get back to reading in my spare time once my final finals are over! I'm definitely adding these books to my 'to-read' list - thanks for the recommendations!

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