Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Summer Reading.

I know it's not summer yet, but since I went on a tropical vacation that FELT like summer, I'm not going to worry about details like what season it is.

We went on a magical vacation last week to a magical place called Hawaii. Ever heard of it? Well, it was magical. A little colder than I anticipated, but by cold, I mean 75 degrees, but by and by, it was magical.

During this magical trip, I read a few books. We had intended to spend a lot of time hiking and biking and less time laying around, but on Day 1 of the trip I sliced open my foot and was unable to walk much. Sooooo, lounging it is. Darn. And when I lounge, I read.

A disclaimer and a history of my reading preferences...I adore, ADORE Nora Roberts and other such smut, however, since all of Nora's books are essentially the same, I can never tell if I have read them before, so I stopped buying them. I haven't read her in awhile. I feel like I should like Janet Evanovich, but I just don't. Not sure why. I hate Harry Potter, but loved loved loved Twilight. I typically like easy reads where I can miss a few pages and not miss anything crucial to the plot. I don't read to enlighten myself, I read for entertainment. I don't want it to be hard. That being said, I could read Little Women, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights over and over and over again. Tom Robbins is entertaining and I heart Dave Barry and Dave Sedaris. Marry Higgins Clark is great but I am too much of a weinie to read her stuff often...I get nightmares and it's not even scary.

Here are my thoughts on the books we picked up at the airport bookstore:

Book 1:

Love the One You're With by Emily Griffin

Emily Griffin is one "my" authors. This basically means that her name is on a little sheet of paper I carry in my wallet and when I go to the bookstore, I immediately go to her section to see if she has written anything new. She has written some fabulous easy reading books, such as Something Borrowed, Something Blue and Baby Proof. Love The One You're With was good, but I'll be honest, it made me feel a little wierd. It's about this woman who is happily married but runs into this old flame and how she reacts. It wasn't as happy-go-lucky as the others...I dunno. I felt like I had to give Tommy lots of affection while I was reading it. Like I said, it made me feel...wierd. I can't describe it. If you love Emily Griffin, you should read this one, otherwise, you can probably take it or leave it.

Other authors on "my" list are Jennifer Weiner, Meg Cabot (although her books usually suck, I love reading them, it's wierd), Phillipa Gregory, Jane Green, Anna Maxted, etc...all pretty easy reads.

Sweet Potato Queens: Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit by Jill Connor Browne

I heart the Sweet Potato Queens. All the books I've read of theirs have been laugh out loud hysterical. This one was funny could be funny if you have, have had, will have or have ever been a child. The antecdotes were funny and touching and you often think "OMG, that's me! I totally did that". I was cracking up. VERY good beach read...quick, easy, and the font is big. Ha.

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max

Tommy read this first and his comment was "I want you to read this this week so I can see how much you laugh". Guys, seriously. This is easily EASILY the funniest most offensive most OMG, did he just really say that book I have ever (or will ever read). This book is not for the faint of heart. Seriously. It's offensive. It's vulgar. It's disgusting. And I almost peed my pants about 5 times. I laughed so hard once that other people in the pool wanted to know what I was laughing about, but I couldn't tell them because A.) I was laughing too hard and B.) It was so offensive that they would have been totally grossed out. This guy has a website that you should totally look up, just google Tucker Max and I'm sure you will have luck...I won't do it though because I am at work and I don't want to get fired. Seriously. Funniest book I have ever read. Girls/guys/whatever...this is a hysterical book...as long as you dig totally inappropriate, vulgar, degrading, disgusting humor, this is the book for you.

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson

To follow I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell was a tall order...but I figured that as long as I picked a really sad one at least they wouldn't compare. I was right. This book is weird...it's about imaginary friends and such, but all in all, it was touching in all the right places, it was sweet, I cried, blah blah blah. Don't buy it new, buy it used and then sell it back to Half Price, but it's a good read for the beach (or the plane, which is where I read the last half of it). I was able to keep my blubbering to a minimum.


Allison said...

I love Emily Giffin... she is one of "my authors" too!!!!

You should read chasing harry winston .. it's another good one.. not by emily but still a good/fun/easy read

Love and Puppies, Christy said...

Who's it by? I think I may have read it...but I never know. I used to live in such a small house that I had to sell back old books because I had no where to put them!

The Emily Griffin book was a little wierd...not quite her typical genre, but still good. I would definitely recommend it if you love Emily, but just know that it isn't quite the same.

Anonymous said...

And if you are tempted after reading this post to read the Tucker Max book as I'm sure you are, make sure you have some privacy while you read it. Trust me.

I started reading it on a plane and then thought, what if the teenager in the seat next to me reads this accidentally. Will her life be corrupted for good? What will she think of me for the next 6 hours we are sitting together? Will she get up and tell her parents? Could I go to jail???

Seriously, it's that bad. And funny. Buuuuuurrrrrp!


Love and Puppies, Christy said...

My love reads my blog!! I'm so proud!!

I heart Tucker Max!!

Val said...

Jason had me read Tucker Max too. I thought it was hilarious until the last story of the book. Reading that for some reason made me really angry and my stomach turned. From then on I had no interest in that book (I didn't read it in order, I skipped from story to story) and never finished it. I know he's a self-proclaimed *sshole but that last story made him less of an *sshole and more evil and sick in my mind.

Love and Puppies, Christy said...

I can't remember what the last story was, but I'd agree...he was pretty much evil throughout the whole thing. The only thing that consoles me is that from the sound of it, most of the girls he meets/hooks up with know of him/his blog/his book/his background, and if they are still willing and able, well, then, I can't feel sorry for them. I dunno. Like I said, the book is wrong wrong wrong, but I laughed harder than I ever have before.