What I’m Reading Today…

Do you like to read?  Are you like me and have 6 different books at the same time on your nightstand?

I’m a big reader.  Always have been, and hopefully always will be.  I tend to read anything…I’m very eclectic in my book reading, and am by no means a book snob.  If it sounds good I’ll try it out…and let me tell you it’s a rare day that I won’t finish a book I’ve started.  Even if I don’t like it…but there have been a few, and one such book actually appears on this list.

So anyway, here’s the stack of books that are on my nightstand as we speak.  And these don’t include the stack of cookbooks I’m reading right now either…I’ll show you those another day…I’m a bit of a cookbook hoarder.  🙂

  1. The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha.  We got this book for Christmas from my sister, and it’s the greatest feel good book.  A fantastic collection of random awesome things.  Stuff like “Picking the perfect nacho off someone elses’s plate.  Awesome!” Or “The moment at a restaurant after you see your food coming from the kitchen but before it lands on your table.  Awesome!”  So fun, and SO relatable!
  2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  This is the second time I’ve read this book.  It’s such an easy read with such a great story.  I loved the movie too, but have to admit I did like the book better, but only because you get to know the main character better, and follow a bit of his life in his seniors home.  I wish I could give him a hug.  🙂
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  SO good.  Intense.  Very intense.  If you liked The Hunger Games or Divergent books, you’ll likely find The Maze Runner a good read too!  This is a ‘young adult dystopian science fiction trilogy’.  It’s so hard to describe, but if you want to know more about it, here is the link to the author’s website.  Did I mention that it’s SO good?!  😉
  4. The Big Bang by Linda Joffe Hull.  This book was sent to me to review (such a great perk of being a blogger!  I love book reviews.  Love love them!).  It’s an easy read into the steamy and complicated lives of a suburban neighbourhood.
  5. The Wheat Belly by William Davis MD.  Whoa what a read this one is.  This Dr. delves into the health dangers of modern wheat in our diets.  It’s very very scary, and makes me want to throw out every last speck of wheat in the house.  In fact my husband & I are almost 100% wheat free since January 1 (and he’s already lost over 10 pounds).  It’s very, very interesting.  It’s an especially good read for anyone who suffers from any type of weight issues, intestinal problems, skin rashes, mental health…the list goes on).
  6. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.  This is the much anticipated adult novel from the Queen of the Harry Potter books.  And it’s also the book that I cannot, absolutely cannot get through.  I’ve tried.  I’ve really really tried.  I don’t like it at all.  But I really wanted to!  😉
So that’s what I’m reading right now?  How about you?  Any good book recommendations?  I’m always looking for a good book!
Happy Reading!
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  • Reply Denise at Forest Manor January 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I love to read, too!! In fact, I worked part-time in a bookstore for four years ( a long time ago) and that’s where I met my husband! Our home is full of books. I’m very interested to read your review of J. K. Rowling’s book. I read the synopsis of this book online when it was first published, and it didn’t sound like my cup of tea, which is too bad because my husband, son, and I all loved the Harry Potter books.

    At the moment, I’m re-reading “The Deer Leap,” by Martha Grimes. She’s an American author who writes a series of British murder mysteries, and the titles are named after fictional British pubs. The mysteries are good, the characters always entertaining, and she has a very witty style of writing. Her last two or three books didn’t get very good reader reviews, but the earlier books are excellent. I highly recommend them.

    Have a great day!


    • Reply Jo-Anna January 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Oh I tried so hard to read The Casual Vacancy because I loved the Harry Potter books, but this one was such a disappointment! SO boring! haha The Deer Leap sounds good – I never really read mysteries, but maybe it’s time now!
      Happy Reading!

  • Reply Diana January 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

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  • Reply Angie@Echoes of Laughter January 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    I have the Book of Awesome, Water for Elephants, and Wheat Belly. I thought Wheat Belly was so intriguing and makes one questions our whole food industry for sure! I am also a huge magazine junkie…love the visuals that they provide! I just picked up Martha Stewart Living Feb issue today. Angie xo

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Oh man, I’m a major magazine hoarder too! Love Chatelaine, Martha Stewart, Clean Eating, Fine Cooking….on and on!
      Have a great night!

  • Reply Melanie January 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Like you, I’m an avid reader and always have a pile of books going, including cookbooks. And a pile of magazines. Are you on Goodreads? If so, you can add me…Melanie Riley. Anyway, I’ve read Water for Elephants – one of my faves. I’ve been wanting to read Wheat Belly, but I’m almost scared to do so! You’re not the only one who didn’t like The Casual Vacancy – I’ve only heard negative reviews on it.

    I just finished reading The Snow Child and highly recommend it. Fantastic story.

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I’ve never even heard of Goodreads…going to check it out now – sounds fun!

  • Reply Sue January 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna!
    I’ve been following you since right before Christmas. I love your posts, ideas and recipes!
    I also have”Wheat Belly” on my nightstand! I bought it a week ago and I’m afraid to open it. I just looking at it. I’m almost ready to start reading it! 🙂
    I also have “Alpha to Omega” by Matthew A. Petti (my cousin), “The Power of Myth” by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyer, “And So it Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life” by Charles J. Shields, “Biba’s Taste of Italy” by Biba Caggiano and last, but not least – “Lessons From Life: Reflections for Busy People” by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
    Now, how’s that for a schizophrenic nightstand?

  • Reply Sue January 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Oops – I mean: I just *keep* looking at it.

  • Reply Heather Bell January 24, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I am a book lover. I love the touch, smell, look,. etc. I am not a believer in books on digital doohyckies(sp?)=) A book needs to be held to be loved. But that’s my pioneer spirit. I am finishing the Giver and the only reason I even got online was to print off a disney return label and then I saw this post and had to check it out. So, I am just dying to finish reading the Giver. Mostly because it’s awesome, kind of because my husband is working late and sorta because it’s due back tomorrow. I have always wanted to read Water for Elepahnts. Was curious about Casual Vacancy but after reading the review, I was a little turned off of it because I don’t want JK Rowling to become jaded for me. I have a book of “books to read someday” It is getting full. I have 4 kids, the oldest is 7, so reaidng don’t happen as much as I would like! So, I am going to go get to it. Love the blog!

  • Reply Jera January 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I feel the same way about Casual Vancany! I am trying to Listen to it with a Play away from the library while I walk or vaccum. (puts me to sleep at night :(-

  • Reply Brittany January 25, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    I initially found Casual Vacancy rather difficult to get through to.Definitely not my cup of tea. Let me assure you that the book ends beautifully. All they story lines you did not think could come together or end well are concluded in a lovely, Rowling way.

  • Reply Jenny January 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I too love books, so much so that I am in 3 book clubs (only because 2 don’t meet more than 6-7 times / year).
    I only read one book at a time, but I will finish a book and pick up a new one with in minutes. I just finished Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes – so, so, so good.
    And I also collect / hoard cookbooks and spend many weekend hours going through them looking for ideas.

  • Reply Ali January 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Awesome!! I wish I was more of a reader. I always have a t least one book I’m reading. But, I go days and days without reading. And, when I do sit down to read, I usually can only get through 3 chapters before my eyes get sleepy. I’m more of an “easy read” type gal. I love Elizabeth Berg books, and of course, I read the entire “shopaholic” series by Sophie Kinsella. Lol.

  • Reply Melissa January 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I love that you’re eclectic in your taste in books! I am very much the same. I’m not too familiar with “Water for Elephants” but one of my favorite actresses, Reese Witherspoon, was in the movie so I would really like to see it and likely read the book! Currently, I am in the process of reading “Life of Pi”. I saw the movie and really enjoyed it, and I’ve been told the book is amazing.

    I also wanted to just say how much I love your blog. I’ve been following it for some time now but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. Your home is really beautiful and I love your style! Your blog is one of my favorites to read. 🙂

  • Reply Rachel January 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Oo, I’m going to have to check out the maze runner. And I’ve heard that about The Casual Vacancy! Bummer. I want to try and get through it, though. I’ll have to pick it up sometime.

  • Reply Sara K {SaigeWisdom} January 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Book of Awesome = awesome.

  • Reply Sue February 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Jo-Anna, how is the wheat-free thing going? We just started a few days ago and we’re finding it difficult. My husband more than me…

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