Alright, I admit, I’m a book whore. I got rid of cable only to replace my time reading obsessively but way more happily. Goodreads is my best friend, and sorts all my books for me so I remember what I’ve read. I admit that sometimes I have to really think about what I read last week, I’m that much of a nerd. Troy now refuses to review my KOBO statement and for that I am grateful!

Anyhoo, today I thought I’d do a fun book post on my most recent reads as well as some absolute favorites of mine. What got me going on this today was finishing The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. While I liked the writing, it wasn’t the best, but then when I found out the chick wrote it at 17 and I am like – holy shit, that’s awesome. Anyways, it made ponder my inner DUFFdom and see things slightly differently for young teen girls these days. It sucks, as always, but if you can understand that absolutely everyone has insecurities, then boom, you have reached an enlightened high school level of consciousness and you will be JUST FINE.

The DUFF

Next is something I am not the least bit ashamed to talk about because I LOVE THESE BOOKS. And what I especially love about it is the way my friends will tease me for loving these books, when all our husbands sit around and download porn with absolutely no razzing whatsoever, but I digress.

I’ll also state that I HATED 50 Shades of Grey, the writing was terrible, and I truly wanted whoever the chick was to bite her lip off and die. There I said it. Oddly enough I’m dying to see the movie, but perhaps it’s because I’m hoping for a web redemption a la TOSH.0. It HAS to be better then the book right?

Ok so back Sweet Filthy Boy. Written by Christina Lauren, two really funny chicks who co-wrote all the ‘Beautiful’ series of books, of which I never really loved (aside from Beautiful Player), but I believe Beautiful Bastard has been optioned for a movie so they have a lot of followers on that one. Anyways I read this book like 3 times, and I LOVED Ansel. Love him. Love love love him. He’s from France (bonjour!), so the book takes place partly there which as most of you know I have a big hard on for Paris, so voila, that was a big plus for me. I’m not really sure why I picked up the booked, I liked the cover art which wasn’t overtly slutty as a lot of New Adult books are, and I think I read a snippet of it which hooked me in. Regardless it was awesome.

Next came Dirty Rowdy Thing, which just released in November. It started out great but fell a little flat in the end, which was sad, but I still loved it. The main character was a hot fisherman from Vancouver named Finn, which only creeped me our slightly due to my son being named that. Anyways, the one thing I look for in a good book is great character writing, and all these had it in spades. They were funny, interesting, and the storyline was both sexy and cute. LOVED THEM.

Sweet Filthy Boy Dirty Rowdy Thing Beautiful Player

Next up, I read ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ by Jandy Nelson for a book club. I LOVED the cover art and might not have ever chosen it myself but I’m SO glad I did. The main criticism I hear on this is that teenagers do not talk like that, but really can we all recall Dawson’s Creek and The Fault in our Stars? No high schooler talks like that either but crap I wish they would. If we had to read 500 pages of what they actually sound like, we’d all kill ourselves. No offence high schoolers, you’re amazing but you are in high school. Weren’t we all idiots at that age?

Anyways, back to the book, it follows two teenage siblings, girl/boy twins, as they deal with all their own crappy shit. I related mostly with Noah’s story and his relationship with his best friend, whom he falls in love with. I don’t get to read a lot of gay story lines and this was amazingly written and really sexy, even though by saying that I’m probably going to get razzed some more, I don’t care, I loved him and I loved their relationship. Jandy Nelson also wrote The Sky is Everywhere and I loved that too. She is brilliant.

I'll Give You The Sun

Lastly I’m going to chatter on about Colleen Hoover which I’ve read many times over, some books better than others, but I still think about her book Hopeless. It was gritty and intertwined and was one of the best books I’ve read. It hooked me in senseless. I won’t divulge much in order to save the twists and turns but it was really well done, loved it.

Hopeless

Ok I’ve got to sign off, my parent’s just arrived and I must assist the 2 hour car unload for their weekend trip. Happy reading!