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What’s on my bookshelf right now

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An oft-asked question between my Dad and I is “So what are you reading right now?”  Probably the most influential in my life when it comes to encouraging me as a reader, Dad can be frequently found in his cozy leather chair in the living room with a stack of books next to him. And I have fond memories of curling up under the covers with a stack of books next to my bed in the summertime as a kid, when I had all the time in the world (or, all the wee hours of the morning on a non-school night) to pore over 2 or 3 books at a time.

Bookish

A few weeks ago Simon and I had dinner with friends and somehow we got onto the topic of books. Our friend asked if I were particularly snobbish about what kind of book I read, which gave me pause. Am I a picky reader? Well, yes and no. I refuse to read any kind of trashy romance (a la 50 Shades of Grey – sorry, but I can’t do it) but I don’t have a problem picking up the occasional young adult read (Hunger Games and Twilight fall into that category).  But I somehow manage to remain firmly entrenched in the fiction category.  Can you relate? Hollywood Housewife did a fascinating post on fiction vs. non-fiction which I keep thinking about and it reminds me that sometimes I need to step out of my box.

Regardless, I thought I’d toss a few suggestions your way for books that have caught my eye, and others that are in my queue.

Currently Reading
Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith by Jen Hatmaker
A Few Good Eggs (indispensable if you’re experiencing infertility – I HIGHLY recommend this book thanks to Danielle)

In the queue
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Couldn’t Put Down
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman (cue the ugly sobbing; it’s a powerful story)

A Good Escape
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran (a great author if you like historical fiction.)
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (an all-time favorite author)

I’m reading more & more books on my iPad Mini. Have you made the switch yet to an eReader or do you prefer actual pages to turn?

Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments; I love to hear what other people’s finds are!

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