Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Okay, I'm floundering around about what to read next, which is rare for me. I think it's because The Girl Who Played With Fire was so good that I can't move on. I want to still be reading IT, so nothing else sounds appealing. I've read one book since I finished it, Who By Fire, which was fine, but I don't think I would have been impressed by it even if it hadn't followed Girl, though that certainly didn't help matters. I have recently been to Barnes and Noble (um, and a local used book store) (um, and the library) (um, and Target) (WHAT? It's not an addiction. I can quit anytime I want.), so I have LOTS of choices. In fact, that's kind of the problem. I have too many books that sound so good that I can't choose which one to read next. Fiona used to have polls asking everyone to pick what she read next and since I always thought that was a good idea (and because I'm a big ole copycat), I'm going to do the same. I've added a poll on the right, under my personal info, of books to choose from. Please vote and please choose two. I would promise that they would be the next two books I read, but some of these are series books and if I love them, I might read the whole series, so the second book might get pushed back....oh, screw it. You know what I mean.

Here are your choices:
  • Best Friends Forever - the new Jennifer Weiner book. Weiner usually writes whip-smart chick lit and I love her books. This one sounds really interesting.
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout - this one won the Pultizer last year and sounds really great. It's a book of short stories, all featuring the title character, a retired librarian (I think).
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz - this is the first in the Odd Thomas series. I picked up the fourth one in the grocery store one day, not realizing that it was the fourth one. I recently bought the first three at a used book store, so I now have the whole series. This series has gotten good reviews from Fiona and Tess, so I am excited to read them.
  • Julie and Julia by Julie Powell - both book and movie have gotten rave reviews. I also picked up My Time in France by Julia Child, so if it gets picked, I might read it right after Julie and Julia.
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan - is the true story of a woman who had an affair with Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk - I just love Chuck Palahniuk. He's so weird. If you've never heard of him, he wrote Fight Club.
  • The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky
  • Q&A by Vikas Swarup - perhaps you've heard of the movie made from this book, Slumdog Millionaire?


Anonymous said...

I read BFF by Jennifer Weiner. It was pretty good. Not going to alter your life and make you see Jeezus or anything, but it was entertaining and was a quick read.

Shelly said...

Shelly - well, if it's not going to make me see Jeezus, then I'm not interested.

Pickles and Dimes said...

I like Chuck's stuff, so I vote for either Snuff or Odd Thomas.

Shelly said...

Shauna - I always feel weird admitting I like Palahniuk, so thanks for backing me up there.

Fiona Picklebottom said...

I've never read Palahnuik (I don't think so, anyway). The only one on this list with which I am familiar is Odd Thomas, so I vote for that one.

Also, I USED to have polls on what to read next? Geez, you'd think I was neglecting my blog or something... oh, right.

nicole said...

Odd Thomas is great! I love Dean Koontz. I have enjoyed all of the Odd books. I'm currently reading the final book in Koontz's retelling of the Frankenstein story, set in modern New Orleans. Very interesting. I love that he includes some spiritual/moral questions in his horror.

I also voted for Loving Frank. I've never read it, but it sounds interesting and different.

I just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and loved it! I'll have to get on the waiting list for the next one at the library. I've used up all my book-buying money.

Shelly said...

Fiona - HAHA!! Yeah, um, might want to get on that, yo.

Shelly said...

Nicole - I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU LOVED DRAGON TATTOO! Thanks for voting on books for me!

Jess said...

I picked BFF because I keep meaning to read it myself, and want to hear what you think. I know, I'm selfish.

Shelly said...

Jess - that's not selfish! I'm flattered that you want to hear what I think!