LOVE IT: Addicted to Books

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I’m an avid reader, and I’ll read almost anything.  Literary fiction?  Check.  Biographies?  Check.  Science Fiction?  Check.  Young Adult?  Check.  Though I often enjoy the books I read, it’s a special treat when a book is so good it becomes an obsession.  You know those books that are so great, so addicting, you just want to eat them?  Like you wish you could liquify the plot and characters and then mainline them?  I love those books.  I love dreading the end of a book.  I love dreaming about the characters in my sleep.  I love telling other people: “You HAVE to read this book.”  I have trouble with the old idiom, “all things in moderation.”  I’m not good at a spoonful of ice cream–a two-scoop sundae is better.  Or one glass of wine–let’s share the bottle!  But consuming books in a fever, that’s one healthy addiction.  To follow, three books I couldn’t get enough of in the past year.

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - $10.20

It came out in 2008 and I read it in the fall of 2011 so I was a little late to the party.  I read this book in a day and by the time I got to the last chapter, I was reading a page, then making myself put it down for a couple minutes so that it would last longer.  This book is about a group of people on the island of Guernsey, off the coast between England and France, who took care of each other during the German occupation of WWII.  It’s written entirely in letters and it is…DELICIOUS.  I felt like I knew the characters and I desperately wanted to know more about their lives after the book ended.  LOVE IT.

 

11/22/63 - $18.99

I normally don’t like Stephen King’s fiction (though I loved his memoir on writing).  It’s too dense, too meandering.  I really wanted to like The Stand since I love post-apocalyptic stories and couldn’t get 100 pages into it.  But his newest book on time travel?  Yes.  So good.  King explores the “butterfly effect” with this novel, asking what happens if you change a major event in history, like preventing the assassination of JFK?  If you like sci-fi, you’ll love this.  Even if you don’t, the plot is strong enough, the characters compelling enough, and the writing smooth enough that you will enjoy the ride.  I recommend getting it on an e-reader, as the paper version is nearly 900 pages.  Unless you want to tone those triceps, in which case, happy lifting.  LOVE IT.

 

Still Life - $10.19

Around Christmas I told a fellow book-loving family member that I needed a new book addiction.  I’d read some fine books, but nothing that matched my obsession with the folks on Guernsey Island from several months prior.  This aunt bought me the first in a series by author Louise Penny who writes about the investigations of the fictional Chief Inspector Gamache, a Quebecois detective.  Each book takes place in a small, charming Canadian village with beautiful landscaping.  The characters are quirky; the plots have fun twists.  Plus, she describes lavish French meals in mouth-watering detail.  The first is definitely the best in the series–a solid, entertaining read.  LOVE IT.

 

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6 Responses to “LOVE IT: Addicted to Books”
  1. Mike N says:

    Try giving Alan Furst a shot- his books are like a black and white movie.

    • Beth says:

      Hurrah! A new book recommendation. Thanks, Mike, I’m on it.

      • Mike N says:

        Meanwhile, I think I’ll give Still Life a Shot. I’d also recommend Ireland by Frank Delaney. Kind of a quirky/different read.

  2. Sarah says:

    Beth, I LOVED The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society too. It was such an engrossing and sweet story. Good pick!

  3. Beth says:

    Guess what? Louise Penny, author of Still Life, made a visit to our little full clutch after seeing that I’d written a review. Stephen King, your turn!

  4. Judy says:

    Thanks Beth, My “to read” stack is dwindling. Just finished The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, very good and Water for Elephants (also good but made me sad).