Books and not reading Harry Potter

I’ve been knocking out some books lately. Mostly to avoid reading Harry Potter #4. One of my 2013 goals was to read all the Harry Potter books, but it’s not going so well. I have trouble with wizards and magic. I realize this will make many of you question your relationship with me, and I’m okay with that. IT’S WHO I AM. I’LL NEVER BE A DIE HARD HARRY POTTER FAN. I just have a hard time committing my reading time to HP when I have a gazillion unread books that seem more relevant to my life on my Kindle. Anyway, here are some good ones I’ve recently finished. (Photos from Goodreads.) Click on the titles for book summaries.


I read about this book in People Magazine and downloaded it to my Kindle awhile back. I recently read it and it seemed to come along at just the right time. I related to the main character in lots of ways (no parallel with that ending though, so don’t get the wrong idea if you’ve read it). I’m not psychic or anything, but I am a twin. I grew up thinking we were so different and the older I get, the more I realize we’re not that different after all. I think the book just emphasizes that connection between siblings that doesn’t really compare to any other kind of relationship. And ya know, I just really liked that about it.

Come Back

When I finished this book, I wanted to start it over and read it all over again. I think I read most of it with my hand over my heart feeling the pain of both Claire and Mia. My younger brother went through a phase very similar to Mia’s, and because the book was written from both the mother’s and daughter’s points of view, I felt like I got to see my brother’s side of the story — one I couldn’t really understand or wrap my head around before. We all deal with life’s messes a little differently. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

Shine Shine Shine

This is another one I’ve had on my Kindle for ages and finally got around to reading. I was Internet surfing one day and came across a post Lydia wrote about marriage. It was before I was married, and all the things she listed seemed a lot easier “back then.” I realize I probably shouldn’t say “back then” in regards to just a little over a year ago, but I’m not much for rules when it comes to writing. I downloaded the book, because I liked her voice.

The book is nothing like I expected, but it was an interesting story, and one that proves perfection is overrated, which I’m all about these days.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Funny. My childhood certainly wasn’t normal, but it definitely didn’t include dead squirrel puppets, and for that, I’m thankful. But also a little jealous, because it made great writing material. I still laugh out loud when one of her stories crosses my mind.

99 Problems But a Baby Ain’t One

(Photo Credit: Greetings from Texas)
Finished this just last night. I was laughing almost the entire book until the end when I was crying. Not like those real intense tears, just the watery eyes kind of thing, but still. Making light of serious situations is one of my specialties, so I had a terrific appreciation for this memoir. Megan is a badass. And I’m not saying she subconsciously dedicated her book to me or anything, but I did want to point out that she mentions at the beginning that she changed the names of some of the doctors and there is a doctor named Dr. Cats. If she made that up, I have a good feeling it was because of me. Secondly, she has a sentence in the book that says “Strange, right?” So, obviously. I mean it’s just obvious. Thanks, Megan. I like you, too.


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