Book ’em!


BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS!  The theme of this weeks Spin Cycle is books.  We are supposed to share what we’ve read lately or I guess kind of do book report or something.  I love to read but I don’t seem to have a lot of time to devote to it.  I don’t read near as much as I’d like.

Last anniversary my kids got together and bought me a Kindle.  I LOVE it.  Now I can “carry” lots of books with me with weighing me down!  I am currently reading two books.  One actual BOOK and one on Kindle.  The actual book I am reading was loaned to me by my sister and I have to give it back to her next week so I need to get to it and finish it so I can take it back to her.  It’s “Cage of Stars” by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  It’s about a young girl (I think she’s 11 when the book starts) whose sisters are murdered practically in front of her face and how her family deals with the aftermath.  I’ve had a hard time getting into the book even though it is good.  I’m thinking maybe because of the subject matter it’s just so hard to read.

She had also loaned me “The Help” which I LOVED.  I couldn’t put that one down.  I didn’t watch ANY TV at all for almost a week because every single chance I got I was reading that book.  It’s set in the 60’s during the civil rights movement and I found myself cheering for the characters.  It’s coming out as a movie in August and I can’t wait.  I’m usually pretty disappointed when a great book I’ve read gets turned into a movie because it never is true to the book.  I’m one of those weird people that after I finish reading a really great book I am usually depressed because I don’t want it to be over.

One book I read last year that was turned into a movie that I wasn’t disappointed in was “Water For Elephants”.  It left a lot out (most movies do) but it was still pretty true to the book and I loved both the book and the movie.  I highly recommend that book.

The book I am currently reading on my Kindle is called “Sisters” by Kathleen Thompson Norris.  It’s been a little slow reading for me.  I’ve had a hard time getting into it.  It’s written like it’s back in the 1800’s or something and I just can’t quite get it. But I’ll trudge on until I finish it.

Two of my favorite authors are Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris.  I think they are both hilarious.  I think I have read every book that both of them have written.  In fact, last year my kids bought me tickets to go see David Sedaris live.  He did like a lecture at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  He was hilarious.  He read excerpts from his new book that he was working on that hadn’t even been titled at the time.  He called it “A Beastiary” as it was short stories told from the animals perspective and it was laugh out loud funny.  When it actually came out it was one of the
first books I bought on my Kindle.  It’s actually called “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” (like a personal ad).  I didn’t think it was AS funny as some of his
previous works but it was good for some laughs.

And a few weeks ago saw that Augusten Burroughs mother has written a memoir.  I thought she was such a horrid person when I read how she treated her kids in “Running With Scissors” that I felt I needed to read it to see her side of the story.  I haven’t read it yet but I have downloaded it to my Kindle.  I’ll let you guys know once I get around to reading it.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite places to get my books.  Other than having them given to me or borrowing them from someone which is free!  Whenever we go to Nashville to visit our oldest daughter we HAVE to make a trip to this wonderful book store called McKays.  It’s a used book store but I have never seen such a large, clean, well organized USED book store in my life.  They have wonderful hardcover books for a fraction of their original price.  I’ve bought hardcover books that looked brand new for $1.  Yes, ONE buck people!!  They also have a location in Chattanooga but we just usually go to the one in Nashville and I usually end up spending like $75 and getting literally a big box of books. It usually lasts me for a little while.  They also have CD’s and movies and TV shows really cheap.  Here are some pictures I just happened to
have of the inside of McKays.

Books, books and more books!

As far as the eye can see!

l Love McKays!

Oh, we are headed back to Nashville this week and I get to stock up again… Be jealous…. be VERY jealous!


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18 Responses to Book ’em!

  1. Look at that bookstore! I once worked in a bookstore for my uncle. I hated the job only because I couldn’t read while working. Everyone thinks that if you love to read, working in a bookstore would be perfect, but it’s more like torture!
    You’re linked!
    (I’ve heard about Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, I think I will read it!)

  2. SuziCate says:

    Good thing I don’t live near that store!!!!!!! I’d go crazY!!!!!! I’d say we definitely got the reading bug from Daddy!

  3. Ron says:

    OMG, I’m utterly embarrassed to say that I haven’t read a complete book in probably SIX years! Ever since I started blogging, I seem to be consumed with online reading, rather than an actual book.

    *hangs head in shame*

    However, when I use to read books I enjoyed either fiction, like, Sidney Sheldon or Danielle Steele (I know, how tacky), or auto-biographies. I love books or movies about real people.

    Don’t you just love used bookstores? I adore how they smell!

    I can’t wait to see “Water For Elephants.” I heard it’s faaaaaaaaabulous!

    Have a terrific Tuesday, Peg!


    • pegbur7 says:

      I don’t read nearly as much as I used to because I do spend most of my free time reading blogs and books have taken a back burner unless I’m waiting in a doctor’s office or something!

  4. terrepruitt says:

    I used to love to read books. Now all I read are blogs. I don’t read that many blogs, but it is still very difficult for me to keep up. I was lucky enough to be gifted a used iPad and I use it to read the blogs during commercials when I watch TV.

    There was three series of books that my husband and I used to read. While we were waiting for the next book to be published we would miss the characters. I think that is a sign of a good character. When your readers find themselves missing them as if they were real people.

    We have four book shelves with books stacked two and three deep and filling up the entire space between each shelf. The shelves bow in the middle. My husband re-reads his books. I don’t do that so much any longer.

    (I just glanced up and saw Ron’s comment. Glad to know I am not the only one.)

    • pegbur7 says:

      My problem is that I buys lots of books but don’t have enough time to read them and then I hate letting go of the books so I run out of space for them.

  5. I just finished “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. It was the best book I’ve read in a long time. Although it’s non-fiction, it is so well written that it’s like reading a magnificent piece of fiction. It’s set in WW2 and follows an Olympic athlete’s life from his time as a juvenile delinquent, to his service, to spending 40 plus days in a raft after the plane went down in the Japanese infested Pacific, to his time in prison camp. Magnificent book!

  6. VandyJ says:

    I am jealous of the bookstore! The only thing better than a bookstore is a used bookstore. I can get lost for hours in any bookstore. But then I look at books as a good investment–especially if they’re good books.

    • pegbur7 says:

      It is a used bookstore. Was there yesterday and spend about 2 hours, got two boxes of books and 2 CD’s and only spend around $45! I could spend that on a couple of books at Borders!

  7. Joanie says:

    I just downloaded The Help to my Blackberry to listen to it in my car. I get a lot of free audio books from my library. I’m excited to get started on it. I also recently learned that by the end of the year, you can download ebooks to your Kindle from your local library! The other ereaders (Nook, Sony, etc) are already available to download ebooks, but Amazon hasn’t released the rights yet. Just have to be patient, I guess!

  8. Kate says:

    So many great reads for me to check out! Can’t wait, thanks!!

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