Book Love {A Collection of Books I’ve Read or am Reading}

Book Review, Books / Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Simplemama Book Love

I have always loved reading, since as young as I can remember, I gobbled up any and all words I could see. When I look at the world, that’s what I see – words. They are everywhere. Floating in the air I breathe, streaking through a star-lit night sky, in the rustling of the leaves, the warm rays of the sun on my face, even in the speech bubbles I see over everyone’s heads when they talk. (You see those too, right?)

I remember my mom used to have to take the cereal boxes off the table so I would hurry up and eat instead of sitting and reading every single word on the box. There’s something so satisfying about reading a great work of fiction, elegant prose, enthralling thrillers, and even well-written practical non-fiction that encourages and inspires me in my days. Books have molded me, shaped me, and set me on many adventures in my life. Sitting down to read a great book on a lazy afternoon energizes me and pours peace into my soul. In other words, I LOVE books!

I also really like talking about books – how they made me feel, the lessons they taught me, how they challenged or provoked me. It’s fun sharing thoughts about books and hearing other’s comments and book suggestions.

I created a Books Page here on the blog to keep the books I’ve read better organized and for an easy reference when others ask me – “What was that book you blogged about that one time?” I also added the same shelf on the sidebar if you are not reading this on a tablet/phone. And, for this post, I’ll share my Shelfari Reading shelves below as well. (Click on the links if the shelf picture doesn’t load.) I love hearing your thoughts and recommendations so feel free to come back to this post or to the Books Page and share a good book or two you think I’d like. Happy Reading!

Books I’ve Read:


<li><a href=”″>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn</a> by Betty Smith</li>

<li><a href=”″>A Severe Mercy</a> by Sheldon Vanauken</li>

<li><a href=”″>Tuesdays With Morrie</a> by Mitch Albom</li>


Books I’m Reading:

Books Others Have Read and Recommended to Me:

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3 Replies to “Book Love {A Collection of Books I’ve Read or am Reading}”

  1. oooohh, I totally want a shelfari now.
    I have read 20 of the books on your shelf.
    You really liked Mockingjay more than Robopocalypse?
    I am noticing a disturbing lack of Michael O’Brien currently…
    Have you never read the abridge version of Les Mis the rest of us read our senior year at BC? I think you would love it, based off your high placement of Count of M.C. Also, I think you should check out a Khaled Hosseini . I have never been disappointed by one of his works, and I think you would like getting a glimpse into another culture. I’d recommend starting with A Thousand Splendid Suns. Also, I want to mark this occasion as the first time in my life I have spelled Khaled Hosseini’s name on the first try. I always attempt it, then google it, and correct. Well, on this momentous day, I finally did not have to revise my typing.

    1. Yes! I knew if I talked about books (or movies) I’d finally get another Joel comment. 😉
      I forgot to explain that the books were listed in order by rating but then by alphabetical within the same rating. So the order doesn’t accurately portray my “favorites” order necessarily. I’d say I enjoyed Robo more than Mockingjay, but then again, Robo is one book were Mockinjay is one of three so it’s hard to compare.
      Thanks for reminding me of O’Brien – I added A Cry of Stone to the shelf. It’s been too long since I’ve read it to remember it all but I do remember enjoying it. I’ll have to revisit that one someday. I haven’t read any of his other books all the way through, they are usually incredibly long and require a big commitment of time to fully enjoy them.

      I’ve never heard of Khaled Hosseini – I wouldn’t know how to spell it correctly either. I added my “Want to Read” shelf and put that on it along with other books people have suggested to me that I’d like to eventually read. Thanks, I always enjoy your rec’s and reviews.

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