{2:00 AM Book Club} January ’11

by Leighann on January 22, 2011

As if us parents of children with diabetes have the extra time or the energy to actually read a book, I’m giving it my best shot to read (or “read”) 50 books in 2011.

If only I wasn’t so bleary-eyed at 2:00 AM when I often am wide awake and can’t get back to sleep!

On a recent trip that I took without any family I managed to read an entire book. And it was a long one. The Year of Fog (recommended by Amy Clark of Mom Advice) was one of the first physical* fiction books I have read in a long time.

In fact I only took the one book and ended up buying a book at the airport on my layover on the way back! I hated buying that book, but I needed something to do and the airport didn’t have free (or at least easy to access) WIFI.

I used to buy books all the time. In fact I worked at a local independent bookstore, in addition to my real job, for years. But I made a choice a few years ago to spend less on books, except for children’s book which I buy lots of, and to utilize the library more. It’s easier on my wallet, creates more space on my bookshelves, and is better for the environment.

While I don’t read actual paper books that often any more, I do listen to audiobooks quite frequently. I upload them to iTunes and pass some of my time at work listening to either these books or podcasts. I always feel like I’m sticking it to the man! But part of my job does entail sitting at the microscope for hours on end and listening to something helps.

Visit my 2:00 AM Book Club page to see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 and those that are on my list.

So give me some ideas. What books should I read in 2011?

January ’11

Dead and GoneDead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (audiobook)

If you have read any of the books that the True Blood series is based on, you know that these aren’t deep. However, they are fun, quick reads. In this installment, Sookie has learned of family that she didn’t know she had, but is this a good thing?

This is book 9 in the series.

Purchase Dead and Gone from my affiliate Barnes & Noble. It’s also available as a NOOK Book.

My Name is MemoryMy Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (audiobook)

This is the story of a man who can remember each of the lives he has lived and is on a quest to right a wrong and finally connect with the woman he loves. I highly recommend the audiobook for this title because there are two narrators. The male voice narrates Daniel’s past lives and the female narrates the present. Both narrators have good accents. It’s always my opinion that the narrator makes or breaks the audiobook. I can’t wait to listen to the sequel and see what happens next.

It’s difficult to believe that this is the same author who writes the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. This novel is mature.

Purchase My Name is Memory from my affiliate Barnes & Noble. It’s also available as a NOOK Book.

*Physical, meaning actual book with paper pages as opposed to an audiobook.

Book descriptions are from Barnes & Noble. Links to bookstores are affiliate links and are provided so that you can find the books easily. I personally utilize the public library quite a bit, especially for audiobooks and fiction. Please read the disclosure statement regarding affiliate links.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cindy January 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an amazing story! Beautifully written book. And In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is one of my favorites of all time. What an awesome goal to have! I might have to set up my own goal for reading more in 2011!


2 Leighann January 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Ooh, thanks for the recommendations! Adding both of those to my list.


3 Denise January 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I read all the Sookie Stackhouse books…like you said, very light reading. Easy, quick, and fun….perfect way to escape the world of D in the brief moments we have 🙂


4 Leighann January 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I was about to start a deep book today and after a few minutes of listening (it was an audiobook) I switched back to a Sookie Stackhouse instead. I think I’m on Dead in the Family.


5 Wendy January 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

I love to read! I also do audiobooks when I am cleaning or in the car. It’s a nice distraction. If you haven’t already found it, http://www.goodreads.com is kind of fun for keeping track of the books you are reading, have read, and want to read. You can also “friend” people on their to see what your friends are reading. According to my bookshelves I read 76 books in 2009 and only 22 in 2010 ;( Now that could have been that I have been reading less, or keeping track less. Probably both since it has been a bad health year for me and this was the year Josh was diagnosed. I definitely hope to do better with my reading this year! So far I am off to a good start.
A few of us moms from our homeschool group meet once a month for a book club. These are the next few books we are planning to read: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Little Bee, Day After Night, The Bronze Horseman, The Winter of our Discontent, The Corrections, The Mistress of Nothing, and The Next Queen of Heaven. If you end up checking out Goodreads you can find me here: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2320381-wendy

Happy reading!!!


6 Leighann January 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

You inspired me to get back on Good Reads. I just entered all the books I’ve read or are on my list so far this year.

Thanks for the list and I’m friending you on Good Reads!


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