My Favorite Book

So if you’ve visited my Favorites page you probably already know what my favorite book is, but I just reread it, and I can’t stop thinking about it so I thought I’d write another post about it.

It is of course The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Chances are you’ve already read my review so I’m not going to repeat myself here. I just want to talk a little bit about what makes it my favorite book over all the other books I’ve read so far, and why I don’t think I’ll find a book to top it.

Over the years I’ve read a lot of great books, books that I love, and books that I had to push myself to get through. But never have I read a book that has drawn me in so thoroughly as this one did. I felt as if I were right there in Russia, experiencing everything Alexander and Tatiana were. I could feel their love, their pain, their incredible happiness. I could feel everything so deeply that the book has come alive for me.

I don’t know how it could possibly be that Tatiana and Alexander aren’t out there somewhere living out their love for each other.

You know how when you read a great book, you know you’re going to have to reread it, but you know you have to wait awhile to experience it again? That’s how it is for me. I have to wait in between readings so that when I go back, it’s like I’m reading it for the first time. With this book, I could have read it over again the minute I finished. And I would have too except I had the next book Tatiana and Alexander in the series awaiting my attention.

I just finished my second reading of this book which I have wanted to read again for over a year a couple of days ago, and I want to reread it again. But again I want to read the other two books just a little bit more. I have to get their whole story in before I start again. Although I could live with just this one book if I had to.

This is a book that is so beautifully written, I never ever want to put it down.

Now I want to hear from you, my lovely readers. Do you have a book that means as much to you as The Bronze Horseman means to me? Please tell me because the best book recommendations are made by those who feel so strongly about a book that they just can’t contain themselves.

The Winter Rose Giveaway

The Winter Rose by Jennifer DonnellyIf you’ve visited my favorite books page, you will know that The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly is one of my favorite books of all time. I absolutely love it and try to get everyone I meet to read it. So I thought I’d get you to read it too!

The Winter Rose follows India, a new doctor in late Victorian London, as she finds herself working in a poor hospital while trying to navigate the political arena with her fiancé Freddie. When she meets infamous mob boss Sid Malone, India creates a new enemy for herself, but is he really her enemy? Life always seems to throw things at India, and it is her courage and strong nature which get her through.

To read more about the book, check out my review here: The Winter Rose Book Review

Now for the giveaway! I love this book so much that I want to give one lucky reader the opportunity to own and read this wonderful book. All you have to do is follow the link below and enter your name and email address. You will receive an email to confirm your entry. This is to make sure that you have entered a valid email address. Once you confirm, you will be entered into the giveaway.

Once you enter, you are given a unique URL which you can share with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, email, and more. Each person who enters the contest through your unique URL will give you an additional 5 entries into the giveaway.

The contest ends at 11:59 PM CST on May 14, 2012. The contest winner will be randomly selected and receive an email saying he or she has won. Once the winner is confirmed, I will release the name of the winner via this blog, Twitter, Facebook, and email.

Good luck!

Click here to enter the giveaway:

Drop Dead Healthy

Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. JacobsDrop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs was a very interesting read. This book follows A.J. over two years as he works to become the healthiest man in the world. Each chapter focuses on a different body part. The stomach, as you can imagine, shows up quite a few times.

He explores pretty much every health trend out there from a juice cleanse to the caveman workout. He tries the extremes, giving equal emphasis to each without discrimination. His writing is engaging and witty. I often found myself laughing out loud, especially when he was taking a pole dancing class.

Each chapter was devoted to making that organ the healthiest he could. It was interesting to learn more about how the human body functions. I even changed a few of my habits after reading this book.

There were a few chapters I could have done without. I learned a little bit more about A.J. than I was anticipating or wanting to know. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this.

My friend recommended this author a while back, but I haven’t gotten a chance to read anything by him until now. I was lucky enough to receive an advance reader’s copy to read and review, and I’m certainly glad I did!

Dirty Little Reading Secrets

The other day, I saw a post where someone shared some of her dirty little reading secrets, and I thought it was a great idea. I have about a million dirty little reading secrets. I thought I’d share a few with you today.

There were many school assigned books I didn’t finish and have no desire to ever finish. I never finished Walden or Paradise Lost. If a piece of writing didn’t do anything for me, or I had a lot of other work I had to finish first, I’d skim it or read a summary.

I don’t read any books by Nicholas Sparks anymore because someone always dies. I just can’t handle it these days. It’s become something he’s known for, and I don’t always feel like reading a sad book. Now if you can tell me one of his books remains death free, I will be happy to read it.

I have the inability to go to the library to return books and not come out with a whole stack of new books. It’s actually really bad. I try to “cleanse” myself of library books because I have stacks of them sitting around the house, but I always come back with more….

I didn’t like Sense and Sensibility or Lord of the Flies for that matter. Those were two of my least favorite books I had to read. I just didn’t understand the appeal. I tried reading Sense and Sensibility again, but it just didn’t work out.

I really don’t understand what all the hype about Twilight is all about. Please do not hate on me all you Twilight fans. But I just don’t get the appeal of a sparkly vampire who stares at someone while she sleeps. It’s just creepy. I have read the first book which I thought was boring until pretty much the end. I just don’t get it.

I hate reading a book only to find out that it’s part of a series and not the first one. This is a pretty big pet peeve of mine and one I should be more conscious of. It’s happened too many times.

I’ve stopped reading books because I think the author has completely ruined the characters. The most notable is Voyager where Diana Gabaldon completely ruined Jamie for me. And I LOVED Jamie and didn’t think it was possible for him to be ruined. I stand corrected. I couldn’t finish that book because I thought he did something so out of character that I couldn’t handle it.

It annoys me when covers of books don’t match the characters’ descriptions. I read a book recently where the male lead had a mustache. His mustache was mentioned often enough in the book that the cover artist had to have picked up on it. The man on the cover most definitely did not have a mustache.

So those are a few of my dirty little reading secrets. Do you have any of your own? I encourage you to share them with us!

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