Category Archives: Books

Judging a book by its cover


It’s how I pick books, actually. If the cover looks intriguing, I’ll usually pick it up, read the blurb, and buy the book (or write it down for future purchase). The problem comes when I accidentally throw out the list of potential future purchases and all I can remember is what the cover of the book looked like. Currently, I’m searching through Barnes & Noble’s website, trying desperately to find a book cover. All I remember is that it was white with a small silhouette of a little girl towards the top-middle. The other problem with this search is that I don’t even remember if I had wanted this particular book. The cover is just burned into my memory. I hope that this search is not for naught. I think a trip to Barnes & Noble might be in my future….

Speaking of books, I’m going to need some good recommendations. I’m leaving for Florida in a week, and have many hours in the car ahead of me. I’ve read everything I own, and have only purchased one new book (Spooky Little Girl, by Laurie Notaro). What do you recommend?

Thankful Thursday: A Good Read


This week, I’m thankful for book recommendations (and the friends who do the recommending).

I’ve been stuck (for lack of a better word) reading chick lit lately, which is always enjoyable. I use reading as a way to unwind and clear my mind at the end of the day. So, mindless reading is always a plus. I’ve been immersing myself in authors like Meg Cabot and Nicholas Sparks, both of whom are wonderful writers, but their books are pretty easy reads.

Last week, a friend recommended I read books by the author Paulo Coelho. And so over the weekend, while I was staring at books at Target (contemplating which Nicholas Sparks easy-read to buy next), I happened to see The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Hmm. So, I picked it up and decided to give it a shot.

Honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s an engaging story, and it’s beautifully written. There’s a lot of spirituality and religion to it as well, which, apparently, I really needed. Simply put, I felt at peace after reading the book.

So, please do yourselves a favor and read this beautiful novel. An added bonus: it’s on the “Buy One, Get one 50% Off” table at Borders right now. 🙂