Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Book wormy

Hi, I'm Ashley, and I am a book worm.

I love reading. I want to spend all my extra time sitting in Barnes and Noble reading.

The current read is Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol." It is the only book in my apartment I haven't read yet. (That really isn't saying much because, (1) our bookshelf is fairly small, and (2) we only have about ten books on the shelf. But, I am thoroughly enjoying the book. I read "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons", so I felt it only appropriate to finish the "trilogy."

Latest reads I enjoyed:
1. "Devil's Food Cake" by Josi Kilpack (found at Deseret Book) (Murder mystery novel- a fun, easy read.)
2. "The Silence of God" by Gale Sears (also found at Deseret Book) (Non-fiction in novel form about first LDS Russian family during the Bolshevik Revolution - phenomenal.)

The next book on the list is my little sister's favorite book, the tragic back and forth love story of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles," by Thomas Hardy. (A classic.) She has raved about it for years, but I'm finally getting around to it now.

The next book after that is called "Writing Jane Austen." Boys, don't be immediately turned off to this... yes, it is kind of a girly book, but it isn't a newly discovered Jane Austen manuscript over which your girlfriends are going to freak out. Take comfort. It is a modern novel about a woman who is asked to finish a newly-found and unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen. Sounds fabulously intriguing. (I say that as a wanna-be author... someday.)

And after that... "Eat, Pray, Love," by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Also, can I please recommend a book to you readers? If you have not already, I would ask that you please contribute to the "Alexander Dumas' trust fund" by purchasing his book, "The Count of Monte Cristo." No, the movie does not count. Not even close. The book is absolutely phenomenal. There are two versions: abridged and unabridged. The unabridged includes a lot of the history and politics of the timing of the book... some necessary, some not. I have read both versions and it just depends on how much time you have... or what you're interested in.

Any good books I'm missing? I'm open to suggestions!


  1. I loved Tess, it really is superb, not just the plot either, but the themes and the style and everything are all amazing.

  2. I just finished The Help yesterday and started Eat Pray Love today. Really excited for the film!

  3. Les Mis..abridged for my taste. It is my fav. book of all time.

    You didn't read Tes with Judy Mac in 12th grade? Such a good book.

  4. I have missed your posts. The Lost Symbol is great and really makes you think. Ah, good ole' Count of Monte Cristo, one of my favorites and brings me back to Senior English. "Hold the Chair"! Love it!

  5. You MUST read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Tremendous from the first page to the last. Really.

  6. Oh, I love that you mentioned the Count of Monte Cristo. I read it for the first time this year, and couldn't stop talking in prose for weeks. It's great. I don't know if you're interested in counseling or medicine, but a great one I'm reading right now is called, "Kitchen Table Wisdom". I really think you'll like it. Also, have you read 'The Alchemist'? It's quick, but good. I'll even send you my copy, if you want.


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