Wednesday, January 16, 2008

books to keep me company.

Every time I complain of boredom, the husband looks at me incredulously. How can you be bored? he says. There are so many things to do. I know...but none of them sound appealing. I know I need to learn how to use my camera better, sew, read more, give the guitar another chance, go to the gym, etc. but sometimes maybe I just like being bored. {I guess I'm still winding down from my college experience}. Sometimes I like doing nothing. Call me lazy.

Clint started school again, which means in addition to being gone all day at work {I am too}, he now has night class on Mon Tues & Thurs. Looks like I'm on my own for entertainment. I'd like to think I'll spend all those nights organizing everything I own or at the gym for hours, but the truth is, I'll probably be bored sometimes.

Because I can't go to the antique store every night {check out the loot above I just scored} and because I really hate wasting time watching TV...I need some book recommendations, please & thank you.


  1. four years later... i'm still winding down (when i have time) from school. i feel like for so long i exerted every ounce of energy to school and work that i'm allowed to be lazy and bored when i have time.

    i'd teach you how to sew if i knew how... we should make something together. :)

    book recommendation: twilight series. ha ha. j/k. rachel bought me three books for Christmas, and i'm only reading one at a time, so maybe you'd like to borrow the other ones. see you in a bit!

  2. Hah! Yeah, p.s. everybody:

    No Twilight recommendations. I'm sorry, I just didn't like it.

  3. the history of love, these is my words or my personal faves...anything written by nick hornby (how to be good is my favorite by him.)

    ps. the twilight series sucked me in. no one will admit it, but it's appeal is basically that it's a crusty romance novel, without being a romance novel. (because it's definitely not the writing that captured everyone's attention.)
    it's the mormon lady's version of soft porn, if you will. (am i allowed to say "porn" on your blog??? -sorry.)

  4. cute buys! i wish i knew how to decorate! one day....i know its old news by now, but if you havent read it, Davinci Code was excellent! i couldnt put it down!!

  5. I like your blog. It looks like your photo skills are pretty great already!

  6. rough stone rolling by richard l. bushman.


    the ode less traveled: unlocking the poet within

  7. Hey, this is Alex, not Ryan. I've had quite bit of free time lately - mostly at work - to read books (and blogs...) Anyway, I highly recommend anything by J.D. Salinger, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

  8. I would have to agree with Alex on
    J.D. Salinger. Also even though we had to read The Great Gatsby in high school i really liked it. I like F Scott Fitzgerald stuff and my most favorite is anything by Jane Austen. I just finished reading a book called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I liked that also. I could go on but i won't.

  9. If you haven't read it, definately "Love in the Time of Cholera" by García Márquez- it´s such a romantic, emotional story.

  10. Hang out with me and I'll help you learn photography. Have you read 1776 yet? It's good.

  11. Hey Angela, This is Courtney (Sherwood) Rogers. I stumble across your blog every once in a while and always smile. You are so funny. Anyway I love how you asked for good reads. My favorite (maybe of all time) is the Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I always recommend it and no one has been disappointed yet!

  12. Hey. This is Ryan. Not Alex. I would have to agree with my wife, because we have similar tastes, but my favorite book is Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. It is without a doubt the funniest thing that I have ever read, with the exception of Puff by Bob Flaherty, which I cannot recommend dispite its hilarity due to the fact that the language is very rated R.

  13. love the owl.

    not sure how sci-fi you would be willing to go... but I love the ender's game series. the whole gamot. these other suggestions sound more indie and less nerdy than mine though. you should give a review on whatever you choose and share the literary love.

  14. I agree entirely in your favor on the issues of antique stores and the twilight series. Not even surpasing the second page of that book did i began to have an odd feeling which i would imagine is the same feeling you would get while watching Lifetime or something of that matter. But anyways, I know you already got a ton, but book reccomendations from me i think would include A Seperate Peace, The Pianist, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime(altough i could regret reccomending it), & Man's Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl('how everyday life in a concentration camp reflected on the mind of the average prisoner.') sounds depressing, but its really very inlighting. the author is a survivor who became a psychiatrist. well i have just taken up way too much space on your blog. my apologies!

  15. um nathan1/17/2008

    alex ross the rest is noise

  16. P.S. I like your photos. They look great. What kind of camera did you get?
    P.P.S. I just realized I carelessly spelled despite wrong in the previous comment. I just wanted to correct myself because my wife and I are both exceptionally picky when it comes to spelling and grammar. I know that is a weird thing to comment and be defensive about.
    I also saw a couple of recommendations for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I would have to echo those recommendations. Good book.

  17. angela!! i just saw your comment on kayleens blog, and well.. although i am in no way a blogger, i read books.

    'the fountainhead' (clint will probably tell you, is one of chris millers favorite books) is amazing. when i tell people its my favorite book, i get the "really...?" response. its long and something not everyone can appreciate, but i think you would like it.

    and amen to kayleen on 'the history of love'

    i miss you guys!

  18. if you like "the fountainhead" you should check "atlas shrugged" same author, I prefer the latter. both amazing.

    hi ck!

  19. hello again. your antique store goodies look great!

    i loved extremely loud and incredibly close by foer

    the chosen is always a classic

    if you haven't checked out its a gold mine, and a great way to keep track of what you've already read

  20. book : simple sewing with a french twist by celine dupuy

  21. Hey Angela! Your blog is so cute. You are so dang artistic! It looks like you and Clint are doing well. Doesn't it feel sooo great to be finished with school! But I now what you mean, I still feel like I need time to recover from the craziness of school and it has been over 8 months! Oh yeah, I was laughing about the jean dresses! Shantel, Callie, You, and I all wore those for four square and I was always the worst at spelling so I would get so nervous when we would spell the words too. Ha. Fun times! Well.. Take care! I am adding you to my links too!

  22. Yeah! Some else who didn't like Twilight!! Happy day! I'm not a wierdo! P.S. Have I ever told you how much I love your style. I could never pull off the cute things you do.

  23. I LOVE when people ask for book recommendations on their blogs because the comments always end up being a great source for new reading material! I also second the recommendation for Catch 22 if you haven't read it, I giggled my way through it.

    Stuff I've read recently and really enjoyed:

    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson -pretty funny little memoir. He tends to mix some fantasy in with reality, which I thought was hilarious. He'll be telling a totally normal, believable story and then it will suddenly veer into tall tale territory. Awesome.

    Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See -I loaned this one to my mom and then it got passed all around her ward for months before I finally got it back. It's about the lives and roles of women in 19th century China. Really beautiful and totally engrossing, I finished it in one night.

    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen -My mother in law left this for me at her last visit and I thought it was fascinating. It's about a young man who runs away and joins a traveling circus and how it ended up being this really dark, scary place where people sometimes just disappear when the owner decides they aren't worth keeping around anymore (it's also a love story with a happy ending).

    Aaand one more: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande -Non fiction by a surgical resident. It's all about how everything in medicine is guess work and sometimes you guess right and sometimes you don't. A little scary, but so good and extremely well written. And I'm now totally terrified of contracting necrotizing fasciitis.

    When I blogged about how I didn't think Twilight was all that great the girls in my ward almost disowned me. It was like, the unpardonable sin. I'm glad I'm not alone there.

  24. Thanks everyone! Looks like my year will be filled with great reads...

  25. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeline L'Engle Two of my all-time favorite books

  26. i loved:

    The History of Love.
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

    ps. little owl, i love you!

  27. I highly recommend The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I've heard Water for Elephants is very good. I love pretty much everything by Anita Shreve and Chris Bohjalian. Check out - it's a reading community where people review books they have read. You can link to my list from the sidebar on my blog.

  28. I have some great childrens books you can borrow! You know, anytime you are bored you are welcome to come visit us :)

  29. hi there...this is my first time to your's lovely! i love to read so i just had to post something here...i just read a few really good fiction books...they might not be your thing at all...but i just thought i'd throw them out there :) they were moving stories of families, and human relationships, emotion and i just loved them...
    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    A Thousand Splendid Suns (by the author of the Kite Runner...which was also very very good)
    Barefoot by Elin Hildebrand and Love Season by the same author
    Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (this isn't fiction)...
    so those are a few good books...easy quick reads :) have fun on your reading adventure!