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A few years ago I could barely boil water.

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The Return of the Read

I have a confession to make.

Until Monday, it had been months since I'd read a book.

I typically always have a book going and so to go months without reading is a strange predicament indeed. As you may recall, I had been reading A Clash of Kings (from the Game of Thrones/Song of Ice & Fire series) but to be honest...I couldn't get through it. And so I put it down at about a third of the way through it. And then I took a long hiatus from reading.


I missed having that amazing feeling of reading a fantastic book. The kind that, when reading it, you actually don't mind being stuffed on the train, you stay up late in bed way after husband has gone to sleep, you can't wait to turn the next page and find out what happens next.

So, I logged onto my Kindle Store and took a look at the top sellers. I needed something that would grip me from the very first page. When I came across T.R. Ragan's Abducted, I downloaded it right away and dug in.

I have to say...I am loving this book! I do love me a good thriller/mystery and though some of the story points are tough to read, overall, I'm really plowing right through it. It was just the ticket to get back in the swing of things!

Abducted follows the story of Lizzy, a woman who is abducted at age 16 by a serial killer. Somehow, Lizzy manages to become 'the one who got away'. 10 years later, she is a private investigator teaching women how to defend themselves, when suddenly another girl goes missing and the killer leaves a note for Lizzy, letting her and the FBI know that's he has returned and is back on the scene.

Ah, it's so good!

I think I smell the return of the Book Club page! Maybe with a few twists. Would others be interested in reading a book at the same time and then having a discussion here on the blog? Or on the Facebook page? Just a thought! If there's interest, I can set that up starting on March 1.

Oh and are any of you on Goodreads? If so, we can be friends!

Questions of the Day:

What are you reading right now?

Do you go through phases with reading?


Also, if you'd like some other book recommendations, here are some of my favorites:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series, by Steig Larsson

The Hunger Games Series, by Suzanne Collins

The Fever Series, by Karen Marie Moning

The Pillars of the Earth & World Without End, by Ken Follett

Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See

Room, by Emma Donoghue

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

Something Borrowed & Something Blue, by Emily Giffin

...I could go on and on, but let's start with those! :)


psst...it's link day over on The Peach & The Pit and we're sharing one super link that I hope you'll check out!

Reader Comments (7)

I'd totally be into a virtual book club! Right now I'm finishing up The Stand by Stephen King. It's a giant beast of a book, but it's SO good.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

I'd be up for it! I have In the Woods sitting on my bookshelf....along with 10 others I've bought used from Amazon. I totally go through phrases too. Hey I noticed you were reading The Alchemist in that picture, did you like it? I have it on my must read list but as I said, books are piling up.

I have to say that I did not LOVE The Alchemist the way that many others (including my husband) seemed to. I also read it over a long stretch of time so that could have contributed to my apathy towards it! It is a quick read, so I recommend giving it a try since it seems like a lot of other people love it :)

February 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterRachel

I'm still reading Shanghai Girls! And I have Room in a stack to read, too, from a list of your recommendations! I enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet before I started Shanghai Girls! Good recommendations!

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherri

i go through phases where i read a lot, constantly, then i take a few months off + only read magazines. my husband's office downtown is very close to the library, so i've started asking him to pick me up 2-3 books at a time. it's fun, because i get to see what he'd chose for me, plus i like being surprised. =) we've been doing that for the last few months + it's been fun!

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker

Ok, I love that feeling as well, but unfortunately this book would give me nightmares!! I stocked up on some books for Mexico and I'm hoping I get sucked in right away!

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremily (a nutritionist eats)

would love to hear what books you are bringing/which ones are good!

February 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterRachel

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