September 15, 2015

Books I want to Read and the Goodreads App


I really enjoy reading and am about to finish up the book I’m currently reading, The Rosie Project. It’s a fun little light book with a bit of mystery. I was using my Goodreads App the other day to look at what I may read next, which led me to write this post. 🙂

If you aren’t familiar with the Goodreads App (you can go directly to the website, too, www.goodreads.com), it’s great for helping to stay organized with the books you want to read, are currently reading, and have read. You have 3 “book shelves” and you just add the book to the corresponding “shelf.” Also, there are reviews of the books from other readers and a news feed that you can check to see what books your friends are reading or adding to their “to-read” list. Plus, there are recommendations for you, too.

When I pick out a book, I prefer to read light books, a little “chick lit”, drama, thrillers, some historical fiction, and the occasional biography. Since I most often read in bed I just don’t enjoy anything too heavy before I go to sleep. This summer I read The Knockoff, The Girl on the Train, and At the Water’s Edge. I really enjoyed all of them for different reasons.

Anywho, from the books I added to my Goodreads App most recently (I get a lot of titles from reviews in People Magazine or from friends and family), I narrowed down my next book to one of these four:

  1. Luckiest Girl Alive – As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything. With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Aliveexplores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears. The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
  2. The Taming of the Queen (The Tudor Court #4) – Why would a woman marry a serial killer? Because she cannot refuse…Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives – King Henry VIII – commands her to marry him.
    Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn’s trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as regent. But is this enough to keep her safe? 
  3. As If! The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and the Crew – In the first book of its kind, Jen Chaney has compiled an oral history of the making of this iconic film using recollections and insights collected from key cast and crew members involved in the making of this endlessly quotable, ahead-of-its-time production. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Emma influenced Heckerling to write the script, how the stars were cast into each of their roles, what was involved in creating the costumes, sets, and soundtrack, and much more. This wonderful twentieth anniversary commemoration includes never-before-seen photos, original call sheets, casting notes, and production diary extracts. With supplemental critical insights by the author and other notable movie experts about why Clueless continues to impact pop culture,As If! will leave fans new and old totally buggin’ as they understand why this beloved film is timeless.
  4. Villa America – In this gorgeous, glamorous, and affecting novel, Liza Klaussmann does for Sara and Gerald Murphy what Paula McLain and Michael Cunningham did for Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf in The Paris Wife and The Hours. Villa America was in fact a real house on the French Riviera that Sara and Gerald Murphy built to escape to in the 1920’s. Members of a group of expat Americans, they were known for their fabulous parties and for making the Riviera into the glamorous place it is today. Their freewheeling days were filled with champagne and caviar, but these were people who kept secrets and who were, of course, heartbreakingly human. This is a stunning story about the Lost Generation, about a marriage, about a golden age which could not last.

I’ll decide soon and will lean towards a book that will go well with the mini vacation I have later this month with my mom and sister.

BTW, you can check out my Goodreads book shelves by searching for me on Goodreads as Reneeski123.

Happy reading! 🙂

*All synopsis are from Goodreads

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