Just Read: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore + 9 more

Somehow I’ve already read ten books this year and I’m not quite sure how that happened. Must have been a combination of bad TV, wintery weekends, one day nursing a cold, and a couple of plane trips, because that is not normal for me.

The good news is that a few of these books are really good and I’ve done reviews on all of them. My favorites being Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (fiction), The City of Ember (YA fiction) and Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself (non-fiction, health).

books just read in 2013

Here are all ten books recently read (ordered from top to bottom picture-wise):

  1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (smart, techie + old-world)
  2. The City of Ember (YA fiction that is a real page-turner)
  3. Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself (change your diet, change your life. Gwyneth follows this, so there’s that, and Dr. Oz approved)
  4. The Last Letter from Your Lover (right love, wrong timing + amnesia!)
  5. The Curse of the Good Girl (tips for raising girls with high self esteem)
  6. The Runaway Princess (beach read, sort of Bridget Jones meets yummy heir to the throne)
  7. Cesar Milan’s Short Guide to a Happy Dog (naughty dog? reset the behavior + tips for picking the right puppy)
  8. Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future (easy adds to your diet)
  9. The People of Sparks (sequel to Book of Ember, YA fiction)
  10. The Secret Lives of Wives (want to stay married? Anecdotes on longevity)

Click over to 2013 Books and Reviews to see more info and detailed reviews. I’d love to hear what you’re reading and liking. Please tell me what’s good. We all need good books in our lives.

x Laura

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7 responses to “Just Read: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore + 9 more

  1. Elaine Bergner

    And your favorite is…….? We’re reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson for bookclub. It’s funny. Elaine

    • E,
      Oh that book you’re reading is funny and twisted. She’s a funny, wacky woman. Of these my favorite fiction was Mr. Penumbra’s. Just a solid good read with enough magic to make it mysterious.

  2. Elaine Bergner

    I’ll have to read Penumbra.. Lawson IS twisted (and very funny.). E

  3. I’m so glad you had recommended Mr Penumbras- I JUST convinced my bookclub to read it! (We are a very dysfunctional bookclub- but I’m hoping this will be a step in the right direction for us!)

    • Well, I really liked it and my mom liked it too, so that covers two generations. And it was on Goodreads’ list for Best Books of the Year. Hope the gals of your book club agree that it’s good. It’s well-written and got a bit of everything: wonderful filled-to-the brim bookstore, current technology, romance, secret society and a search for one of life’s ultimate secrets. Let me know how it goes!
      x Laura

  4. I’ve started loving bios and non-fiction these days :)
    hey hey, fellow book worm! :D
    Have a great day, Laura!

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