Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Recommendations Needed!

Attention!  Attention!   I need some better book recommendations.  The crap I'm reading just isn't cutting it!

Goodreads tells me that I'm currently reading four books at a time. Technically, Goodreads is right.  These days, I pick something up, read it for a while, decide I don't like it, and then put it down. But, I feel like I'm cheating if I take it off my "currently reading" queue on Goodreads.

I used to subscribe to the theory that all books should be completed, no matter what.  And, I would slog through even the worst books just to say that I had finished them. That Jill is no more. I'm flying by the seat of my pants and subscribing to the theory that life is too short to read crappy books.

I get very limited reading time each day.  I get about 30 minutes of train time, home and back.  Some court reading and whatever I can get in before I fall asleep before bed.  It isn't enough and I am putting my foot down on these wretched books that are wasting my time.

For example:

Kindle Edition:  40% finished.

Omg Diana.  This is your worst yet.  I can't express to you how little I care about Brianna's breast milk.  It. Is. Too. Much. Information.  Period!

There has been one interesting scene in 40%, which for Diana is like 500 pages.  That's not good enough and that's not why I read you, Diana.  Fix it next time.  Srsly.

Paperback:  50% done ish.

Sigh.  A book about a 14 year old girl who has a fat cat.   Sigh, again.

I don't really care if she doesn't know how to kiss, how her friend hung up on her, or even if she is British.   I cannot abide by these teenagers.  I'm so not finishing this one.

Kindle Edition:  25%

Dear Daniel,

I'm disappointed in this one.  I don't like your books about art.  I know you've got this thing going where Gabriel Allon is getting older and can't do much except be a hot older man and restore great works, but damn it, I just don't care.

I hate to say it, but perhaps you should focus on another character and make them solve cool mysteries as an Israeli spy and toss this art-restorer stuff to the curb.

Sincerely,  a concerned reviewer and avid Allon fan.

This one takes the cake.  I actually finished it and all I really have to say is thank god I got it for 50 cents at The Brown Elephant Resale Shop.  I picked it up because fricken' Lee Child is on the cover saying how terrific it is.  

Well, lemme just tell you this.  If I was on the cover I would say "Slog Slog Slog" - Jill of ABOADC 

This book was like the movie Speed, because it just did not end.  They find the guy, they realize it is a different guy, they find the money, they lose the money, they lose a second set of money.  Lame-o.  Plus, the characters were ridiculously flat, even for an action book.  I do not recommend this book.  Even if you don't have anything else to read and live on a deserted island where you can't make a book out of sand. 

So, this is a call for help.  Is there anything out there that will keep my attention longer than 5 minutes?  Leave some recommendations in the comments so I stop wasting my time with these books! 

Happy Reading!! 


  1. Well, I'm not here to make a book suggestion... I actually just saw your wedding pictures on a wedding blog and I wanted to ask you who did your makeup! Sorry, I know this is a poor use of your blog. I'm getting married at County Line in April and having trouble finding someone to come out to the orchard to do my makeup.
    I will recommend some books while I'm here. Although they are widely publicized, I loved both the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and the Hunger Games books.

  2. Hi Regina,

    I had a couple of independent hairstylists and makeup artists do my wedding hair and make up. They were awesome and very good. Plus, very "in budget." My makeup person was Stefanie Simpson and her email is: She does freelance work and I'm sure she would love to hear from you. County Line is gorgeous! Good luck!