Meet the Sullivans: My Belated 2012 Resolution

January 10, 2012

My Belated 2012 Resolution

I usually have no problem picking out a book to read. I always judge a book by its cover and often pick one up in the book store just because it has an attractive look.

I bought a Kindle Touch after Christmas. Once the baby comes I will pretty much be home all the time, and during naps or feedings I might get a chance to do a little reading. I held back from getting a Kindle for so long. T
here is something about a real book with pages and making trips to the bookstore to pick out something new that I love...  but Keith has a Kindle and he's hooked on it! So I final  broke down and bought one for myself and I love it!! 

As a belated New Year's Resolution I am going to challenge myself to read at least 12 books this year. Doesn't sound like much does it? I have a feeling it might turn out to be a bit trickier than I'm expecting.

In 2011 I read...

I'm pretty surprised that I read 8 books last year. Eight is by no means a lot, but I had really started this resolution having thought that I'd read very little last year. Still, I would like to read more than 12 if possible, but 12 will be my minimum. I just know that my Kindle is going to be my greatest motivator in reading lots and lots of books. I like so many things about the Kindle;
  • I have a whole bookstore at my finger tips without having to leave the house, 
  • the books are always cheaper than they are in the store (Hello, 99 cent Daily Deals!), 
  • I can keep all of my books in one place and carry them with me wherever I go, 
  • I can buy as many as I want without overloading my nightstand or book case, 
  • its super light, which allows me to read and turn pages with only one hand, 
  • I can read a sample and then decide if I want to purchase the book. 
  • need I say more?
Having an endless amount of books at your finger tips is great and even a little dangerous. Since bringing my Kindle home I've downloaded a few books that were either on the bestseller's list, a 99 cent Daily Deal or caught my attention. So far I've added these to my reading list: 
clockwise from top left

Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt - I'm reading this one right now, and its good enough, but not a page turner. I'm just trying to finish it since I'm already 60% of the way through. 

"Two women running away from their marriages collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life, but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind. Together, they try to solve the mystery of where April was running to, and why. As these three lives intersect, the book asks, How well do we really know those we love—and how do we forgive the unforgivable?"

Chasing Rainbows by Kathleen Long - This book was on the top seller's list on, possibly because it was only 99 cents, but I downloaded it anyway after reading the description. It reminds me of several Jennifer Weiner books I've read in the past. 

"Bernadette Murphy likes her life. Really, she does. What's wrong with carrying around an extra ten pounds from fertility treatments? Or having your dog kicked out of obedience school? Again? What's that saying about the devil you know? For Bernie, it's the devil she never expected that changes everything.Her father's sudden death leaves a gaping void in her life and is one in a series of events that rock her world. Her husband leaves for another woman, and her best friend announces an unplanned pregnancy at the age of forty-one. Bernie's behavior goes from acting out to out-of-hand, and she finds herself in trouble at home, out of work and banned from the mall after a confrontation at the cosmetic counter.When her mother discovers her father's book of cryptograms, Bernie realizes his encoded lessons in living might be exactly what she needs to survive. From dealing with her family's grief and bonding with her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter, to dieting, dating and mindless almost-sex with the landscaper, Bernie discovers what her father always knew. In life, you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don't. For Bernie, the singing is about to begin."

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - I read the first book in series rather quickly this summer. I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down, but once I was done I was ready for something lighter (which is when I started to read Bossypants) so I put off reading the 2nd and 3rd books. I know I'll love this one! Its what's up next! 

"Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge."

The Wedding Gift by Marlena Suyapa Bodden - In my undergrad I minored in Literature and did a lot of reading for my classes. For one class we read a book written in diary form from the perspective of a young girl who was a slave. I was completely engrossed from start to finish. I picked The Wedding Gift because it reminds me of that book. 

"When wealthy plantation owner Cornelius Allen marries off his daughter Clarissa, he presents her with a wedding gift: a young slave woman called Sarah. It just so happens that Sarah is Allen's daughter as well, the product of a long-term sexual relationship with his slave Emmeline. When Clarissa's husband rejects her newborn son as illegitimate and sends Clarissa and Sarah back to the Allens, their return sets in motion a series of events that will destroy the once-powerful family. Told through the alternating view points of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius's wife, The Wedding Gift shines a glaring light on the brutal world of slavery in the antebellum American South. Marlen Suyapa Bodden's compelling historical novel explores how planters controlled slaves and free women alike, propelling them along a taut social tightrope as they struggled for freedom and autonomy in an oppressive and patriarchal world. The controversial and shocking ending is sure to leave readers aghast."

I feel like I have a pretty good list to take on, but if you have any recommendations for me I would love to hear them! I'm always looking for a great book!


Natasha said...

i'm reading Sarah's Key right now and it is AWESOME!!!

Colleen Sullivan said...

I've been meaning to pick that one up! I'll def download it and add it to my list! Glad to hear its a good one!