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I read a lot. I don’t mention it on the blog often enough but it’s just a part of my daily life. Maybe it’s why I feel comfortable writing?

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In case you need a book recommendation (and also so I have some record of what I’ve read), here’s what I’ve read so far in 2014:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Third time reading it. Still amazing. For your amusement, here is a Buzzfeed video of Harry Potter explained by people who have never seen or read Harry Potter. AKA People I could never be friends with.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey. Late to the party on this one. How I feel about it in one word: Meh. Haven’t started the 2nd book. Is it worth it?

3. The Lost Symbol. If you read DaVinci Code or Angels & Demons, this brings back Professor Robert Langdon. Since the movies, I always picture him as Tom Hanks, which makes him super lovable. This book takes place in DC and, as with other Dan Brown books, he takes the facts and stretches them for fiction. There were still a TON of things I didn’t know about DC in this book (I did a lot of Googling as I read this). It also goes into the history of the Free Masons which was fascinating and completely unexpected. That part in particular I kept thinking – this can’t be true. Or can it? The story was a little slower than his others and was my least favorite Robert Langdon story, but still an enjoyable read.

4. Inferno. Dan Brown with another Robert Langdon story. This book actually terrified me. The title of the book is misleading. Is it about fire? Nope. Overpopulation. Apparently there are a lot of (educated) people who believe that there are already too many people on the planet and that our resources cannot possibly support where we are headed in terms of population. It also brought to my attention how really incredible science of the future will be used for good and bad. Basically science is the future of terrorism. Like I said, terrifying.

5. The Fault in Our Stars. I still have so many feelings about this book. I work for a childhood cancer foundation. Hazel and Augustus are fictional representations of real kids. Kids that I know. Kids who are dying. I happened to read this book on a week that we got some devastating news about a very special young woman. To say it was brutal to read this was an understatement but it was worth every painful moment. The movie is coming out in June and I’ll be there, the day it opens, box of tissues in hand. Here’s The Fault in Our Stars trailer. Just looking for the link for this post, I watched it again and cried.

Currently Reading: The Husband’s Secret. A great read so far. The characters are very likable, though according to my kindle, I’m 43% through this book and I still don’t know the husband’s secret.

What should I read next? I’ve heard so many great things about Gone Girl but I’d kind of like something happy. Has anyone read Eleanor & Park? I’d love to know how that was.

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