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Raising three kids just one day at a time

Girl in Translation June 17, 2010

Filed under: books — Jamie Payne @ 9:11 am

I’m sure you’re all getting sick of my “book” posts but I’ve been reading some good ones this year! 

I started Girl In Translation on 5/31 and was finished on 6/10.  I stayed up waaaay past my bedtime many nights reading this book because it was impossible to put down.  I gave it to my mom last Saturday to read and she was finished by Sunday night.  I HIGHLY recommend this book.

I had planned on reading The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo next but I came across this post from May and decided to start The Forgotten Garden instead. 

With 560 pages, this one is going to take me a while.  I’ll be sure to let you know what I think of it when I’m done…


Reading Update June 3, 2010

Filed under: books,random chatter — Jamie Payne @ 1:31 pm

I finished my May book, Fireworks Over Taccoa.

It was a fun book to read since the author, Jeffrey Stepakoff, lives in Atlanta and the book is based in 1945 Georgia.  The book is only 290 pages so it was easy to finish but I was sad for it to end.  I definitely recommend this for a light summer read.

Now I’m on to Girl in Translation.  I’m about 120 pages in and I love it! 

The story is based on a mother and daughter who move to the Brooklyn slums from China.  Kimberly is an amazing student by day and Chinatown sweatshop worker by night.  Author, Jean Kwok, writes with such amazing detail that sometimes I feel like I’m right in Brooklyn with the characters.  This is definitely another book that I highly recommend and am so excited that I added it to my 2010 reading list. 

I’m not entirely sure what I’ll pick for July but I have a feeling it’ll be this one…


Summer Reads May 14, 2010

Filed under: books,random chatter — Jamie Payne @ 3:15 pm

Apparently I’m on a roll this week updating posts to this sorely neglected blog.  I thought one more wouldn’t hurt.

I love reading and I made it one of my New Year resolutions to read a new book every month in 2010.  I’ve been keeping up.  Actually, it’s the only resolution I made that I’m actually doing well on.  Pathetic…I know.

Here’s what I’ve read so far…

The Help
Change of Heart
Vision in White
Bed of Roses

Savor the Moment

Here’s what I have planned for the rest of the year…

Girl in Translation
Men and Dogs
Fireworks Over Toccoa
The Postmistress
Imperfect Birds
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

I’ll keep you posted on which ones I really enjoy.  So far The Help is definitely my favorite!!!


I love a good book! May 6, 2009

Filed under: books — Jamie Payne @ 2:05 pm

Some of my fondest memories are those of me and my mom curled up in a bed of blankets on the living room floor in front of the fireplace while reading a good book.  Holidays were always pretty low key since it was typically just the three of us at home.  My mom and I would spend the morning reading together and then we’d all head off to the movie theater in the afternoon for some flicks. 

These days, we no longer get to curl up in front of the fireplace together during the holidays.  The kids make sure there is no relaxing for the adults!  Instead, I find myself enjoying a page or two at night after the kids are in bed.  I’m normally tucked in as well with our puppies pressed up against me. 

Unfortunately, I have found myself in a sort of book rut.  I have been reading Nora Roberts books since I can remember.  The only time I’ve really read anything different is when I got caught up in the Harry Potter and Twilight series.  As much as I love Nora Roberts, I feel it’s time to branch out a bit.  After a recommendation from a co-worker, I purchased this book. 


I’m only a few chapters into the The Shack and so far I really like it.  Here’s some other books on my “To Read” list. 





What’s on your “To Read” list?  Have you read any of the books on my list?  I’d be interested in knowing your comments.