what i’m reading now

Here’s what kept me going through three flights and three thousand miles yesterday. I’m absolutely loving this book so far. Selfishly, I picked it for book club next month because it was my turn to lead discussion and I knew I would love it. And how could I not? It has all the components of a great novel in my opinion: a story that spans three generations, shifting point of views, betrayal, family secrets and more drama than the Kardashians. Yep, a true winner.

Seriously though, if you share my taste in books I think you’ll love this one. The writing is just so good and it definitely hooks you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go. Yes, it’s a little bit disturbing (okay, a lot disturbing) but I’m loving it all the same. I just discovered that The Sisters was named one of The Best Fiction Books of 2011 and I have to agree—-it reminds me of a mix between The Help and Drowning Ruth.

Let me know what you think!

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  • Mal @ The Chic Geek
    December 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Looks great! I’m always looking for a new book to read, I’ll have to get this one soon

  • Jen
    December 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Jenna, do you have any tips for managing book costs? I love to read but our library in rural no where has such a limited selection!

    • jenna
      December 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Can you order books from other branches of your library or from other libraries in your state and have them delivered to your local branch? Sometimes you can make requests!

    • Katy
      December 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      You may want to look into Paperback swap (dot) com – you swap out books with peeps all over the U.S and the only cost is the shipping of your book to the next reader. (so $3-4 a book). I did this for a short time and it’s a great way to get lots of good books and not have them gathering dust on the bookshelf either!!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    December 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Great recommendation! I want to try this, and STILL need to pick up Drowning Ruth.

  • Cora White
    December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Jen my library is also small and rural, but they get transfers from larger libraries. Have you checked into having them do that?
    Used bookstores are another great option. Sadly the one near me closed at the end of the summer.
    How about a friends swap? Get tow or three friends and each gets a book and they are passed along once they finish.

    • Allison
      December 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Yeah. I cannot afford books either. So I go to the library or waitlist for possible interlibrary loans. It still sucks because the selection is very limited where I live. But the library is definitely a blessing considering the alternative is nothing at all!

  • erin @WELL in L.A.
    December 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I tore through the entire “Hunger Games” series in the last week… And finished “The Art of Fielding” … all good & drama-filled! Happy Holidays & safe travels!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    December 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    More drama than the Kardashians? Now you’re speaking my language!

  • Gina
    December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Do you still have a book club portion of the blog, or is there a way to look back at the books you used to recommend?

    • jenna
      December 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      I’m working on that! Right now, if you search for “books” in the search tab on the right you can find a list of book related posts.

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    December 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I LOVED The Help and this sounds good! You always have great recommendations.

  • Holli
    December 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks! This is going on my list. I’m currently reading Girl in Translation (lovelovelove!). I think I’ve read every book you’ve recommended. You’re the best!!

  • Blog is the New Black
    December 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I recently added this book to my rotation to read! I am reading right now A Secret Kept, which I am enjoying, and next up is Girl in Translation!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    December 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    My book list is getting long. Your enthusiasm makes me want to put this one at the top of the list.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    December 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I always look forward to your book recommendations – mainly because we LOVE the same type of literature!

  • Amber B
    December 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    This one look good. I will be adding it to my Goodreads list. I am trying to start a book club. Cam you give me tips? How does yours work?

    • jenna
      December 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Well…I actually didn’t start the one I’m in–my friend, Ashley, did and invited me to be a part of it! But the way it works is this: there’s about five of us girls and once a month on a Saturday for a couple hours in the afternoon we all get together at Ashley’s house, talk about books and eat delicious snacks. We take turns picking the book to discuss and whoever picks the book that month is also responsible for leading the discussion and bringing the snacks for the group!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    December 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Ok, I was sold when you said a mix between Drowning Ruth and The Help. 2 great books! This will be next on my list, I’m still reading How to Love an American Man.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    December 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    This sounds like such a great book! Will definitely search it out!

  • Kristen @ semihealthy
    December 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I’ll have to put this book on my reading list! Did you read The Hunger Games?

  • susan @ mom swim bike run
    December 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Ok I just bought this for my kindle. I hope I like it. I just finished Room (have you read it?) and needed a new read. I hope I like it!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    December 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    you have my attention…I loved The Help…so I think I really must read this book!

  • Shannon
    December 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Yea! Looking forward to reading this. With the exception of 2 books, I’ve loved everything you suggested. You got me hooked on Diane Chamberlin books and I’ve read so many in the last couple months.

  • Karen
    December 21, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Perfect timing for this recommendation,,,I just ordered it! Thanks Jenna, and hope you’re having a blast visiting your parents.

  • Alicia
    December 21, 2011 at 6:33 am

    your book selections are great – I will put this one on the list! I downloaded most of your holiday reading list on my Kindle to take with me on a trip to St. Lucia. Kept me entertained the whole week 🙂

  • Kelsey
    December 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

    This looks great. I’m almost done reading the Hunger Games and am looking for a new book to read!

  • Jill
    December 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Yay, another book review! I think my reading for the year has consisted of every book you’ve reviewed. Thank you!

  • Liz
    December 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Adding this to the list of books I need to read. It sounds gripping!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    December 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for the recommendation Jenna. I can’t wait to give it a read. I just finished Girls in White Dresses and am in need of a fresh book. Airplane reading is the best. (Airplane knitting is also pretty fabulous, however.)

  • Jill
    December 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I will definitely be adding this to my reading list. You have such good taste in books. I’ve read some great books this year due to your recommendations.

  • kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    December 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    As per your recommendation I got this book, I am 1 chapter in, I am hooked!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Charise
    December 22, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Ooooh, I really enjoyed The Help and Drowning Ruth, I will definitely be adding this to my Goodreads “to-read” list.

  • Judith Scott
    December 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

    My (fabulous!) bookclub meets in January to select titles, make a schedule and decide meeting homes. This will be my pick, hopefully everyone else will agree. Thanks for the always great recommendation, Jenna!

  • Susan
    December 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I just finished this book and loved it… yes, there is a very disturbing part. That aside, and even though I don’t have any sisters… I have plenty of extended family all over the US. I must make more of an effort to include them in my life. This book helps me to see how important family is and to accept how “quirky family members” may be a good thing!

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