Thursday, November 7, 2013

t3 with t-swift and her reading list

Taylor Swift is one of my favorite artists. {Did you see her Pinnacle Award presentation at the CMA's last night?} I know that is very teenage girl of me to say, but –hey- I grew up with Taylor. Her first single “Tim McGraw” will always take me back to high school days. “Sparks Fly” will always be the first song I attached to Daniel. And “22” will always be the anthem of my senior year of college. I literally can’t wait to see what she has for us next.

So when I saw her summer reading list in this interview with Rolling Stones, I had to see if her tastes in books was just as good as her taste in lyrics. Turns out, it is. And whether you’re a T-Swift fan or not, sparks will fly when you pick up these page-turners.

#1 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn {5 stars out of 5}
The afternoon of their fifth anniversary Nick Dunne comes home to find his front door wide open, his living room a wreck and his wife gone. His marriage with Amy has been less than perfect, but whose hasn’t? As the chapters alternate between the hazy after-effects of Amy’s disappearance and the entries of Amy’s diary, you begin to slowly fill in the blanks of the Dunne’s story while continually wondering what you’re missing. Then, BAM! Just like that Flynn has you questioning everything you ever knew. It’s been weeks since I finished this book, and I’m still wondering, “Did that really happen?” WARNING: This books does contain some very filthy language and a few sexual references, so if you are sensitive to either I wouldn’t read it.

#2 Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald {2.5 stars out of 5}
This novel from the author of The Great Gatsby was my least favorite of the three. It took me almost two months to read, because at times the plot moved so slowly. But the way Fitzgerald develops each of his characters is astounding. The story is centered on Dick and Nicole Diver, who live a privileged life in the French Riviera in the 1930s. Rosemary, a young actress, meets and immediately falls in love with Dick, while still respecting and admiring Nicole. The relationship between the three is intriguing, and Fitzgerald starts you in the middle of the story, takes you back in time, then throws you into the future to fill in all the holes. If you liked The Great Gatsby, you probably will like this as well.

#3 Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter {4.5 stars out of 5}
The Italian Cinque Terre, Hollywood, World War II – this book has it all. As Walters tells the story of several colorful characters, you will be amazed at how they all intertwine. This short paragraph seems insufficient to even set up the story, but I’ll try. The story begins at Porto Vergona (Port of Shame) when a young Italian innkeeper first gazes upon a beautiful American actress as she sails up to his dock. Then, all of the sudden it shifts to present day, when that same Italian man shows up in a Hollywood parking lot looking for the actress he met decades before. This review puts it best, “Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.”

As the weather gets cooler, it becomes easier to curl up on the couch with some hot chocolate, a warm blanket and a good book. What book are you currently reading?


  1. I'm re-reading the Hunger Games series. I can't wait to see Catching Fire in theaters in a few weeks!

  2. Those are such good books. I should probably reread them before the movie comes out, too! By the way, I loved your blog. That was so sweet of you to mention me. I can't wait to read what you have coming!

  3. Currently I'm reading this, along with rereading Toughness by Jay Bilas. (and Acts)

  4. You were able to comment! And, of course you are reading multiple nonfiction books at one time. Getting ready for basketball season?

  5. Basketball season is up and rolling. Within 5 days the Sr. Girls are already 3-1. Jr. Girls are playing tonight. And Sr. Girls play again on Saturday. Unfortunately, the season usually puts a big clamp down on my reading. Its just something I have to find time to get 3 or 4 pages in.

    Will yall be in for Thanksgiving?

  6. We will get there the Friday after and be in until Sunday.