Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Searching for that perfect book

I'm halfway through Shannon Hale's The Actor and the Housewife. It's a cute book, but I don't adore it like I did The Goose Girl, Princess Academy, and Austenland. When you're nine months pregnant it's just too easy to be distracted by a soft pillow or the need to Google baby bedding. My real issue is I'm trying to deliver without an epidural so I need a book that captivates me. Any suggestions for that perfect blend of suspense, clean romance, and intriguing characters to get me through this last week of pregnancy and labor or if you've read The Actor and the Housewife does it speed up at the end?


  1. I devoured every book of Shannon's except this one too. I was a little alarmed at the growing relationship between a married woman and a man that wasn't her husband.
    Try Lockdown by Traci Abramson
    The Host- slow start but after page 65 I literally hid it in my purse on a date and snuck into the restroom to read it?!?!?!?!??!?
    Shackles of Honor by Marcia McClure.

    Best of luck with the delivery:)

  2. Oh, good luck!! You will do awesome!

    I'm so glad you're reading Hale's work! I've never read The Actor, but heard it wasn't up to par...

    Have you read the sequels to The Goose Girl? Enna Burning, River Secrets and Forest Born are very good and engaging.

    Oh! And Hale's Book of a Thousand Days was fantastic! Totally saved me from myself on a long road trip!

    And I don't know if you've read Harry Potter... I never had, but I finally am now and they're fantastic. They're so engaging, I don't mind at all that they're not romances! :) Plus, it's something my husband enjoys reading with me--in case that plays a part during your delivery. :)

    Okay, okay--just one more! My sister promised that Sir Walter Scott's classic novels are so good they will take your mind off of morning sickness. I'll have to test it out, if I (hopefully) get morning sickness soon... :)

  3. Thanks, Heidi and Ms. Darcy for the fabulous ideas. Some I've read (my 11yo and I devoured Harry Potter together a couple of years ago) but most are new to me. Nothing better than a new book.
    I hope you're sick soon too, Heidi!

  4. Cami, I know I'm too late for labor books, but may I suggest The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins?
    Also, anything by Gary D. Schmidt. I loved The Wednesday Wars and Trouble. Lizzy Bright and the Buckminster Boy is next on my list of his books.

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