What I’ve Been Reading and a Weight Watchers Update

As I’ve mentioned before, I read a lot. Like, a LOT. I love books and if I could figure out a way to get paid for reading, I would totally do it. I know those jobs exist, but I don’t have an English degree or any kind of experience, so it’s pretty much a long-shot.

Anyway. I’ve read two really amazing books lately that I just have to share: A Grown Up Kind of Pretty and The Book Thief.

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Joshilyn Jackson is my favorite author. Her writing just absolutely blows me away, and her books are the kind that I enjoy so much that I have to force myself to NOT read them quickly because I want them to last. I could easily sit down and devour any of them in one sitting, but then it’s over and I don’t know what to do with myself.

A Grown Up Kind of Pretty has those characters that you actually connect with, that you care about. There were so many times I had to choke back the tears because I just wanted to jump into the pages and give Liza a big hug. I can’t wait for her next book. I was so lost when I finished this one that I actually went back and re-read Between, Georgia. As much as I try to pace myself when reading, I always go too quickly and end up missing things. I almost always re-read books I really like and I end up learning something I missed the first time.

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My husband has been trying to get me to read The Book Thief for forever. I had no idea what it was about, and since he likes sports and science fiction and other things I don’t, I didn’t trust him. This was entirely unfair of me because I recommended Twilight and he read that without question. I figured I owed him one, and I had run out of my own new books to read.

Oh. My. Goodness. You know those books that change your life? This is one of those books. I can’t believe I doubted it. It portrays Nazi Germany from an entirely different perspective and it’s just fascinating. I had to put it down and not read it for a couple of days because it was too upsetting, but I also just had to keep going to find out what happened. I’m so so glad I finished it because it is now one of my favorite books of all time.

I’m other news, I’ve been on and off the Weight Watchers wagon. I gained over 3 pounds the week following my mom’s birthday because I ate pretty much whatever I wanted and didn’t track any of it. However, this past week I lost 4.4 pounds, bringing my total loss to 12.1! I’m now the same weight I was back in 2005 when I first did the WW program. My jeans are falling off, my shirts fit better, and I’m feeling more comfortable in my body. I have 17 more pounds to lose before I hit my goal, which should be in approximately 3 more months if I stay away from the cookies and wine. I can do this.

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