Bionic Asks: What are you reading?

by Bionic Beauty on 03.Jun.2009 · 60 comments

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This week’s Bionic Asks

I felt it’s time to take a step back from the beauty world and ask a slightly unrelated question. What book(s) are you currently reading? Obsessed with any particular literary work or subject lately?

Share and help populate each other’s reading lists!

Here’s mine…

Devil in the White City – I typically do not read non-fiction, but this book is spun in such a way that you’re living the story. It’s based in the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair and tells the story of the head architect and one of the worst serial killers in US history. Great read so far. It’s completely absorbing!

ProBlogger – Because every blogger needs a refresh, some new ideas, and some general tips occasionally. It’s certainly not a “fun” read, but if you are serious about blogging, it has some good points.

Swan Song – One of my all-time favorite books. Ever. It’s one of those apolocalyptic event books which tells the stories of the survivors. Very character driven… horror and adventure at the same time.

With those, throw in the quick re-reads of the Twilight Saga (yep, I’m a Twilight addict), the Sookie Stackhouse series (HBO’s True Blood is based on these books), and the Jaz Parks series. All of which enable my current vampire obsession.

Your turn!


1 Seriously Twilight Obsessed June 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm

My husband bought the True Blood DVD box set on our anniversary which satisfied my vampire addiction for about a week. I’ve heard the books are so much better so I’ve ordered the entire set of Sookie Stackhouse novels and can’t wait to get my hands on them! In the meantime, I’m re-reading select parts of the Twilight Saga, for research purposes only, of course (at least that’s my excuse). Sorry, I don’t seem to be adding anything original to your list. I guess we have a lot in common. 🙂

2 Bionic Beauty June 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

The Sookie books are MUCH better. I liked True Blood well enough, but HBO kinda put too much… graphic-ness in there. It didn’t add to the story in my opinion. I thought most of it was for shock value. And Eric is MUCH better looking in the books (or at least in my head). 🙂

You should check out the Jaz Parks books! There’s only 5 but they are super fun too since you like Twilight and Sookie.

3 Luci Weston June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I am starting to feel left out because I think I am the only person who hasn’t read the Twilight books. Everywhere I go, someone is talking about them. It looks like this will be my summertime reading selection.

Right now, besides business oriented books (boring!), I am enjoying, “Hollywood Car Wash,” by Lori Culwell. It is a fun, eyeopening look at the rise of a Hollywood television actress. Lots of behind-the-scenes scenarios.

4 Bionic Beauty June 3, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Luci, Nah.. you aren’t the only one. It’s just those of us who have read it end up obsessed. It’s quite addicting. 🙂 I have T-shirts, created makeup looks, cell phone wallpaper, even made myself and my sister some Sterling Silver Twilight inspired cell phone charms. Ha!

Hollywood Car Wash sounds intriguing. I think I’ll add it to my list. Thanks for the recommendation!

5 Sherry June 4, 2009 at 12:52 am

I’m reading Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. It’s a novel about how her life would change if she cheated on her husband. There are two of the same chapters. The first first chapter is about if she didn’t. The second first chapter follows her life if she did cheat. It’s not a unique concept, but I like the way it is written.

She also wrote We Need To Talk About Kevin. It’s a very disturbing but great novel about high school shootings.

I haven’t read the Twilight books either. I just can’t get into the vampires. I prefer to read “memoirs”.

6 Bionic Beauty June 4, 2009 at 10:38 am

Sherry, Post-Birthday World sounds cool! Does the whole book go like that? One chapter one way, the other the “alternate universe” (for lack of a better word). What an interesting study…

7 Luci Weston June 4, 2009 at 11:07 am

@Sherry: That is an interesting concept. I have read books that “flip” the time from present to past and visa versa, but using a decision as the vehicle intrigues me.

@BB: If you’d like, I am happy to send you my copy when I am done. It is the first printing (before the second printing got a “car wash” of its own). I should be done with it soon. 🙂

8 Bionic Beauty June 4, 2009 at 11:10 am

Luci, thanks! I appreciate it, but I know how I hate to loan out books and not get them back. I’m all panicky while they’re gone (See… I *am* a geek!), so I’ll grab a copy at the store on my next trip. Plus I re-read everything… several times. 🙂

I lost my Eclipse first edition and my beloved Swan Song copy by loaning them… so now I’m gun shy. I did just finally special order a Swan Song replacement though.

9 Sarah June 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Jami! I’m a huge fan on the Sookie Stackhouse series too!

I haven’t been reading anything with a lot of substance lately, but if you’re looking for easy reads that are entertaining here’s a few I liked:

Sarah Stromeyer’s Cinderella Pact – Excellent book in my opinion, but I could also relate to it more as it is about someone who has been overweight their whole life and is ready to become their inner C inderella.

Emily Giffin is wonderful too. She wrote Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, and Love The One You’re With. I’ve read three of the four, and really enjoyed her plots.

I’ve also heard good things about the J.R. Ward’s new vampire series The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I haven’t gotten a chance to read them yet though, as my local library doesn’t carry them.

And, if you like murder mysteries and suspense, Mary Higgins Clark is a brilliant woman. I’ve read almost everyone of her books, with the exception of her newest three, which are next in line. 🙂 And if you pick her up, she has about thirty novels, so she’ll keep you entertained for a while!

I read ALL the time, so I many many more good suggestions if you ever need any more!! – Sarah

10 Bionic Beauty June 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Sarah, I’ve been meaning to get some of Mary Higgin Clark’s books! I just need to bite the bullet. 🙂

Have you read Popco? That’s a fun read. Another book that I enjoy re-reading. It’s basically about our twisted world of marketing…I find it exceptionally entertaining now with all our social media influences and such.
Thanks for all the recommendations!!

11 The Cheap Chick June 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Luci, you are not alone! I REFUSE (as Jami knows) to read them. However, I’m a huge Sookie fan – TV and books 🙂

I also like the Kim Harrison series, starring witch/bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Very fun and original, plus it feeds my vampire needs!

Finally, for a bit more realism, but no less gore (I like scary, it’s my thing), I love love love love the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly. Start at the beginning, though. The latest in the series is about a minor character and may confuse you if you don’t know the whole story.

Jami – you’ve finally given me the push I need to read Swan Song!

12 Bionic Beauty June 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Cheap Chick… Sookie is grand and better written than Twilight. I’ll give you that. But Edward is just so amazing in my mind. Not so much in the movie- but in my head- he’s dreamy. 😀

I can’t wait until you read Swan Song so we can trade notes!!!

13 pam muneo June 13, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Generally I like to read British & “cozy” mysteries of all sorts – and historical bios & the like. No one favorite – but M.C. Beaton is great.

14 Bionic Beauty June 14, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Hi Pam, Thank you for the author recommendation! I love mysteries too. Have you read Devil in the White City? It’s a historical “bio” of sorts… it’s about the World’s fair in Chicago in 1893- and surrounds some of the architects lives and also a famous serial killer. I’m about 1/2 way through and it is very absorbing.

15 Kara Brown June 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

I am so totally loving the Sookie books, I just got done reading the last one. I also love Stephanie Plum books, and there is a new one coming out at the end of June. I also like Karin Slaughter- she writes about a county coronoer in Georgia ( tho her books tend to get a little graphic) and Kathy Reichs – I love her Tempe Brennan books much better than the Kay Scarpetta books. I will read pretty much any murder mystery I can get my hands on. Also a couple of supernatural books too. I am a tru bibliophile!

16 Bionic Beauty July 12, 2009 at 11:42 am

Kara, I haven’t heard of the Stephanie Plum books, but your tastes sound in line with mine. So I’ll have to check them out! Also the Karin Slaughter ones. I spent most of my teen years in GA, so I should be comfy reading those. 🙂

17 Heather June 17, 2009 at 12:02 am

Like a lot of you, I also read and enjoyed (ok, slightly obsessed over) the Twilight book series. They were better than I thought they’d be and I’m interested to see how “New Moon” turns out on the big screen. I also love the Stephanie Plum books; I’ve read them all and can’t wait til July when the next one comes out. I’ve read almost all of Mary Higgins Clark’s books. I’m also a fan of James Patterson (love his short chapters) and I’m currently reading Nora Roberts’s “High Noon”. As you can see, I enjoy quite the range of types of books, but I do believe I prefer suspense books. After reading the posts, I will have to try the Sookie books. Sounds interesting…

18 Bionic Beauty July 12, 2009 at 11:44 am

Heather, You’ll probably definitely like the Sookie books. Bit more “grown-up” than Twilight but similar premise. I love the books, but I’m not really a fan of HBO’s version “True Blood”. Its like they took the books and tried to increase the shock factor just because.

Oh well… and yes, I have OCD (Obsessive Cullen Disorder) too. 🙂

19 Luci Weston June 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

@Heather: I just finished James Patterson’s “Sail”…what an adventure. It is thrilling but not frightening like “Kiss The Girls.” For Patterson fans, I totally recommend it; for anyone looking to start reading Patterson’s books but overwhelmed by the selection, this would be a good choice. It has all the JP elements of great pacing, good twists and turns, clearly defined characters, and it is a page turner, too.

20 Heather June 18, 2009 at 11:09 am


Thanks for your comment; how coincidental is it that “Sail” is the book I just picked up at the library! Glad you liked/recommended it. I’m almost done with “High Noon”, then I’ll start “Sail”. Have you read “The Quickie” by JP? It a good one too if you haven’t read it. Catchy title…

21 Tashi July 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I’ll read almost anything, fiction or non-fiction. But my favorite author is Vince Flynn (mystery/thriller writer). Strongly recommended. I have all of his books, with “Memorial Day” (love!!) being the one that started my addiction. Soooo good!! The books revolve almost entirely around fictional CIA operative, Mitch Rapp. It’s a lot like Jack Bauer and “24”, but not a carbon copy. In fact, Flynn was a consultant on Season 5 (I think) of “24”. I always find myself on the edge every time I read a Vince Flynn book, they’re so exciting and suspense-filled, and relatable to current real life events. I can hardly put them down. While starting out at the beginning isn’t required, it does help. But don’t worry. I began with “Memorial Day”, and have been able to follow just fine.

22 Bionic Beauty July 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

Oooh! Tashi those sound perfect for me! I love spy thrillers. I was/still am a HUGE Alias fan! Although I never got into 24… I tried but it just didn’t seem well acted to me. And the effects were nothing compared to JJ Abrams’ Alias. But that’s just me.

Have you read any of the David Morrell books? He writes mostly spy-thrillers. I really liked Assumed Identity, The Fifth Profession and The Brotherhood of the Rose. Fantastic. Some of my all time favorites (btw, his newer stuff isn’t so good, grab an older book of his first). He also wrote First Blood (yep, as in Rambo. Hee!).

23 Heather July 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm

How right you were! I finished “Sail” a couple of weeks ago and your synopsis was so right. Its very much a page turner; I read that book in just a few days (for me, that’s pretty good). I recommend it to all. Any Koontz fans out there? Now I’m reading “Your Heart Belongs to Me” by Dean Koontz. Its a little weird & hard to get into, but I think it’s starting to heat up. I’ve put too much time into it to not finish it.

24 Christine Brown July 18, 2009 at 10:16 am

I am a James Patterson, John Grisham, and Dan Brown fan. I like reading things that keep me on the edge of my seat. I also like Nicholas Sparks for the romatic side. I just got done reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and it was great. I done a tour in Europe for 10 days in June and actually visited many of the places that was talked about in the book. Now I just need to see the movie. Which brings up a good point, I like to read the book first and then watch the movie. Some people do it the opposite. Since many movies are based on books, I always think its a good idea to read it first. Yet, it often makes me mad when the movie doesn’t always follow the book.

25 Luci Weston July 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

@BB: You are right, Edward from “Twilight” is amazing. I couldn’t help myself from falling in love a little with him. I just finished it last night. Now I have to get “New Moon”…I am a bit surprised that I am hooked or should I say “bitten” by this story.

@The Cheap Chick: I did it…I went over to the dark side. I resisted but all the other gals wore me down on this one.

@Heather: So glad you liked “Sail.” I am reading “Double Cross” right now (I always have about 5 books going at once) and it is another good one. I especially like the Alex Cross series. The psycho’s scare me but Alex & Nana-Mama keeps me coming back for more.

I read something a long time ago by Koontz (I think it was about a Vietnam war hero) and I remember it took a while to heat up. In the end, it was decent, but the slow start-up with the book turned me off.

26 dag888888 July 18, 2009 at 6:43 pm

What I’m reading now: Larry King’s My Remarkable Journey!

27 Patty July 18, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I am a big fan of the book “The Notebook” also loved the movie. I have read the book twice and watched the movie many times- It is such a good read. I love to read alot of magazines to keep up on things (that is how I found out about your web site) I have about 12 subscriptions to different magazines. So everybody keep reading and learn all you can.

28 Adrian July 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Seems like I’m always looking up ideas in my stash of parenting books. How to raise almost-perfect kids is a good one by Dr. Popcheck. Please enter me in the book contest.

29 judy July 19, 2009 at 7:17 am

I just read Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah, one of the best books I have read in a long time

30 Veronica July 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I just started Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert . . .

31 Holly D July 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I finally finished “The Tipping Point” so I could try and keep my mind focused on something other than toddler picture book. Very interesting and quick read (when I can stay awake long enough) about trends, how they evolve and what makes them stick. A good “grown up” read for this busy mom!

32 Victoria Bouras July 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I really love the books by Khaled Hosseni, Kite Runner, A thousand splendid suns, etc. He truly is a “splendid” writer

33 MRS.MOMMYY July 20, 2009 at 3:44 am

just started reading twilight

34 Stacy July 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I have been reading bookspublished by Red Dress, Inc. A few of them are 21 Steps to Happiness by F.G. Gerson (fiction); How Nancy Drew Saved My Life by Laren Baratz-Logsted, and Burning the Map by Luara Caldwell. I love the books published by this company because they are fresh, fun reads! I have also began reading Johanna Edwards How to be Cool and The Next Big Thing. These are both fun stories about everyday women that stuggle with issues such as weight, bullies and love.

35 Julie July 20, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Just finished reading The Apothecary’s Daughter~nice read

36 Luci Weston July 20, 2009 at 4:05 pm

@Heather: Okay, I am going to find “The Quickie” in audio format for a road trip. I remembered you recommended a JP book that I hadn’t read and just popped on to see which one. Thanks! Did you read, “Honeymoon?” I listened to that one on a long car ride and it made the time pass quickly…the main character is a hoot, and not in a funny way.

@Mrs. Mommyy: Can’t wait to hear what you think. I just finished it.

37 Heather July 21, 2009 at 1:34 am

@Luci–Yes, I read Honeymoon. I liked it too, but yea, that girl meant business. Although I don’t recommend anyone act like her, it was a nice change to see a woman take charge and run things to get what she wanted. If she could have just took off with the $$ instead of taking it to the next level…
I hope you like “The Quickie”. Lots of twists in that one so pay attention. Let me know what you think!

38 Nicole July 21, 2009 at 12:25 am

I’m actually reading Pro Blogger too.
I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series lately. I just started them a few months ago and am finally on the last one. I always heard so much about them, but never bothered to read one until now. Now I’m hooked.
I also read the Sookie Stackhouse series this year and am waiting for the newest to come out in paperback.

39 Karen Gonyea July 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Between books right now – actually going to library later today 🙂

40 veedee July 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I am reading Mary Balogh’s At Last Comes Love! Next: Larry King’s My Remarkable Journey!

41 sarah July 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm

i am currently reading Plum Island by Nelson DeMille

42 Cindi July 21, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Hello! I am currently reading Bobbi Brown Living Beauty!
It is very informative and interesting.
Many thanks, Cindi

43 BrooklynShoeBabe July 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Right now, I’m catching up on all the August issues of the magazines I subscribe to. However, I just came back from a two week vacation where I amazingly read 3 books. I read Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie (I love her); The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (absolutly funny coming off age book); and Models Don’t Eat Cookies (a young adult novel about a plus-size 13 year old who learns to love herself).

44 Eve July 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I am now reading “It happened to nancy” by an anonymous teenager. It’s about a girl who got HIV through rape and it is a true story.

45 Kelly F July 24, 2009 at 10:03 am

I am reading When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. I absolutely love his sense of humor and his writing style.

46 Ed Nemmers July 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I am currently reading “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Stout; I so enjoy reading anything by Ian McEwan.

47 christopher h July 24, 2009 at 9:18 pm

right now i’m reading a book from the 60s called deathworld, by harry harrison, it’s a lot better than i thought it would be

48 Marcia S July 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I am currently reading Julie & Julia

49 skyxsky27 July 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Not reading any book currently and not following any fad

50 Meredith Rowe July 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

I’m reading Inside the Wire about Guantanamo Bay. I feel it’s important to stay up to date on current events.

51 blueviolet July 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I’m reading Innocent War by Susan Violante

52 kathy pease July 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm

i am reading shadow of death by philip ginsberg and i usually like reading true crime which this book is

53 sarah woods July 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I’m currectly not reading any books; last one was Angels and Demons after taking the tour in Rome; Many Thanks SW

54 Gail Freudenberger July 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I work at a book distribution center for Simon n Schuster so I a very good pick of things to read~which is good because I love to read. Lately I’ve been reading “‘Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky:Jimi Hendrix-Voodoo Child. It’s not your everyday,run of the mill music bio. It goes back quite a way in his life and includes quite a few interviews with people of “importance”. Am not finished yet,but is hard to put down.

55 Rosanne July 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

When the Doctor Says No” by Gabor Mate, Numerology, and George Friedan The Next One Hundred Years

56 Suanne Giddings July 25, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I’m currently reading Travels with My Aunt that I found in my mother’s bookcase. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

57 kay wolter July 25, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I am not reading books for say I am into every garden book I can get My hands on and learning and learning from books and internet How to take care of Myself in Natural ways KayMI

58 Heather C July 25, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I have to agree with the Sookie Stackhouse books. I hate getting involved early and having to wait for the next book!
I have been rereading the classic, Pride and Prejudice, and most recently, came upon Mr. Darcy’s Diary trilogy. Can’t get enough of that book and all things related.
I’m currently in the middle of The Host. Good stuff!

59 Luci Weston August 6, 2009 at 9:35 am

@Heather: I found it! Finally, I got my hands on “The Quickie.” My library checked it back in, and I was there to check it back out! It is in audio format, but that’s okay…taking a road trip soon, so I’ll pop it in to enjoy for the drive.

I also, got “The Lifeguard” by James Patterson. Sounds like a good summertime read!

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