Saturday, July 16, 2011


Hello readers! Welcome to my new blog. The idea for this blog has been in the works for some time now, but I have never taken the time to sit down and do it. So, voila! Here it is!

Just so you have a little background on me, my name is Jacqueline Whitney. I was the dorky elementary aged kid in the early 90's who would carry around 5 books at a time. Yep, that's me. (Don't laugh, I'm sure there are many of you out there). Anyway, I'm not a complete dork, I just like to read. I'm 24 years old, live in Columbus, Ohio and am about to finish up with my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After 6 years of college I will finally be a speech pathologist! Woo hoo! I live with my boyfriend, Chip, and our dog Dralla. (Photos to come soon, don't worry). We've been dating for a little over 3 and a half years. I'm pretty sure he will think a book-blog is beyond geeky, but I don't care. HA. He's obvs. not a reader. Up until 2 months ago, our entire relationship has been long distance (re: speech-pathology taking over my life). So, now I have moved to Columbus to be closer to him and to my family. More on me later... back to the blog.

So, I created this blog as a kind of online book club. I can't get together enough of my lame-o friends to do an actual book club. (Believe me, I've tried. I was told that only old people do that. Puh-leeze). I am always reading a book, and I like to have another book on stand-by. My goal is to post what I'm reading and have others who are reading the same book to make comments on what they think about it. Or, post suggestions for upcoming reads.

Here are the books I have read so far this summer so you can get a feel of the kind of books I'm interested in:

 Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

This book I bought while rooting through a going out of business sale at Borders. I picked it up because it was a National Bestseller, and Entertainment Weekly wrote that it was "a beach book for smart women." So, duh, I picked it up. I thought it was just going to be a book about 4 women and their college lives, but it is much more than that. It's about friendship, feminism, family, college and beyond. The story turned into something I was not expecting at all. Definitely a good summer read.

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

This book was so good. Similar to her memoir The Glass Castle, but different. A "true life novel" is how this book is marketed. It's written from the viewpoint of the author's crazy, but strong, grandmother growing up on the frontier. If you haven't read this one or The Glass Castle you are really out of the loop. Get on it.

Do you want to read a book in a day or two? This next book that I read this summer was phenomenal. One of the biggest page turners I have read in a while. Room by Emma Donoghue. It's about a woman who was kidnapped and kept in a room for years. The story is narrated by the woman's son.

I also read two Elizabeth Berg books:
Joy School is a coming of age book written from the viewpoint of a 13-year-old female narrator. She tells us what her life is like moving to a new town after her mother's death.

I also read  The Art of Mending which is very different than Joy School. It's about a family reunion that goes wrong. The family remembers their past and how each members memories differ. The youngest daughter remembers things their mother did to her that neither of her siblings have any memory of. If anyone has recommendations of other Elizabeth Berg books, do post!

I also reread the 7th Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. 
Of course I had already read it a few years ago when it came out. I just couldn't help myself because I wanted to be ready for the final movie! Which, I hope to see this weekend. No, I didn't go see it at midnight on Thursday, but I wish I had! If you haven't read them, you can still read the blog, but just know my opinion of your might have change. ;-)

Alright, so the book I just finished the other day is called Little Bee by Chris Cleave. My friend and another bibliomanic, Erin, passed this book along to me. I really enjoyed it. It's about a Nigerian immigrant and her relationship with an English family. On the back of the book the author asks that I not tell you too much about the story. He wants you to find it out for yourself, so I am going to respect his wishes. I will tell you though, that it is a really good book. Definitely worth the read.