Thursday, February 09, 2006

Please help - looking for a great read!

I love to read. If I could start each and every day with a hot shower, cup of coffee and then curl up on my favorite chair and read a really great book, I would be one happy lady. That, of course, is definitely not reality. I do though try to get some reading in during the day. Which is why I am now looking for your suggestions.

I have listed below some of my most favorite books I have read in the last two/three years. I have been lending some of these books out to my Mom and friends and my girlfriend Tracy recently asked how I came upon some of them. I do get a lot of great recommendations from my daughter's godmother, Chau, who is also an avid reader (I will forgive her for once recommending "A Million Little Pieces" which I did not like and turned out to be a BIG WHITE LIE)! Anyway, here of some of my favorites:

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant:
This was recommended by aforementioned Chau and I just fell in love with the whole story. It is a fictional telling of the life of Dinah, daughter of Leah, from the bible. At first I didn’t know if this was something that would really interest me, but I started reading and after just one page I couldn’t put it down. It is beautifully written.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: I had read the reviews for this book and was so excited to find it in paperback while in Hong Kong four months before it was released in paperback in the US. It is the love story of Henry and Claire – the catch being that Henry has a disorder which makes him disappear and change time periods and locations randomly. The first two chapters can be a bit confusing, but give it a chance. It really is an entertaining book.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: The story is told by Susie, a young girl who is murdered and is now looking down from heaven. Warning - the first couple chapters are not easy to read – it details her last hours with her murderer. Having said that, the rest of story unfolds and you quickly become emotionally involved with Susie and her family.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodie Picoult: A story of two sisters and their family who find themselves in a unique situation. Oh, and don’t read the last chapter in public unless you don’t mind bawling your eyes out if from of complete strangers.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: Bill Bryson is a travel writer with more than one book that I absolutely loved. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill decides to hike the Appalachian Trail with a friend. The book is laugh-out-loud funny and educational as well. He gives you insight into the history of the trail.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: OK, so if you haven’t heard of this book, then maybe you have been living under a rock for a few years! It is a real page turner. I can’t wait till it comes out in theaters this May!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: I admit it - I am a sucker for anything Harry Potter. I read this book in just a few days with my nose glued to the pages. If you have read the series, then this sixth installment was just grand. J.K. Rowling keeps surprising her readers by plot twists and turns. I cannot wait until she publishes the last book, but will be extremely sad to see how it ends. Of course, then I could just read them all again!

Beach Music by Pat Conroy: OK, I haven’t really read this one in probably seven or so years, so I am a bit fuzzy on the details. I do remember though that I was really touched by the story of a widower and his daughter living in Rome and trying to pick up the pieces of their broken family.

Do you have any books that you have just fallen in love with and want to share? Please leave a comment below so I know which ones to look for the next time I visit my library.


Old Lush said...

How you get all those books read, I don't know...

Have you read Angels & Demons, also by Dan Brown? I haven't, but my husband liked it.

It's been awhile, and it is long but I remember liking I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.

And, well, the last two books I read were James Frey books, so I know what you mean about big fat liar...

Kim said...

If you like chick-lit, I highly recommend anything by Sophie Kinsella. Her characters are so funny, I actually laugh-out-loud.

If you're looking for a good suspense novel, I would recommend "Tell No One" by Harlan Coben. I finished this book in one day...couldn't put it down.

Also, anything by Wally Lamb is a winner in my book (no pun intended...).


Lisa~~ said...

I am a voracious reader and have read all but one of the books you listed. If you enjoyed A Walk in the Woods, you may want to read In a Sunburned Country, which is the story of Bryson's exploits in Australia. If you haven't read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, that too is wonderful. There are two books by James Patterson which you would probably love because in a way they flow like The Lovely Bones. The books are: Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and Sam's Letters to Jennifer. Enjoy!

Juliet said...

I'd recommend something, but it looks like we've read a lot of the same books already! LOL

By the way, I was wondering we could link to eachother. It would be nice to be blog buddies with someone in a similar family situation. Anyway, let me know, and if you want, I will link you. :-)

Joannah said...

The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all time favorite reads!

karin said...

I loved
people's act of love. not an 'easy' book but not a difficult read. It's ritch in character, theme and dialogue.
Another one I loved!! easy to read and fantastic in story and character is Andrea Levy's Small Island, I think you would love that one!

Ford & Alyson said...

If you want some light reading that is just fun and simple but very enjoyable, try the Mitford Years Series by Jan Karon. These books are about the life of Father Tim. Also, if you need to keep a straight eye on life and how to respond to life's paths that may vear too far from "right" (honesty, loving relationships, etc), try anything by Dr.Laura Schlessinger. There is half the world who cannot stand her and then the other half that listens to her. Just some thoughts on different stuff than what you had listed.


rubyiscoming said...

Have you read THE INTERPRETER OF MALADIES and THE NAMESAKE? Two of my favorite reads this year and I've read all the books in your blog, too. :)


Tammy said...

Loved My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult is my FAV! To other great ones by her: Perfect Match & Vanishing Acts.

Kite Runner is a great read too.

The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan.


chichimama said...

Anne River Siddons if you haven't read her.

Sarah (i'll have to look up the author) but very similar to the Red Tent in style...

Anonymous said...

The Way the Crow Flies by Ann Marie MacDonald is incredible. Epic (and incredible) like Pat Conroy.

Anonymous said...

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min. I read it in 3 days because I couldn't put it down.


Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie,
Here is my current list of books I have just read, are reading or are soon to read:
Blue Blood by Edward Conlon
The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke by Suze Orman
Money, a Memoir: Women, Emotions, and Cash by Liz Perle
Manhunt: the 12 day Chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson
The Egyptologist: a Novel by Arthur Phillips
In Cold Blood: a True Account of a Multiple Murder by Truman Capote
Here is Kaylie's list of kids books: Can You Find It and Can you Find It Too? by Judith Cressy
Seen Art? by Jon Scieszka
Tutankhamen's Gift by Robert Sabuda
On Noah's Ark by Jan Brett
Jingle Bells, Batman Smell! P.S. so Does May Junie B Jones First Grader by Barbara Park
Hope you, Joe and Leah are well and get to enjoy some of these.
Love Ariel

Your Sis said...

Take your friends advice and read "Suzannes's Diary for Nicholas" This was probably the most awesome book I have ever read. You will not believe the bittersweet ending.

Journeywoman said...

I work in Publishing so I have a long list, but here are a few of my faves.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
In a house filled with over 1000 books, if the house catches fire, this goes with me when I run.

Sotah by Naomi Ragen

The Merry Gentry Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance

Just found your blog and am enjoying it!