15 Great Reads.

Reading is one of the few activities that really allows my brain to take a break from over-thinking (ok, other than Angry Birds).  I’ve been a voracious reader almost as long as I can remember and probably plow through a book a week even at my busiest times.  I always make time to read before I go to bed at night- sometimes for 10 minutes, other times for two hours (when I’m reading something REALLY amazing).  Nothing is more relaxing to me.  So I thought I’d pull together some of my most favorite reads from over the years for you in case you are looking for a good book.  I omitted some of the obvious ones ( Eat, Pray, Love and Unbroken, the two biggies that I’ve talked about many times) and some most recent reads I really enjoyed (like Amy Poehler’s awesomely funny book and the new Jodi Picoult that was really quite good!)  This is a mix of really deep, sad, funny, scary, light and introspective reads that I think stand the test of time.  What are some of your all time favorite books?

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The Kitchen House– A fantastic book about slavery and the power of taking risks and standing up for what you believe in.

The Language of Flowers– Phenomenally lovely. A must for any woman.

She’s Come Undone- The first book I remember being totally bowled over by. I haven;t read it in 20 years and will re-read it again soon.

Sharp Objects– I loved Gone Girl, but I loved this one MORE. So messed up, creepy and will keep you up reading all night to finish it.

Room– Tough to read if you are a mother (I assume) but a truly awesome book. Wow.

Girl With A Pearl Earring– I didn’t read this for years assuming it was boring. It was NOT.  Wonderfully nuanced and very interesting.

The Light Between Oceans– I talk about this book ALL THE TIME. Amazing. Fascinating. A tale that leaves you wondering what YOU would do and the difference between right and wrong. I pray this becomes a movie.

Cutting For Stone– A heavy, dense read that takes a little time to get into but then it swallows you whole. Patience pays off with this one. Incredible.

The Orphan Train– I just read this recently and LOVED it. An interesting and trying story about children, family and bravery.

Bossypants– Do I even need to go into this one? :)

The Prince of Tides– A classic… for a reason! I just read it last year and LOVED Conroy’s writing.

Me Talk Pretty One Day– My favorite from one of my favorite writers.  The book that made me fall in love with humorous short story writing.

Little Bee– Brutally moving and phenomenally written. Beats your heart up, but SO incredible.

A Girl Named Zippy– A little book that gave me HUGE laughs. Not many other people have read this, and I can’t remember who told me to read it but I’m glad they did.

The Good House– A really engaging tale of alcoholism and family… I know that doesn’t sound awesome, but it really is!

 



75 comments

  1. Have you read, I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb? Blows away, She’s Come Undone. My all- time fav book, prob the best book I’ve ever read…and I have read alot!

  2. Great list…definitely pick up The Paris Wife when you can. It’s about the relationship between Hemingway and his wife Hadley and is set in Paris during the 1920s. Transports you back to that time and is amaze!

  3. Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple my fave this year..witty, smart & fun!
    What Alice Forgot & The Husband’s secret by LIane Moriarty…soooo good!
    I’ve enjoyed all books by Sarah Addison Allen, but particularly Garden Spells & Sugar Queen.
    Erica Bauermeister is also a wonderful writer…The School of Essential Ingredients and The Lost Art of Mixing. Lovely stories.
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel PIe Society…didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters.
    The Island by Victoria Hislop…an all time favorite.
    Me before you and the girl you left behind by Jojo Moyes…so worth reading. :)

  4. So many of these are my favorites too – a few to add to your list: “Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt.

  5. I just started “Lean In” and I love it! Even if you aren’t in the corporate world, it’s a great book about being a working woman.

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