Sunday, July 22, 2007

Book Recommendations Please


I need a good book to read. I have a list of a few books that I'd like to read or at least have been in the queue for a while, but haven't actually settled down to read. I'm sure I even have a book on the shelf somewhere in our house that I bought a while back just waiting to dive into after I finished the book I was currently reading. . . but I'm bored with those books. So please, dear readers, give me a book recommendation. I generally like non-fiction, but I think I'm ready to get lost in a good novel.

16 comments:

  1. A few of my favorites:

    Non-fiction: Wild Swans - Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

    I Am a Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson

    Fiction: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

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  2. I also just finished last night "I am a mother"

    another, what I call "toilet reader" is "I feel bad about my Neck" by Nora Ephron. She's a total New Yorker, her sarcasim get's a little old, but you may find it really funny. The part I took from it was to stand in the mirror completely naked and love this thirty-something body of mine with all it's flaws!

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  3. Non-fiction: Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

    Fiction: The Doorman by Reinaldo Arenas

    Mona and Other Tales by Reinald Areanas

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  4. Non-fiction: Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

    Fiction: The Doorman by Reinaldo Arenas

    Mona and Other Tales by Reinald Areanas

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  5. East of Eden by Steinbeck. He examines identity, choice/agency and the battle between good and evil that we all face in life.

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  6. Allison and Eddie (who I'm assuming is really Heather) I've read and love both East of Eden and Man's search for meaning. Good recommendations.

    Christina I'm glad you mentioned The Poisonwood Bible as I've heard a lot about that and I've been wanting to rad it for some time. Also, I'm glad both you and Eryn mentioned I am a Mother. . . sounds like a fitting read and somehthing I would enjoy.

    Thanks All! Keep 'em coming!

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  7. Hmmm...I did read Middlesex when I was pregnant and I was so scared Sofia would be born with both parts. The book can be a little disturbing, but very true to life for some people. East of Eden, but you already read that. Im reading A Mighty Heart right now. Very touching and makes me really think what I would do without my husband in my life. I think he likes me reading this book cause it makes me appreciate him more. Um, all the other books I read are baby books. I have started the "How to disipline" books and "What kind of parent do you want to be?" Oh, what about The Red Tent by Anita Diamant? Its one of my FAVS! Its about Leah, Rachel, Jacob and one of his daughters named Dinah. Its amazing.

    I am going online to buy I am a Mother now!

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  8. I read Middlesex as well and it was very interesting. The Red Tent is definitely good as well. I own The Poisonwood Bible, if you want to borrow it. I also own I am a Mother but my mom's reading it now! I wish I could loan it to every mother I know.

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  9. Anonymous7:06 PM

    I see that someone has already recommended "My Sister's Keeper", by Jodi Picoult, and I totally agree! Also, I have read 5 or so of her other books, and I think that it can safely be said that they are all great! Hope that you are having a great summer:)
    love, Suzy

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  10. Hey you! Get back here! (I'm talking to you Suz). Send me your email via text so we can chat. later!

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  11. Call me what you will... I love the Harry Potter books- I'm rereading 5 right now and matt is reading the final installment... they are pretty quick reads and fun to get into.

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  12. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

    Bleak House by Charles Dickens

    Nonfiction: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriot Jacobs

    Nonfiction: The autobiography of Malcom X

    Good luck Amy!

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  13. i LOVED east of eden. no other books quite compare.

    these are all non-fiction:

    still life with rice
    -it's a story of a korean woman during world war II and how she takes care of her family. super interesting. it's based on the author's grandmother's life.

    twilight
    -i would never have read this if i'd known what it was about, but i found it a very fast/engaging read. kind of high school, but most people that have read it fall in love with one of the characters.

    the fountainhead and the atlas shrugged
    -both long books, and she kind of beats her philosophy over your head. but, i think she's a great writer and i really loved the books. the atlas shrugged is the longer and heavier with philosophy of the two. i skippped the 60 page monologue about it.

    non-fiction:
    blink by malcolm gladwell was interesting. you get the point of the book right away and don't really need to hear him philosophize about it the whole time, but the social experiments he sites are very interesting.

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  14. i meant to say those first books were fiction. not non-fiction.

    amy, if you do read twilight. DON'T READ THE JACKET. it's better to find out while reading the book. and being a bit of a book snob myself, i would have never even picked if jessica had told me what it was about.

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  15. Anonymous3:01 AM

    The complete work of Bone by Jeff Smith.
    Josh

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  16. This one's not all new-agey, but the literature is great: The Anne of Green Gables series. It'll keep you going for awhile.

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