Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Gotta Love It, Gotta Have It

For me no summer is complete without a good book. And nothing irks me more than wasting my time on a boring read so that's why this week I'm going to list some of my favorite books of all time. I love it when someone who reads similar books as me recommends something. It means it's a sure bet. So here there are in no particular order.

1. I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb

This book is nearly 1,000 pages long but I promise it will grab your attention from the start and never let go. This is one book that I could easily read again because there are so many interesting sub-plots that I know I've already forgotten about.

2. White Oleander, by Janet Fitch

Ok I realize I'm picking another Oprah book here which is kind of cliche but bear with me. This one is about a girl whose mother goes to prison for murder and the story of her life as she bounces from foster home to foster home. If you've already seen the movie the book is still worth it because the way the author writes is like wind blowing. The words flow almost like poetry.

3. Best Friends, by Margaret Moody

A few years ago I pulled this off the sale rack at a bookstore. I read it while on my honeymoon in Jamaica. Now I see this book on all the Must Read lists so I'd like to think I caught on to this book before anyone else knew about it. It's a story about two unlikely friends and the twist and turns their lives take throughout the years.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, by Lorna Landvik

If you're looking for a lighthearted and funny read, this is the one for you. I particularly liked this book because it's set in the Twin Cities and the author makes numerous references to well-known landmarks in the area. I remember actually laughing out loud while reading this book.

5. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, by Elisabeth Robinson

Keep your tissue box close to you during this read, but it's still oh-so-worth-it. I remember reading this book cover to cover while on vacation with my family in Mexico. It's a bit on the depressing side but still so endearing and uplifting at the same time.

6. My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

If you like #5 then you should read this book. Jodi Picoult has written a lot of books and this is my favorite. It's a story that forces you to ask yourself what you would do in the same situation. Again, depressing but at the same time uplifting.

7. Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells

Ok, I know this is another cliche but I can't help it if a book is good. And what is it about books that take place in the South? For some reason I just love them. In case you've been living under a rock it's the story of four girlfriends and the trouble they get themselves into growing up in Louisiana. I should note that I don't recommend the movie. Cannot even come close to the hilarity of this book.

8. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

This book is a classic but for some reason I was never assigned to read it in school. So after I finished college I sought it out myself and loved it! Unlike many classics it's very easy to read. If you have a male in your life that you have a tough time getting to read, buy him this book. He will relate to the predicaments this character finds himself in.

I was hoping to get to ten for you but the sunshine is calling my name. So help me out, what are some of your favorite books of all time?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenny,

    I'm reading Little Earthquakes, by Jennifer Weiner. It's a GREAT easy, girly, summer read. I don't know if you have read any of her books, but they are entertaining.
    p.s. I absolutely love reading your blog! I think the picture of William in the plastic container is totally cute! Him and Lily will have to meet soon!


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