I love books … all books except boring ones. I have always been a bit of a dork. Reading just makes me feel good. If you are looking for a recommendation ...
Top Five from a really great book club.
I have been told several times that this book club is full and that they won’t have me no matter how hard I beg. So, I do the next best thing and read a lot of what they are reading – kind of like the wanna-be girl trying to dress like the “cool kids.” In all seriousness, this group is made up of a bunch of lovely, well-rounded women who are as committed to their novel as they are to their wine. They have not steered me wrong yet so I asked them for their top 5 of 2010. This is what they said.
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
3. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
4. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffen
5. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
To highlight my wanna-be-ness, I have read all of these.
What I am reading now:
Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
As my seven year old said when she saw me reading it, “Wow. That is a LOT of pages and the words are really small.” It isn’t out in paperback yet and it definitely has an intimidating appearance. I am liking it though — not sneak off to read in the bathroom type of like but looking forward to getting into bed with my book type of like. I am frighteningly finding the mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown character very relatable. Shoot.
What I just finished:
Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
I liked it but you may not. I have a morbid streak that permits me to enjoy crying my eyes out and the literary equivalent of a knife through my heart. It was a tough one emotionally, but I liked the back and forth between modern day and World War II.
Books that make me laugh:
This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper
Tropper is laugh out loud funny while being able to convey a beautiful message about family. I used to pretend I had to go to the bathroom so that I could finish a chapter.
Books I want to reread:
I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
I cried when I finished reading this book. Not because the ending was sad but because I couldn’t accept that I had to go to bed without it that night.
Books that teach you something:
Waiting for Superman – edited by Karl Weber
I bought this one before I realized that it was based on the documentary about the plight of America’s educational system. It isn’t a quick read but it is eye-opening in an “oh no” kind of way.
Books for fun:
Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin
This is definitely a chick-lit … light and fun but I like the way Giffin writes. The movie is coming out soon.
Books that are just damn good:
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
My sister who definitely does not want anymore children debated having another for the sole purpose of naming her after the lead character, Laila.