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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.

  • Tina De Maria

    Hi Karen
    Enjoyed many of the books you have listed as well. I suggest The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton as a very good book.
    I really enjoy your articles and find them very informative and humorous so I am learning and laughing very often as I read them.
    Regards to Larry.

    • Yes Five

      Thanks so much for the suggestion! I am going to read that next. I need to update my book suggestions. There are so many great ones. Keep the reviews coming!

  • Michele Haas

    Just finished Breaking Night by Liz Murray.  It was Amazing!!  

    • Michele, Thanks for this! I have been so bad at the book recommendations – need all the help I can get!!