Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The riveting story of Ethiopian twins, born of a doctor and a nun, as they navigate their way through a changing world.
Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
What happens when an elderly couple quietly resists the Nazi regime? This poignant, heart wrenching story answers that question brutally and beautifully.
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
This sweeping tale of life, love and coming of age set in California during WWII highlights the tragedy of Japanese interment that took place on American soil.
Undone by Karin Slaughter
Don’t just read this book. Read all of Karin Slaughter’s books. They are amazing. She’s a Georgia murder mystery writer who’s not afraid to delve into detail or even kill someone you love. Read them chronologically, follow her on facebook, get involved in her Save the Libraries project. Love her.
Broken by Karin Slaughter
See above re Karin Slaughter.
Twilight (yes, again) by Stephenie Meyer
Like this or others even need a description at this point.
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
This book was hard for me to read. Not because it wasn’t good, in fact, it was excellent. This story really allows the reader to slip into the shoes of several unknowingly intertwined characters allowing you to really feel what it would be like to live in a besieged city.
New Moon (yes, again) by Stephenie Meyer
No description necessary.
Eclipse (yes, again) by Stephenie Meyer
No description necessary.
Breaking Dawn (yes, again) by Stephenie Meyer
No description necessary.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Room is the story of a girl who was kidnapped and has been locked in a shed told through the eyes of her five year old son (product of her captivity).
Six Graves to Munich by Mario Puzo
A beach read — not as involved as The Godfather, but highly enjoyable none-the-less.
Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink
This novel, about one man’s journey to uncover his past and his country’s past through fiction is moving, but to be read slowly, like sipping brandy.
An Unspoken Hunger by Terry Tempest Williams
I first got turned on to Terry Tempest Williams when she visited my Native American Literature class in college and read aloud her essay The Clan of One-Breasted Women. She’s a woman, a naturalist and a wide thinker. Her view on our world is mind-expanding.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Hilarity. Pure and simple hilarity.
The Book of Flying by Keith Miller
This fanciful tale, filled with tales within the tale, tells the story of one man’s search for his destiny. I read it periodically and savor it each time like expensive chocolate.
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Wow – One girl’s battle against the polygamist colony into which she is born. I felt like the book ended before the story did, so while I enjoyed it, I was ultimately disappointed.
Galore by Michael Crummey
An epic tale chronicling one town through several generations and the effect of a mysterious stranger, born out of the belly of a whale, on said town. I loved it.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
First book in Suzanne Collins’ riveting trilogy. I can’t recommend them enough.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Book two. Seriously, read these.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Book three. Haven’t you read them yet? Go buy it.
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I won’t lie. I love Zafon. This is the first non-adult book of his I read and it was deliciously spooky.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Fallen by Karin Slaughter
I love her so much I’m in the process of rereading everything.
Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Suspenseful, if slightly confusing, but really good. Maybe one of the best opening scenes ever.
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
I also adore Geraldine Brooks and have read her other novels People of the Book and Year of Wonders. I recommend all three. This one is the story of a Native American boy in the 1600 as he “crosses over” into English society.
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The story of a Greek demi-god trapped in a book and doomed to be the love slave of any woman who summons him. Loved it for the pure candy/sexy/love story that it was.
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
I bought this for my nephew and decided that I needed to pre-read it because it sounded sort of dark, which is just my style, but does it work for a twelve year old? I think it will. It’s the story of a boy, made violent by his circumstances, and how his life is changed through Circle Justice (Native American).
The Gathering by Anne Enright
This story of one Irish family as they gather for their brother’s wake, told through the voice of his closest sister outlines the damage we can do to one another.
Let me take a moment here to say that I totally slacked off on recording books that I’ve read. I’ll add what I can remember, but can’t promise that I won’t forget anything.
Thorn In My Side by Karin Slaughter
A quirky, but fun short story. Karin proves she can be funny. All proceeds go to charity.
Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I think this catches me up and I have now read all of Zafon’s works. I can’t tell you how much I adore him.
Darkest Child: A Novel by Delores Phillips
This book was extraordinarily depressing, but it was also insightful and real.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
This was a reread after seeing the musical. Loved it.
French Lessons by Ellen Sussman
This was a book club read. It took a day to read and less than an hour to forget.
Whiter than Snow by Sandra Dallas
This story of a Colorado mine town and how they handle an avalanche that buries nine children was interesting and sad and tinted with redemption. It is also a book club choice and makes up for last month’s book.
Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
I read this in two days. It was a cute story. Enjoyable, but not terribly cerebral. It did, however, have the first use of Facebook and Facebook chat that I’ve read in a novel and it actually worked really well.
Talking to Girls about Duran Duran
A Bigamist’s Daughter by Alice McDermott
Mehh. This book was ok. The transitions were horrible, though.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
This first novel is awesome and creepy and awesome and totally creepy. Loved it.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Another beautiful story by Colm Toibin. Love is always complicated.
11.22.63 by Stephen King
On the surface it’s the story of a high school teacher who goes back in time to try and safe JFK, but in reality it is SO MUCH MORE.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The story of a young girl who can taste the emotions of others in the food they make and how this effects her life.
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
In progress, and still trying to figure it out.