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My Reading List

I was a fervent bookworm as a kid and the habit has definitely carried over into adulthood.  I don’t have huge amounts of time to hunker down with a good book, but reading a good book with actual pages (sorry, Kindle) is still one of my greatest pleasures.  My friends who know this about me often ask me for book recommendations so I thought I’d list some of my favorites.

1)  Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

One of my all-time favorites!  This book made me love food…no joke.  The story is a love story at heart and is as much about the love between women as it is about the love of a man and a woman.  The main character, Tita, is the youngest daughter and therefore forbidden to marry, destined to care for her mother for the rest of her days.  Of course, she falls for the dashing Pedro, who promptly marries her sister in order to remain close to her, and endures decades of unconsummated passion.  Tita spends much of her time in the kitchen learning to make all the family recipes, but her emotional state makes an impact on the food she cooks and, consequently, the people who eat it.  If you haven’t read this book, run, don’t walk, to the bookstore immediately.

2)  The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Probably the first “grown up” book I read that I became obsessed with.  As a teen I read this, literally, over and over and over again.  It’s a sweeping, epic tale of the Cleary family that spans decades and continents.  Meggie, the only daughter, falls in love with a priest and unrequited love ensues.  There are tons of little subplots, but Meggie and Father Ralph are the heart of this book.  The characters and scenery leap off the page and will leave you feeling like a part of the family.  I promise, you won’t be able to put this down.

3)  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Another “epic saga” book that I read over and over again (sensing a trend?).  The story takes place in 12th century England and centers around the dream of a mason and a priest to build the greatest cathedral known to man.  It has lots of characters and subplots, but the story draws you in and there is no trouble following along.  There’s laughter, tears, victory and tragedy…something for everyone!

4)  The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This is a book that I think divides people: you either love it or you hate it.  The construction of the story is, admittedly, a challenge.  The main character, Henry, has a genetic defect that causes him to jump through time and the author has crafted the story to jump through time with him.  It’s hard to keep up sometimes.  But once you get into the rhythm of it, the story flows pretty seamlessly.  Another love story at the heart, Henry jumps through time and the love of his life, Claire, is left behind.  A beautiful book.

5)  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

If you ever ask me for a book recommendation, I’m going to try and convince you to read this book every time.  Every single person I’ve lent this to that has gone on to read it LOVES IT.  Every. Single. One.  It’s got action, danger, sword fighting, sex scenes that will get you squirmy, time travel and Scottish accents…what else is there to say?  This is the first in a series of seven books (so far) which has garnered a passionate cult following.  You know you want to get on that train!

One Comment

  1. Amber says:

    I just got Outlander FREE on my KINDLE!!!

    Hehehe – I love your book list and your daily blog posts :)

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