Do any of you have problems finding good books to read? I have THE most awesome friends and they somehow find THE coolest books ever and then recommend them to me. I’ve been on a roll and just when I lament over finishing one amazing story, I pull out my list and order the next and it turns out to be just as amazing as the last. Here are a few of my favorites. Please excuse my lame reviews…I am clearly NOT a book critic! I hope you enjoy them just as much I have!
1. The Language of flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
This book is just BEAUTIFUL. I could picture and smell everything…the damp dewy mornings, the perfume of the flowers, and the wafts of delicious food. This was one of my favorite books of the year….just a really beautiful story.
2. Tell the Wolves I’m home by Carol Rifka Brunt
As some of you know, I’m currently living in New York so I really enjoyed this coming of age story about a girl and her gay uncle in NY. I really loved this character and how she took in the events and emotions all around her.
3. Where’d you go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
This book is based in Seattle, where I used to live so it made me happy. The main character is absolutely wacky and I really grew to love her. It’s funny, quirky and sad and you’ll find yourself recognizing many circumstances which makes it feel truly authentic.
4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
I’m sure most of you have either heard of this book or read it. It’s about a woman’s journey across part of the Appalachian trail. In the spirit of Jon Krakauer it has elements of adventure and adrenaline, but Cheryl Strayed is a geniune storyteller and I really enjoyed taking the journey with her.
5. The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
I just finished this two days ago and found myself sneaking into my bedroom at any chance I could to read this. It had amazing reviews on Amazon and when I started it I was sort of having a hard time getting into it…but don’t give up. It’s such a sad tale, how one wrong decision impacts so many lives.
6. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
This is one of my all time favorite books. It’s a true story and I loved every minute of it and even found myself reading parts out loud to my kids. It’s a complete rags to riches story.
7. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
I know I keep saying how each book is my favorite but this is my favorite book that I read in 2012. I read this in my book club and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise and I absolutely LOVED it. I grew up visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses in Wisconsin and had no idea of the real history. I will never forget my flight from Istanbul to Vienna where I read the end of this book…WOW!
8. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
This was another one of my book club picks. I really enjoyed this book, the world of opera colliding with terrorists. It was such a beautifully written story. I enjoyed every minute of it.
A few books that I haven’t read, but are on my list are:
The Kitchen House – by Kathleen Grissom
And the Mountains Echoed – by Khaled Hosseini (I’m reading this right now)
The Fault in our Stars – by John Green
If you’ve got a good book recommendation, let me know! HAPPY READING!