Booknerd Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Episode 2

It’s been a while since I’ve written my last #booknerd post, so I figured an updated reading list was overdue.

Booknerd Recommended Reading

I can’t seem to keep up with my mom (to whom I credit my booknerdness), who goes through more books a month than anyone I know. Every time I visit home I can count on heading back to La Crosse with 3-5 new books in hand.

Below is a non-comprehensive list of the great books I’ve read within the last several months. I’ve split them into sub-categories for your convenience.

Sandra Brown. I’ve been on a bit of a Sandra Brown kick…I believe my last post recommended Sting, my first novel of hers (and still probably my favorite). I just can’t get enough of her thriller/suspense/romance style.

  1. Hello, Darkness. Probably my second favorite novel by her. Kept me guessing the entire novel (spoiler alert: I guessed wrong).
  2. Seeing Red.
  3. Unspeakable.
  4. Lethal.

Classics. It’s been a personal goal of mine to fit more classics into my reading routine.

  1. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I was surprised by how much I loved this book. It’s a pretty thick one, but kept me engaged the entire time. The history is so interesting and the characters, incredibly frustrating.
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Takes place in my favorite era. Lots of symbolism on the concept of the American Dream.
  3. 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. I’ve been looking to read more fairytales and stories that were books before they became Disney movies. Peter Pan is on my list. This was a cute one, one I think I’d read to my hypothetical children some day.
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I tried to read this once for a class in high school and I hated it. I wasn’t patient enough to understand the pre-19th century language. However, I just completed reading this with a friend, and I LOVED it the second time around. I definitely needed to give myself some time to embrace the language and be patient enough to re-read some of the beginning sections, but I’m so glad I got passed that. This is what I’d consider a classic love story well-done.
  5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Idk if this is exactly a classic, but it should be. An almost-veterinarian runs away to the circus and falls in-love with Marlena, a married circus performer. The general conflict of the story centers around Marlena’s husband (the equestrian director) and his cruelty toward both her and the animals.

For Book Lovers

  1. The Storied Life of AJ Fickly by Gabrielle Zevin. This is one of the those stories that just means so much more to you if you have a true love for reading and books.
  2. The Book That Mattered Most by Ann Hood. Loved this one. Double story-line going on with all kinds of connections intertwined. It has become one of my favorite recently published novels.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. So heart-wrenching. One of my new favorites. Although I seem to say that every time I finish a novel. Heavy read, but so incredibly good. And while I’ve mentioned Zusak, I Am the Messenger is also a good one by him, although very different subjects and styles.

Other Notables

  1. The Shack by William E. Young. This book has a lot of controversy surrounding it, but I think it is worth the read. It had a huge influence on my ways of thinking, and really brought to life a different perspective. I have not seen the movie, but like most books-turned-movies, I don’t think it could ever do it justice.
  2. Goodbye For Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Another heart-wrencher. Quick, easy read, might make you cry, and a protagonist with the purest heart.
  3. Invisible by James Patterson. In my opinion, one of his best. A twisted thriller you won’t be able to put down.

Books I’ve Read That I Wasn’t Crazy About, But Maybe You’ll Like

  1. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I already mentioned this novel in a previous post, but this wasn’t one of my favorites. Which is surprising because I love John Green. Maybe it’s my age, but it just didn’t speak to me like his others.
  2. The Circle by Dave Eggers. This would be a great book for a classroom discussion on the dangers of the progression of technology. As far as an enjoyable read, it wouldn’t make my recommended list. I think this mostly has to do with the fact that there isn’t really a character with any redeemable qualities. But maybe that’s the point.

That’s all I’ve got for now!

Until next time,



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