It’s been a while since I’ve written my last #booknerd post, so I figured an updated reading list was overdue.
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.
- Hello, Darkness. Probably my second favorite novel by her. Kept me guessing the entire novel (spoiler alert: I guessed wrong).
- Seeing Red.
Classics. It’s been a personal goal of mine to fit more classics into my reading routine.
- 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.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Takes place in my favorite era. Lots of symbolism on the concept of the American Dream.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Goodbye For Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Another heart-wrencher. Quick, easy read, might make you cry, and a protagonist with the purest heart.
- 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
- 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.
- 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,