Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Books? For Adults??

As my classes are nearing an end, I have the most amazing opportunity EVER - to read - for FUN!

Ok, so not that amazing, but I'm totally looking forward to it, since textbooks have consumed my life.  I will have some free time and need some good reads to keep me going.

In the past, most of my reading was done via audio book, due to my killer commute.  This left me relying on what looked interesting and was available on the library shelf (usually it takes a while for a book to make it to audio, at least from the library, so current faves usually weren't an option...).  

I also have a list a mile-long of middle school level books I want to read - classics I may have missed or ones students have mentioned.  I checked out a few, but found that I really crave some grownup reading material for a few weeks, until I am once again immersed in adolescent land...

So now I don't know what to read!

PLEASE help me out - comment and suggest a book - or three! - that I should read.  Lurkers?  Wanna take a stab at it?  I won't judge your reading tastes, promise!  Thanks!

(ps - here's my goodreads list if you want to see)


  1. Woohoo! Don't you love when life makes way for a little pleasure reading? The best.

    The next book on my list is The Help. A few of my friends have read it and LOVED it...they say its the perfect combo of touching, interesting and sometimes funny.

  2. Definitely read The Help if you haven't already. I also just finished Room: A Novel, and it was pretty incredible.

  3. Wow! That's a long GoodReads list! Like Meredith I'd definitely recommend The Help, I also really loved Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill. Other favorites lately include the Hunger Games series and the Outlander series.

  4. ok since i have zero time to read and am just now getting around to thinking about reading Water for Elephants, I googled. How about Rules of Civility? It's Oprah's "unputdownable" book of the month. And Oprah doesn't lie.

    (psss... glad to see you posting so much now! )


  5. Have you read the Hunger Games? I also loved Girl in Translation.

  6. I just read "The Birth House" by Ami McKay. Set in Canada in the early 1900s about a midwife. I was a bit taken aback by some of the extreme sexy talk in it, but holy cow it was good!
    I'm also a huge fan of Alice Hoffman. Anything by her I would recommend. She wrote "Practical Magic."

  7. thanks everyone for the great suggestions! all of these are going on my list (and hopefully soon, in my hands!)

  8. Good call! I've heading on vacay and need some book ideas. Anyway, I just saw the mention of extreme sexy talk in a book in the comment above and I'm now heading to amazon to buy it right now...mostly because I'm a 12 year old boy.

    Read anything by Elizabeth Berg. Read anything and everything by David Sedaris. I also like Adriana Trigiani books, which you could probably find at the libe.

  9. I also loved The Birth House... a big part of it is because I'm familiar with the area where the book is set but I think it would definitely appeal lots of people.

  10. I concur on David Sedaris; and I just finished reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. I couldn't put it down, mainly because I have never laughed so hard at any one piece of literature. Enjoy!


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