The Library

Last Updated 26 June 2010

This is a list, in no particular order, of books I have read and love.  Friends and relatives sometimes ask me for reading recommendations, so this is a running inventory of books I wish everyone would read and enjoy as much as I did.  I will update it as books occur to me (the first dozen are just off the top of my head as I create this page – and apparently I’m only thinking of fiction right now) and if the list becomes too long I might rotate books in and out so there will be new ideas fairly regularly.  I will also share what I am currently reading (likely with editorial comments), and, if you have a recommendation of your own for me, or would like to share a book you particularly love, please leave it in the comments.*

What’s on my nightstand right now:

Escape by Carolyn Jessop – Jessop grew up  grew up in a famous polygamous sect in the US, and was married to a 55-year old man when she was 14.  She had eight children with him before deciding she had to escape.   What can I say?  Polygamists fasacinate me. 

Life Sentences by Laura Lippman

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Books I’ve recently finished:

A girl named Zippy – Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel – This was wonderful.  A memoir of a girl’s childhood in a tiny USA town in the 1960s.

A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire:  I loved Wicked.  I liked Son of a Witch.  This one was okay, but I didn’t love it.  Perhaps it’s that Maguire spends too much time on the politics of Oz, and I can’t decide whether I find the main character, the cowardly lion Brrr, sympathetic or not.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: Loved, loved this Depression-era, circus book (and there’s so much more to it than that).  Read it.

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon – I was pretty excited when I found out the new Outlander book was out, but it took me several months to get it started.   Overall it was pretty good, but as I suspected, there is too much Roger and Brianna, Lord John & assorted other boring British characters, and not nearly enough Claire and Jamie. 

Dear Diana Gabaldon:  More. Jamie. Fraser.  And if he could be wearing nothing but his plaid most of the time, that would be okay.  That  is all.  Love, Trista.

Books I have the love for:

The Time Traveler’s Wife– Audrey Niffenegger

Skinny Legs and All – Tom Robbins

Rebecca– Daphne Dumaurier

The History of Love– Nicole Krauss

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius– Dave Eggers

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Anything by Augusten Burroughs

The Stephanie Plum books – Janet Evanovitch

Sookie Stackhouse books – Charlaine Harris

Wicked – Gregory Maguire

The Birth House – Ami McKay

Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles – Margaret George

David Sedaris, David Sedaris, David Sedaris!

 Several books by Stephen King – I just realized that I didn’t have anything of his on the list and was a little shocked, since I am a very, very faithful reader.  The Dark Tower series is fantastic.

 *I don’t actually have a library card, because the idea of reading a book then having to give it back makes me itchy.  This is me eating my words – I started using our local library last week for books for myself and Abigail.  I have come to the realization that as much as I love owning books, I don’t get to a chapters that often, and I probably shouldn’t feel the need to buy every book I want to read.  And also, since Abigail loves books like I do but has a short attention span and “reads” books that are only ten pages long, it makes far more sense to borrow a bunch from the library and then, if she finds ones she really, really loves, buy only those.  So, *sigh* the library it is.

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