Thursday, October 14, 2010

there is a season (turn, turn, turn).

Maybe it's just the way my day has gone so far, or the combination of having a lot on my mind and not feeling so well, but nothing sounds better right now than crawling under the covers and reading a good book.

It's been a while since I asked, so any recommendations?

^I clearly have a thing for pretty book covers, old and new.


  1. since i'm asking for recommendations, maybe i'll give one too. i think one of my favorite books of all time is: Daughter of the Forest.

    it looks/sounds a little weird, but it is absolutely beautiful. my sister recommended it to me and wrote a little review here.

  2. ooh. thanks for the recommendation on that one.

    let's see..

    the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society.
    the book thief

    as for a classic
    and two of my most favorites..

    les miserables {abridged version the unabridged is 1500 pages.. yikes} it is one beautiful.


    pride and prejudice.

    good luck!

  3. you do have a thing for pretty books. and you have so many(or it seems)... i was thinking about that before you even said it. i want them;)

  4. anna karenina. daniel deronda. two classics i am re-reading. I ADORE vanity fair as well.

  5. ah. *sigh*... DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST is my favorite book, but you knew that already.

    if you haven't read JELLICOE ROAD by melina marchetta you should get it and read it immediately.

    if you can stick with the confusing first 100 pages it more than makes up for it by the end. amazing story.

    or reread TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

    if you're in the mood for some exciting urban fantasy/romance i suggest the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series by CASSANDRA CLARE. and then you can read her latest book which is a prequel to those: CLOCKWORK ANGEL.

  6. I second Jellicoe Road. That was such a good book.

    The Hunger Games series. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (not exactly sunshine and rainbows but I loved it). The India portion of Eat, Pray, Love (the rest isn't worth reading). The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Gone with the Wind. These is my Words by Nance E. Turner. Jane Austen's Persuasion. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

    I have about a million more recommendations if you want them!

  7. Those vintage Reader's Digest books are awesome. And as for book recs, mine are the Hunger Games and Never Let Me Go.

  8. Oooo Rachel has good taste! I just finished reading Daughter of the Forest a couple weeks ago because i saw she recommended it on her blog. Rachel I enjoy your book reviews! Keep them up! Wow it was really good book! I love Diana Wynne Jones books! Also Shannon Hale has some pretty good ones too!

  9. we don't have similar taste in books.

  10. I am currently reading Light In August, by Faulkner. I like it much better than anything else I've read by him. As soon as I finish it (this weekend) I plan to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, in light of Halloween. Are you on Goodreads, Angela? I just realized that I'm friends with Clint on Goodreads, but not you.

  11. have you read "my antonia" or "the power of one" yet?

    book suggestions are tricky though, i just read "the red tent" and wasn't sure how i felt about it, then i saw it was one of little sussy's favorite books. it's interesting what we like...

  12. I agree with conunikate, the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society is very good! My all time favorite book is Sunday's at Tiffany's; it's an easy read an such a cute story.

  13. favorite (and an easy!! read): the encyclopedia of an ordinary life by amy krouse rosenthal. you would LOVE!

    also the creative habit by twyla tharp or anything by david sedaris. OR while you were gone by sue miller.

  14. just checking back to see what other's like.

    i concur with kate lines' comment. everyone gets a little something different out of a book.

    pst.. we should have an online book club..

  15. you seem like someone who would enjoy, if you're not familiar with it already. don't worry, there is no actual porn involved. i could look at that website for hours.

  16. Also, my book recommendation is The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera. Moving, beautiful writing.

  17. I want to recommend The Help, but I am almost certain you've read it since Clint saw it on our computer desk last night and mentioned it's a great book.

    I loved These Is My Words a lot.

    I'm always looking for book recommendations. Thanks for yours!

  18. i'm back too to see all the recommendations. i'd agree with clint, some people don't have the same taste for books, so you can figure out who likes the same type that you do and then share book recommendations with them. (like me, right?)

    on that note: clint, i really tried to finish EAST OF EDEN, but i've shelved it until later in life. perhaps someday i'll be ready to try again. i think you would enjoy the previously mentioned ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AN ORDINARY LIFE and angela, you would like it too.

    THE BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING looks awesome. i just put it on hold at my library. we should both read it and discuss.

  19. i also read and loved:
    the book thief (another favorite of all time)
    the help
    these is my words
    hunger games

    @everyone - thank you! keep 'em coming.
    @clint - we probably don't. "but i love you anyway."
    @rachel - thank you. we're on the same page.
    @communikate - online book club, YES!
    @trevor - yep. that site is awesome.

  20. It's a few years old...Water for Elephants.
    Can't get it out of my mind.

  21. blog stalker....

    les mis= favorite book ever
    gone with the wind
    when you're falling dive=kinda self helpish
    and a friend just recommended "a heartbreaking work of staggering genius"

  22. if you are looking for something off the beaten path, try EXTERMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Safran Foer

  23. I love the idea of an online bookclub!

  24. my favorite books in the world are

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    I Capture the Castle.

  25. Beasts, Joyce Carol Oats. Perfectly creepy for Halloween.

  26. I second Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Foer is an AMAZING writer.

    Also, anything from Milan Kundera is a winner.

    My personal favorite book is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. It haunts me. I've read it several times.

  27. my fav books are:

    extremely loud... - jonathan safron foer.

    the history of love - nicole krauss (who is, ironically, jonathan safron foer's wife. didn't know that until after i read them.)

    east of eden - steinbeck. oh my. high school did not do steinbeck justice. i am on the second read of this within 6 months. steinbeck weaves his characters in a way that leaves me awed.

    to kill a mockingbird - harper lee.

  28. jane eyre. tender at the bone (especially if you are into good food). the help. circle of friends. I capture the castle.