I love to read.  Here are some of the best, and some of my old favorites.  I’d love to hear what books you’re reading and what your favorites are, too!


  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
  • The Book Thief  by Markus Zuzak
  • The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry
  • The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • The Brothers K by James David Duncan
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht
  • Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel
  • Charles Lenox series by Charles Finch
  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley


  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lachs by Rebecca Skloot
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand
  • Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
  • The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds that Changed Basketball by Gene Wojciewchowski
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • A Love that Multiplies by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

Food Memoirs:

  • Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
  • Tender to the Bone by Ruth Reichl
  • A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
  • The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber

13 thoughts on “BOOKS

  1. I had intended to give you the Born to Run book when you visited. Alas, I forgot. I will have to work very hard at remembering to bring it with me after Roger is born. Oops, I forgot you aren’t telling his name yet!

      1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it – me too. So compelling. I was going to send it to you to read if you hadn’t already read the book. 🙂

        What about The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet? I am almost to the end and am enjoying it. I also just got Unbroken from the library yesterday and will begin that once finished with Hotel. I know you gave that one high reviews!

        Sorry, but I had to give up on Elegance of the Hedgehog. I agree that the book is well-written, but it just wasn’t a good fit for the types of books I enjoy. Trying a different type of book every once in a while is good for me though.

  2. I just finished the Hunger Games, all three.. Amazing!! I also just read a book about why the brain chooses optimism (the optimism bias) it was good, but mostly about research. I will have to check out what books you recommend Kim. I read a lot more working overnights. 🙂 Love you Cousin, love the blog btw!

  3. I’m kind of a blog lurker because I feel a bit odd commenting on blogs of people whom I’ve never met. But books! Oh man, books get me going like nothing else. Here are a couple that I’ve read in the past year/ones that I always go back to.

    Fiction: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper (YA but excellent), Patricia C. Wrede’s books (again YA, but excellent. especially the Frontier Magic Series and ‘Sorcery and Cecilia’), Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Non-Fiction: pretty much anything by David Quamman (he’s a journalist who writes about ecology and evolution), 1491 by Charles C. Mann, Dakota by Kathleen Norris.

    Yay books!!

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