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A Reading List From You To You

Books Rock
From my shelf to yours

First, the winners of my paper book giveaway are Aimee and Rachel, who chose Amazon and Barnes and Noble gift cards, respectively.

I also asked you to comment with one of your favorite books, which made me extra happy when I realized how many books we had in common. I originally planned to list out your books divided into fiction, nonfiction and children’s book except I had 250+ entries. Whoa.

So here’s the list of books with five of my favorites at the end. However, they are not divided in the order my bookshelves enjoy. I did include any descriptions of the books or authors and attempted to mark the children’s books. I also only included the book once if it was mentioned multiple times but may have mixed in the raves about it. Enjoy!

  • Galapagos by Vonnegut
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette.
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Kristin Lavrensdatter trilogy by Norwegian author Sigrid Undset: She won the Nobel Prize in 1928. The novels are the life of a medieval Norwegian woman from childhood to her death in 1300s Norway. Undset’s novels bring the medieval world to life in such detail it is simply amazing.
  • Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
  • Great Expectations
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S Lewis’: An original, inventive and imaginative way to talk about living out the Christian faith.
  • Eloise and Madeline and Pippi Longstocking books: I loved strong eccentric female characters
  • All the Richard Peck novels especially SEASON OF GIFTS and other two novels featuring Grandma Dowdel.
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • A Wrinkle In Time series: children’s book
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Author Charles Sheehan-Miles books: A song for Julia, Just remember to Breathe, and The Last hour
  • Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series
  • Izzy Willy Nilly by Cynthia Voigt: Children’s book (teen)
  • Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
  • Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton
  • Any Francine Rivers books
  • Perfect by Judith McNaught. I also like her book Paradise.
  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See: It is about the Great Leap Forward that took place in China during the 1950′s. It is an amazing story that is based on fact. Many, many people in China died during this time due to starvation. A story you will not forget.
  • All Over But the Shoutin’
  • Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress
  • The Color of Water
  • The Dragon Rider (inheritance Series)
  • Redwall Series
  • Magyk series
  • The Other Bolyn Girl
  • Cleopatra’s Daughter
  • The Garden of Last Days
  • The Red Tent
  • Wicked series
  • Books by author Steve Berry
  • Books by author Amy Tan especially The Joy Luck Club
  • Little Critter series: children’s book.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (and others in the series): Children’s books
  • Beatrix Potter books: Children’s books
  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon: I loved those books just because they were such an adventure.
  • The “Babysitters Club” series: Children’s book
  • Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe series: children’s book (although adults still love it too)
  • Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham: I picked up a book of Maugham short stories and loved them (and loved that I loved them – I don’t tend to enjoy older books)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Children’s book
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Any Mo Williems’ book: Children’s author
  • Stiff By Mary Roach: A funny read about cadavers. And cadaver research. And the history of cadavers and cadaver research. Witty and interesting and smart.
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Berenstain Bear series: Children’s book
  • A Discovery of Witches By Deborah Harkness: I didn’t like the 2nd book Shadow of Darkness as much
  • Jane Eyre
  • Corduroy: children’s book
  • Books by Jean M Auel
  • Books by Stephen King especially The Stand
  • Watership Down
  • Les Miserables
  • The Power of Habit
  • Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss: Children’s book
  • Any book by Shel Silverstein but especially The Giving Tree: Children’s book
  • Nancy Drew series: Children’s book .
  • Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo. I sobbed through most of the book – very intense
  • East of Eden
  • Harry Potter series
  • His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
  • Anything by Robert J Sawyer
  • As The Red Fern Grows: Children’s book
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: It was good, but his other book [below] is better
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Goodnight Construction Site. Children’s book: It is really cute and doesn’t get old reading it again and again
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: I don’t normally read historical fiction, and this book huge. But the characters and the descriptions are so real that when I finally finished, I felt like I’d been on a sabbatical with them in their place of origin.
  • Sullivan’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank and any of her other delightful books.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I have always loved the way the story unfolds and the creepy magic of the ending.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Brilliant narration.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • The Fountainhead: for making me think
  • The Virgin Suicides: for the language and emotive mood
  • Little Women: for pure comfort
  • The Great Gatsby: for everything
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  • Anything by Anne Lamott
  • Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Thank you for this list. I love how many novels we all love and how many more I have to read this summer (and fall).

PS. Scott sent me 28 “Favorite” Books That Are Huge Red Flags from Buzzfeed. Hilarious especially since my husband’s favorite book was on the list.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

8 thoughts to “A Reading List From You To You”

  1. Great list to reference. I just finished up “People are Unappealing” by Sara Barron and now officially have the largest girl crush in the world on that woman. It was hilarious. HIGHLY recommended.

    On a serious note, I would also add anything by Mary Karr, especially “Lit,” and Lorrie Moore’s “Self Help” for short stories. You already covered the Sedaris/Burroughs realm, so I’ll show myself out…

    1. OK. I see you DIDN’T have Sedaris/Burroughs on there, so I’m clearly going nuts. I would add those and second to “Hypocrite in a Poofy White Dress” and add “Waltzing the Cat.” Now I’m done.

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