Most Popular Posts

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What are your favorite books?

Recently I've been hunting for a new great book. Happily, I just stumbled upon the new website, What should I read next? You type in a book you like, and then it gives you recommendations of similar books.

My favorite book of all time is The History of Love, a novel about an old man remembering his love affair. It's so heartbreakingly beautiful that I underlined entire passages so I'd never forget them. At one point, I literally hugged the book as I read. What books do you love?

(Photo by Barca)

371 comments:

1 – 200 of 371   Newer›   Newest»
Joanna Goddard said...

ps. i also loved The Glass Castle, a memoir about a girl's rocky American childhood, and i'm reading Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott, about her first year raising her son as a single mother. xo

Anonymous said...

The History of Love i also one of my favorites. :)

My nunmber 1 thought, is Extremely Loud & Incredible Close, written by Jonathan S. Foer, the husban of Nicole Krauss, the author of your book!

Im sure anyone who loves one of them, loves both.

Lara

NYC Recessionista said...

I really enjoy Mary Kay Andrews' books ... they all take place in Savannah, Ga. and have great characters and always a little mystery to them. Great summer reading! Huge Sophie Kinsella fan, too.

Samantha said...

My all time favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It's a classic with a phenomenally strong female character. I love it. Other favorites include The 13th Tale by Diane Settefield, Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (ok, let's be honest, anything by Barbara Kingsolver). Prodigal Summer is a great summertime read (no surprise there). I've worked in libraries for 10 years, so when people ask for book suggestions, I tend to go a little overboard. Hope you find another book love! :)

victoria / cats dreaming in keylime said...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, best ever.

Emily said...

What a fantastic website!! My favorites are I Capture the Castle, The Glass Castle, A Mighty Heart, and Pride & Prejudice. I'm starting The Great Gatsby this summer! Bon reading!

Bronwyn said...

Oooh, I liked the Glass Castle, too!
My all-time favourite is Keri Hulme's "The Bone People," closely followed by "Sometimes A Great Notion" by Ken Kesey and "Little, Big" by John Crowley.
Enjoy "Operating Instructions!" I've never read it - is it good?

windeater.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

I love to read. My fave book of the summer is Rob Lowe's autobio. I was surprised I loved it so much -- he is an excellent writer, and his life story (so far) makes for a GREAT book! I couldn't put it down.

Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

Joanna, I also love Glass Castle. I had the opportunity to hear Jeanette Walls speak at a women's event this summer - she is as passionate of a speaker as she is a writer! I would also recommend "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" - it is a very interesting/different read.

Courtney said...

My favourite is The Poisonwood Bible. Ohhhh what I would give to read that over for the first time again! I love all the different perspectives of the women in the book. Really, so good.

Tina Crespo said...

It's hard to choose just one book!
I really enjoyed, and it comes to me often in memory, The Giver. The meaning and my reaction to the story has changed since I first read it in elementary school.

marissa at the boot said...

the history of love is so good! i read it while traveling in italy and i will never forget it!
i just finished "caleb's crossing" which won the pulitzer prize about the first native american to graduate from harvard. so well written!

nzle said...

It sounds like you'll love You Lost Me There, Rosecrans Baldwin's debut novel about a widowed man who studies Alzheimers remembering his wife through notes that she'd written for herself that he discovers after her death in a car accident. He finds that he doesn't remember the same things at all -- it's a fantastic book.

I also love A Visit from the Goon Squad and Other People We Married!

danielle said...

i feel incomplete without a book to read at any given time, so naturally i'm constantly on the look out to feed my craving. that site is such a great idea! thank you!

a few of my favs are: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, 11 Minutes by Paulo Coelho, Demian by Herman Hesse, and 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Most recently I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which was excellent.

macaca grava por cima said...

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Izabella said...

My favorite is Love in the Time of Cholera. I slowly read the last 20 pages over a year because I didn't want it to end. It is such a beautiful, timeless story about true love.

Kate W. said...

Nicole Krauss's newer book, The Great House, is *almost* as lovely as The History of Love. Another layered book with beautiful language.

Stephanie said...

To Kill a Mockingbird and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are classics I will always go back to, no matter my age.

My girlfriends and I are starting a book club (tonight actually) - I am so excited!

Thank you for the website rec, I will certainly use that. The best book I've read recently is The Help.

Hanna said...

"Night Road" by Kristin Hannah. Both the roommate and I finished in 2 days! So hard to put down.

Katy said...

I'm currently reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris and loving it.
I haven't seen the film so I'm fully imagining the characters rather than having them already imagined for me.

Giulia Doyle said...

Oh, you have to read The Perfume...it is excellent. And Captain Corelli's Mandolin is an amazing book, so much better than the movie.

Margaret said...

My all time favourite book is The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. I'm looking for a new book to read, so that site and these comments are really helpful!

Angela Parmer Duke said...

You can't go wrong with the Great Gatsby, and you can never read it too many times!

Stephanie said...

This is so cool!! Kind of reminds me of NoveList, a subscription service used by the library where I work.

I couldn't possibly pick a favorite book, though, I like way too many different genres. I do want to read some more books by Oliver Sacks and Temple Grandin this summer though. I've been reading a lot of fiction lately, so now my brain is craving some non-fiction. ;-)

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

That site is amazing! Anything Vonnegut, "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Catcher in the Rye," Otherwise, I'm a history buff. Happy Reading!

nicole said...

I gravitate towards autobiographies and memoirs. I loved Just Kids by Patti Smith and This Wheel's on Fire: The Story of The Band by Levon Helm. I also recommend The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard. I am about to begin Open by Andre Agassi. Life by Keith Richards is on my summer reading list as is Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman. xo.

macaca grava por cima said...

The Painted Veil, by Somerset Maugham.

I also like portuguese authors like Saramago (who won the Nobel Prize, Lobo Antunes, José Luís Peixoto, and african (Mia Couto, Pepetela) and latin-american (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende) authors too

Amina said...

Currently reading (and absolutely LOVING) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Within the first 50 pages it jumped to the top of my "favorite books" lists.

Sydney said...

its a shame to tell i have not done any readings lately. Im trying to finish The Chicken Soup of College Soul! :)

sydsense.blogspot.com

Clara said...

Oooh I love that this exists! It's exactly what I need right! I love the Glass Castle. Have you read the sequel? It's wonderful.

Becca said...

I lurvedddddd "The Art of Racing in the Rain." About to start "The Help" which I've heard nothing but good things about!

Becca

Pressley said...

Joanna, Jeannette Walls also wrote "Half-Broke Horses," about her grandmother's life. It's just as hard to put down as "The Glass Castle" -- I'd definitely recommend it.

Em said...

The history of love is also one of my very favorite books!

Have you read "the time travelers wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, or "girl with a pearl earring", by Tracy Chevalier. Both were made as movies but the books were exceptionally better.

A couple more favorites of mine, "the immortal life of henrietta lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, "the unbearable likeness of being" by Milan Kundera, "spilling clarence" by Anne Ursu, and "cats cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut.

I could go on and on, but try some of those out, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Aga {White Tea} said...

I just saw your twit and go curious what is your favourite book and I almost fall off the chair when I saw it is "The History of Love".
I absolutely loved that book. It made me laugh and cry. The story is beautiful and moving. I'll certainly read it again. Only thing I didn't like about it was... the title.
And here are some other recent great reads you might enjoy:

Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian- Marina Lewycka

patti said...

A Town Like Alice will always be in my top 5.

Tish said...

Oh how I luv this idea! It's an electronic book whisperer!!! ♥

sophie said...

The History of Love - so beautiful! I absolutely loved it. "What should I read Next" sounds like my new favorite website -- thanks! I don't think I could pick just one favorite book, but The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo is definitely up there. I read it in an afternoon while enjoying some sunshine in the Jardin de Luxembourg. The setting, the story -- it was almost too good to be true!

Sophie

http://justliveintoit.blogspot.com

Gina said...

I love this idea! I am definitely going to use te site next time I need a good book.

Angry Asian said...

other than to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, my next fave of all time is the Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans. he writes lyrically.

Liz said...

There are so many good ones...some of my favs include:
*Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (This is such a clever book, and very well researched.)
*Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (nonfiction, about post-Katrina New Orleans)
*Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Awesome YA)
*The Hell series (Prom Dates From Hell/Hell Week/Highway To Hell) by Rosemary Clement Moore (Awesome YA)
*Jessica's Guide To Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey(Awesome YA)
And my own: In the Spotlight by Liz Botts :)

--r said...

The Hitchhiker's Guides series. It always makes me laugh. Particularly if I can get the audio books to listen to while I'm working at the computer or going on a road trip.
I also like The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith (which are also lovely in audio book form).

Of course, most of what I read these days are pictures books. My little peanut is currently obsessed with one of the picture books I had when I was little. I loved that book, and the binding is pretty much shot to heck, but the illustrations are delicious.

Kate the Great said...

Oh, I loved The Glass Castle, too! I read that a few summers ago. Lately I've loved Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, both by David Sedaris, which I recommend to everyone. I just started Lolita a few days ago, and after I finish that I'm thinking Edith Wharton's House of Mirth or Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace.

Abegail Barrios Designs said...

The Road By Cormac McCarthy
The Romantic and Helpless By Barbara Gowdy
The Kite Runner By Khaled Hossseini
God Is Dead By Ron Currie Jr.

I had the same experience when I read the Kite Runner and The Road... When I was done both of them I hugged them with tears in my eyes!

Abegail

Ellie Benner said...

I just finished The Glass Castle and started A History of Love and Jane Eyre (I can never read just one book at once.) I just finished The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, a great nonfiction book about the relationship between U.S. health care and theHmong people, really interesting especially for those with small children!

Anonymous said...

unbearable lightness of being, we the living and their eyes were watching god are my favorites

Stacy said...

Two Kisses for Maddy by Matthew Logelin-- A beautiful tribute to his young wife Liz & thier daughter Madeline.

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

What a great site, thanks for sharing!

I think I will read the History of Love next :)

http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

Bridget said...

"Comfort Me with Apples" By Ruth Reichl... I've read it at least ten times and somehow love it more every time. Read it with a bag of milanos, trust me.

marlene said...

ALL TIME FAVOURITES:

1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

3. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Kate the Great said...

I'd also recommend Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, which is just so incredible. I completely forgot to mention it, but I cannot recommend it enough. All my friends who've read it loved it too.

elizabeth said...

I loved A Guide for the Perplexed by Schumacher (sp?). It's not fiction though, philosophy. It changed how I approach thinking myself and humanly problems.

Molly Meisenzahl said...

Top 5 (in no order)

The History of Love
April and Oliver by Tess Callahan
Look at Me by Jennifer Egan
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Lauren said...

love love love
"the hearing trumpet" by leonora carrington

and anything by joan didion


xo
L
www.thesphinxandthemilkyway.com

emily scoggin said...

The Chosen, by Chaim Potok; Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (a classic that should be revisited, i had a similar experience with it as your history of love experience, also a lot of tears); and An American Childhood by Annie Dillard. Hope this helps!

Maddie said...

I recently read A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN for the first time...such a classic, and just so beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. I also just read RACING IN THE RAIN, a book written from a dog's perspective...I never thought I would like it, but it was really fantastic!

laurel said...

oh i love to READ!!

just read Unbroken and it was a life-changer. so amazing! also - Fortune's Rocks was a really great summer read last year. Time Traveler's Wife, so good.

two absolute must reads: Love Walked In and Belong to me by Marisa de los Santos. Such amazing, poetic reads!! i hugged them both after i was done.

naomi: said...

My favorite book of all time is White Oleander by Janet Fitch. It's about a girls struggle in her relationship with her beautiful yet manipulating mother. It's written so incredibly beautifully. It was chosen as one of Oprah's book club books, I highly recommend it :)

Jamie said...

I highly recommend The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Wally Lamb's books, The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

Also, I just recently read two other great books. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay and A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

Naomi said...

Wow! Im gonna have to use that site pretty soon! Just got through half of "The Beautiful and Damned." I love the writing, but the story is boring me, so it's time to move on. I'm a sucker for anything by Evelyn Waugh. "Brideshead Revisited" is my favorite!

Kelly Mckee Zajfen said...

I love the book "The History Of Love." Have you tried her newish book yet? My current new obsession is "The Paris Wife." It's about Hemingway and his second wife, their love affair. I couldn't put it down. "Sarah's Key" is unbelievably moving and heartbreaking. In my hands is the book "Room" which is on NYT bestseller and is supposed to be amazing. Not sure if that's on your list or not. Enjoy!
Kelly McKee Zajfen
tobedevoted.com

Sherry said...

So excited you did this post and shared the website. I was telling someone yesterday that I haven't read a good book in a long while. I need some good recommendations. I'm a huge lover of historical fiction and travel novels. I love anything that takes me to another time or place. Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay said...

the history of love is great. have you read her new book, great house? i think you'd like it.

kkp said...

the god of small things by arundhati roy. one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of literature i have ever read. it takes place in kerala, south india and the author's prose is incredible.

Alexandria said...

Oh man I was totally going to recommend "Glass Castle," but then I saw your P.S. My absolute favorite book of all time is "White Oleander." Stunningly written, brilliantly tragic, so full of hope. Amazing, in a word.

MG said...

I really love Irish literature. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien is fantastic and Roddy Doyle's books are all great. For a good laugh I love Chelsea Handler.

Bethany said...

My two all time favorites are The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Reader by Bernard Schlink. Both made me cry, laugh and hug the book as I read. I just recently finished The Homecoming by Schlink, which was also very very good. Currently reading Jane Eyre for the first time and loving it!

Lindsay said...

I read all the time, and I probably have hundreds of "favorites", but one that has risen above them all is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It follows the story of a girl through the holocaust, but the prose and perspective is completely unique. It's so haunting and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I love To Kill a Mockingbird
The God of Small Things
Jane Eyre
The Corrections
:)

Elisabeth said...

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett... you feel like you're reading music. Simply beautiful.
http://www.amazon.com/Bel-Canto-Ann-Patchett/dp/0060934417

Kasey said...

I love Zadie Smith's works, as well as The Brief and Curious Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Also, if you haven't read it - Dave Eggers' What is the What is incredible. xo

jean goddard said...

I really loved "The Remains of the Day."

ag. said...

I love when people do posts about books...it's such a great way to get good recommendations! I'd love to hear if you read any of the suggestions and what you think of them!! That website sounds amazing, will so be trying it! My favourite books are The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Root Cellar. I loved The Glass Castle too, so eye opening!

Hilary Nicole said...

I am currently reading water for elephants and i love it. My bibles are my illustrator design and photoshop design books. I don't know what I would do without them!

XO Hilary Nicole
http://thehippinista.blogspot.com/

Alex said...

Seconding Zeitoun - just heartbreaking.

Visit from the Goon Squad was exceptional.

Loved the new Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story) and David Mitchell (Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet) but they were both definitely a little quirky.

You MUST read the Patti Smith book (Just Kids) - it's wonderful.

V by Diana Vreeland and Rue McLanahan's memoirs are both just laugh-out-loud funny and worth a read.

Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem) and anything by Michael Chabon.

Mandi said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I will definitely be checking out The History of Love! My all time favorite book is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I have read it 3 times so far and just started it again last night. :)

Anonymous said...

A Fine Balance - set in India and heartbreaking.

Anonymous said...

wow, that is super cool. Thanks! I'm also putting "A History of Love" on my list.

vanessa joie said...

all time fave: how green was my valley. current fave: the elegance of the hedgehog.

Trista said...

I just wanted to reiterate The Help by Catherine Stockett and I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith, I believe.

Both are excellent.

vanessa said...

the history of love is also my favorite.... as much as i read, i just have not found anything else that moves me or makes me "see" the characters so clearly. agree with a previous responder about ann patchett. i loved bel canto and the patron saint of liars.

ourdreamlives said...

awesome website!

love Life of Pi, To Kill a Mockingbird, Time Traveller's Wife and The Great Gatsby.

I'll have to check out The Glass Castle - everyone seems to like it!

Sally

Ann said...

Jane Austen's Emma is an all time favorite, right next to The Grapes of Wrath, though the latter isn't exactly light summer reading. Currently loving Moby-Dick, which, come to think of it, falls right into the current whale trend.

tifsong said...

wow! I just got chills.

The History of LOVE is my favorite book of all time, and I have underlined passages as well. It's just so beautiful!

and someone mentioned Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, my SECOND favorite book.

I am reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery now. It is QUITE beautiful. I am actually trying to savor it so it's taken me a month or so so far.

Also, if you haven't read The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time, I highly recommend it. It's a quick read, and it's fantastic.

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

I've been wanting to read One Day by David Nicholls. Have any of you read it?? Thoughts?

Keri said...

I am definitely checking out that site!!
My all time favorite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I re-read it all the time. Also love The Book of Negros, A Fine Balance, The Help, April Fools Day...

molly said...

My favorites books are:

- "The Bell Jar", Sylvia Plath.
- "Women Who Run With the Wolves", Clarissa Pinkola Estés.
- "Great Expectations", Charles Dickens.

If you are curious about any of them, let me know!

I'm just like you, I underline EVERYTHING when I read! :)

Bruna.

bgraziuso@gmail.com

Eli said...

I just finished "Winter Tale" by Mark Helprin and it was the most beautiful book I've ever read.

Arielle said...

Wow, I feel the EXACT same about The History of Love! I have underlined my favourite passages as well and re-read them all the time. Definitely my favourite of all time.

I just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which was amazing. Actually, I am reading One Day right now! It is hilarious, romantic and heartwarming. Would definitely recommend it.:)

Arielle

Laura Marie said...

Oh I ADORE The History of Love... I've never read anything as charming! A close second though is Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos--and the sequel, Belong To Me. She was originally a poet, so that comes through in her language and all the beautiful sentences.

Casey said...

Just finished 'A Visit From The Goon Squad' and loved it, absolutely recommend it.

Shannon said...

loving all these book recommendations! i'm currently reading freedom by jonathan franzen and absolutely loving it. it lives up to the hype.

also recommend you check out goodreads.com. all of my good friends are on the social site and i can see all of their book recommendations and add them to a "to read" list on the site. it's super helpful and fun.

Amber said...

My favorite all time book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Written in 1938 the book is a hauntingly romantic. I read it once a year.

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

I really love anything by Elin Hilderbrand...she weaves these intriguing family drama tales about life on Nantucket. I long to live there...

XO
Lenore

tifsong said...

oh and, i've found this website to be quite helpful in picking a good "what should i read next..."

http://bookseer.com/

Renata Kassis said...

My favorite book, here in Brazil is "Tete a Tete", a biography of Sartre and Simone.

jackie. said...

middlesex by jeffrey euginides and shantaram by gregory david roberts are two of my favs.

rL said...

I'm currently reading Lolita, and am in love.

But, I would recommend "More Die of Heartbreak" by Saul Bellow.

Have a lovely day!xo

Michelle said...

I absolutely LOVE that you shared this site. I was recently battling with what to read next. I use Goodreads, but it doesn't really help with suggestions. Great post!

Melissa Blake said...

thanks for the web site recommendation! i'm actually looking for a good book too. :)

One of my favorite books isn't a book but a play...the glass menagerie.

Designs Good said...

Thank you for the recommendation, I'm adding The History of Love to my list. I'm reading Of Bees and Mist right now, and I'm really enjoying it. My favorite books are I Capture the Castle, All the Pretty Horses, Cannery Row and Great Expectations. I also really enjoyed Free Food For Millionaires. Happy reading!

Heather said...

I loved The History Of Love! That is such a gorgeous book. Dave Eggers is an absolute genius in my opinion, and What Is The What is one of the most powerful things I have ever read. Highly reccomended to anyone who hasn't read it yet!

Stella Annabelle said...

I absolutely love The Diving Bell and The Butterfly. Bauby is wonderfully funny and I will forever be in complete awe of how he wrote the book (by blinking an eye) - very inspiring.

Jackie said...

Our tastes may not be the same - I tend to read a lot of horror, true crime, and biographies. My favorite books are The Stand by Stephen King and Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice. I'm currently working on the Harry Potter series!

Stephanie said...

I'm recently obsessed again with Alexandre Dumas. Three Musketeers and its sequels are full of adventures, intrigues and handsome chevaliers. These books are the most delightful, romantic, fantasy escapes!

Lauren said...

Oh wow! History of Love and The Glass Castle are two of my favorites as well! (I even had our photographer take a picture of HoL in a bookshop during our engagement shoot - scroll to the end to see it: http://bit.ly/kz51it)
I recommend my favorite book of all time by Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything is Illuminated (you might consider seeing the movie first - it doesn't ruin the book, but it makes it easier to "hear" the main character).
Also, Jeanette Walls has a new book out: Half Broke Horses. I haven't read it, but it's on my list.
Books! This makes me so excited!

Rebecca said...

"Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier is fantastic--and not just because I happen to share a name with the title character (who happens to be the villan). I also really loved The Secret Life of Bees. And if you're in to readable non-fiction, try The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, or The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (about the mingling of Hmong & American culture, so fascinating).

posse said...

I am almost done with "Swamplandia!" which is wonderful and weird and beautifully written.

I also love "Broken for You", "White Oleander", "Tender at the Bone" and all of Mary Karr's memoirs.

As far as books about writing, "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott and "Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg are my favorites.

And for children's books, I adore "Love that Dog", "Bridge to Terabithia" and "Charlotte's Web".

Anonymous said...

Still Alice by Lisa Genova.WOW. Just WOW.

Blue Is Bleu said...

Quite difficult to choose a favourite, but the only book I've ever hugged and / or felt upset when it was finished was The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving. I loved every character in that book and I was sad to see them go.

Vannessa said...

Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamman is my favorite book of all time - I hugged the book too when I finished! The main characters are strong and so easily relatable. I've already decided to name my future child after the male protagonist, Rourke.

Claire said...

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a new favorite. I also love anything by Chuck Klosterman. Vonnegut is another fave. Right now, I'm reading Cooking For Geeks. Not exactly literature, but very interesting and informative.ul

Erin said...

I loved 'The Glass Castle' as well. I just finished reading 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' by Lionel Shriver. It's an incredible, moving, frustrating story. Highly recommended. Also, if you haven't read it, Portia de Rossi's memoir 'Unbearable Lightness' is fantastic. If you're looking for something more fun (neither of these is exactly 'light reading'), try 'Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins. It's brilliant. :)

Anonymous said...

I just finished The singer's Gun by Emily Mandel and I really enjoyed it. Literary mystery is how I might describe it....

And truly if you're stuck for a book wander in to any indie bookstore - people are always better than algorithms at pointing you toward something unexpected and wonderful.

Elizabeth Benfield said...

i used to use that website all the time and i totally forgot about it. thank you 1,000 times over for the reminder!!! i have like 20 pages left in my current book and i was just wondering what was next.

ACL said...

Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

angela said...

this is where i leave you by jonathan tropper

zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by robert pirsig

the unbearable lightness of being by milan kundera

and just for fun, i am currently reading a day at elbulli for all the amazing photos.

Alessia said...

I read 'Just Kids' by Patti Smith back in December, and I still think about that book all the time. It was so well written, and the story was captivating. Highly recommended. I would even say it's my favourite story/book I've ever read.

Laura said...

You should definitely read Twin Study by Stacey Richter. Empire Falls by Richard Russo is amazing, as is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. Or What is the What by Dave Eggers. Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates is great if you like experimental fiction. As Always, Julia (the collected letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto) is awesome if you like nonfiction epistolaries. The Shipping News by E Annie Proulx never fails to break and then restitch my heart. Blue Angel by Francine Prose is just all around amazing.

laura said...

Cutting for Stone, The Kite Runner, and Change of Heart are some of my favs.

Nicole said...

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Momma Zen by Karen Maezen Miller. The latter is amazing!

Varty said...

Absolute favorite book is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

Melissa said...

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson was so, so moving. I have also loved Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian-American author, any of Sherman Alexie's short stories, and Middlesex by Eugenides. I'm about 1/2 way thru 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell and finding it very good.

Vintage Jeannie said...

i also had a similar reaction to the history of love. when he goes to his sons book signing and can't speak but just moves his hands ... the tears would not stop!

i love geraldine brooks. if you are a little women fan, i recommend her brooks' book, March, told from the perspective of the March family's father who was a chaplain in the civil war.

mrswoo said...

Have you read Nicole Krauss's latest book Great House - also very good

Amanda Blair said...

I loved the History of Love and Glass Castle as well! Have you read Jonathan Safran Foer? He's the husband of the history of love's author and his book, Everything is illuminated is AMAZING. Also, I loved The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine.

s a m said...

Jo, The History of Love is one of my very favorites too! Her new book Great House is also super good. (looks like there are lots of girls who like Ms. Krauss!)

have you read the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon? I just finished it and it was so wonderful. Plot driven and poetic - and the best ending of a book ever!

I also really like short stories/anthologies during the summer (I don't know if my attention span is shorter or I'm just doing more activities). "My Mistresses Sparrow is Dead" is a collection of short stories that 'give love a bad name'. So fantastic!

JB said...

Recently, loved Suite Francaise (Irene Nemirovsky) and Let the Great World Spin (Colm McCann), plus LOVED Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Geek Squad, and Look at Me. Happy summer reading!

Allison said...

I concur with Poisonwood Bible, or anything by Barbara Kingsolver. For some great nonfiction, try A Natural History of the Senses, or The Moon by Whale Light, by Diane Ackerman. Caleb Carr's The Alienist is fantastic, especially since you live in New York. A great memoir of a great chef, Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White, is hard to put down. Finally, my all-time favorite, The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

Ashlee Dearie said...

Last Summer by Evan Hunter because of the trouble & adventure it took to get it, Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky because the indie boy I loved in the eigth grade recommended it to me and we had several deep conversations about it, Looking for Alaska by John Green because I find parts of it so beautiful. Those are a few among many others that I also absolutely love. I've been wanting to read 'The Glass Castle' for some time as well. <3

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - it will have you laughing out loud and crying your eyes out at the same time (P.S - not something you want to read on the train, I think I probably looked like a maniac when reading this)

kktempleton said...

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

Long long story of India and disparate folks from different castes having to work together.

JB said...

Oops, I meant A Visit from the GOON Squad (not Geek Squad). What an embarrassing slip!

leatheristhisgirl said...

I love to read and still check out books from the library! I would recommend: The Art of Racing in the Rain (It's a tear-jerker though, be warned!) I live near Seattle, which is where the author is from. The School of Essential Ingredients was a good, light read. The next on my list is The Love Goddess' Cooking School and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

Lauren Michelle said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVED The History of Love. Some of my other favorites are A Northern Light, The Last Summer (of You and Me), Love Walked In, The Cellist of Sarajevo was really good, and to give a nod to the classics, Jane Eyre, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Love the mess out of these books!

Miss Bibliophile said...

It's way too hard for me to answer this in terms of all-time favorites, but some of my favorites that I've read in the past year are The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris, Bright Before Us by Katie Arnold Ratliff, The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier, and A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan. I also love anything by Anne Patchett and can't wait to read her new one that's just out.

Jana Miller said...

A million miles in a thousand years by Donald Miller
unforgettable!
xo jana

Amanda said...

I too am reading Geraldine Brooks' novels currently... so far, People of the Book is my favorite. I was so glad to see a few others mention Middlesex: it's intense, funny, informative, and a little heartbreaking. So great. Also, I just finished The Hunger Games. Could NOT put it down. :)

stelle said...

Drooling over all of these comments! I am currently writing some of these book recommendations on a little pieces of paper at work. I'm feeling a bit nuts but thought I would add in my favorites that haven't been mentioned: (I, too, loved The Glass Castle & History of Love.)

1) Wonderspot by Melissa Bank
2) Truth + Beauty by Ann Patchett
3) One Day by David Nichols
4) God-Shaped Hole by Tifannie DeBartolo (her second book is also wonderful)
5) Walk Two Moons (YA) by Sharon Creech

BONUS: Anything by Judy Blume. ANYTHING. (Esp. Forever, Summer Sisters, and Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself)

Do any of you have a goodreads account? @stellemarie is me. Have a lot of other favorites on there as well!

Val said...

Hands down: Lonesome Dove Everybody loves this: Old, young, male, female, consdervative, liberal. . .

The Gone With the Wind of our generation.

Courtney said...

The History of Love has been on my to-read list a long time. Perhaps this summer is the time to read it! I also loved Glass Castle, and like many have mentioned, my favorite is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Other favorites include The Time Traveler's Wife, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Blackwater Lightship.

Clare Priest said...

The Glass Castle is good, but I preferred the follow-up, Half-Broke Horses about Jeanette Walls' grandmother Lily Casey Smith; that's a great read.

Jane Eyre is prob one of my favourites along with other classics like The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot and Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier.

A good easy read is Down & Out in London & Paris by George Orwell.

And anything else by any Brontes and Jane Austen.

mirella said...

Just a few that I've read recently and enjoyed: One Day by David Nicholls; Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran; Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

As far as favorites, there are so many but Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is WONDERFUL. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is great too. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I also loved Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (guilty pleasure). There are so many more, but that's all I can think of offhand.

You should check out the website goodreads.com. I often find my books through there. :)

Margaret said...

so so many...and yes, the history is love is amazing...other favorites of mine are - let the great world spin (amazing characters set in nyc and beyond around the time of the twin towers tightrope walk...beautiful!) by colum mccann, island at the center of the world (unreal book about early dutch manhattan...sounds dry but totally fascinating) by russell shorto...and if you've never read i know why the caged bird sings by maya angelou might be my all time fav book.

could go on and on...so many...but ive been on a nyc book kick lately (just kids by patti smith is amazing also) and these reflect that!

Steph Peterson said...

I am actually reading The Glass Castle right now!

And my favorite book is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This coming of age story has so much cultural awareness and beautiful language. The movie is good too!

Paula said...

Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco is my all time favorite followed by The Monk by Matthew Lewis.

ana said...

:] loved every one of my next suggestions.

Romantic epics:

- Atonement, by Ian McEwan
- One Day, by David Nicholls
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Power of the human spirit:

- The Blood of Others, by Simone de Beauvoir
- If This Is a Man, by Primo Levi

Adventures:
- Night Flight; Southern Mail; Wind, Sand and Stars - novels by Antoine Saint-Exupery

Mystery:
- Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

Future Nobel winner:
- Philip Roth (loved American Pastoral)

Extraordinay imagination and writing:
- Iris Murdoch (all her books)

Challenging but rewarding reading:
- The Waves, by Virginia Wolf
- The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner

Amazing story-tellers:
- J.D. Salinger (Franny and Zooey + The Catcher in The Rye)
- Flannery O'Connor (all her novels)

teri lynn said...

My favorite "classic" books are Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" & "A Picture of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde...as for some contemporary books I have recently really enjoyed "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin (yes i only read it so i could go see the movie and compare ha) & The Time Traveler's Wife.

Patricia said...

Since graduating a few weeks ago from university, I use my schools website to find reading material based on the english classes from my favourite professors. Always some gems on there and I plan on using this methods for years to come

xo
Pink Peonies,with Love

Chapstick Fanatic said...

LOVE any davids sedaris. I also love the the girl with the dragon tatoo and the girl that played with fire (not so intrigued by the third one.) a thousand splendid suns was a beautiful but sad book.

http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

Eliza Jane said...

I just love "Pride and Prejudice". I think it's a wonderful book. But now you've got me interested in The History of Love!

Elana said...

Thanks so much for this post! I love reading all the recos in the comments. Some recent favorites of mine: Freedom, Great House, Cutting For Stone, Don't Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight, Let The Great World Spin, Zeitoun... I'm planning to read State of Wonder by Ann Patchett next.

Mary-Cate said...

I also loved The Glass Castle! The Saving Graces was also a good read for me. xx

Mandee said...

I loved the Glass Castle as well. One of my favorite books is called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It is really inspiring. I also loved Eat, Pray, Love, Born to Run, The Pillars of the Earth, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Red Tent and The Millenium series. I read a ton! I love books.

Beth said...

1. Extremely Loud & Incredible Close - Jonathan S. Foer
2. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
3. Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

Any book written by Ann Beattie. She's great!

Kayla said...

Currently I am reading" The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, a non-fiction book about the woman whose cells are knows as HeLa and changed the face of modern medicine. Though it is a non-fiction book, it reads like a novel. I'm only about halfway through it, but it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Highly recommend!

I also really enjoyed "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn. It's a little dark (hence the title), but it was so engrossing, I literally could not put it down.

mirella said...

Oh, I second Elin Hilderbrand as an author. These are fun summer reads perfect for the beach. She's a great writer. Also, one more to add to the favorites list: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. AMAZING!! I was stunned by what this work of art.

Kimberly said...

What Should I Read Next sounds fantastic! I always get in a funk after finishing a really wonderful book and I think this site will solve the problem!

Oh my gosh - books that I love...what a bottomless question that could be. Okay - top 2 are:

David Sedaris's 'The Santaland Diaries' because it still makes me laugh out loud even after years and years of re-reading it. It is the absolute cure-all to a bad day (well, that and a big glass of wine :)

I've also read and re-read 'Memiors of a Geisha' until the covers have fallen off. It's just a beautiful story and still makes me cry at the end.

Sorry so long - I love talking about books and tend to ramble!

MJ said...

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Love books!

Alex said...

A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by david eggers.

you will laugh hysterically, you may or may not cry hysterically. etc.

so good.

joolee said...

ooh, i love reading everyone's suggestions! i'm an avid reader and love Goodreads.com - i HAVE to have a way to keep track of books i've read and want to read or i'll go crazy! some favorites:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls (like a prequel to Glass Castle, which i LOVED as well!)
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
any Jane Austens
any Barbara Kingsolvers
any Michael Pollans
any David McCulloughs (if you're a history buff)
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
any Flavia de Luce mysteries (for some fun!)
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series (more quick, fun reads!)
Hunger Games series
The Scarlet Pimpernel (an AWESOME classic!)
Tale of Two Cities by Dickens

Wow...is that enough for you? :)

Anonymous said...

i second the suggestions for life, keith richards. even if you're not a fan of keith, you will be by the time you are through!

i also second the road, cormac mc carthy.

Miss Mae said...

My favorite book EVER is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I was looking for Everything is Illuminated in the Borders at the Baltimore airport and they didn't have it, but they DID have Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close so I gave a shot- it's beautiful. I couldn't stop reading it. I felt so full and so empty all at the same time when I was finished.

michal said...

It sounds so juvenile and silly, but last summer I read "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." I couldn't stop thinking about them for days.

Tara Jackson said...

I love your choices! Water for Elephants is one of my favorite's. Since you have a son, I'll recommend my favorite book "How do you tuck in a Superhero?" by Rachel Balducci. Anyone with sons should def. read this one!

joolee said...

also love any books by Chaim Potok. very thought-provoking and beautiful writing!

CC said...

Joanna! We have the same all-time favorite book.

Have you read A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot? So French, so sad and sweet, with such an adorable and courageous heroine. I read it over and over. I buy copies for friends. If you've already seen the so-so Audrey Tatou movie, don't let that deter you.

thesicklychild said...

I love pretty much anything by Chaim Potok (The Chosen is especially good) and Somerset Maugham (Cakes and Ale is a good short one). Thanks for the link to that website!

Annye said...

i'm reading commmitted by elizabeth gilbert right now and LOVING it. really makes you think about things in a different light.

erizabat said...

This site is amazing - will be used again and again. Love anything by Dave Eggars, the Poisonwood Bible, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and most recently...Bossypants :)

Jessica Thiessen said...

It may sound childish but I always come back to the Harry Potter series as my favourite books! They are brilliant. You will laugh out loud and cry and feel so encouraged.

Kristina said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
lydia of boy howdy daily said...

I am reading 'The Final Summit' by Andy Andrews right now. It is a follow-up to 'The Travelers Gift.' both are excellent!!

Kristina said...

I'm giddy, wanting to read all these recommendations!

My all-time favorite is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Absolutely beautiful writing.

Other favorites:

Gilead: Marilynne Robinson (my book has tons of underlined passages!)
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: Le Ly Hayslip (a fascinating perspective on the Vietnam War)
White Oleander: Janet Fitch
To Dance With the White Dog: Terry Kay (Old age written about in a beautiful, unforgettable way.)

life is happy most of the time. said...

i JUST finished history of love. i didn't not want it to end!! then i picked up her husbands book. extremely loud and incredibly close. i love it so much! i don't want it to end. crazy that 2 such talented writers are married. you can tell they influence each others writing style! also if you like a good page turning mystery tana french is BRILL! happy summer reading to you! xx

Trina Enriquez said...

I often go back to "The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food" by Judith Jones, who saw potential in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" where others did not. (She also saved "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl" from the slush pile and convinced Doubleday to publish it.) I especially love how Jones talks about her own life in Paris leading up to coming across Julia back in the States, and her subsequent collaboration with her. Other than that, I somehow find myself returning to Barbara A. Kerr's psychology book "Smart Girls, Gifted Women" because of the mini biographies of great women who accomplished great things; several of the women--Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Georgia O'Keeffe--were shy or intensely solitary, which, um, I can identify with. And I find what they go on to achieve encouraging and inspiring. :) I also often reread "comfort" books like "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," which had me so enchanted I hardly registered the toddler screaming and kicking behind me on a flight home once; and books by L.M. Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder (I admit it...I still love just about any of the Anne books as well as Little House in the Big Woods--all the good eating!--Little Town on the Prairie, and These Happy Golden years.)

Kathy said...

The History of Love is one of my favorite novels, too! I only know you through your blog, but I feel like you could be a kindred spirit, as I too write all over books that I love so that I won't forget where my favorite lines or passages are.

Some other books I love:
And the Band Played On
Little Women
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
A Room with a View
The Hours
The Sun Also Rises
Never Let Me Go
The World According to Garp
Empire Falls
The White Album
Midnight's Children
Revolutionary Road
On Beauty
Atonement

fleur_delicious said...

oh, To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Read it four or five times. It has those passages that just make me ache for the beauty. There is a passage in the middle section of the book that I think is one of the most beautiful, sorrowful, truthful things ever written in the English language (it starts with an allegorical figure of spring, you'll know it when you get there). Just - incredible.

And Proust. 500 pgs. in to the 2nd volume of Recherche du Temps Perdu, you finally get to the titular image (the second volume is "In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower. I still remember having this immensely gratifying sense of satisfaction when I hit it. It was so incredibly exquisite a moment, I was glad to have paid my dues to get there, as it were.

Naomi said...

Have you read ROOM or MOLOKAI?
Both are excellent.

Nora said...

I JUST posted my recent book-loves and the ones I'm eager to read...

http://www.noraleah.com/post/6760145256/books-i-cant-recommend-enough

Jessie said...

Possession by A.S. Byatt and Love in the time of Cholera by G.G. Marquez are two of my favorite love stories.

Magdalena's Madrid said...

This post came at the perfect time as I'm trying to figure out my must-reads for summer. I recently read "Room" by Emma Donoghue and could not put it down. It's told from the perspective of a 5-year old and is fascinating. Anything by John Steinbeck. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is definitely a classic and a favorite.

I also just read (and realy enjoyed!): "The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir" by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Jess said...

If you adore The History of Love, read The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Von Booy. The book is a series of short stories about different experiences with all types of love. It's so well written you can't help but fall in love with the characters. Sometimes I dream about his stories. : )

Jess

Anonymous said...

The Book Theif

Miss Val's Creations said...

This website sounds perfect! Currently I am reading The Shadow of the Wind, a Spanish novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is a great mystery with awe, passion, love and so much more! Apparently there was a pre-quel written after this one too! ~Val

The Belvedere said...

I second the Glass Castle, but my all time favorite book is 'Shes Come Undone' by Wally Lamb. It is a truly fantastic read that is funny and serious at the same time. I recommend it to everyone, and have gotten many thanks.

Also White Oleander is a classic. I'm sure you've already read this one, but its something i find myself reading again and again over the years.

Jesse said...

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Anonymous said...

I'm not going to mention some of the great books that have already been posted, but I can't believe that no one has mentioned The Hunger Games trilogy or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Sister by Rosamund Lupton is also a good psychological thriller. Anything by Jonathan Tropper will make you laugh out loud - you might need to refrain from reading it on public transportation. Maggie O'Farrell is a talented writer - try The Hand That First Held Mine. If you like historial fiction, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is a great choice.

MyNameIs said...

I loved "A History of Love." Did you read Krauss' new book? I liked it but don't think it all held together as well as in History of Love.
I'm reading The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht now. From what I can tell (on page 95) it's a gripping and beautifully written story about a young woman in the post-war Balkans and her relationship to her grandfather.

scottybecca said...

I'm bookmarking this post so I can refer back to it when I'm looking for reading recommendations! I'm a pretty voracious reader and have been gobbling up the following:
-Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl - perfect summer read
-Girl in Translation
-Freddy and Fredericka - a spectacular spoof on the British Monarchy, strange and unexpected as well as laugh out loud funny!

Natalie said...

I am in love with the book "Shanghai baby" a very scandalous & sensual novel, by Wei Hui I read it before long ago, then picked it up few days ago in a 'swap shop' Enjoying it right now, makes me feel young and rebellious, feels good! :)

PS: thank you for that web site, Jo ;)

Zoe Miller said...

Anything by J.D. Salinger or John Irving's The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, and A Prayer For Owen Meany!
Great website --- Thanks!

andrea despot said...

my own copy of "the history of love" is underlined as well! i might as well have just underlined the whole thing :)

Little Treasures said...

Oh I see you've got Khalid Hosseini's "Suns" - read it but love (and translated) The Kite Runner! It made me cry for hours!
At the time being I am spending time with Koelho ("Brida") and Guillaume Musso's ("Because I love you")!

Sara said...

Non-Fiction:
-Heat by Bill Buford
-Just Kids by Patti Smith

Fiction:
-The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
-Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
-Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

I use goodreads.com for recommendations from friends because I can see what they're reading and their rating for the book once their finished. The top of my "read next" (list based on what my friends have read & liked) is The History of Love, One Day, and The Help - I think they're all tied for first place!

Brenbren said...

FYI www.goodreads.com is where I go to find good books. People review them and rate them. I haven't read a bad book sense:)
I last read "Midwives" which had the most dramatic ending and had me staying up late to finish reading it;)

Mary said...

O my Gosh!!!! Thank you so much Joanna for this awesome website. I love reading books, especially historical fiction, and I am so excited to read some of the books they have suggested for me. Thanks again!!!

Tali said...

That is an awesome website! The History of Love and The Glass Castle are my all-time favorite books, too! I read Super Sad True Love Story last summer and it is a very close second-place for me...I thought it was brilliant. And read it twice actually (first time I read it on my i-pad while traveling, and then decided it was so good I wanted to experience it in paper form...something great about actually turning the pages :)

Abby - Bright Yellow World said...

Awesome recommendation, thank you!

I purchased and started "The History of Love," and lost my copy of the book somewhere. Probably on MUNI, come to think of it. Maybe I should hit the library and start it again.

Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses said...

You seriously can never go wrong with a Nora Roberts book! I happen to love all of them. The bridal quarter and The Calhouns series are great! Nicholas Sparks is another great one too. Also, I'm reading Tina Fey's Bossy Pants, and it's proving to be hilarious!

L.L. said...

The History of Love is hanging out on my nightstand - I think I will have to move it forward in the lineup!

My favorite book of all time is Kartography by Kamila Shamsie.

«Oldest ‹Older   1 – 200 of 371   Newer› Newest»
Site design by Apartment One
Federated Media Publishing - Style