Sunday, November 18, 2007

Book Titles Wanted

As I've mentioned before, I love to read. I totally forgot about one of the books I read this year that I really, really, liked. It was "Water for Elephants" I totally enjoyed reading this book. (Am I saying 'totally' too much...I am a child of the 80s, but this might be totally too many totally's)

I'm finished with all my current titles and I've asked for the remainder of the Barbara Kingsolver novels I have not read yet for Christmas (on Suzanne's recommendation that she liked some of her other novels even better than the two I've read and liked, which were Prodigal Summer and The Poisonwood Bible).

But - for my own sanity I really need something else to read besides the gigantic book about Joseph Smith I've been trying to get through lately.

Please leave a comment with your best suggestions!


Bandanamom said...

This is sad, I have to comment on my own post to get a recommendation!

No but really, no one has any recommendations?

I know there are readers who frequent this locale. Thoughts?

Shando said...

I am so sorry that I am unable to recommend any books for you. As you know, the only books I read are the ones you hand me and tell me to read. I then read them and wait for you to hand me the next book. Sad but true so I have no suggestions to you.

The last one I made to you "Kite Runner" was seen in your eyes as not acceptable reading material. I would have thought if my BFF told me to read something because it was one of her favorites I would do it for the shear respect and understand of my friend, but I guess not.

The only good thing about my book reading is that I so quickly forget the book after I have read it that I can just keep reading the same few books over and over again.

Remember when we went the that movie and I said "man, this story is so familiar, why do I know it?' You laughed your butt off and reminded me that we had just finished reading the book and had chosen the movie based on a very long conversation about the said book. You were laughing so hard and then told me we had to go get some ginko biloba after the movie as my memory was in need of help.

If I remember it correctly, it really was a funny conversation!?!

Bandanamom said...

I do remember that movie thing - but I don't remember which movie it was! So maybe that's kind of scary.

I will really try again to read the Kite Runner - but as with me telling you to read Life of Pi, and you ignoring me, sometimes you just don't get the right mo-jo with a book and you don't know why.

But I know most of the time the mo-jo is the fault of the reader and not the reading material. Like I really did not like Prodigal Summer the first time I started it, and then this time, I was like "What was wrong with me? Why didn't I like this before?". Which reminds me, I need to lend that one to you.

Who am I kidding, lately I've had no time to read anyway!

Suzanne Barker said...

Hey Lezlee, I've not been online for a while. I always have suggestions!
A long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
The Glass Castle by I forget
This boy's life by Tobias Wolfe
The Devil in the White City
In the heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
King Rat by James Clavell
Bless me Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
Tortilla Curtain by Boyle
Wild Swans by Chang
The Secret Knowledge of Water by Childs
The Road from Coorain by Conway
Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Doig
White Oleander by Fitch
The Big Over Easy by Fford
Into Thin Air by Krakaur
Highest Tide by Lynch
While I was gone by Miller
Cry, The beloved Country by Paton
Keeping Faith by Picoult
Crossing to safety by Stegner
The Agony and the ecstasy by Stone
Follow the River by Thom
Fools Crow by Welch

They are obiviously not all new, but maybe you haven't read them all. Enjoy and happy thanksgiving! I've got Water For Elephants on my to read shelf and am looking forward to it. I'm just starting Pillars of the Earth by Follet which I've heard great things about.

Bandanamom said...

Thanks Suzanne! Let me know how you like Water for Elephants when you get to it. I think the only ones I've read on your list are White Oleander (which I really liked a lot), and Crossing to Safety (which I did not particularly like HOWEVER so many people have recommended it and liked it that I am honestly starting to wonder if I read a different book by that title or if my head was in a weird place when I was reading it - is about about professors?)

Your list will give me much to work on, I am looking forward to tackling it!

(by the way, I made a note of it on Cindy's blog but I was so busy the night you guys talked about Abundance, that I FORGOT about the book club meeting. I was SO bummed when I remembered around 10 at night - I'm curious, did people like it? Or was I being a weirdo in that regard? Because I really liked it but I had a bit of a Marie Antoinette obsession going on there for a while).

Cynthia said...

Sadly, I only read books that Suzanne has also read. So here are my favorites off her list:
In the Heart of the Sea
A Town Like Alice
Tortilla Curtain
Into Thin Air
Keeping the Faith
Crossing to Safety
The Agony and the Ecstacy
The Secret Knowledge of Water
A book list from my own brain and my own memory:
The Grapes of Wrath
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Stones from the River
And Ladies of the Club
Robinson Crusoe
I'd "totally" like to hear your top 10 favorites.

Bandanamom said...

Cynthia - Perhaps I will have to do a blog post on my top 10 favorites. I'll have to think about what those would be. Of your list I've only read Owen Meany, and the Curious Incident of Dog in the Nighttime.

Suzanne Barker said...

Not everyone had made it all the way through it by the time of book club, including Cynthia!
I did finish it and I think the rest were planning to, it was a bit longer than our usual book club choices.
I liked it, but did think it dragged a little in the middle. A lot of the same think over and over.
I learned a lot which is always good. I did realize how much time went by, how long they were married, that her husband was also beheaded, etc. It's interesting that in the recent movie she has an affair with Count Fersen, but in the book it kind of skirts that.
Over all I think we felt she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and not that she was a wicked person. A bit clueless though. We kind of thought she had a slight resemblence to Paris Hilton, thinking she was in touch with the common folk when she had always lived such a privledged lifestyle.
It was interesting the access that the common folk had to Versaille, just barging in, and the amount of people at her first birth, oh my. It was a good choice! Sorry you missed it.
Come to my house in December! We're reading Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah.


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