Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall Book List 2010

Here we go guys...the book list that I have been dying to get my hands on.  Last year around this time my sweet cousin (Pete's cousin actually..but I love to claim her as my own) did a guest post for me and wrote a great book list.  Throughout the year I have come back to that list when I needed a good read. 

Before I let her get started let me tell you a little about the "Great Book List Maker". She is one of those cool people that is just cool no matter what she does.  Christa has cool friends, a cool husband and an all around cool life.  She belongs to cooking groups, preschool co-ops, wine clubs, she always looks amazing, and she makes really cute babies.  Her family does cool stuff like spend a month in Tahoe, camp in the mountains and take trips to Italy.  She recently decided she wanted to homeschool her kids for a year so she could do cool stuff with them ..take their learning on the road a bit in Southern California.  I love this girl!!  I know you will too.  Even if you don't like all her got to admit..for a mom with 5 kids 8 and under...she reads a TON!! we go!!  Leave her a comment and tell her what you think.

Note From The Book List Author:
I love to read. I read lots of different types of books. I like to learn, be inspired, get completely into a story, be caught up in a suspenseful plot, and mostly enjoy peace and quiet while reading. I think I read a lot. It keeps me sane. These books are my favorites from the past year.

Books Read in the Last Year Worth Recommending

Favorite Fiction

The Physic Book of Deliverance  Dane by Katherine Howe
LOVED this book. Historical fiction melded with a current story line about the Salem Witch Trials. Page Turner....

Molokai  by Alan Brennert
Historical Fiction set in the late 1800s on Molokai (leper colony). Page Turner....

My Name is Memory by Anna Brashares
If I was a literary reviewer, I could add some harsh critiques over parts...but the reality is I loved reading the story and thought the premise was excellent.

A man's soul is reincarnated numerous times but he keeps his memory of his past lives (lives in all types of historical settings). There is a love story and a revenge theme that continues through each new "life."

The Concubine's Daughter by Pai Kit Fai
Great "epic" type novel....

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
Bride and Groom die in car accident on their way to wedding reception. Families have to deal with aftermath. Sad, kind of silly at times, but a "beach read" at its best.

House Rules by Jodi Piccoult
I love her books. Don't judge me..but I do. This one takes you into the mind of a teenager with Aspbergers.....educational, emotional and suspenseful.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Again, don't judge. He tells a great story. I don't believe he uses facts or is showing "new truth" but he really knows how to write a good story. I found myself walking around my house doing chores while reading this latest book. If you don't like him....check out the book at the library.....he won't make a dime! hee hee

Innocent by Scott Turow
This is a sequel to Presumed Innocent written about 20 years ago. If you have not read the first book or seen the movie (with Harrison Ford).....please go to the library and read immediately. AMAZING book (if you like legal mysteries.....GREAT book....cannot tell you more in case I accidentally say too much....). The sequel Innocent is just as amazing....

The White Queen by Philipa Gregory
New historical fiction series about the War of the Roses. Thought I needed to take a break from English Royalty Historical Fiction....turns out I didn't. The second one The Red Queen just came out. Must put it on my library list.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Caught Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
Not for the faint of heart. Could be considered "R" rated.....But if you like Law and Order SVU, Silence of the Lambs or might LOVE these (I did/ currently on the third book). Mystery, murder, conspiracy, CRAZY SMART COMPLEX characters, books you can't put down but still don't regret it when you are exhausted the next day.

Kristin Lavransdatter Series by Sigrid Undset

(The Wreath, The Wife, The Cross)

If nothing else, you will feel really smart while reading since these books are classical fiction and have won numerous awards (Nobel).

Set in 14th century in Norway, the books follow a strong young woman named Kristin as she carves her own path in her society. We see how her choices impact her future, her children, her family and society around her. Sin, grace, love, and forgiveness are all laced into the Christian themes of this book. Highly Recommended.

Huger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay - by Suzanne Collins

This 3 books series is actually filed under "youth fiction" at the library (so put a different book jacket over the cover if reading in public and want to appear smarter).

A young girl is forced to compete in a gladiator type game in a post apocalyptic world. It is a fascinating story highlighting many themes of human nature, politics, and community.

Favorite Nonfiction

Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd
Mother and Daughter travel through Greece and Norther Africa. They learn about themselves, their relationship together and both develop a deep respect and love for Mother Mary. Mother's Day present?

Called Out of Darkness by Anne Rice
Fascinating Memoir....really loved it.

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
Boyle is a priest that lives and works in urban LA and helps gangsters find jobs, go to school and reconcile with their enemies. He does through his actions, not his preaching. Very inspiring. He founded "Homeboy Ministries."
The Narcissism Epidemic by Jean Twenge and Campbell
AMAZING book....loved it. Will make you realize what our society is doing to us and our children. Life changing....
The Price of Privilege by Madeline Devine
A must-read for parents.....seriously. Fascinating, eye-opening, and sad. I HIGHLY recommend it.....amazing advice and insight.

The Idle Parent by Tom Hodkinson
Parenting book that will make you laugh out loud and feel really good about all the time you have spent reading this past year. Men will love this book too.....

On My Bedside Table (Literally)

(I have not read these books....they could all be horrible for all I know...)

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

The Witch of Blackbird Pond - by Elizabeth George Speare

The Invisible Bridge - Julie Orringer

The Lonely Polygamist - Brady Udall

Father of the Rain - Lily King

Island Beneath the Sea - Isabel Allende

Imperfect Birds - Anne Lamott

The Lovers - Vendela Vida

The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafron

The Gift of An Ordinary Day - Katrina Kenison

The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston

Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice

I would be tired too...
Thanks Christa for writing this out for us to enjoy.  I love getting book lists from her.  She always asks me.."What type of read are you looking for?"

And come back tomorrow for another book post..I should make this book week here..
I am reading a GREAT homeschool book right now (even GREAT for non-traditional homeschool moms).  I have only just begun and I am LOVING IT!!!  I have already been inspired and changed by some of the stories in this  incredible book. I want to give one to every mama I know


  1. OKay. First of all, get that Angel's Game off the nightstand and read up. It's FANTASTIC! I just started the Hunger Games Trilogy and it's pretty good thus far. Waiting for the second one to arrive. Thanks for all the great suggestions!


  2. Hi there,

    Thanks so much for the comment. I'm glad you left one so that I could find your blog! Love your header pictures! And loved this post. I too am an avid reader and am ALWAYS looking for a good read. I am currently reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. There are 7 books and she is working on the 8th and every. single. one. is SO good. PAGE turning epic histoical fiction that you will never forget... if you haven't already read them that is. :)

    Anyway, great to meet ya. Love your blog. I'll be back.

  3. I love book lists! Thanks for sharing, this will be a great list to refer to in the future, although my night stand always seems to be towering with books "to be read!" So many books, so little time :)

  4. Always looking for great new titles to read! Thanks for sharing this. :-)
    Have a great day!

  5. Great lists! I've read quite a few of them! I did not enjoy Sue Monk Kidd's book, Traveling With Pomegranate's. Nope. That woman is too self absorbed and unhappy with a massively spoiled daughter who is following in her footsteps without a mind of her own.

  6. Thanks so much for the list I love getting recomendations from other book lovers! If I could I would read all day, I actually read a few off of your previous list and really enjoyed them. The Girl with the dragon tatoo series are incredible and I could not put them down, I will probably re-read them at some point. Thanks so much for the list and look forward to reading your suggestions!

  7. Wonderful! I'm a reader too and always looking for a great book! I will definitely be using this list.

  8. I try to read when I can think straight. :) I am actually reading Interview with the Vampire right now. I'm only about a quarter of the way through right now but so far, so good.

  9. I just found your blog and I love it! The photos are all wonderful. :)

    Also, I love your book list. I too am a big fan of Jodi Picoult, even though I rarely agree with most of what she says. She's a fascinating story teller.

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond was one of my favorites when I was growing up; it's very good. :)

    Thanks for the recommendations.

  10. I am going to copy this onto word and print so I can tuck it in my purse for the next library visit. I haven't read in such a long time. I started blogging and it takes up SO much time : ( Darn it! Her list sounds awesome.

  11. Great post! Outliers is good, hope you enjoy. There is an OUSTANDING book which would top all lists, non-fiction and I hear there is a movie in the works - Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza. Check out the reviews on Amazon, may just be the best book you ever read!

    God Bless !


  12. Oh, thank you THANK you! I love booklists and have gotten several good suggestions here.

    I don't know if I mentioned it but...THANK YOU!