I have always been an avid reader, even as a little girl. I love books. Of course there have been periods of time in my life where sitting down to read a book was quite a luxury and sometimes there was no time at all. Now I have lots of time to read and so I am taking advantage of it.
I am not a literary critic by any means, however I will share the books that I have read and maybe some of them will spark your interest as well! (They are listed in no particular order.)
- The Crossfire series by Sylvia Day: Bared to You, Reflected in You, and Entwined in You (Think Fifty Shades of Gray but more well-written and a better storyline. I would say its more graphic but I honestly skim over the racy parts. I’m typically not a romance novel reader but it kept me entertained without much thinking. The series was given to me as part of a care package I got from a friend so I figured I might as well give them a whirl.)
- The Affair by Lee Childs
- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – Great book! I would highly recommend it. Hosseini is such a wonderful storyteller and he weaves his characters in such a way you just don’t want to put the book down. A New York Times Bestseller.
- Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – Wonderfully written story about women, their roles and expectations from society in China in the 1800′s. A New York Times Bestseller.
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – A novel about relationships and love for a girl who thought she was worthy of neither. A New York Times Bestseller.
- Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day - Another romantic novel that is set in the 1800′s in London.
- Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter – The story of a Oakland transplant from Seattle who starts a garden of vegetables and moves her way to raising pigs to eat. A very interesting story of self-sustainable farming in the middle of the city.
- The Forgotten by David Baldacci – This novel is an action-packed murder-detective-mystery that involves human traficking in Florida. Baldacci touches real social issues that are occuring in the United States as we speak.
- Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
- A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French – This British comedy is all about the not-so-perfect family. Light reading but certainly a page-turner.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I was moved to read this because it got such great reviews in the movie theater. The book itself was not particularly uplifting but gave interesting insight into the life of a young girl living during The Holocaust.
- Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D. – A neurosurgeon and man of science has a near-death-experience. An intriguing and quick-read that really makes you think.
- David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell – I have really enjoyed Gladwell’s other books such as Blink and Outliers, however this book really didn’t grab my attention. The only part that was interesting was the section on childhood leukemia and the doctor that was behind the treatments we now have today.
- the Husband’s Secret by Liane Mortarty - This was a great fiction book based in England about several families and the insides of their lives. Well-written story that kept me engaged and explores marriage, relationships and humanity.
- Composed by Roseanne Cash – Roseanne Cash (Johnny Cash’s daughter) write the story of her life as an artist, song writer and singer.