Wednesday, July 8, 2009

good reads

So a friend of mine recently asked me for book recommendations and I thought I would just share here in case someone else is looking for a good book to read this summer. I read all of these books last summer so it's been a while but here is my list:

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
This mystery is a page-turner. It was a little slow for me in the very beginning but then I loved it. It's a really fun read.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
This book is a bit sad but also intriguing. I thought it was excellent and really enjoyed it.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
This is an interesting and thought-provoking book that makes you think about the lives you touch and are touched by.

For One More Day by Mitch Albom
This is a book about perspective, second chances and a relationship between a mother and son. It is powerful and touching.

The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
I can't really recommend this book because it contains some parts that are offensive (a lot of detailed sex) but I will say that the writing is excellent and I like that it is historical fiction.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This is a wonderful story about following your dreams and finding out who you are. It is different than any other book I've read, which is why I liked it so much.

The Message by Lance Richardson
This is an account of a man's near-death experience. It is written by a Christian (LDS) man and is just really beautiful. I loved it so much, I bought it for many of my family members for Christmas last year.

Escape by Carolyn Jessop
This is about a woman who was raised in the FLDS faith. I thought it was fascinating.


Next on my list:

The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Masquerading as Angels by Lance Richardson and Bruce Miller

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Secret Life of Bees by Susan Monk Kidd

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Stolen Innocence by Ellisa Wall

Do you have any more for me to add to my list?


Crystal Lynn said...

Yay, i am glad that two of my reccommended books are on the list! Seriously, everyone should read The Alchemist, it changes your life.
Um, I have no other reccommendations at this time... I am currently re-reading Breaking Dawn so... yeah. I am a freak.

jack!e said...

Goose Girl is really good...I also read The Poisenwood Bible but it was for a class in high school so I didn't really get that into it...but I know a lot of people who says its one of their favorite books.

Jocelyn said...

Thanks for the list! I am always on the lookout for good reads :)

Hilton and I just finished with the Poisonwood Bible and it really was fantastic. You should read that one next!

Jana said...

Ooo, you have many books on your list I haven't read yet. Some of them have been on my "to-read" list and now I'll have to add some more. I just read and really liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Do you have a GoodReads account? If you do, we should connect on that :)

Stephanie said...

Oooh, I loved Goose Girl and The Thirteenth Tale. You should definitely read Austenland by Shannon Hale. She also has another one that just came out that I'm really excited about. I think it's called The Actor and the Housewife. Thanks for the list! Now I have more to add to mine. Although, I have a stack of about 6 books sitting next to my couch right now! Don't you just love summer?? ;o)