April 8, 2010

Favorite Freebie... A Reading List

As I spent this past week or so sightseeing and spending time with my family I got to enjoy life through the eyes of another. While my darling mother was being dragged on running trails, through the Tidal Basin and off to soccer tournaments she managed to steal away with enough time to read a book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, I'd been raving about lately.

Here is Grandma in the favorite family reading spot.
(She's also going to kill me when she sees I posted this picture in her jim jams)

As I listened to her excitement throughout the story and each turn the plot took I thought about my own favorite reads. I have mentioned my favorite freebie, the library, before and still stand by it.

This is why having a reading list is my favorite freebie this week.

I do so love books and actually keep a "book book" (thank you Kim Stansel for letting me copy your bright idea) to record all that I have read and all that I want to read
(have I mentioned I have a terrible memory, hence, the "book book").

I am asking you, my loyal blog visitors, if you'd be so bold to leave your comments on favorite books YOU'VE read. I'd love to hear the titles of YOUR favorite 5 or even A favorite if you can't actually pin down THE favorite (impossible if you ask me).

Here is my humble attempt at nailing down five worthy favorites:

Favorite Five (...in no particular order)

1. Book Thief, By Markus Zusak

2. Angela's Ashes, By Frank McCourt

3. Outlander, By Diana Gabaldon
(*Beware, this one might be a bit racy)

4. Poisonwood Bible, By Barbara Kingsolver

5. The Kite Runner, By Khaled Hosseini

Again, this is just Five of my favorites from a long list of favorites. Any of these are definitely worth picking up if you haven't already done so. I am always looking for great reads and LOVE to hear about ones that will go on "my list".

As always, thank you for visiting.

PLEASE leave me your comments and add to my list of favorite reads...


  1. Oh man, you are speaking my language here. I actually plan to do a list for my 52 list project on my favorite books. i don't think I can keep it to 5 though!
    I'll give you a sneak peek here of SOME of the list:
    1. My Name is Asher Lev
    2. How Green Was MY Valley
    3. So Big
    4. To Kill a Mockingbird
    5. The Grapes of Wrath

    Can't remember all the authors, but if you Google the title, you'll find them easily.
    I have read 3 of the books on your list, and I am looking forward to the Book Thief as I have heard very good things about it.
    I'll check back for other people's faves.

  2. Greta,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIST! I, too, LOVE To Kill A Mockingbird. I failed to mention it only because I wanted to include more modern authors. I can't wait to write down your titles in my "book book".

    I think I secretly want to work at Borders in my next life.
    Can't wait to see your list of 52.

    As always, thanks for visiting, now that I'm back up and running.


  3. Hi Wendy,

    Some of my all-time faves are Beach Music by Pat Conroy, Shell Seekers & Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher and Sister of My Heart by Chitra Divakaruni. If you liked Kite Runner then you should read A Thousand Splendid Suns...really good book.


  4. As great as books for adults are, I can't resist the great young adult fiction read. Some of my favorite "can't put them down series" for teens are:
    1. The Maximum Ride series (I'm in love with Fang) by James Patterson.
    2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass series by Cassandra Clare.
    3. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.
    4. The Septimus Heap series (Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, and Syren) by Angie Sage.
    5. The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. This is a really great "boy" read, but girl's love it too!

    Teen books are just my speed: fast to read, always a happy ending, and action packed! Happy reading!

  5. Lisa and Jenni, Thank you both for contributing to the literary audience in my blog world. Will be writing these down as suggestions for future readings. Picked up Percy Jackson today, as a matter of fact. Rather than buy it I will head to the old tried and true...library.
    Jenni, I tend to agree with you on the young adult/teen fiction. Always a pleasure: Twilight, Harry, Book Thief, Hunger Games (loving that right now...in the middle of it).
    As always, ladies, thanks for visiting and of course commenting!

  6. I forgot about The Hunger Games! I read it last month and absolutely loved it; went out and bought the 2nd book Catching Fire the very next day. The third book in the series, Mockingjay, comes out in August and I'll get it the day that it does!

  7. I am so lucky to live 1/2 mile from the library because I am pretty much there every other day. Not sure if I can list books because I love so many. A few of my favorites were:
    -Snow Falling on Cedars
    -The Red Tent
    -The Book Thief
    -Tortilla Curtain
    -Life of Pi

    Very contented life with a pile of books on my nightstand!

  8. Hey Wendy:
    I am reading a good book... The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. There are three books in the serious, the third one is due out soon. I heard about them on NPR radio. They have been released first in Europe and are a huge hit!!

  9. K, saw that book at Costco and have heard the buzz about it. Now I might be interested if you like it. Thanks for the comment, friend. Happy reading.
    Oh, read Hunger Games and now the sequel Catching Fire. Your kids might like them both (and you): teen fiction. Tatum is all over it.