September 14, 2013

Soliciting Feedback: Book Suggestions

I'm behind in my goal to read 30 books before I'm 30. But I think it's still attainable. I just need to be better at reading during downtime, and bringing a book with me wherever I go. Waiting at the doctor? Or for a prescription? Oil Change? Etc? Stop messing around on your phone, Caroline and read your book!

Anyway, I do have a good list of books I want to read and I'm enjoying being on Goodreads - you should join too! But I need some suggestions of books that are decent and quick. Like I'm tempted to re-read the Harry Potter series because I could knock those out quickly and be seven books closer, but I'm trying not to read anything I have before. And don't even tell me Harry Potter isn't decent. If you think that, then I probably don't want your other suggestions. Kidding. But not really.

I know I could just read a bunch of James Patterson / John Grisham type books as they are fast reads, but I'm really hoping to hear some more unique recommendations - books you enjoyed that stuck with you longer than a murder mystery, but they didn't take you too long to get through. My poor friend Brooke is probably sick of me asking her every two weeks for another recommendation (though she is reading one hundred books this year so is a good person to nag), but I know there are lots of other book worms out there (Amelia, Megan, cough cough) so please leave a recommendation or two (or 14!) as I need to get crackin! Muchas gracias.



  1. Divergent and Insurgent Veronica Roth
    North of beautiful Justina Chen
    Griffen and Sabine Nick Bantock
    Daughter of smoke and bone Laini Taylor
    Wings Series Aprilynne Pike
    13 little blue envelopes Maureen Johnson
    Mocking Bird Kathryn Erskine

    my good reads name Autumn Jibben or lilmisstypo

  2. Oh one more. ..Sam's letters to Jennifer James Patterson

  3. I used to be a reader. I can't say that now since I haven't finished a book in a very long time but I do have suggestions. Btw, who doesn't like Harry Potter?! More than decent, I wrote my college thesis about it (well, how banning books that children f-ing LOVE is bad for our nation).

    Technically a children's book but lots of words and very cool: To Market, To Market (McClure)

    What about young adult fiction? It's been awhile, but I've read some good, quick reads. Sarah Dessen, Judy Bloom to bring back memories, Lois Lowry, Anne of Green Gables

    Books that friends have sent but haven't read yet:
    --The Art of Dancing in the Rain. Dogs and love, probably will make me cry

    --Girl in Translation

    --Cold Mountain (came highly recommended, but appears to not fit into the "quick" category)

    --The Madonnas of Leningrad. I have actually started this one and I like it but it is taking me awhile (ask Bode and the internet why). My Nana (who is 90) called and wrote to tell me that I should read this one because it is one of the best books she has ever read! Russia has never been at the top of our travel plans, but she said the city and museum that it is about are among the most beautiful places they've ever been. And she's read and traveled a lot!

  4. If you haven't read Judy Blume's Forever, put that at the top of the list. I actually haven't read it, but a friend of mine just taught it in a class on gender and sexuality and said it is hysterical.

    Tell me you've read The Book Thief? So good, and also considered a YA novel.

    OMG have you read Wonder? By R. J. Palacio. Seriously read it next. You won't be able to put it down. Heartbreaking and so, so great. I'd say it's comparable to The Fault in Our Stars for goodness. (And you've already read that, haven't you???)

    I've been wanting to read Mennonite in a Little Black Dress for a while and I saw a lot of people reading it on airplanes a few years ago.

  5. Redeeming love by Francine rivers (I think that's the author)
    Any of the Nichols sparks books
    I have more but that means I'd have to get off my cozy couch, walk to the office and look! Ha!
    If I figure out more ill text ya!

  6. I'm on Goodreads too so I sent you a friend request- love being able to find new books on there :) I've had The Kitchen House on my to read list and I think I'm starting that one next.

  7. Have you read the Percy Jackson series? It is my favorite series since Harry Potter.

  8. Oh geez. Like I need another social media platform to suck me in, let alone one centered around books! THANKS.

    I'll try to keep this short. I have at least six going on my Kindle concurrently :p
    I've finished/re-read th in the past year and love them all (warning-I only do 'real' stories, can't stand chick lit, but every last one of these is a true page-turner that I stayed up all night reading):

    Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
    Miracle Detective, Randall Sullivan (longer but worth it)
    The Velvet Room, Zilpha Keatley Snyder (basically my favorite book of all time)
    The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom (short)
    (Also read Anna Karenina, but I'm probably one of the few who just hated it and it took me MONTHS, ugh).

    If you want quick childhood classics that adults secretly love but aren't Harry Potter (totally with you on that):
    Number the Stars
    Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of Nimh/Secret of Nimh series
    Wrinkle in Time/pretty much anything by Madeleine L'Engle because she is just a literary saint.

    Also if you're a WWII era dork like me, then Pegasus Bridge by Stephen A. Ambrose (but not Band of Brothers because every last case study from school ruined the series for me)!
    Let me know if you want more ;)

  9. I second the Percy Jackson books.

    Also, the mermaid chair and the secret life of bees--both by sue monk Kidd are great reads. They may make you cry a little, but are really good.

  10. I just placed a hold at the library (online) for all the books Brooke listed. Then I plan to read Percy Jackson. I recommend The Fault in our stars as well, but pack tissues. I'm reading some random book now but can't recommend it because I'm only reading it because it's here... I just finished reading Revenge wears Prada, same author as Devil wears Prada. It was okay, a fast read, but not the best. Good luck!