All I Want for Christmas…

December 16, 2010 in The Daily Blog

…is a huge pileof books.

Seriously. I’m not that hard to please. I’ll take pretty much any book: kids’ books, young adult books, memoirs, novels, cookbooks, poetry books. I love to read and there is nothing better than immersing myself in a story.

My girlfriends and I recently started a book club, and we read a different book each month. Our first book was a Chelsea Handler comedy, which I really enjoyed. (I didn’t read the book for the second month, so I can’t tell you what it was…I’m a bad book club member sometimes.)

Other than that, I haven’t done much reading lately. I listened to Anne Lamott’s Grace, Eventually on tape, and absolutely adored it. I loved it so much that I listened to it twice. I am now reading a Del Shannon’s Kevin’s Point of View. It’s a young adult novel, but I am really enjoying it; I keep getting lost in the story (in a good way) and can’t wait to see where it all goes.

I’m done with school tomorrow (woot!) and have two glorious weeks off; I plan to cook, bake, play a Harry Potter video game (NERD, I know…), and read. I have cookies and brownies lined up for the baking, several meals planned for the cooking, my husband has the video game set to go, but I have no books planned for reading!

I need your help….What books should I read over break? (Please don’t say Twilight. The answer is no.)

All I Want for Christmas…


    1. Amy says:

      It’s hard to give book recomendations, especially to people you don’t know very well. But one book in my top ten all time favorites is The World According to Garp, by John Irving. It is more of a dark comedy though. Another book that is pretty good, in that it is a quick read, is Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan. It is not a literary masterpiece, but it is pretty easy to read. Good luck in your search!

      • admin says:

        Thank you, Amy! You know, as an English teacher I’m always ashamed to admit certain books I haven’t read and The World According to Garp is definitely on that list. Maybe it’s time to check it off!

    2. I loved Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes and Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. Those are 3 very different books haha you don’t have to be a runner to like ultramarathon man or a diet freak to like intuitive eating :)

    3. Sarah says:

      “My Name is Memory” – the start of a series by the author who wrote the “Travelling Pants” books

      “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

      “The Hunger Games” – oh my amazing!

      • admin says:

        I love the Traveling Pants series! I will have to check out the new one. And I’ve heard great things about the other books, too. Maybe I’ll start with The Hunger Games?

    4. matt says:

      If you have never read the Narnia books, they are excellent. It’s as thick as a phone book, but if you read it and think about all the christian allegory, it is hyper interesting. Plus, at the end of the last book, there is a twist ending that will rock you to your core.

      • admin says:

        Matt, I LOVE the Narnia books! Someone gave me the set when I graduated college; I’ve since read them through twice. Such amazing stories. I haven’t seen the films though…are they any good?

        • Sarah says:

          I’m a fan of the old BBC versions of the movie (can’t get away from what you loved in your childhood) but the new ones are also really, really wonderful!

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    6. Mer (work with Ken) says:

      Have you read The Help by Kathryn Stockett? The other recommendation I have is House Rules by Jodi Picoult….those are two great ones! :)

      Merry Christmas!!

      • admin says:

        Thanks so much for the recommendations, Mer! I will definitely have to check them out. I’ve heard great things about The Help!

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