Read any good books lately?

I’m looking for books to add to my library queue. Read anything good lately? Chrysi, I need you to comment, too – I should’ve written down the titles of a bunch of those books we talked about a few months ago.

Anyway, you can catch up on my current have-already-read-this-year list here.

Ok, go – comment away! I need books and I need ‘em now!


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  • http://findingmykd.blogspot.com Bridget


    I use goodreads to keep track and remember books to read; I’m currently reading Rudyard Kipling’s “Kim,” Anthony Trollope’s “Rachel Ray” (from a thrift store) and the cookbook/manual “Cookwise” by Shirley Corriher.

    Based on your list of books, I’d recommend:

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    by Patrick Süskind

    A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
    by Libba Bray

    by Jeffrey Eugenides

    A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
    by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    Let us know what you find :)

  • Shannon

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was excellent – it’s a 3 part series…haven’t read book #2 yet and #3 is due out this summer.

    The Book Thief is another one I’d recommend.

    I was going to recommend The Help, but it looks like you read it – wasn’t it fantastic?!

  • Lynsay

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was excellent. I also looooooooved The Guernsey Literary Club and Potato Peel Society by Maryann Shaffer and Ann Burrows.

    • Lynsay

      Ok you’ve already read The Guernsey Literary Club! hah Wasn’t it wonderful? I am reading The Help right now, I’m 30 pages in and already loving it. I would also recommend Skeleton at the Feast by Chris Bojhalian.

      • http://www.rachelshingleton.com rachelshingleton

        You guys are all giving excellent suggestions! Yes, the Help is one of my new all-time faves. I could not put it down. I thought it was excellent.

        Did anyone here ever read the Marie-Antoinette biopic by Antonia Fraser? It was the biography that the Sophia Coppola movie was based on. I really enjoyed that, and since seeing The Young Victoria, I’d also like a similar read on QV.

  • http://jeremyandkathleen.blogspot.com Kathleen

    In Defense Of Food by Michael Pollan – this one changed my life

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

    My Life in France by Julia Child

    Eat Pray Love by Liz Gilbert – I kind of loved to hate her but I got something from this book.

    I’m currently reading The Happiness Project – it reads like a blog and makes you think

    next up on my list is Julie and Julia – it was highly recommended by my sister and friend Liz who had just read My Life in France

  • Chrysi

    Let’s see…

    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley was a cute mystery.

    I loved Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (books 1 and 2 in a series with the 3rd coming out in August.) Written for teens I think, but fun for me!

    Have you read any of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith? I listened to the first one a while back and want to check some more out.

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was a sad read at times, but it opened my eyes a bit to those who are struggling with poverty and addictions. And somehow I couldn’t put it down.

    Did you ever read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini? Good book.

    I remember liking The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It’s been a couple of years since I listened to this one but I always enjoy a mystery set around an English manor.

    That’s all for now.

    • emily burress mckeaigg

      i am reading the History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Have you read it yet? it’s fab. I’m going to look into some you’ve read and others have recommended…yay for new finds!

      • http://www.rachelshingleton.com rachelshingleton

        Nope, haven’t read that one yet, but I’ll add it to my queue.