What I’m Reading

I’ve loved to read my entire life.  What’s better than curling up with a book, a blanket, tea, and Henry?  No matter what season of my life, I read voraciously…and I’m always looking for new suggestions!

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

A Gracious Plenty  Sheri Reynolds

The Giving Tree  Shel Silverstein

The Remains of the Day  Kazuo Ishiguro

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa  Nicholas Drayson

The Worst Thing  Aaron Elkins

The Feast of Love  Charles Baxter

So Long, See You Tomorrow  William Maxwell

Away From Her  Alice Munro

The Song of Names  Norman Lebrecht

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress  Dai Sijie

Sideways  Rex Pickett

The Saturday Wife  Naomi Ragen

A Death in the Family  James Agee

The Picture of Dorian Gray  Oscar Wilde

Happily Ever After  Susan May Warran

The Game  Jack London

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  Lewis Carroll

Traitor’s Wife  Susan Higginbotham

The Secret Garden  Frances Hodgson Burnett

Reinventing Leona  Lynne Gentry

Ravenous: A Food L0ver’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom  Dayna Macy

Mockingjay  Suzanne Collins

A Journey to the Center of the Earth  Jules Verne

Catching Fire  Suzanne Collins

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  Betty Smith

Portugese Irregular Verbs  Alexander McCall Smith

A Handful Of Dust  Evelyn Waugh

Resurrection in May  Lisa Samson

As I Lay Dying  William Faulkner

The Anarchist  John Smolens

Animal Farm  George Orwell

If You Follow Me  Malena Watrous

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind  William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The Quickening  Michelle Hoover

True Grit  Charles Portis

The Witches of Eastwick  John Updike

Range of Motion  Elizabeth Berg

Mansfield Park  Jane Austen

The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin  Kate Chopin

For One More Day  Mitch Albom

Inés of My Soul  Isabel Allende

Galore  Michael Crummey

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms  Gail Tsukiyama

Sag Harbor  Colson Whitehead

Cannery Row  John Steinbeck

Amaryllis in Blueberry  Christina Medrum

The Headhunter’s Daughter  Tamar Myers

Wench  Dolen Perkins-Valdez

These Things Hidden  Heather Gudenkauf

American Pastoral  Philip Roth

Appointment in Samarra  John O’Hara

All the Pretty Horses  Cormac McCarthy

Black Boy  Richard Wright

Prayers for Sale  Sandra Dallas

Love Stories in This Town  Amanda Eyre Ward

Small Island  Andrea Levy

Let the Great World Spin  Colum McCann

Rooftops of Tehran  Mahbod Seraji

The Solace of Leaving Early  Haven Kimmel

Their Eyes Were Watching God  Zora Neale Hurston

The Pillars of the Earth  Ken Follett

The School of Essential Ingredients  Erica Bauermeister

Pope Joan  Donna Woolfolk Cross

Black Heels to Tractor Wheels  Ree Drummond

The Hunger Games  Suzanne Collins

A Thousand Splendid Suns  Khaled Hosseini

The Omnivore’s Dilemma  Michael Pollan

The History of Love  Nicole Krauss

Karen  Marie Killilea

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay  Michael Chabon

White on Black  Ruben Gallego

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake  Aimee Bender

Road Map to Holland  Jennifer Graf Groneberg

Look Me in the Eye  John Elder Robinson

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter  Kim Edwards

On Beauty  Zadie Smith

Falling Home  Karen White

All the King’s Men  Robert Penn Warren

Amy and Isabelle  Elizabeth Strout

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union  Michael Chabon

The Swallows of Kabul  Yasmina Khadra

The Hole We’re In  Gabrielle Zevin

So Big  Edna Ferber

The Wives of Henry Oades  Johanna Moran

The Painted Veil  W. Somerset Maugham

The English Patient  Michael Ondaatje

The Help  Kathryn Stockett

Northanger Abbey  Jane Austen

Fireflies in December  Jennifer Erin Valent

The Hobbit  J.R.R. Tolkien

Outside the Ordinary World  Dori Ostermiller

The Solitude of Prime Numbers  Paolo Giordano

American Rust  Phillip Meyer

That Old Cape Magic  Richard Russo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo  Stieg Larson

Fruit of the Lemon  Andrea Levy

The Adventures of Augie March  Saul Bellow

Shutter Island  Dennis Lehane

Narcissus and Goldmund  Hermann Hesse

White Noise  Don DeLillo

Tallgrass  Sandra Dallas

For Whom The Bell Tolls  Ernest Hemingway

In Defense of Food  Michael Pollan

Hannah’s Dream Diane Hammond

The Night Trilogy Elie Wiesel

The Kite Runner  Khaled Hosseini

Breath, Eyes, Memory  Edwidge Danticat

Time and Again  Jack Finney

Water for Elephants Sara Gruen

What have you read lately?  I’m always looking for a good suggestion!

33 responses to “What I’m Reading

  1. Loved a book called Smiling Bears (non fiction).
    Love the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon–and so did my husband!
    Love the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series by the late great Stieg Larsson.
    Recently read something called Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English, which is new, and I found it to be pretty unique.

  2. I loved The Help and just finished Sarah’s Key – both good reads. Enjoy your long Christmas break!

  3. Nancy MacLachlan

    Hi Lauren. Your mom posted something on facebook that brought me to your blog. Love it! I have to comment on your reading…..
    When I used to drive your bus, every morning I would pull up to your driveway and you and Kristen would be standing, so poised and pretty, at the end of your driveway with books in your faces. I used to comment to everyone about how wonderful it was to see your love of reading – even while waiting for the school bus at 7am in the morning! I love your site. You are a beautiful young lady with such a zest for life. It gives me hope for the next generation!!! Take care! Nancy

  4. Kristen

    Hi Lally!
    You should read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon. Other books by the same author that I also liked: Wonder Boys and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

  5. Just finished “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender. I need to discuss this book with someone else. So much to think and talk about!

  6. you have to read the help, a thousand spendind suns and the kite runner. Those were my 3 faves last year.

  7. Marilyn

    Sing You Home-Jodi Picoult’s newest book

    Ravenous a food lover’s journey from obsession to freedom by Dayna Macy

    The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to tractor
    Wheels-a*true* love story by Lee Drummond.
    Her cookbook is fun though definitely not low fat.

    I also love ANYTHING Gluten Free Girl writes-the cookbook she and her husband wrote together was a lovely read-part love story, part cookbook, and the photography…
    oh la la…

    Anything by Lee Childs-love his Jack Reacher Series on CDs-which I listen to on the way to work sometimes….

    I have a very eclectic reading list I know:)
    I loved the Kite Runner and In Defense of Food!

    Just discovered your blog-love it-can’t wait to make your Mexican Hot Chocolate Spiced Almonds-found the recipe from http://www.foodgawker.com and later on a similar site….

  8. Carolyn

    There are a few books on your list that look interesting. Since I’m adding them to my must read library list, I thought I’d leave one for you… The History of Love by Nicole Krauss is a lovely, if lonely, tale filled with glints of hope. I would think from the list you have here that The History of Love might be something you would enjoy. Have a lovely day…

  9. Currently, I am reading “The School of Essential Ingredients”, by Erica Bauermeister. So far (about 3/4 of the way done) I love it. It’s about mastering the ingredients of cooking, life, and relationships. Now when I read it, I think of your wonderful blog. If you wouldn’t mind, I would love to include your blog in my blog roll. I have already shared your site with a friend that LOVES to cook. Happy cooking AND reading! ~Carol~

  10. Marilyn Dwyer

    I am excited to come upon your reading list. I am going thru books so quickly because of my situation. So neat to see we share some favorite books. I also have my first memory of you reading. Being in church with your dad and not taking your face out of your book the whole time.So cute. I loved The Help. Water for elephants too! Now it is going to be a movie. Have you read Pope Joan by Donna woolfolk Cross ? How about THe Pillars of Earth By ken Follett. Keep up the hard work

    • I haven’t read either of those but I will add them to my list very shortly! Since I posted my own reading I have gotten tons of recommendations from people and it has been the richest reading resource ever! So many readers out there! I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you and I hope my booklist can help pass some time for you 🙂

  11. Based on your list, which quite overlaps mine, I am willing to bet you will love a couple of books I’ve read in the past year including When We Were Romans (can’t remember the author just now); This Must Be the Place (same author deal); and I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass. I read a lot as well!

  12. Hi, Lauren! Glad I stumbled upon your site! You write very well. You’ve got great photos here, too.

    I love reading, just like you, but am selective about what I read. Unfortunately, most of the people around me, in my region here, don’t have the habit of reading regularly – thanks to the education system, which has turned everyone into fellas who read only for the sake of passing or getting distinction for the exams. (You have heard of Asian education systems, no?)

    Anyhow, will drop by to visit in the future for sure. Lovely site, I must say. =)

  13. White Noise is in my top ten.

  14. Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Excellent movie too. 🙂

  15. Susan Sunde

    I’ve two good ones for you: 1) The Help 2) Before I go to sleep. Both of these are great!

  16. Yes I agree with the above recommendations for the History of Love by Nicola Krauss, and Everything is Illuminated by Jonothan Safron Foer, and would add Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by the same guy. Krauss and Safron Foer are married and you can see their influence on each other in their writing. Great books. Love your site, and love your taste in books 🙂

  17. Stefanie

    I just read The Shadow if the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and really enjoyed it.

  18. diego

    I lreally liked your blog. It really looks sincere, something you dont see often these days. You should read 100 years of soltitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez,it has the essence of all latin america on it.Congratulations .

    • I have read that! Beautiful book 🙂 I also had to pay the library a few dollars in fines ’cause I accidently put it away in MY bookshelf and then couldn’t find it…but it was worth it!

  19. Kristen

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

  20. Tasha Orshoff

    I was hoping that you could help me choose a book to read for enjoyment. I am a stay at home mom with a 7 and 10 year old. I read a lot of self help books. I also do quiet time with my bible study. The last 3 books I have checked out I have returned to the library after reading the first chapter! I want something interesting…a can’t put it down type of book. I was going to look at Oprah’s list. 🙂 Any suggestions? Anyone? Lauren?

    • I really liked The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender or A Thousand Suns (or The Kite Runner) by Khaled Hosseini, or the Help by Kathryn Stockett or if you want an educational book, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan is a realllly fascinating look at the way we eat here in America! Hope you LOVE your next book!

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