Good Reads?

Okay ladies (and gentleman?!) - let's hear it. Your favorite book?

I am in need of a few good reads for my upcoming trip and don't know where to start. Let me preface by saying this:

- I am not "a reader". It's usually not my first choice for an activity. That said, I think it's because going to the bookstore intimidates me. TOO many choices!

My reading history consists of the entire Wally Lamb collection (ahem, 4) and most by Jodi Picoult - I am ready to venture out.

I also have a love for non-fiction books. One of my favorites is "Under the Banner of Heaven" - An unhealthy addiction to semi-horrifying topics? Perhaps.

And lastly, although I am fond of each of the following, I prefer not to read books that have 'Shop' 'Shoe' or 'Lipstick" in the title.

Ready? Go!



Amanda @ Bits & Pieces said...

Oh boy, I'm the queen of "beach reads" and could rattle off tons for you. I just submitted a mile long request list to the library. But, I'm afraid since you don't like "shop, shoe, and lipstick" in your titles you probably don't like beach reads?? If you change your mind, look up Sophie Kinsella, Madeline Wickham, Hester Browne, Marian Keyes,Elin Hilderbrand, Jane Green, Beth Harbison, Jennifer Weiner, Lauren Weisberger, and Emily Giffin. Those should give you plenty of options. I usually look them up on Amazon and you can get a list of all their books. But, they are "beach reads" for sure. I just read a series of books about the Amish by Beth Wiseman too. Fiction but good.

From here (http://www.target.com/Club-Picks-Books-MMB/b/1292126011/ref=sc_fe_l_1_2233733011_4?node=1292126011) The Glass Castle, Look Again, Come Back, Lost and Found, and Memory Keepers Daughter are all good, quick reads with good stories. The new Jodi Picoult House Rules is good as well.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave is one I just read about a Nigerian Refugee in England- not what I expected but good (slightly disturbing).

I think I've given you enough! :)

Beth said...

I'm currently reading Eat, Pray, Love and enjoying it so far. If you like historical romance The Other Boleyn Girl is a good one. The Hours and The Reader are not exactly light reading but they're both quite good.

Anonymous said...

I am a huge nerd and love to read! I could list so many good books!
I second the Glass Castle, and Water for Elephants was really really good. SO is The Secret Life of Bees, Kite Runner, 3 cups of tea, or one of my secret favorite vacation/beach reads was Stori Telling by Tori Spelling..haha. It was really good! Currently I am reading the mellenium series by Stieg Larsson -all three books are so good...more action and mystery type books.
Enjoy book shopping....so many to choose from!

Kasie said...

I recently read The Help and is was SO good. Currently only available in hard back though, so have to consider that for traveling. Also read Laura Bush's new book and it provided great perspective and some funny White House stories. But, also in hard back. Same Kind Of Different As Me is also so so good. I read My Sister's Keeper when I was pregnant and do not recommend! I'm sure you're aware, but avoid the tear-jerkers!

Nova said...

Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall. It fits w/ Under the Banner of Heaven. If you are into CSI type books, Tess Gerritsen is good. James Rollins is good, his books are about conspiracy, secret agents, code cracking and murder, Very good. You could of course get sucked in by the Twilight series haha!! For historical fiction 'A year of wonders' is good. Oh and the Alienist by Caleb Carr!!

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked nobody has said this one yet but "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabth Gilgert is a really good, wuick read. Also, the movie comes out in August so it's kind of cool to read it before the movie. I'm also reading "The Lost Girls" by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner. I guess you oculd say I'm going through a "travel around the world wanderlust" phase at the moment :)

I'll be sending your box out this week hopefully! Yay :)