Saturday, April 18, 2009

Great Reads

In Honor of library week, a list of some great books:

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent
, by Galen Beckett
Hollows Series, by Kim Harrison (starting with Dead Witch Walking)
The Temeraire Series, by Naomi Novik (starting with His Majesty's Dragon)
Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson
This is the first book in the Baroque Cycle by sci-fi historical fiction writer Stephenson. The series serves as sort of a historical prequel, not a literal story prequel, to Cryptonomicon. It is fun to read about Isaac Newton with his contemporaries and explore the science and politics of the day.
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Travis McGee series, by John D. Macdonald
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (or anything by Steinbeck)
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
Classic tale of good and evil.
The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton
Mystery set in the 1920's in England.
Three Cups of Tea, by David Relin and Greg Mortenson
One person's commitment really does make a difference. (Education)
Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
Again, one person's commitment changed public health in the world.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards
The consequences of a split-second decision are life altering.
Sweeping Up Glass, by Carolyn D. Wall
Listed as a mystery, it is more a rich novel of an impoverished woman's life. Impossible to put down.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
The hype was true for this one.
Still Life, by Louise Penny
In Persuasion Nation, by George Saunders
Like You'd Understand, Anyway, by Jim Shepard
The New Kings of Nonfiction, edited by Ira Glass (host of "This American Life")
Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big, by Bo Burlingham
The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey
Missing Links, by Rick Reilly
Days Like Floating Water: A Story of Modern China, by Susan Edwards McKee
The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman
Founding Brothers, by Joseph Ellis
Charlie Wilson's War, by George Crile
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood
The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson
Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
The Twilight Series, by Stephenie Meyer
Tribute, by Nora Roberts
The Beak of the Finch, by Jonathan Weiner
The River of Doubt, by Candice Millard
My Father's Notebook, by Kader Abdolah
Godmother, by Carolyn Turgeon
The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat, by Robert Drury
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside, by Katrina Firlik
Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches, by Jill Fredston
'Salem's Lot, by Stephen King
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken
Oh, The Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss
Suffer the Children, by John Saul
All the Oz stories, by L. Frank Baum
All of Poe's stories
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo
The Lay of the Land, by Richard Ford


Catherine J Gardner said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Kim.

Bish Denham said...

Yes, anything by Steinbeck! There are many books on your list I am not familiar with. Back to the library for me! On the other hand, I just LOVE how those Oz books keep turning up on people's lists.

Jean said...

Thanks, again, Kim, for dropping by my writing blog.

Question: what is your source for always knowing special calendar days and weeks?

Online or a book?

Come on, share your secret, please.


Angela said...

I just finished Three Cups of Tea--very inspirational.

Another great book: The Glass Castle.

Kim Kasch said...

Jean: I read a lot - online, newspapers, magazines, and my kids tell me about upcoming events too.

Angela: Thanks, I'll have to add that one to my list of TBR.

Bish: One of my absolute favorites of all time is the Oz series.

And thanks for stopping by Catherine.

conarnold said...

Thanks for sharing the great list of book recommendations!

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