Thursday, February 17, 2011

For Book Lovers Only

I love a good story. On my worst days, or even semi-bad days, you can find me in the library or bookstore greedily looking for a story to devour. Happy or sad. Real life or make believe. Romance or tragedy. If you write it well enough, I will probably read it.

On rare occasions though, I come across a book that when I close the last page I think, "Dang, I wish I would have wrote that." Here are a few books I wish I could claim for my own.

1. House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
2. Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
3. Finn by Jon Clinch
4. At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard
5. The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
6. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
7. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
8. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
9. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Zoe Francois and Mark Luinenburg
10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The best part about a good story? You get to tell others, so they can experience it for themselves. If you haven't read the books above, or baked bread from the number nine recommendation, add them to your list. I'm also ready for your recommendations, my friends. Go ahead. Give 'em to me.


  1. Just added Finn to my library hold list because this is the second time you mentioned it. Think I'm going to add House on Mango Street b/c I think I'm the only one who has not read it. You know I totally agree about Guernsey.

    Here's my lastest "Gosh I wish I had written that books" - The Danger Box by Blue Balliett. It's YA lit and just so yummy. Her others (Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game ar great, too. Those three follows the same characters. I also love Savvy by Ingrid Law. Also YA Lit. I just started her companion book Scumble last night.

  2. House on Mango Street has been on my shelve for maybe two years. Found it on sell so bought it but haven't read it. Guess I need to get on that.

    Blue Like Jazz would also be on my list. Probably also
    1. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lammott
    2. The Alchemist by Paulo Couelo
    3. Twilight - simply because I'd be super rich now after one book.
    4. The Mitford Series-Jan Karon
    5. Ragamuffin Gospel - Brennan Manning