Books I recommend

Like so many others I absolutely love to read.  The best is when a book is so captivating you don’t want to put it down – or can’t wait to pick it back up.  I enjoy getting wrapped up in a story and creating my idea of each character’s look.  My passion for reading can probably be traced back to elementary school.  My first grade teacher recommended holding me back a year because my reading was not up to par with my peers. My mom would have none of this and instead she and my nana took this as a challenge.  They were going to teach me to read at a more advanced level.  That summer, between first and second grade…I spent my days in a reading camp at the local library, was made to read at least one book a day and was not allowed to play outside unless my reading was done. And it worked!  Not only was I reading better but I was enjoying it too. Before the school year began I was tested to see my progression…to everyone’s surprise I could now read at a third grade level!

My passion for reading just grew from there and to this day I always carry a book (or my iPad or Kindle) in my purse…you never know when you’ll be caught with downtime and what better way to pass it than reading.  I am currently carrying around “I would know you anywhere” by Laura Lippman.  It’s a bit of a dark read but has captured my attention and I can’t wait to pick it up every chance I get.

When I travel one of the first things I do is download or purchase a couple of books.  The best way to pass time on a plane ride, in a hotel room or just lounging in a park is over a good book.  I am constantly googling “Best books of 2012,” asking friends for recommendations, or searching through the NY Times best seller lists.  In case there are others out there like me I decided to compile a list of my favorite books that cross all genres and anyone (men or women) could enjoy.

Also, if you have any suggestions for me please send them my way!  In no particular order here goes…and each title will click through to a summary on Amazon.  Enjoy…

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson**

Little Bee – Chris Cleave

Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom* 

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

The Hunger Games Series – Suzanne Collins

A Million Little Pieces – James Frey**

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand***

I enjoy all of Mitch Albom’s books, would recommend them all and they are very easy reads

** There is some controversy over these two books, they are both coined as memoirs and autobiographical.  Since published both have had concerns raised that not all parts are factual.  Regardless they are both great reads and you can take something away from them.

*** This story is unfathomable.  It is a little tough and long to read, but well worth it.

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