I love to read so I’m happy to share with you some of my favorite books. It’s nearly impossible for me to give a limited list because there are so many books I call my favorites, but here are some top reads.
Right now, I’m in four book clubs, two women’s groups and two mother-daughter book clubs, one with each of my girls. Shout out to my book clubs: the Panera Book Club (we close our local Panera once a month as we’re deep in chatter) and Reading Between the Wines.
Squeezing in the time to read can be difficult with our busy Mommy schedules, but it’s something I value and love, so I make the time. The deadlines of book clubs are the perfect thing to keep me going and to compel me to do something I care about.
Here is a list of some of my most favorite books in no particular order. Well, they may in fact be in the order of what I’ve read most recently first since that’s how my memory seems to fare best. Images and links to all of my book recommendations are at the end of this post.
All of these are terrific for book club reads and rich discussion. Please, take a moment to share some of your favorite books in the comments – perhaps you agree or disagree with some on my list!
- And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, the amazing author of Kite Runner and One Thousand Splendid Suns. I love his breathtaking writing and weaving of stories.
- The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood is Ann’s newest book, she also wrote The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread and the children’s Treasure Chest series.
- The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibbs – Click the link to read my May post about this book that takes you on a trip to the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam, gives you a taste of pho, and gives you glimpse into another culture.
- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – I read this as my first book of the summer. I devoured it and the sign of a great read: I SOBBED at the end! It was a moving book with much to ponder about how one lie weaves its way through lives.
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is one of my all time favorites! This is one of those books you wish you could read again for the very first time!
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a classic that can be read and reread. I’m thrilled that this is Ali’s required summer reading this year. I loved this book so much that I wrote to Harper Lee after finishing it in school; she was already deceased at the time but it was pre-Internet days and I had no idea until I got the reply from the publisher.
- The World We Found AND The Space Between Us both by Thrity Umrigar. Her writing, stories, merging of cultures and character development will pull you in instantly!
- The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani is delicious reading. I cannot wait to hear her speak this November 5th in Rhode Island. Thanks to Reading with Robin for hosting her.
- Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese – Years after reading this, images still float to me and the story stays with me. Some say it’s hard to get into, if you find that, persevere – it’s worth it!
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand was a book club pick a couple of summers ago. I wasn’t looking forward to reading it so I started it right away to “get it out of the way.” I couldn’t stop reading and finished it in only a few days. This true story was captivating and a good “guy read,” too.
- Everything by Jhumpa Lahiri! I love this author and she has a new book out this September, The Lowland – I can’t wait! She has two collections of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies and Unaccustomed Earth: Stories I didn’t think I’d like reading short stories but Jhumpa Lahiri changed my mind. Her novel (also made into a movie), The Namesake, is beautifully crafted.
- Right now I’m reading First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung. I’m only about halfway through but I would already recommend it, my Mom and I traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia over a year ago and the area is dear to my heart. This book recounts the horrors that families lived during the time of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge reign in Cambodia. While there, we visited the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh which served as a prison, of 14,000 prisoners, only 7 survived. While we were there, one of the survivors, Churn Mey – Former S21 Prisoner, arrived and spoke to the group through a translator. The atrocities are unimaginable.