Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wanted: Book Recommendations

a little bit of heaven

Almost a year ago, I posted a list of some of my all-time favorite books and I don't really think it's changed much since then.  I've read a lot of good books since then, but none that I would add to the all-time fave list.  So I'm looking for recommendations - not just a good book, but a great book.

What are your all-time favorites?  


  1. I've just finished A Glass Castle and it's now on my best list. I haven't checked out your list to see whether it's on it yet.. Highly recommended if you haven't read it.

  2. Ha! It is! Funny!
    I remember not being able to put Memoirs of a Geisha down. And, despite the grim content at times, The Book Thief.

  3. I adored The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer as well as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

  4. I am a huge fan of Stephen King books, but until this year I had never opened one of his Dark Tower series of books. Now I find myself wondering why the heck that was. If you're not into Stephen King's other books, then forget everything you know about him and try reading The Dark Tower vol. 1: The Gunslinger. I was totally blown away. I started reading that in April and I am soon to finish reading the eighth book he has written in this series.

  5. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankyl; Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robbins and Joe Dominguez; these are ones I always recommend and give as gifts to family members

  6. I recommend Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (she also wrote Chocolat). An excellent read.

  7. I just read Water for Elephants and it was good too

  8. If you like esoteric, highly creative and mind stretching books then you might like these, I sure did:
    Now is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker (novel); Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani (non-fiction); The Alchemy of Possibility, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld (her poetry,her interpretation ofparts of the Tao de Ching and her art, actually much of what she's written is incredible); Writing to Change the World, Mary Pipher (non-fiction); Age of Miracles, Marianne Williamson; The Tao of Psychology, Jean Bolen (the first book she ever wrote so it's old, but it rocked my world when I read it then)

  9. Notre dame de paris
    Jane eyre
    The Grapes of Wrath
    The pillars of the earth
    One Hundred Years of Solitude

  10. I have loved several books this year:

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I read super quick, couldn't put it down! This is my next book club book on my blog!

    Just read a strange creepy book called "Your house is on fire, your children are alone" by Stefan Kiesbye I liked about the children in a little German village

    I also loved "Before I go to sleep" by SJ Watson and read it in one day! A woman with memory loss

    I read the "Black Dagger Brotherhood" series when I need an easy beach read, a more adult Twilight-ish series

    And I'm hooked on my current book "The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker about the slowing of the rotation of the earth

  11. OH! I almost forgot about "Under The Dome" by Stephen King! 1000+ pages have never flown by so fast!

  12. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    The Outlander Series from Diana Gabaldon
    The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    The Game of Thrones series from George RR Martin (I'm on book hard to put down!)

  13. I was prepping my post for next weeks 10 Day YOU Challenge post and it's about books so this is fresh on my mind today!! :) I read over your list and I don't know if you've heard of/read The Wakefeild Dynasty by Gilbert Morris but I LOVE it! It's a series of 7 books. I also really enjoyed Kiss by Ted Dekker, and Divine by Karen Kingsbury. Hope that gives you some new options!

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  14. The Mitford series of books by Jan Karon are delightful reads. Chasing Fireflies and When Crickets Cry, both by Charles Martin are fantastic. Dogwood and June Bug, both by Chris Fabry are also really good!

  15. Hi Jennifer! I found your blog today, from someone sharing yout wdding card tutorial on Facebook. It's great, thank you for your inspiration :)

    I am a avid reader, and I read almost every genre, so my favourite books' list is quite eccletical. Here are some of my all-time favourites, the ones I sometimes want to read again.

    * The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly + The Old Man Who Read Love Stories + Patagonia Express - Luís Sepúlveda
    * The Kite runner + A thousand splendid suns, Khaled Hosseini
    * The god of small things, Arundathi Roy
    * Blindness + The elephant's journey + Baltasar and Blimunda, José Saramago
    * Dejá Dead (and most books from the Temperance Brennan series), Kathy Reichs
    * Animal Farm + 1984, George Orwell
    * The white Tiger, Aravind Adiga
    * The shadow of the wind, Carlos Ruíz Zafon
    * One hundred years of solitude + Chronicle od a death foretold, Gabriel García Márquez
    * The book of illusions, Paul Auster
    * Dracula, Bram Stoker
    * The godfather, Mario Puzo
    * Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    * The little prince, Saint-Exupéry
    * The Book of Chameleons, José Eduardo Agualusa
    * The silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
    * Dona Flor and her two husbands + Tieta, Jorge Amado

  16. I just found you via Pinterest! Among my faves, some recent, some oldies:
    * Lord of the Rings trilogy - Tolkien
    * The Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain's BEST.
    * Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
    * In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash - Jean Shepherd
    * The Know-It-All - J.A. Jacobs
    * The City of Dreaming Books - Walter Moers
    * Round Ireland With A Fridge - Tony Hawks
    * The Scent of Water and The Two Towers - two by Elizabeth Goudge, an English author who's not very well known in the U.S. (have loved all of her books)
    * Mulliner Nights - P.G. Wodehouse
    * Seventeen - Booth Tarkington
    * 84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
    * Holding Wonder and The Anything Box - two books by Zenna Henderson (gentle sci-fi)
    * Ex Libris: confessions of a common reader - Ann Fadiman
    * That Hideous Strength - C.S. Lewis (3rd in a trilogy but reads well on its own)
    * Time Bites - Doris Lessing
    Sometimes I just love an author, like Goudge and Wodehouse. Neil Gaiman is in there. So is Dave Barry. I work in a library and I'm currently reading through Young Adult fiction. So many good ones. . .