Due to my hiatus from blogging regularly, it felt weird to just be posting biblio-files each month so I waited and waited until the read pile took over. It’s now time. It’s also been four months (August, September, October, November), so we’ll call it my fall list. I accidentally took the photo with the books stacked the wrong way…so this one is from the bottom up!
1. Blessed Are The Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch. A sweet story about a family of cheese makers in Ireland. Compared to Chocolat with good reason. A similar fairy tale vibe. It was enjoyably to read and I learned a bit about the cheese business, always a plus!
2. Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz. I’ll admit I bought it as I enjoyed the Tina Fey movie made from it. Way, way, way more in depth than the movie. The behind the scenes of admissions is crazy and makes me grateful that I am long past that stage in life and will not have to go through it with kids of my own. Besides that, an engaging story that really drew me in. Loved it.
3. The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery. A story about women and how they connect and go through their lives. Bordering on fluffy, but with more crying. An excellent vacation or weekend on the couch with cocoa book.
4. The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr. I have been wanting to read this book for years. Kerr wrote a series of memoirs and I have been waiting to read the next two until I bought this one. I finally bought it while on vacation this summer from an adorable little indie book shop. This book had a lot to live up to. It’s on every list of books to read and it is raved about. Half way through it, I kept wondering why, but the end I was talking aloud about how amazing it was as I read it. It really is an incredible book.
5. Think Like A Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Awww, I love the Freak guys. If you’re a fan of Freakonomics, you’ll love it. If you’re not, go read Freakonimics already!
6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. If there is one book on this list you need to read, it is this. And don’t tell me you saw the movie and that counts. Strayed is an incredible writer and you are doing a disservice to yourself if you do not read her words. We all know what it’s about, so stop asking questions and go read it. And then read Liars’ Club.
7. Casa Rossa by Francesca Marciano. A wonderful tale set in modern Italy through two generations of family. Beautifully written and an interesting and engaging story.
8. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. I have not seen the HBO show based on this book, but after reading this, am assuming that it’s a bit uncomfortable to sit through. You are piecing together the character of a woman through encounters she has with the people in her town. It’s a fantastic book!
9. Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani. The 3rd in the Big Stone Gap series made me wonder if I’d bother to continue with the next. Her writing seems to be getting fluffier as time goes on. It’s a fun story but it feel likes I’m at a stage where things get loose before the next dramatic situation occurs.
10. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer. This was a fascinating book about time travel. A woman goes through shock therapy and with each treatment, transports back and forth between her lives in 1985, 1941 and 1918. She understands what is happening and the result is really cool. Great book!
11. Killing Yourself To Live by Chuck Klosterman. Ah Klosterman. You either love his snarky, gen x style or you hate it. I love it and loved this book which is his account of a cross country road trip where he visits the sites of where rock stars have died. If you enjoy his work, this is a must read.
12. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. This was an intense book. Most likely not to read on beaches or planes. Its dark, disturbing and really well written. It was almost a “put the book in the freezer” nook for a bit. Still have to shake it off when I think of it, but worth getting through it.
13. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan. A group of Harvard alumni at their twentieth reunion. Reflecting on what could have and should have been. What is and what will be. Perhaps enjoyed best by those who have had and are close to 20 year reunions.
14. Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker. A memoir that is doled out in snippets. While reading it, I kept getting frustrated on how many situations were never concluded, although some ended up circling back around. I strongly feel that this book was published only because she is Alice Walker’s daughter.
15. The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman. I read this for book club, and I was the one who suggested it and so glad I did. It is an outstanding book. About the holocaust from the perspective of a German Christian family. As always, it is a heartbreaking and shocking subject matter, but the perspective was incredibly interesting to read. I have read many books about this time and highly recommend this one.
16. Weekend in Paris by Robyn Sisman. As you can imagine, I needed something completely mindless to read after the last. I may have gone too far. Next!
17. The Risk Pool by Richard Russo. Oh how I adore Richard Russo. I find myself constantly re-buying his books when they are released with new covers, hoping its one that I missed and I finally succeeded. A masterful storyteller who weaves his characters perfectly in that salt of the earth kind of way that Steinbeck was so great at. So good.
Soooo, what have you been reading?