Monday, January 25, 2010

Please to help

I have read well over 50 books this past year, but now I am coming to the the end of my last available title. I must read in order to sleep, it lets my brain forget that it should worry, worry, worry. You see my problem in having no prospects. No book = no sleep. No sleep = very witchy mommy. Very witchy mommy = very gritchy kids (intolerable). No book = big, stinking problem.

I am appealing to you, please tell me your latest favorite book.

I enjoy Young Adult fiction, historical fiction, biographies, funny fiction (I made that up), beautifully written travelogues, plain old fiction, chick lit (but not the naughty variety) and long walks on the beach.

Please, I need a stack of five or six books on my nightstand to put my mind at ease. Stat! There may even be something in it for you. See, I am desperate enough to resort to bribery positive reinforcement.


Tebbs Family said...

With a reading list like yours, I'm sure you've read EVERY book I'm going to suggest... but these are a few I enjoyed this last year: The Help, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, 3 Cups of Tea, Hattie Big Sky, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Count of Monte Cristo, These Is My Words, All of Mitch Albom's books, and currently reading Stolen Lives: 20 years in a Desert Jail AND Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. Are you on GoodReads??? I like reading others' comments about books and seeing the ratings given... GOOD LUCK! Guess we're getting together Saturday night?

La Yen said...

I second Goodreads--that's how I find my newest loves. I have lots on there...

I just finished the newest Jasper Fforde--Shades of Grey and loved it. LOVED IT. W is reading some Sherlock Holmes, and Jooj is having Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Betsy and Tacy read to her.

Kristina P. said...

Do you like Stephen Colbert? His book, "I Am America and So Can You" is hilarious.

Omgirl said...

My favorite author is Amy Tan. I love her writing. It's fiction, but it's always based on a little bit of true life history of hers and her family's. My favorites of hers are The Hundred Secret Senses (probably my favorite book ever) and The Bone-Setter's Daughter. And if you've never read the Joy Luck Club, it's really good too.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

For a biography, Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza is inspiring. It's an autobiography of how she survived the Rwandan Holocaust and found God in the process.

Emma J said...

Which reminds me I've got to send you Little Lady Agency. You've already taken a look at my Best Books list, I think. Have you read Cold Mountain? My 92 year old neighbor mentioned yesterday that she's reading it - it's WONDERFUL!!

Emma J said...

Woops! (I'm just learning how to do in-comment links)

Best Books list

Emma J said...

Hmmm . . . obviously I haven't learned it yet as well as I thought:

Jendeis said...

My recent favorites:
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

All-time favorites: any book by Bill Bryson, but particularly, A Walk in the Woods.

Kalli Ko said...

I just read
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (der)

am currently in
The Historian

Also, I did a post right before Christmas about this and people left tons of suggestions, you might want to search it out on my blog.

Also, see this post:

Heffalump said...

I really enjoyed The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
The Hunger Games was lovely, as was the sequel Catching Fire (although the sequel is a cliffhanger, so wait on that one).
I enjoy Mary Stewart books. I haven't read her Arthur ones, but I enjoy her suspense novels.
Charlotte Armstrong books are also great, and I really like Robin McKinley as well, especially her retellings of fairytales.

Mrs. Organic said...

Thanks for all of these ideas. I'm making a list.

Lisa said...

I am a huge fan of the Mitford series by Jan Karon.

andrea said...

Have you read the Fablehaven series? I also liked Hunger Games. Oh, and Princess of the Midnight Ball.

Hewett Gardeners said...

i'll bet you'd like Sharon Shinn. if you do, you'll have TONS to read (she's written piles of young adult and adult fiction). my favorites of hers are:
Summers at Castle Auburn
and The Safe Keeper's Secret trilogy

A few more by other authors i've enjoyed are:

A Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute

Orson Scott Card's Women of Genesis series (and i don't particularly like Card)

The Blue Castle
by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Lady Elizabeth
by Alison Weir (if you dig historical fiction, this is a great biography of the first Queen Elizabeth's younger years)

The President's Lady
by Irving Stone (again, historical fiction about Andrew jackson and his wife - very enjoyable)

I'm going to assume you've read The Help and Guernsey Literary... since they are both excellent historical fiction. . .

more young adult fiction:
The Mistmantle Chronicles
by M.I. Mcallister, beginning with, "Urchin of the Riding Stars". I loved reading these to my girls.

and in non-fiction:
Save the Males
by Kathleen Parker (i think every woman should read this book and hug a man they love:) )

there, i hope you enjoy! :)

Mrs. Organic said...

My list is getting longer, these titles should get me through this eternal winter. Thanks, ladies!

Kim N said...

I noticed that some of my favorites you already have on Goodreads. Here are some others that I loved that you might like.

-Life of Pi by Yann Martel
-A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
-Follow the River by James Alexander Thom (I have read it at least 5 times since I was a teenager)
-Grapes or Wrath and The Winter of My Discontent by John Steinbeck
-Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (first in a series. It is loosely based on the fairytale "The Seven Swans")

Kimberly said...

I don't know where to start!

Kimberly said...

Okay...overwhelm-ment passing...

Bright Blue Miracle, Becca Wilhite
Santa Maybe, Aubrey Mace
Lemon Tart, Josi Kilpack

Historical Fiction:
Annette Lyon is fabulous. Highly recommend.

General Fiction:
Maeve Binchy
Mary Stewart
Mary Higgins Clark

Funny Fiction:
Previously Engaged, Elodia Strain
The Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett

Mrs. Organic said...

Kimberly - I remember your review of Bright Blue Miracle (definitely checking it out).

kado! said...

some on my favorites:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory do I get those Twix bars??!!! ;)

Good luck on the new reads...I need to take the time to read more...I love it I just don't take the time for my self as much as I should. My husband sounds like you...he reads every singe night to fall asleep.

Mrs. Organic said...

kado - thanks for the recommendations, I love learning people's faves.

The Family G said...

Ditto on "The Blue Castle"! One of my very favorites. My other very favorite is "Mother" by Kathleen Norris.

Right now I'm reading the "Fitzwillim Darcy, Gentelman" series. It's Pride and Predudice from Darcy's point of view. A fun, light read.

Thanks for this post. I'm making a list from all the suggestions.

ErinAnn said...

I'm late to the party, but my husband and I both love "The Black Rose" by Costain. You might be able to find a copy at the library, but it is also on Amazon.

It was written in the 40's, I believe, and is an epic tale of adventure and romance. It was really fantastic, taking you from the dirty streets of London to the shining halls of China. I think it takes place in the 1300's.

I read to my husband on roadtrips (so I don't have to drive) and my parents recommended it as the *best* book in their library. It really is.

If you are interested in westerns, "30,000 on the Hoof" by Zane Grey was a great story about life on the frontier -- and it centers a lot on the wife. Very excellent and suprising storyline. I will read it again sometime.