Reading is one of the few activities that really allows my brain to take a break from over-thinking (ok, other than Angry Birds). I’ve been a voracious reader almost as long as I can remember and probably plow through a book a week even at my busiest times. I always make time to read before I go to bed at night- sometimes for 10 minutes, other times for two hours (when I’m reading something REALLY amazing). Nothing is more relaxing to me. So I thought I’d pull together some of my most favorite reads from over the years for you in case you are looking for a good book. I omitted some of the obvious ones ( Eat, Pray, Love and Unbroken, the two biggies that I’ve talked about many times) and some most recent reads I really enjoyed (like Amy Poehler’s awesomely funny book and the new Jodi Picoult that was really quite good!) This is a mix of really deep, sad, funny, scary, light and introspective reads that I think stand the test of time. What are some of your all time favorite books?
The Kitchen House- A fantastic book about slavery and the power of taking risks and standing up for what you believe in.
The Language of Flowers- Phenomenally lovely. A must for any woman.
She’s Come Undone- The first book I remember being totally bowled over by. I haven;t read it in 20 years and will re-read it again soon.
Sharp Objects- I loved Gone Girl, but I loved this one MORE. So messed up, creepy and will keep you up reading all night to finish it.
Room- Tough to read if you are a mother (I assume) but a truly awesome book. Wow.
Girl With A Pearl Earring- I didn’t read this for years assuming it was boring. It was NOT. Wonderfully nuanced and very interesting.
The Light Between Oceans- I talk about this book ALL THE TIME. Amazing. Fascinating. A tale that leaves you wondering what YOU would do and the difference between right and wrong. I pray this becomes a movie.
Cutting For Stone- A heavy, dense read that takes a little time to get into but then it swallows you whole. Patience pays off with this one. Incredible.
The Orphan Train- I just read this recently and LOVED it. An interesting and trying story about children, family and bravery.
Bossypants- Do I even need to go into this one? :)
The Prince of Tides- A classic… for a reason! I just read it last year and LOVED Conroy’s writing.
Me Talk Pretty One Day- My favorite from one of my favorite writers. The book that made me fall in love with humorous short story writing.
Little Bee- Brutally moving and phenomenally written. Beats your heart up, but SO incredible.
A Girl Named Zippy- A little book that gave me HUGE laughs. Not many other people have read this, and I can’t remember who told me to read it but I’m glad they did.
The Good House- A really engaging tale of alcoholism and family… I know that doesn’t sound awesome, but it really is!