Thursday, March 17, 2011

Do Tell: What are you reading?

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I’m always looking for new material to read, whether that means a great novel, a fascinating magazine article or an exciting new blog. I just picked up a copy of Water for Elephants to read on my flights to and from Palm Beach. I’ve heard good things about this book for a while and I figured I’d better get around to reading it before the movie comes out because we all know how that goes. The books are almost always better! So, do tell…what are you reading these days?

 

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47 comments:

Kelly said...

I just started reading "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's a great read. I would recommend it to everyone, meat eater or not!

London Lisa said...

I just finished Julia Child's memoir "My Life in France." It was such a great read, and she makes France sounds so lovely and charming. I also loved how it showed just how hard she worked on her book- definitely recommend it!

Natasha said...

So funny you posted this--I started Water for Elephants last night and its fantastic!! Just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which was really crazy, but had me hooked

~Kristina said...

I have a whack of books to be read. Currently on the go are:
Night by Elie Weisel
The Beauty of Different by Karen Walrond
Very close to the top of the pile are:
Water for Elephants
The Help
The Red Tent

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a very interesting read...I could go on forever about books :)

claudia b said...

Just finished the Elegance of the Hedgehog and now reading Game Change about the 2008 US election. I still need to read Water for Elephants!!

BTLover2 said...

Oh boy... I read a lot and have many suggestions. First, I hope you love Like Water for Elephants. It's fantastic from what I remember. So here are a few suggestions: The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Immortal by Traci L. Slatton; With Violets by Elizabeth Robards; Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner; Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. If you'd like more recommendations, I'd be happy to send more. Enjoy! PS: I tend to read historical fiction if that's your interest.

Stephanie said...

My kindle is my best friend 1) I commute daily downtown Chicago 20-30 mins each way 2) it's better than updating my status on FB. I usually read two books a week, and this week I started Kelly Cutrone's book "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You." "Water for Elephants" is on my list too!

Kate said...

I really liked Water for Elephants, but found that it took a while to get into - so stick with it, if you feel the same way. It's worth it!

Jamie said...

I am re-reading The Golden Compass series (His Dark Materials), it's one of my favorite stories!! I highly recommend it. Sci-Fi and Fantasy is my genre of choice for reading. Also, I love re-reading books, you always find something new each time.

Jasmine Sinclair said...

I know exactly what you are saying with books turned into movies!! I am finishing up Jane Eyre so that I can see the movie!!! Let me know how Water for Elephants is I will put it on my list!!!

Jasmine Sinclair

mavielamode.blogspot.com

Donna said...

I loved Water for Elephants. Try Cutting for Stone. Don't read the blurb with what's it about because it did not sound at all interesting to me, but I adored the book,

meenal @ maison marigold said...

I am reading 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel...but at the rate I'm going Ang Lee would be done making the movie before I finish it!! xx meenal

Dre said...

I've read Water for Elephants and you are in for a treat! I just finished The Hunger Games and even though it is a Young Adult novel, it was FANTASTIC. I will definitely read the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy.

J'Anns Boutique said...

Total brain dead right now, and a tad busy. Last book I read about 2 months ago was Freakanomics. I majored in economics so a friend thought this would be funny and it was!

Really wanted to read that Julia Child's book will have to go get it!

AM said...

I'm in a book club with friends and there have been lots of good reads lately! I just finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo...it's been out a long time, but is a great read! After finishing that, I got another book by him that I also really enjoyed - By the River Piedra I Sat Down & Wept. They're both pretty quick reads. The Help by Kathryn Sockett is another great one :). I've been meaning to check out Water for Elephants too! Enjoy your trip!

Ann Marie
stellawishes.com

Cocktails and Cupcakes said...

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It is a great book that will have you laughing and crying many times.

Maycie (pending new last name) said...

Right now, I'm reading Creative Visualization by, Shakti Gawain. I just loved it so much the first time that I decided to read it again this year. I also loved her other book called Living In The Light. They're both very inspirational. Check them out.

Catherine said...

You'll love Water for Elephants; it's fantastic. My favorite semi-recent read, though, was The Elegance of the Hedgehog. So incredibly beautiful. It was also made into a (French) movie, which I really want to see when it's released in the US. Read it before that for sure!

Last night I finished rereading An Abundance of Katherines which I love because well written YA is my not-so-secret guilty pleasure. As another former high school teacher, you might enjoy it too.

Looking Glass said...

I recently read "Juliet" by Anne Fortier. I have not been this excited about a book in quite some time. It was so wonderful I couldn't put it down.

~ Clare x

Allison {Halcyon Style} said...

Haven't read Water for Elephants yet but I did read her earlier books. I recently read and LOVED:
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The DIrty Life by Kristin Kimball
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Heidi said...

I just started "Cleopatra: A Life" by Stacy Schiff. So far so good!

The enchanted home said...

Loved water for elephants!! I remember not being too impressed at first but after I got through the first few chapters..it picked up! I just read Dead end gene pool and highly recommend it...a memoir about the Vanderbilts and highly entertaining!

pam@pixelimpress said...

very interesting comments. i had only heard good things about water for elephants but my bookclub was torn about it. hope you'll do a review when you finish. we're on to a fine balance by rohinton mistry. pam

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

I just finished "Blood, Bones, and Butter," the memoir by the chef/owner of Prune in New York City. It was really beautiful.

I need a good novel, but haven't been able to read anything since Franzen's "Freedom" - it spoiled me for fiction for a while.

Sassy said...

I'm reading Heaven is For Real, about a little 4yo boy who "died" for 5 minutes during surgery and went to Heaven. This book is all about the things he saw in Heaven...it's amazing!

KC and Co. said...

Simon Doonan's Wacky Chicks....I'm just getting started. " Life Lessons from fearlessly inappropriate and fabulously eccentric women" I hope it's fab!

Rachael @ Roco Rennie said...

I would recommend without a doubt "SHADOWS OF THE WIND" originally written by a Spanish writer the book was translated into English and has made the best sellers list in the UK a few years back.

I give the book to me gran & aunt – both said it was the best book they read and we all like different genres.

My Wishful Thinking said...

Just finished reading most of Philippa Gregory's books (the Queen's Fool was my favourite) - historical fiction escapism at its best!
x Meghan x

Emily said...

I am a die hard book lover!! Current favorite is the Hunger Games Series. Did a post (or an homage) to the series here:

http://mainstreetchic.blogspot.com/2011/02/book-review-hunger-games.html

I can't wait to read Water for Elephants. Please let us know how it is!

Janie's World said...

The best book I've read in many years is "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. You won't be able to put it down. True story of survival, resilience and redemption. A must read

Jody Bailey said...

I just finished reading "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer. I couldn't put it down!

Christine said...

Just read The Help (so great), and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (also highly recommend). Now reading Paris Was Ours, a collection of short stories by authors who have spent time in the City of Light. Up next is Water for Elephants, so I'm looking forward to hearing what you think!

Rina said...

Water for Elephants is a unique story. I finished the book so fast! I can't wait to see the movie and I am hoping it ends up looking like what I pictured.

Another great read is the Heretic's Daugther by Kathleen Kent.

Miichelle Vinson said...

I just finished reading "The Space Between Us" by Thrity Umriger. A-maz-ing.

Anonymous said...

Just finished Lucia Lucia. good, quick read.

travelkate said...

I kept picking up Water for Elephants and read 30 pgs and couldn't get into it, but from the comments here it seems like I need to give it another try and some more time for it to pick up. I just finished a Jane Green novel-I like easy and quick reads for a plane ride, I always enjoy her books!

Caroline Hallemann said...

I just recently finished Water for Elephants and loved it. I hope the movie does it justice! Right now I'm workin my way through The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio-- I definitely recommend it!

Ashley @ Susie B. Mag said...

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen! It's big and a daunting at first, but it's totally worth it. I'm not a big fan of contemporary novels, but I think this one lives up to all the hype!

Gina said...

I just finished The Red Tent today and loved every page!

Sabrina @ loulousucre said...

I am currently reading "Cutting For Stone" by Abraham Verghese. So good!!

DION MARIE said...

The best book I've read in a while is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It is a truly amazing memoir!

Anonymous said...

"three stages of amazement" by carol edgarian - AMAZING! if you're between 30 and 70 you should read it - it was one of those that I was sad to finish...

theresa said...

Oh, so glad you started this post. Now I have a great list of books to read! For bookclub, we just finished Tiger Mom by Amy Chua. Very interesting read, especially for parents. (Going to recommend Water for Elephants at next meeting. :)
Here are some recs: KITERUNNER by Khaled Hosseini (amazing), anything by JONATHAN FRANZEN, FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand (a classic).

helen tilston said...

Just finished The Gilead by Marylynne Robinson - it is one of the best books I have read, beautifully written.When I finished reading it, I immediately went to page 1 and began reading it again. It is a book you will want in your library. It won the Pulitzer prize in 1995 or thereabouts.
-Love Paulo Coehlo

LSYSD_1 said...

I recommend "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi. He offers some incredible suggestions for networking in a non-cheesy way and I think he is a genius. Check it out!

carolina postcard said...

Life by Keith Richards. While it's not the most eloquent writing, there are amazing tales of the Stones!

Sara said...

"The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" was fantastic. As was "Bel Canto" and "The Red Tent". Highly recommend them all!