Thursday, January 21, 2010

Books I Love

When I sent out the call for questions to get out of my bloggy rut, ya'll responded with some great ones! Tesa from 2 Wired 2 Tired asked me what my favorite book is. Well, I'm a lover of lots of books, so it's hard for me to narrow it down to just one. (If you read the last post about crock pot recipes, you might be noticing a pattern here...) Here are some of my favorites though:

  • The Unvanquished by William Faulkner. I'm a Southern girl, so it's pretty much required that I include a Faulkner book on this list. Seriously, the Southern Belle police will totally re-po your pearls if you don't. Anyhoo, this was the first Faulkner book I read and I fell in love with it. A lot of people complain that Faulkner's narratives are hard to follow, but that isn't a problem in this one.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I just really liked this book. I find Sylvia Plath very intriguing.
  • The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. These books are hilarous! They are also pretty quick reads. (Well, probably because I get so into them that I can't put them down until I finish)
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. I'm a big fan of Erdrich and this one is probably my favorite. She is a Native American author and her books are filled with Native American culture. However, she is a master at weaving together many different cultures. Her narration style is much like Faulkner, but easier to follow. Like Faulkner, she has also created a community of characters that she follows through many of her books.
So, there's a short list of my favorites. There are so many more (like Harry Potter and Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation). I love books...which explains why I major in English and plan to be a teacher. I love reading and hope that as a teacher I can encourage that same feeling in young people. (Ok, I know I got a little mushy there, sorry)

What are your favorites? I'm always on the lookout for new books to get lost in so I can avoid housework for a little longer :)


  1. I just love books! I haven't read anything knock your socks off good in a while! I read Push which is the novel that Precious is based on. Totally heartbreaking. Visiting via SITS tonight!

  2. Ok, I got one! What is your favorite school memory?

  3. I am also a lover of books! I just finished Dear John and although I kinda hate reading movie books, it was really sweet and definitely the best Nicholas Sparks I've read. My all-time favorite is "Firefly Lane" by Kristin Hannah. Those are both sappy and girly books, but that is simply because I can't read the scary books before bed when I'm alone at night (which I was the last two years)

  4. Great list as haven't read any of those yet (well, except for Harry Potter and Janet Evanovich's Christmas book). I'll have to check a few of these out.

    I recently read The Other Boleyn Girl and loved it. I've never gotten into historical fiction but I really enjoyed this one. I refuse to see the movie because I don't think it can possibly live up to the book!


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