15 Nov

Winter Reads

Isn’t it easy to let go of reading when you get busy?  There are so many books that I’ve been meaning to read, but I haven’t carved out any time for it.  So I’m putting together a list of must-reads this Winter, starting with one book that has been on my to-do list for way too long…

When books are adapted into movies, it usually propels me to pick them up (with the exception of Twilight).  I finally bought The Help yesterday, and I’m starting it today!

Also a soon-to-be-movie, The Hunger Games series has gotten rave reviews from everyone I know (including Travis!)

I’m a huge fan of “The Office”, and I’ve always been so impressed by Mindy Kalings humor and wit.  I’m super anxious to read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Did any of you watch the 20/20 interview with Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelley last night?  It was such a fascinating look at brain injuries, and you couldn’t help but fall in love with this amazing couple.  It has me excited to read Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.

I’m also considering trying out a book on tape… Last year, when Travis had a long commute, he listened to books on tape, and I thought it was such a clever way to pass the time!  Wouldn’t it be nice to keep one in the car for a little dose of literature every time you run errands?

What’s on your current must-read list?  Got any other recommendations for me?  (I’d love to see mine grow!)  Have you ever listened to books on tape?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

{ posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 }


Comments: {6}

  • Sara writes:

    I finally actually picked up the Hunger Games and read more than 50 pages. Now I can’t put it down. I totally get why Travis was raving about it.

  • Cathy writes:

    I predict you will like The Help. Another series that will keep you turning the pages until the wee hours is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. I actually started with book number 2, then read number 3, before wrapping back around to read the first book. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been made into a movie, too, to be released fairly soon I think.

  • Sarah writes:

    I have read all of these except the last one, and they are all great! Don’t buy the hunger games you can borrow my copy (I have all three). I am always on the look out for a great book. Let me know if you find any good reads. My list right now includes Atlas Shrugged, the Chaos Walking Series, and The Art of Racing in the Rain. Happy reading from one book lover to another!

  • Cathy writes:

    I also really like non-fiction at times. Anything by Malcolm Gladwell provides fascinating insights into human behavior (Blink, The Tipping Point, etc). Recently I read Thinking in Pictures — My Life With Autism, by Temple Grandin, which I highly recommend, especially if you have any personal links to anyone with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. (The movie “Temple Grandin”, starring Claire Danes, is also very good.) Another favorite I re-read every so often is “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder, which is about Dr. Paul Farmer and his “ministry” to the poor people of Haiti.

  • Cathy writes:

    Back to fiction, if you love horses and/or dogs you have to read Jane Smiley’s “Horse Heaven”. It creates a universe of colorful, lovable characters: human, canine and equine. Unlike “A Thousand Acres”, which I didn’t really like because it was so dark, Horse Heaven shines a kinder light on the human condition.

    Last but not least, Barbara Kingsolver is always wonderful: fiction or non-fiction. If you are interested in eating local, eating organic, eating healthy, etc. etc., her book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” will delight you. Her story about a lady turkey coyly coming on to her (Kingsolver’s) husband had me laughing ’til I cried. And the book includes many wonderful recipes.

  • dena writes:

    GIRL!!!! If you are ready to try books on tape, listen to the HELP audiobook! It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo amazing. They don’t READ the book, it feels like you are listening to a friend talk to you. Like you are their diary.

    GET IT! sososososososososo good!

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