Reading Corner

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
~ George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

I love to read and started sharing my two-cents on books here in the spring of 2011. The list is getting a little cumbersome; one of these days I might find a way to index it all instead of listing it out. But until then, if you’re interested…

I most recently finished: Take Me Tomorrow, Shannon A. Thompson

Alpha Order By Title

A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin
The Alchemist’s Code, Dave Duncan
The Alchemist’s Pursuit, Dave Duncan
All Together In One Place, Jane Kirkpatrick
Amazing Gracie, Sherryl Woods
Annette Vallon, James Tipton
Anybody Out There? Marian Keyes
Backlash, T.R. Lemke **Highly Recommended
Barefoot, Elin Hildebrand
The Beach Road, James Patterson
Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend, Irene S. Levine
Broken for You, Stephanie Kallos
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
Circle of Stones, Anna Lee Waldo
City of Bones, Cassandra Clare (Book 1, The Mortal Instruments)
Cleopatra’s Daughter, Michelle Moran
Covet, J.R. Ward
Death Before Daylight, Shannon A. Thompson
Death Masks, Jim Butcher
The Dresden Files, books 1 and 2, Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files series – **Highly Recommended)
The Dragon Quintet
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card **Highly Recommended
Everyone Worth Knowing, Lauren Weisberger
Futureland, Walter Mosley
Goodnight Nobody, Jennifer Weiner
Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The Heretic Queen, Michelle Moran
The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Book #3)
How To Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant
The Jewel of St. Petersburg, Kate Furnivall
Killer Sweet Tooth, Gayle Trent
The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan
The Land of Mango Sunsets, Dorothea Benton Frank
Lethally Blonde, Kate White
Let the Drum Speak, Linda Lay Shuler
Little Earthquakes, Jennifer Weiner
Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, Marian Keyes
Maximum Ride, James Patterson
Minutes Before Sunset, Shannon A. Thompson
Misguided Angel and Bloody Valentine, Melissa de la Cruz
Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series **Highly Recommended)
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
The Monster’s Daughter, Deborah Bryan
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
Nefertiti, Michelle Moran
Never Let Me Go, Kauzo Ishiguro
The Night Circus, Erin Morganstern (one of the BEST I’ve ever read!) **Highly Recommended
Night of Many Dreams, Gail Tsukiyama
One Door Away From Heaven, Dean Koontz
The Red Scarf, Kate Furnivall **Highly Recommended
Sacred Hearts, Sarah Dunant
Seconds Before Sunrise, Shannon A. Thompson
She Who Remembers, Linda Lay Shuler
Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Sophie Kinsella
Summer Knight, Jim Butcher
Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes
Tainted Angel, Anne Cleeland
Two Is Enough, Laura S. Scott
Under the Never Sky, Veronica Rossi
Voice of the Eagle, Linda Lay Shuler **Highly Recommended
The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn Book #2)
World War Z, Max Brooks **Highly Recommended
Zombies Don’t Cry, Rusty Rischer

Other favorites or recommendations. Listed in no particular order for now.

Single Books

The Devil in the Junior League, Linda Francis Lee. –So much fun! Totally unlike my usual fare. I picked this up randomly at the library and I’m so glad I did.
Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen –I know everyone knows about this one already but it is one of my favorites. I read it long before they were making the movie, which I’m still on the fence about seeing because I’m just not sure the story will come off well on the screen. **Highly Recommended
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follet
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurty –an oldie but a goodie

Series – I read a lot of series. I really enjoy being part of the lives of the characters for more than just one book. Also listed in no particular order. I would say all of the following series fall under my “Highly Recommended” status. 🙂

The Wheel of Time Series, Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
The Farseer Triology, Robin Hobb
The Codex of Alera, Jim Butcher
Blue Bloods, Melissa De La Cruz
Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
Inheritance, Christopher Paolini
Mark of the Lion, Francine Rivers
Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
The Sworth of Truth, Terry Goodkind
The Genesis of Shannara, Terry Brooks

Other Favorite Authors

It’s just easier to list the author than to list all their books. Suffice it to say, I really enjoy the writing styles of these folks and the periods or story types that they write.

Philipa Gregory
Sharon Kay Penman
Judith Merkle Riley –her Margaret of Ashbury series really got me started on historical fiction back in the 90’s
Debbie Macomber – great for fun, light reading between the more dense fantasy or historical fiction novels I’m usually reading.
Pamela Kaufman
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Rosamunde Pilcher

Let me know what you’re reading! I love to get recommendations to add to my “list of books to read.” 🙂 Use the contact form to email me privately, or post your recommendations for everyone to see in the Comments at the bottom of the page.

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