Oh how I love to read! I hope this list is helpful to other book worms like me! :)
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand -- Y'all know how I love true stories. This one rocked my socks off. It's the story of Army Air Forces bombardier Louis Zamperini who survived a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean during WWII and then somehow endured SO MANY other unimaginable things that you will seriously have to stop and remind yourself, "This really happened." It's a long book and it will hook you in, so make sure to start it when you have plenty of time on your hands.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo -- This is actually a children's book, recommended to me by my nephew Grant. I told him that I loved reading "Because of Winn Dixie" last year and he thought I might like this one too. :) It's a short & sweet story about a lost china rabbit and his adventures that teach him about love and family. Don't tell Grant, but I didn't like it nearly as much as "Because of Winn Dixie."
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead -- One of my favorite grad school professors introduced me to this book. She always started class with a read aloud (Yes - for a class full of adults!) and she read us one chapter of this young adult novel one night. I don't even know how to explain this story without giving away too many details....but I loved it. It's one of those books where you have no idea what's going on until it all comes together near the end and then you don't want it to end!
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult -- I've loved every Jodi Picoult book I have ever read, so I think I just glanced at this one in the library and brought it home with me on a whim. I didn't really know what it was about until I was halfway into it, but I definitely enjoyed it. Just FYI - one of the main characters is gay and while that's a pretty important piece of the story, it also touches on fertility issues, alcoholism, & family. Strange mix, but somehow it works and it's a beautiful story.
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens -- Loved this! This is the story of a female realtor who gets abducted from an open house and spends a year held captive in a remote mountain cabin. Many parts of it reminded me of "Room," which I also loved. There's a twist that you just won't believe! A must read!
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo -- The movie, "War Horse," was based on this book. It's the story of a horse that is sold to the army near the beginning of WWI, his adventures in war, and the journey that his owner & friend takes to bring him home again. Very touching! It's written from the horse's point of view which makes it really unique.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman -- Definitely a great one! It's about a lighthouse keeper's wife who finds a baby and a dead man on a boat that washes to shore. After dealing with several miscarriages over the years, she has to decide whether to report her discovery or raise the child as her own.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn -- Another awesome one! This one was super popular this year, so I'm pretty sure you've heard of it, but just in case....It's a mystery about a wife that disappears on her 5 year anniversary and the husband looks G-U-I-L-T-Y. But there's a twist in the middle that you won't believe!
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova -- There was a little teaser about Left Neglected at the end of Still Alice, so I decided to read that one next. I liked Still Alice a little more and thought there were a few moments of Left Neglected where it seemed to drag on, but it was a decent book. It's about a woman who has a car accident and suffers from a syndrome called "left neglect" which causes her brain to ignore the left side of her body, the left side of her plate, etc. She can't look to the left, use her left hand or foot, etc. She's a busy executive, a wife, and a mom of two kiddos, so it's really interesting to see her take a step back to reexamine her priorities.
Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs -- Fifty year old Gus Simpson, a popular TV cooking show host, is asked to partner with a young new co-host and completely change her show. The book is about much more though.....family, relationships, friendship. It took me a chapter or two to get into it, but I liked it!
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry -- This one. Oh man. This one is amazing. Thanks to Matt's aunt Nancy for recommending it and loaning it to me! This is the story of an unusual friendship that forms between a widow, a college student, and two poor tailors that end up sharing an apartment in India in 1975. I absolutely loved this one but just a warning - it is incredibly sad.
Rescue by Anita Shreve -- This one reminded me a lot of Nicholas Sparks books, so of course I really liked it! A small town paramedic falls in love with a troubled woman after saving her from a near fatal car accident. They go their separate ways a few years later, but end up needing each other again when their eighteen year old daughter gets into some trouble.
All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve -- This one was sooooo different than any other Anita Shreve books I've read. It wasn't my favorite, but I was still hooked enough to keep reading and to find out what happened. It's a story about unrequited love and takes place in the early 1900s. I kept waiting for some big moment but I just ended up....depressed.
That's all for now! More books to come at the end of this year! Happy reading! :)