Of course, my favorite books are actually the ones I represent, but as I can’t possibly pick out five of my favorites from such a good bunch, I’m picking the following out of several different categories:
One of my favorite memoirs/narrative nonfiction books is Dry by Augusten Burroughs. I just think Augusten has a great voice, wonderful humor, and touches me every time. Highly recommended. Start with Running with Scissors and move your way up. I have to add, though, that my book group read this and only two of us fell in love with it. But we decided that’s because it’s very hard to offend the two of us and there are some really amazingly crazy scenes. If you like Borat, you’ll probably like Augusten.
Sure to Make You Cry fiction:
I just love Elizabeth Berg’s Talk Before Sleep. I give it to a lot of my girl friends when I’m feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s a wonderful book about friends, live, connection, and death, of course. Can’t have a good weepy read without a little death thrown in there.
Pema Chodren’s When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times is an amazing, open-hearted and useful book about living in the modern world where fear, rage, and despair are often overwhelming around us.
Karin Slaughter’s Blindsighted: I was thrilled to discover Karin Slaugher, whose dark and emotional books really appeal to me. The characters are very real, though these are very dark books. Of course, any Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child is also pretty fabulous.
I just finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, which I loved. It’s on my mind so I’ll pick that for today. If you haven’t read it, it’s really worth picking up. I love reading a book where I’m also learning something new, exposed to a culture, idea, setting I’ve never encountered.
There are so many amazing books and it’s so hard to pick a few that really shine. I think we could do a daily blog on our favorite books and each day they’d be different. How about our favorite Christmas cookies? That’s something to sink my teeth into!