Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the
man far better than through mortal friends.
Dawn Adams

I was chatting with my friend Ashley and she was talking about how she wanted to get more into reading. She knows what a book lover I am (thanks to my mother!) and requested I send her some of my favorite books and authors so she could start some of my selections and hopefully find what she really loves.

I compiled quite the list so I thought I'd share and also see if any of you had additions.

First I shared with her two great websites that help when picking your next book:

Literature Map (shows in comparison other authors to one you like)
What Should I Read Next (you enter the book you just read and it suggests others you may like)

Then I listed my favorite authors (I love everything each wrote!):
  • Wally Lamb
  • Anita Shreve
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Rebecca Wells
  • Jennifer Weiner
  • Alice Sebold
...and my favorite books that came to mind by other authors:
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro
  • What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us by Danielle Crittenden
  • Evening by Susan Minot
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
  • If I am Missing or Dead by Janine Latus
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Any other you'd like to share?


Kristen said...

I'm going to have to check those sites out - saying I'm an avid reader is an understatement and I'm always on the hunt for a new book! I just finished My Antonia by Willa Cather and enjoyed it. Another one was My Enemy's Cradle (author is not coming to mind) but it was historical fiction and interesting read!

Justin and Jenn said...

I'd have to add Francine Rivers to that list. She's SOO great!

Angie said...

Have you read the Book Thief? I didn't want it to end, such an amazing book.

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