Okay, so I've hinted for a while now that I will be starting a few new memes soon (and they're totally on the way), and I will give you a hint as to what one of them will be about - books! I do consider myself a book connoisseur, given that I've read probably thousands of books in my lifetime, thus far. Reading is probably my top hobby, though I don't get as much time for it as I used to, now that I'm chasing around a toddler all the time.
So, in honor of that passion today, I want to share with you my personal top 10 favorite books, and they all would make awesome choices for a book club. Some of these books I've read and reread a ton of times, as far back as my childhood. It was awfully tough to pick a top 10, and I'm sure that I've left some out, but here they are:
1.Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
2.My Sister's Keeper: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
3. How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo - a totally accidental find. I stumbled upon it at Barnes and Noble one day, and I love stories about rock and roll, so this seemed like a natural fit. This may actually be my number one choice, I've reread it so many times. I love, love, love this book and the totally classic romance it tells.
4. White House Autumn by Ellen Emerson White - My sister bought this for me one Christmas when I was a kid. I loved it then, and when it was re-released when Hillary Clinton ran for president, I picked it up again and read the "re-released" version, which is updated for the times. (I prefer the original, 80's version.)
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - I read this for book club this year with my moms' group. This is an absolutely beautiful piece of literature. Easily one of the best books I've ever read.
6. The Department of Lost & Found by Allison Winn Scotch - I stumbled upon this at the local library last year, and devoured it. I had a hard time putting it down. I used to work at a cancer center, so stories about women who battle cancer hold a special place in my heart, because I can recall so many patients that I met over the years, but this is on the list not for that reason, but because of how well-written it is.
7. In Her Shoes : A Novel by Jennifer Weiner - I love, love, love Jennifer Weiner. She's great. This, however, is my favorite novel of hers. It was another book I devoured quickly, couldn't put it down. I didn't necessarily love the movie version, it was an okay adaptation, but I went home from seeing the movie and re-read the book.
8. Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes - Have you ever seen "Celebrity Rehab" on VH-1? Well, this book is about a woman's trip to rehab, and boy did she try to say no. Very well-written, very gripping tale.
9. Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married by Marian Keyes - This was one of the first Marian Keyes books I read. It's one of Husband's proudest moments, as it was a book he picked out for me. And a good choice it was, because I loved it. I wound up reading pretty much everything she's ever written, and I've really enjoyed her work, but this one (and the previous one on the list) have remained my favorites.
10. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella - I read this after Baby came. It was one of the first books I was able to finish after Baby came, actually (I would lose interest real easily during that very sleepless time). I can even remember trying to breastfeed Baby and figure out how to hold the book at the same time (it didn't work).
So these are my favorite books, what are yours? I love hearing what books other people love, it's a great way to get book recommendations.
P.S. - Want to know what I'm reading right now? I am actually doing a "book club" with my husband, and we are reading a book on NASCAR called Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with Nascar (P.S.). So far, it's been a pretty interesting read.
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