Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Making a Book List

In no specific order, I might change my mind and some have multiple titles by the same author, cause if I find an author that writes a great page turner, I will probably like their other books:

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

At the age of thirty-one, Gilbert moved with her husband to the suburbs of New York and began trying to get pregnant, only to realize that she wanted neither a child nor a husband. Three years later, after a protracted divorce, she embarked on a yearlong trip of recovery, with three main stops: Rome, for pleasure (mostly gustatory, with a special emphasis on gelato); an ashram outside of Mumbai, for spiritual searching; and Bali, for "balancing." These destinations are all on the beaten track, but Gilbert's exuberance and her self-deprecating humor enliven the proceedings: recalling the first time she attempted to speak directly to God, she says, "It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, 'I've always been a big fan of your work.'" Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

Sequel to Eat Pray Love is Committed: A Love Storyother books by Elizabeth Gilbert

Happiness Sold SeparatelyHappiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston

The title of Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston is honest advertising--you are not buying a happy, upbeat book when you pick it up. It was, however, realistic and engaging. Even when I wanted to, I could not put Happiness Sold Separately down. The story is well-written and the characters are believable. It is a good book, but happiness is sold separately.

Also by author, Good Grief if Happiness Sold Separately is good... 

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he is or what he is doing. It drops him naked and vulnerable into another decade, wearing an age-appropriate face. In fact, it's not unusual for Henry to run into the other Henry and help him out of a jam. Sound unusual? Imagine Clare Detamble's astonishment at seeing Henry dropped stark naked into her parents' meadow when she was only six. Though, of course, until she came of age, Henry was always the perfect gentleman and gave young Clare nothing but his friendship as he dropped in and out of her life. It's no wonder that the film rights to this hip and urban love story have been acquired.  
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I love being able to read a book and then watch the movie. If I watch a movie then read, the characters are all messed up for me. I can only see the actors who played the parts instead of what I imagine the author was describing. I haven't seen this movie. FINISHED:

Beneath a Marble Sky: A Love StoryBeneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors is a fictional story surrounding the building of the Taj Mahal. While historians agree that the Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in the seventeenth century who was grieving the loss of his wife, the true details surrounding this story have been lost. Shors imagines them in Beneath a Marble Sky, bringing to life a story of love, war, beauty and tragedy.

 Also by John Shors: The Wishing Trees | Dragon House | Beside a Burning Sea

I couldn't get into this book at this time, it is something I want to read but it doesn't fit my mood right now. Moving on to another title.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon will appeal to men and women. It is cleverly written and draws readers in to the mind of the narrator, who has a developmental disability. It is funny, sweet and a must read for anyone who knows someone with special needs. 

Also by Mark Haddon: Boom! | A Spot of Bother 

A book list of authors I haven't read, different types of tales and stories. I think it's a good starting place...


  1. You've got some great books here. Loved the Time Travelers Wife and Curious Incident. Have you read Water for Elephants or Ape House? Both are wonderful. IMHO, the movie Eat, Pray, Love was far better than the book - it corrected some of the obvious promiscuity and self-centeredness I felt in the book. Of course, that said, people either love it or hate it... maybe you'll love it. I'll be anxious to hear what you think. So glad to see you finally getting some time to do something for you!

  2. I admit I did not read "The Time Traveler's Wife" but I saw the movie (unusual for me). The movie was beautiful, even my husband liked it.


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