Book Recommendations Please!

Alright friends, family, strangers…

I’m looking for some summer reading recommendations.  I’ll be spending many hours in airplanes traveling this summer and like to read a bit to wind down before going to sleep (and imagine that will be the same whether I am here or in Africa). 

I’ll tell you some of my favs of late to give you some inspiration :)

Young Adult Lit

  • Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay
  • Divergent & Insurgent
  • Matched and Crossed (Crossed is better, but you have to read Matched first)
  • On my travel purchase list: Delirium & Pandemonium

Mysteries & Action (listed by authors I enjoy) (I don’t like mysteries that will completely give me nightmares, but enjoy some clever crime solving)

  • Vince Flynn (my new addiction – thanks Ashley!  Reading these books is basically like watching 24.  I have intentionally been pacing myself so that I can read lots of them this summer)
  • Rhys Bowen (light fluffy mysteries with a fun historical flair)
  • David Housewright
  • David Rosenfelt
  • Harlan Coben
Also on my list of purchased, but haven’t read is Crazy Love by Francis Chan (and by purchased I mean I got it when it was a free download.  win!)
Also, am currently reading Pride and Prejudice and The Power of One (don’t ask me how I am currently reading both of those books.  It just happened.  It was an accident).
Those are my top two genre’s of late, but others I enjoy:

Good Reads

  • The Help
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

Funny and Entertaining Books

  • Tiney Fey’s Bossypants
  • Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Chick Lit (I enjoy a good fluffy beach read, but some authors are a little too much for me in the ridiculous cheesy factor.  So I like chick lit but with discretion)
  • Emily Giffin
  • Sophie Kinsella (the shopaholic weren’t my most favorite, but her other books are pretty decent!)

Overly Dramatic (these I can only read in moderation)

  • Kristin Hannah
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Nicholas Sparks
  • Karen Kingsbury

So, there you have it: some authors I know and love or like.

Now I need some new material.  What books or authors would you recommend?

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2 thoughts on “Book Recommendations Please!

  1. I really didn’t like Crazy Love. I was put off by his semi-extremist pushings, but after that I read Tattoos on the Heart which was AMAZING. So, if you need a religious read – I definitely recommend that.

    You should read Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters if you haven’t because the plot is amazing, and it’s a summer read. Nikki Gemmell has a new book out too. If you haven’t read The Bride Stripped Bare, it’s wonderful and then her new book as well – With My Body.

  2. Young Adult:
    -When You Reach Me (oh my gosh, one of my FAVORITE books now. Amazing!)
    -The Thief Lord (if you haven’t read it yet, it’s great. I’ve read it as a class novel 6 times now)

    Favorite Authors:
    -Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is his most famous, but I love his 44 Scotland Street series as well as Isabel Dalhousie)
    -Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series (futuristic and hilarious, Thursday Next is in charge of the literary detective agency…she solves crimes in books, literally IN books)
    -Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers and Blink are amazing nonfiction that sucks you into the research he does)
    -Donna Leon (Brunetti series that takes place in Venice. You don’t have to read them in order–there are over 20 books now–but they’re really intriguing.)

    Also a good book:
    -A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson (lovely book)

    Here’s my shelfari shelf in case you want to browse…
    http://www.shelfari.com/teachertraveler

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