Friday, June 12, 2009

A Partial List of Some of the Best Books I've Read, In No Particular Order

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: This goes without saying. I read it the first time when I was in high school and then re-read it about a year and a half ago for my book club, and just couldn't put it down. It's over 1000 pages, but I really look forward to reading it again someday.

Roots by Alex Haley: This is another epic story that is worth reading more than once.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: I loved this book so much. I'm a sucker for birth and sisterhood-of-women stuff.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel: Amazing, amazing read. A far-fetched, but still somehow believable story.

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb: I've read this one twice and loved it even more the second time. I love a good story of dysfunction.

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs: Another memoir about complete and utter dysfunction, but told without an ounce of self-pity and loads of sarcasm and humor. Right up my alley. People seem to either hate this book or love it. I loved it, in fact so much that I immediately went out and bought and read all of his other books.

Dry by Augusten Burroughs: A follow-up to Running With Scissors, this is his account of dealing with his alcoholism and drug addiction.

Blackbird by Jennifer Lauck: Another memoir about a really effed-up childhood.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: Really good book; appealed to my atheist sensibilities.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Wonderful story.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: Even better than his first book in my opinion.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell: I loved this book as much as an adult as I did as a kid . . . and it made me cry just as much.

I'm sure there are more, but there's my starter list.


  1. I think you might enjoy the book What is the What by Dave Eggers.

  2. I just loved Running With Scissors! I just picked up his brother's memoir, Look Me In The Eye, so keep an eye out for that review if you'd like me to pass that one on to you!

  3. Ecki, that is one I'd like to read, so when you do your review, I'll make a grab for it!