Thursday, January 29, 2009

For Adrianne...

I received this post on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago from my niece Adrianne:

"I was up early this morning on the computer and as part of my weekly routine I was reading your blog. Can I make an entry request. I know the blog is about the people you like but would you consider writing an entry about the books you like most and why you like them? Maybe an "Aunt Tami's Top 10" or something? I would find it very interesting and would probably print the list out or something."

I do have a knack for picking a great book if I do say so myself! you go my dear Adrianne.  I hope you like these books as much as I did...and still do.

The Book Thief   by:  Markus Zusak
Right now, this is my favorite book.  It really touched my life and I think about it often.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
After reading Twilight I was ravenous for a good, historical, "big girl" book about vampires.  I didn't want anything satanic or scary.  I happened upon The Historian.  It was great.  It's a little slow at the beginning but was a great mystery and I learned a lot about Daracula!  I know, it sounds stupid but was better than reading about teenage vampire love...way better.

The Red Tent by:  Anita Diamant
I loved the real life twist to the Bible story.
These is My Words by: Nancy Turner
Best romantic book I've read.  I don't care for the romance in regular books but this one was amazing.  I also, don't usually read books about pioneer life.  I really do think about this book everyday and count my blessings that I live now...when I can sleep in and not worry about feeding the chickens.
Sarah's Quilt by:  Nancy Turner
This is the sequel to These is my Words.  When I met the author, I told her I actually liked this one better than the first one.  It is full of sadness and misery and is glorious!  :)
Sacajawea   by: Anna Lee Waldo
1429 pages
I read this years ago but it came to mind immediately when I started thinking about this list.  It was such a great, clear, amazing telling of the historical woman who led Lewis and Clark across the west.
Beware:  It's super, super long!

The Thirteenth Tale by: Diane Setterfield
This is a fun ghost story about writing  books.  I really enjoyed it.  I gave it for Christmas presents last year.
The Glass Castle by:  Jeannette Walls
Another book that has stuck with me.  It's a memoir of a NYC writer who was raised in poverty.  Many times, this story made me cry and worry for the children.  I can't imagine choosing a life of poverty to raise my children.  My favorite story is about the rat!  I still laugh just thinking about it.
Angle of Repose by:  Wallace Stegner
This is one of those books that took me FOREVER to finish.  It was just so beautifully written and unfolds slowly.  It is a story of both the past and present.  It takes a look at marriage and how it fails and excels.  I need to read this one again.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by:  Barbara Kingsolver
I love my Barbara Kingsolver.  I savor everything she writes.  This one was about how she and her family lived off the land for a year.  They grew their own food, canned it, and ate locally.  It is inspiring and makes me think about where my food comes from.


Adrianne said...

Thanks, favorite aunt! I have only read the Glass Castle and I too loved it. I made Dan read it so I could talk to him about it. Also went online and found a bunch of pictures that a tourist had taken of her West Virginia home on the side of the mountain. All that is left is the front stairs.
I think I have some reading to do. Thanks.
I love you.
Love, Adrianne

Erin said...

I love, love, love your list. :)

Abbie said...

I love the Book Thief! You do have very good taste.

emlizalmo said...

Ooooo...GREAT list! Thanks for sharing. :)

erika @ life unfluffed said...

I lovr you!

erika @ life unfluffed said...

I mean love.

emlizalmo said...

I realize you probably won't see this in time, but they are getting baptized tomorrow...the 31st. At the church right by the school, at 11 am. Lizzy was quite sad when she realized we hadn't mentioned it to you. I figured you get invited to gobs, and didn't want you to feel any pressure. Stupid me. If you read this...and you're free...they'd LOVE to see you. :)

Mandi said...

I made a book blog too! before I even saw this. . . I am so glad you made this list, gives me lots of reading ideas! YAY!!!

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