November 06, 2009

Good Books

Here are some books that I've recently read & loved and wanted to recommend for your To Read List. You do have a To Read List, right? I'm not the only one? What is it about the smell of a new book? Or the smell of the library? Or the feel of a bookstore? I could never be happy without stacks and stacks of books around. I have a neighbor who loves her Kindle. Loves it. There is just no way I could ever give up the feeling of holding a book in my hands, of turning the pages and touching the words, of holding it up to my face and deeply inhaling it's intoxicating scent. Please share what you've been smelling reading lately.









 

25 comments:

  1. Jen, Of course I have a list! And being a librarian - it's over 8 pages long! oh boy.

    CHeryl

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  2. Our bookclub is doing the Potato Peel Society this month -- or as soon as the local library gets our copies in! I love books; so I'll have to check some of these out. Thanks.

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  3. Jen, you know what is so funny? Aaron actually put a suggestion in the suggestion box a the library 'you need shopping carts'. We are book addicts. Sometimes I get so many, that I don't get around to reading them, but I do like to feel them, touch them and absolutely smell them!

    I saw a few on your list that I'd love to read. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. My husband suggested a Kindle once.. The look I gave him I think has prevented the question from being brought up again. Ha! I could never live without the presence of books.. One day I hope to have my own book store so as just to live among them. I have recently learned how to bind books, being an artist I could never ever have too many blank books laying around. Great list!-Sarahylnn

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  5. I read the Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society and really enjoyed it very much. I'm looking forward to The Summer House. Maybe after Silver Bella. Can't wait to see you next Wednesday!

    xo

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  6. Hi!
    I've been reading the following (almost at the same time, I'm afraid!):
    - The time traveler's wife
    - Who killed Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    - The essential Neruda: Selected poems
    - Home Rules by Nate Berkus

    Have fun!

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  7. Some great books and some new ones to me. I just finished The Other Queen and liked it and also The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and loved it.

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  8. I'm with you! As much as I love technology, no Kindle for me. Pages to turn, yes please!

    I really enjoyed the Gurnesey Potato Peel Society. Other books that I've enjoyed in the past year are The Help by Katherine Stockett, Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo, Nice to Come Home To by Rebecca Flowers, The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (lighter read),Jane Eyre (classic that I hadn't gotten to in years past)& Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner. Another all time favorite is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

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  9. LOVVEE to read. Appreciated your list. Will check some of those out. I do have Rachel Ashwell's book....love all of her books. Although a week to my sale, so this is crunch time for me....but week after next....will need some good reading! Thanks for sharing

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  10. Thank you for sharing these books, I have been in a bit of a book lull! I appreciate your sharing!

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  11. thank you for the recommendations. I had The Guernsey Literary... book on my list and Rachel Ashwell's, but not the others! I agree- you can't replace hard copies of books- there is just something about touching them- falling asleep with them- that I just love!


    xo
    SHS

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  12. I don't have a list but I do have a stack waiting beside my bed to be read. I am in the middle of the Potato Peel Pie Society now. I see more to add to the stack from your wonderful list!

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  13. Oh, I wish I had time to read even one of those books! They all look like they'd be great. I have so many books that I've bought, but usually only make it to the 2nd chapter or so before life interrupts : )

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  14. My book club read the Potato Peel book but I was to be on vacation for the discussion meeting and didn't finish it! I know I will eventually because I really liked what I did read. We're reading Craig Ferguson's book right now, "American On Purpose". It's hilarious and somehow I was wrangled into leading the discussion so I need to re-read next week! I was just reviewing my amazon shopping list this morning (like I need another unread book lying around!) and couldn't believe I haven't bought Elizabeth Berg's "Home Safe" yet. She's a long-time favorite. I noticed that the price of the actual book was $7 more than the Kindle version. For seven extra dollars, I'd so much rather have the real thing! Can't quite wrap my brain around an electronic book. Reading, for me, is as much about the feel of the book as what's written on the pages.

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  15. I think I would LOVE the Alabama Stitch Book, I might just have to get it now. :-)

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  16. I hear ya on the real book thing!

    Looks like you'll have your nose in a book for awhile with that list!

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  17. Please bump Love Walked In to the tip top of the list.

    And I have been known to kiss a book every now and then...

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  18. great list & you know me...i love the cover of each of those! i have the mighty queens on hold at the library.
    xo

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  19. Jen,

    You should check out goodreads.com, it is keeping track of the books I've read, and want to read. I still have my stacks of course, but goodreads has become my list! And you can see what your friends are reading. I am reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - love, love, love it. Thanks for sharing your list...Terry

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  20. I work in a library and I totally agree with you. I have my own collection at home. I just finished reading The Guernsey book and thought it was great. Am just in the middle of Traveling with pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and love it.

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  21. I have a "read" list and a "to read" list. And the library is my favorite place! So much so that on vacations I take pictures of me in front of the library.

    I'm on goodreads and would love to link with you if you are interested. Email me if so.

    Currently reading: Doodle Stitch (recommended by a blogger, love it!), The Heavenly Man (non-fiction and heart breaking), Three Cups of Tea (a little slow going) and Now and Then (just started so I can't comment yet).

    My "to read" list has over 400 books!

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  22. jen - I'm so happy to hear you liked The Unlikely Lav. Queen! I met Jeanie last year at a book party - she's a HOOT! she ( along with YOU!) has inspired me to re-evaluate LIFE! google her - she has a new blog - her and her husband took the boys out of school and will travel the WORLD for a year! how delightful. PS. your love of Villages... come visit me! you would love it! Skaneateles NY is the most charming town - you could drive easily.. maybe a long weekend? i'll be looking for you at SB! i'm getting a nervous newbie!

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  23. Oh Jenn, you've hit my craving!!! NEW BOOKS! And not text books either!! I will be making a list of your ideas for great reads! Lori

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  24. I get so many, that I don't get around to reading them, but I do like to feel them, touch them and absolutely smell them!
    Work from home India

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