10 Really Good Books

I am always hunting for new, interesting, good books to read. I like fiction. I like funny. I like strong women and I like complicated but not hard. I know some of you feel the same way, so I think we should share some of our favorites.

So here is a list of 10 Really Good Books. I may write another at some point (and that way I don’t have to write a list of the 10 best books). They are mostly not recent books, and I tried to stay away from bestsellers that everyone has read (but you should seriously go read the Hunger Games), so it’s possible you have read them, but they also probably don’t come up when I bombard you with a pile of book suggestions.

I also tried to pick only one book from each of my favorite authors (I love Julia Alvarez, Barbara Kingsolver, Isabel Allende, and Elise Juska) just to keep the list balanced. For now.

1) The Last Days of Summer (http://www.amazon.com/Last-Days-Summer-Steve-Kluger/dp/B00034EONM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319155945&sr=8-2). I read this book before I went to law school, and it was just one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s letters, during World War II, and it’s about a kid and baseball and the war and New York.

2) Prodigal Summer (http://www.amazon.com/Prodigal-Summer-Novel-Barbara-Kingsolver/dp/0060959037/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319156034&sr=1-1) I’m a HUGE Barbara Kingsolver Fan, but I hadn’t read this one because it wasn’t totally clear what it was about. It’s about nature, and farming, and small towns, life, love, sex, and family.

3) The Hazards of Sleeping Alone (http://www.amazon.com/Hazards-Sleeping-Alone-Elise-Juska/dp/B000C4SNWG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1319156128&sr=8-3) It’s about a divorced mom and what shape her life takes.

4) A Nice Girl Like Me (http://www.amazon.com/Nice-Girl-Like-Me/dp/0751533947/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319156210&sr=1-1) APWers should read it because the woman works in a whiskey factory. Or something like that. But it’s about marriage, and the hard parts of marriage, and coming of age, and marrying young, and whether that’s a mistake.

5) P.S., I Love You (http://www.amazon.com/PS-Love-You-Cecelia-Ahern/dp/0786890754/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1319156285&sr=8-14) The movie wasn’t as good. The book is about a woman whose husband has died, and he writes her a list of things she must do in order to cope with his death.

6) In Her Shoes (http://www.amazon.com/Her-Shoes-Novel-Jennifer-Weiner/dp/0743418204/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319156393&sr=1-1) If you like books about sisters, go read it. It’s categorized as chick lit, but it’s instead a book about the really hard things – families, sisters, finding love, growing up, growing old, and finding yourself.

7) Portrait in Sepia (http://www.amazon.com/Portrait-Sepia-Novel-Isabel-Allende/dp/0061991538/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319156477&sr=8-1) I think a lot of people read House of the Spirits and Daughter of Fortune, but Portrait in Sepia is actually my favorite, although you should read Daughter of Fortune first, for context.

8) In the Time of the Butterflies (http://www.amazon.com/Time-Butterflies-Julia-Alvarez/dp/1565129768/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319156650&sr=1-1) I love this book. It’s about four strong, smart, powerful women during the Trujillo dictatorship. It’s about being revolutionaries, but it’s also about being wives, being mothers, and most importantly, being sisters. (Did I mention I’m a sucker for books about sisters?)

9) Summer at Tiffany (http://www.amazon.com/Summer-at-Tiffany-ebook/dp/B000Q80S4O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1319157418&sr=1-1) This book is technically non-fiction, but it’s about the first two females at Tiffany who worked out on the floor and it reads like fiction and it’s amazing.

10) My Year of Meats (http://www.amazon.com/My-Year-Meats-Ruth-Ozeki/dp/0140280464/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319157768&sr=1-1) It’s about women, and marriage, and culture, and meat, and the meat industry. This is the first book that I read that really opened my eyes to CAFOs and the meat industry. (I had already been a vegetarian for two years) It’s also really good.

What’s on your list of Really Good Books?

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