12 in 11

I love to read. In high school, I was that weird girl who was always hunkered over a book in study hall. Pretty much my entire sophomore year, I had a copy of one of the books in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice tucked under my arm (Edward can GTFO, Lestat 4 Eva). I’ve let my reading habits fall to the wayside, partly because I have less time than I used to and partly because I find myself engrossed in other things when I do get free time: blogging, Facebook, video games, etc. I want to rekindle my love affair for books, so I set a goal for myself this year.

I will read one book per month in 2011. That’s 12 books in 2011, for those of you who may be using their fingers to count right now. It’s cool, I count on my fingers too.
I have also decided to make one of my books non-fiction. I don’t enjoy reading non-fiction, so this will be a challenge for me.

I’m opening my comments to suggestions. Here are some of my favorite books, or books I have read recently:

  • The Lovely Bones
  • Anything by Stephen King
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • The Help
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Matilda

I don’t do romance novels.

January’s book (which is already in progress) is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

So, suggest away, readers! What book(s) do you adore that you think I should read?


  1. Believe me, with january's book being what it is, you'll want to follow it up with the next two!

    Also worthwhile are:

    -american wife

    -the secret lives of husbands and wives

    -anything by emily giffin, sophie kinsella/madeline wickham, jane green, meg cabot for mindless chick lit.
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  2. "Night" by Elie Wiesel. Wonderful, sad, beautiful. He is a Holocaust survivor.

  3. Read "The Help" …it's fantastic!


  4. If your up for a reading challenge try Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett

    also The Help by Kathryn Stockett, great non fiction (well its sorta non fiction) is The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer Purcell, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (her other book is not good though, but this one is great!) The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (that one is a little hard to get into ato first). Hope that helps
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  5. I love books by Sophie Kinsella my self. I also like anything by Phillipa Gregory. She writes historical fiction in the Tudor time period. If you like King Henry VIII then I'd read her!

  6. I'm currently reading, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and actually watching the movie today.
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  7. The girl with the dragon tattoo, and the rest of the series are pretty good, especially if you also watch the movies. I just finished the Wizards First Rule books .. but they arent non fiction.
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  8. I second the Sophie Kinsella books and Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen). I also love Midwives (Chris Bohjalian) and anything by Elizabeth Berg.
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  9. You are a girl after my own heart. I loooooove to read.

    I love everything by

    Lesley Kagen and Katrina Kittle

    Also loved the Dress Lodger

    The Help was great

    The Glass Castle was completely amazing to me

    Oh, I could go on and on.

  10. Based on your last post, I'd reccommend World War Z by Max Brooks. Also, among my favorites that I'd suggest to anyone are White Oleander, by Janet Fitch (I know the title sounds lame, but it's excellent) How to be Good, by Nick Hornby (he's hilarious) and for nonfiction, I really enjoyed Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nasifi (it's a memoir but you incedentally learn a lot about the Islamic Revolution in Iran.)

  11. I LOVED Pillars of the Earth… but it is a challenge to get through.

    I'm half way through Girl With the Dragon Tattoo right now – the first 90 or so pages were AWFUL, but then it got really really good. My mom said Girl Who Played With Fire is even better.
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  12. I was totally coming here to suggest The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo–just because I've heard a ton of people say they really love it. I can't speak from experience.

    I'm trying to think of suggestions for nonfiction…maybe some sort of parenting/dealing with your toddler type thing? Even if you don't really agree with what the author has to say, you might find it more interesting. There's a book I have called Traffic, which is about why we drive the way we do…I keep meaning to pick it up and finish it, but so far I haven't. I'll let you know what I think about it should that happen before the end of the year.

    Good luck!

  13. We could be the same person. I haven't read anything lately and that sucks–so I don't know of any "new" books, but I totally have one for your non-fiction (I don't like them either) but A Long Way Gone is amazing. It's "memoirs of a boy solider" about a boy in Africa whose entire family was killed and he's on the run with other boys until they're captured and turned into killers. The boy is of course the author of the book.

    My King favorites, if you haven't already read them: Desperation, IT, Lisey's Story, The Dark Half, Tommyknockers…
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