Good Reads // Favorite Things

Library Books

Sometimes, I wish I could just drop everything and read for about a month straight. We have tried to go to the library more often, and I’m thrilled to see both of my kids interested in reading. There are so many good books out there, and I’m always happier when I am reading something (in addition to sewing blogs, of course).

In the spirit of Black Friday, I posted (affiliate) links to each of the books below…just in case you are looking for something for that special someone (who could also be yourself). I make a little income from affiliate links–I’m grateful when you purchase something from a link here!

My favorite book of the year: Wonder

Favorite Books of Years Past:
Hannah Coulter

The Map of Love: A Novel

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel

The Namesake: A Novel

Books I’ve read in the last little while I’ve enjoyed:

The Fault in Our Starsby John Green: If you read any reviews on this book, they will most likely involve the words precocious, cancer, love story, tears, fragility, tears, beautiful, heartbreaking, and tears. Nevertheless, a great read.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale: not a sequel to her first book, but rather a second story set in the fictional Austenland–the destination vacation for women looking to escape from their lives and end up in 1810s England. If you like the first one, you will like this one.

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader’s Circle) by Ruth Reichl: If you enjoy cooking, or even just eating, you will enjoy Ruth Riechl’s untraditional coming of age story. The the recipes are a bonus.  My husband didn’t love it, but I’m not holding that against him.

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon: A friend recommended this to me when I told him I was having trouble finding that elusive balance in my life. He suggested this book–it isn’t a typical self help book. Instead, the authors present broad theories, mostly from the business world, that you can apply to your life to figure out priorities, think about relationships, and that all important chapter 3: stay out of jail (referring mostly to white collar crime from the authors’ classmates at Harvard Business School 30 years ago.) I think I’m good on Chapter 3.

Books on my “to read” list, thanks to recommendations from friends on Instagram (I’m @swimbikequilt there):

The Book Thief

Cutting for Stone

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

The Signature of All Things: A Novel

Happily, my library had at least one of the recommended books, and I plan to start Peace Like a River.

Happy reading, everyone. As always, I’d be interested in your recommendations. I like a little bit of everything…
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  1. Abby
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    I’m sure I’ve suggested it before but Half the sky by Kristof and Wudunn. It’s an amazing insight into the lost women of our world. I promise you will cry both tears of sadness and grief but also joy at what women can achieve. I’m also reading equal justice at the moment by Rabia Siddique. It’s a very compelling story.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 30, 2013 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      I have heard of Half the Sky but haven’t read it. Ill add it to my list. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

  2. Lori Saporito
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Some additional favorites include A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, When Women were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams and The Earth Knows My Name (a collection of essays about immigrants and their gardens) by Patricia Klindienst. You will love them!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 30, 2013 at 12:10 am | Permalink

      I have actually read When Women were Birds. I love Terry Tempest Williams. Ill check the other ones out, too. Thanks so much!

  3. Posted November 30, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I’d forgotten about Tender at the Bone. I read that a while ago and really enjoyed it. The Book Theif was a gorgeous read, if I can say such thing. Peace Like a River is a favorite of mine, very moving. I should Pin some of your other suggestions.

    • Posted November 30, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      I just found you on Pinterest, you should have a books board!

      • Katie Blakesley
        Posted December 1, 2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink

        that’s a great idea! Thanks!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted December 1, 2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink

      I’ve heard so many good things about Peace Like a River and the Book Thief. I think I have my week cut out for me!

  4. Posted December 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Cutting for Stone is fantastic!

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