Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Book recommendations for you

It's been a few months since I have posted my book recommendations.
{If you are interested in seeing any of my past book recommendations click on the "reading" tab on my sidebar.}

Not because I haven't been reading, but because for the life of me I couldn't remember what books I had read!  Guess that's the problem with library books.  There isn't much of a trail!


I happened to be at Target today and walked down their "best sellers" aisle.
If you ever want to know what to read next, just take a little detour down this aisle at Target.
Seriously, it's what I do.
My little stroll reminded me of some of the recent titles I have read and that I would recommend to you.
 Gone Girl: A Novel
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

For months people were recommending Gone Girl to me.  Being forever cheap, I had to wait for a few months to find it in my lucky day section at my library.  It finally was in {I was on the wait list, but I was number 567!} and I set aside the new J.K. Rowling's book {sorry, just couldn't get into it}, to dig into this book.

I immediately was engrossed.  While I am still about 100 pages from the end of the book, every little guess I had about "who done it" has flown out the window with twists and turns and surprising revelations.  As you can guess, it is a mystery novel written about a husband and wife who are experiencing marital difficulties.  The wife goes missing on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary and every clue points toward the husband's involvement.  It's a book that is hard to put down, and I know you will love it too!

   Lone Wolf: A Novel
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

A terrible accident forces a family that has been torn apart to come together and make a tough decision.  Family secrets, a father's obsession, a runaway son and an ex-wife are all brought together to make a hard choice that they will all have to live with in the end.  It will have you wondering what you would do in the same situation.

Where We Belong
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

I'm not usually a fan of Emily Giffin's work, but actually found myself engrossed in this novel.  A 36 year old New York resident and TV producer is forced to revisit her past decision of placing her now 18 year old daughter for adoption years ago.  Both women take a journey together to find out what they have been missing in each other's lives and have a chance to come to terms with where each of them belong. 

 Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Just beyond the luxury hotels in Mumbai is a community called Annawadi.  Annawadi is a slum and during the book you are introduced to several hopeful members of the community.  The glimpse inside the life of a garbage sorter and the injustices of the cast system are eye opening.  It's a well written book with painful real life truths about this community.  

Just in case curling up with a good book doesn't sound as good as sitting down by the fire and getting lost in a television show, then I want to recommend my new favorite show to you.
PBS has done it again {no need to have cable!with the series Call the Midwife.
Call the Midwife is an intimate look into nursing and midwifery in 1950's East London.
The show follows a community of midwives that live with an order of nursing nuns.


You can catch up on any episode that you have missed here.
I haven't watched Downtown Abby, but I'm told if you like that series, you will like this one.  
So, what are you reading {or watching} now?
Anything you would recommend?

2 comments:

Laura said...

I am an avid reader and really appreciate a good book review- you've shown me some I haven't heard of. Thanks!!

the cape on the corner said...

gone girl, like all gillian's books, is amazing. so glad you like it! i just read a good one, called every day, by david levithan. really good!