Books are useless: I only ever read one book, "To Kill A Mockingbird" - and it gave me absolutely no insight on how to kill mockingbirds! Sure it taught me not to judge a man by the color of his skin, but what good does THAT do me? ~Homer Simpson
Despite the amount of time I spend talking about television and movies, I do know how to read. And what's more, I even like it. Here are some of the books I absolutely love--I'm even putting links in so you can check out the work, the author, etc.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling If you haven't read this series, what's wrong with you? It's fantastic!
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck This was required summer reading before my junior year of high school; I dreaded it because I didn't like The Grapes of Wrath. However, I was pleasantly surprised and this remains my all-time favorite book.
- Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg This book is literally laugh out loud funny! It's another favorite of mine. I'm going to go ahead and recommend anything by Fannie Flagg. I've thoroughly enjoyed Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
- Almost anything written by Sarah Vowell I first heard Sarah Vowell while channel surfing and found her social commentary to be hilarious! I've read The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Assassination Vacation, and Take the Cannoli. She has a unique way of making history funny. I wasn't able to get into The Wordy Shipmates, but I might try that one again later.
- Absolutely everything written by Lorna Landvik After I read Patty Jane's House of Curl, I knew I had to read more by this author! I've since read The Tall Pine Polka, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Oh My Stars, and Your Oasis on Flame Lake. They're all amazing--you can barely put them down!
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer That's right. I've read the Twilight series. Please don't judge these books based on the [awful] movies or the crazed fan base made up of 14 year old girls and their mothers. The story is interesting and it's a fairly light, fun read. Should it win tons of awards? Probably not, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
- Wicked by Gregory Maguire Although it is much darker than the Broadway musical (which I am obsessed with), this is a great book! I haven't read the sequel yet, but it's on my bookcase (along with many other books waiting to be read plus every book Amy Jo reads and insists on giving to me because we're not allowed to not read the same books).
- Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay I'm a pretty big fan of historical fiction. While I'm not as crazy about the modern day chapters in this book, I loved the World War II chapters. I've always found WWII interesting--who hasn't? This book sheds some light on the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup that took place in Paris in 1942. The French police totally helped the Nazis round up Jews to send to concentration camps and it's barely talked about. And PS, France didn't apologize for this until 1995.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett The story of several African-American maids working in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s, putting up with stuck up white women. And apparently there's a movie coming out in August 2011. God I hope it doesn't suck.
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen A story of a travelling circus in the 1920s and all the drama involved therein. There's a movie coming out later this month...hopefully it'll be as good as the book.
- Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler I have always found Chelsea Handler to be hilarious, but this was the first time I'd read one of her books. It was laugh out loud funny! I've since read all her books, and they're all hilarious!
- Bossypants by Tina Fey I think Tina Fey is one of the most brilliant women in the history of forever. This book is so hilarious, you may or may not pee your pants. If you haven't read this book, you're missing out BIG TIME!
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn This book is pretty messed up! The couple featured in this book may be the most dysfunctional married couple of all time. Amy Jo was impressed with the fact that I figured out the huge plot twist pretty early on in the book. I think most people don't see it coming, but I have quite the dark side. I also read Sharp Objects by Flynn, it's not quite as good as Gone Girl, but still worth the read. I haven't read Dark Places yet, but it is on my nightstand.