My first book recommendations post was quite the surprising hit. Seems people are always looking for the next great book to read.
Looking for a good book to read? Today I’ve asked some of my favorite food blogging friends to share their latest great reads. Here ya go.
Katie from Good Life Eats recommends:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore- A world of adventure (and a bit of romance too!) where people are born with special abilities called “Graces.” Those born with Graces are marked with dual colored eyes. While some are useless talents, others offer the bearer extraordinary powers. Katsa is both blessed and cursed with the ability to fight, and kill if needed. As the manipulative king’s niece she lives a life of privilege but only if she uses her Grace to do his twisted bidding. When she meets Prince Po, an unexpected ally, she has no idea that she’ll learn the truth about her Grace or a buried secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with a single word. After Graceling, read the book’s prequel, “Fire.”
Night Road by Kristen Hannah. I have been a longtime fan of Hannah’s books, but this one reeled me in immediately and I finished it in less than 24 hours at the beach this summer. I loved the underlying themes of friendship, family and forgiveness.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I’m going to be honest, when I read what this was about I wasn’t really sure what to think, but I loved it. It’s definitely not “real world”. The story takes place in a future, kind of demented version of North America, where the “government” – in their way of keeping their people in line – holds an annual event, called the Hunger Games, where a boy & girl from each “district” are chosen to fight until the last one is standing (literally…to death). The characters really hook you in this story. You become attached to them and root for them. It was a great, quick read for me and I’m ready for the next one in the series.
Sarah’s Key: It took some time for me to process this book. I don’t usually read “heavy” stories like this but this one I really enjoyed. It’s partly historical, but bounces back and forth 60 years as the main character- a journalist – uncovers a tragic and disturbing story of a little girl’s life during a time where Jews in France were secretly taken away (during the Holocaust era). The journalist’s life begins to unravel at the same time she is learning of this young girl’s life unraveling. Both women in the story portrayed great strength, in their own ways. Though sad, it was a great eye-opening read.
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise: I have a confession, I’m a “foodie” and I had no idea who Ruth Reichl was before this book. If you don’t know either, don’t feel bad. She was a restaurant critic for The New York Times and this book is about her time there. I loved it. Ruth’s humor cracked me up, I loved how she transformed herself into disguise as she visited the restaurants she was critiquing, and of course I loved reading about the food.
Kristin from Dine & Dish recommends:
And my pick of the moment… (currently reading): The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- I actually picked up this book for my son at the library the other day (in the young adult section), but I had heard so much about it and others had recommended it to me. So now I’m reading it instead of my son! I’m enjoying it so far. It caught me a little off-guard at first, since “Death” is the narrator. It takes place in the World War II-era and tells the story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents.
Have you read a good book lately? Please share…