Four Books

Time to link up again with Tiffany & Lauren

This week, we're talking books.  Five years ago, my list would have longer and harder to pare down to four.  Somehow a house and a husband and kids sucked away that little thing called "free time" and I'm left with a few spare moments here and there to read my Food Network and US Weekly magazines.  Never all at in one sitting, of course.

But there are a few books in my memory that rank up as all-time good ones.  Like I said, I know this list should be longer, and probably more extensive than just MY opinion.  But that's what's great about this little Project and Tiffany and Lauren put together.

It's all about me.
And you know how I love that!


Any Beverly Cleary book, especially those dealing with Ramona.  I connected with this wild little girl, who idolized her big sister Beezus, and the fun she always seemed to have.  My mom used to read these books to Molly and me before bedtime, and we loved it.  She'd hit the end of the chapter and we'd beg for more.  My weary mother would count the pages in the next chapter, and often oblige our pleading.  Hard to tell a kid no, don't ask me to read to you more.


The book Khaled Hosseini book is great, and for once, the movie version is VERY close to the text.  A story of friendship and struggles and secrets and closure.  I remember reading this book and having a hard time putting it down.  Short chapters and "breaks" in the pages made it easy to say "oh just a little bit more before I put this down and turn out the lights."  His second book "A Thousand Splendid Sons" was also amazing.  There's a passage where one of the women is talking about Noah and the storms he faced in the Bible.  It was there, on our porch in the apartment that Nate and I shared even before we were married, that I decided that the name "Noah" was on my short list, if we ever had a son.  I know, I maybe should have taken it from the ACTUAL Bible - but I haven't exactly read that whole thing.


The Giver, by Lois Lowry.  This is the first "novel" I remember reading and absolutely loving the story.  If you haven't read it, you should.  It's a juvenile book, so for those of you with that "free time" I was mentioning earlier, you'd probably swallow it up in a day or two.  The story is about a utopian society, where everyone has a place and a job, and everyone is happy with their assignment in life.  There's no pain, no coldness, not even the recognition of colors.  It all exists because there's one special person who holds all of these memories:  The Giver.  And it's time to have a new one take on the responsibility - our hero.  It's just wonderful.


A Million Little Pieces.  Google James Frey and you'll probably find more on Oprah's backlash, than about this man's actual writing talent or book.  I don't care.  I found this book on the shelf and read it before Oprah made it cool.  I believed that it was true.  And when I learned that the book wasn't exactly filled with the God's honest truth, I really didn't care.  The story was shocking and harsh and wonderful.  At the time I read this, I'd never faced addiction in my life or loved ones, but I still was able to relate with the struggle and heartache that came along with it.  If you haven't read it, you should.  Even if it's not his biography, it's still a damn good book.  And the follow up, My Friend Leonard is also wonderful.  He's a good egg.  Take that, Oprah's Ego.

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Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

The Giver is a great book!

MallorysThoughts said...

New follower!! :)

oh man oh man... A million little pieces.. I didn't even finish that... actually I'm not even sure how far I made it!! It was tearing me apart, so I decided to put it down!!

The other ones were amazing!! :)

Kenzie Smith said...

I read the Beverly Cleary books a long time ago! I remember really liking them :D A Million Little Pieces sounds like a book I need to pick up.

Stopping by from 10 Day YOU Challenge ♥

Dreams Do Come True said...

I did the 10 day challenge around this time last year. Here is a link to my 4 books.


I am a follower of your blog and would love to have you over at my blog.

Victoria said...

beverly cleary is the best, lots of fond memories from childhood :)

cute blog1

Angela said...

Love Beverly Cleary. My daughter has recently started reading her books, and she thinks it is so neat that I read them at her age.

Sara said...

Aww Ramona is a blast for the past. I have to get those books for my nieces. Btw I can relate to not reading as much now that I have a kid. I live for Friday nights just to get a half hour to read my Us Weekly.

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