Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Novel Wishlist

WANTED: A life-changing book. One I will read for years and continue to be touched by. One where I will feel the emotions of the protagonist and lose myself within the story and setting. Where the dialogue I read I will stand up and shout, "That's me! I believe this! I know this!" Where I will laugh so hard, I roll on the ground and my face hurts.

Being unemployed is a blessing in disguise. I've been spending weeks at Barnes and Noble, quietly reading the shelves. Since today marks my one month anniversary of being both unemployed and a college graduate, I'd thought I'd reward myself with some reading that isn't for school.

Here are the books I want (I've already read several pages of most and love them!):













Any other suggestions, send them this way!

Love to you all,
Heather

33 comments:

JoJo said...

Ooooh they all look so great and I love Jonathon Safran Foer after reading Everything is Illuminated!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I love reading books that really make me sit down & look at my life & then shows me a whole new light. One such book I read was "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. Its about 4 sister who journey to Africa to discover themselves. It's a beautiful book that touches the heart. I recommend it!

I've never read any of these. I will definitely look into it!


I love your new layout btw dear.

Phoenix said...

New blog look is gorgeous, girl! And I know it's so over-recommended these days it's downright trite, but when I read "Eat Pray Love" I felt so many of the same things that the author felt and wrote about. If you haven't read it already, I think it's a great read :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I know this much is true- I have wanted to read that! I loved his other book.

LOVING the new header :)

Maggie May said...

I think you might try History of Love by Nicole Krauss if you haven't read it. It is by Jonathan Safran Foer's wife and I loved it.

tiffany said...

she's come undone by wally lamb is one of my favorites. join the slow reader's book club we're currently reading the people of paper by salvador plascencia and it's spectacular.

Diana Mieczan said...

Great titles...I am making notes...I really should read a few of those:)
Kisses sweetie and enjoy your day!

The Zhush said...

Cool, love a good reading list post! Have you read The Help? Seriously amazing! And that Wally Lamb book, he is incredible!!!

natalie said...

I recently acquired a rather significant amount of Barnes & Nobles gift cards, so thank you for the wonderful book suggestions! I will have to look for them when I get a chance to go :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I read a few of Junot Diaz's books recently - a bit gritty, but interesting.

Jen said...

What a beautiful blog!! I found you over at The Zhush!

Great book choices, sometimes we are given trials that end up being blessing and it looks like you are making the most out of life and I love it!

Ally said...

i need to start reading again. really.

Georgina Dollface said...

I loved the fact that after i finished school I was able to read more of what I wanted to read! Have fun reading while you have the extra little bit of time to yourself. - G

Naka said...

i need to read more

Lizzie said...

Sadly, at the age of 15, I do not think I'm qualified to suggest life-changing books, though I have stumbled upon a few that have influenced me greatly. (For instance, Star Girl, by Jerry Spinelli.)

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Dancing Branflake said...

The Zahir. It will change your life. Guaranteed.

Erin Elizabeth said...

I love both 'I Know This Much Is True' and 'The Glass Castle.' I also recommend 'The Hour I First Believed' by Wally Lamb and 'Veronika Decides to Die' by Paulo Coelho. And if you haven't read 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho, I highly recommend that as well.

Romantic Heroine said...

you should read "brida" by paulo coelho.it's worth to read it. the next one I'm going to read is "living out loud" by keri smith. can't wait till I'm holding it in my hands...and I'll read some of the books you want.

Krystal said...

Have you read The Alchemist? Also by paulo coelho actually

Sadako said...

Those all look great. Have always meant to brush up on my Wally Lamb.

Have you ever read Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep? It's really good.

I'm rereading one of my old faves--Domnick Dunne's the Two Mrs. Grenvilles. Very good book.

AURORA MEGAN said...

GLASS CASTLE GLASS CASTLE GLASS CASTLE.
Dude. It's the kind of book that sticks with you. That you want to put down because it hurts but you have to keep going because the story means so much to you.

Another good one like that, at least for me, is The Last Summer of Me and You by Ann Brashares. Nothing like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants...really touching.

kelly ann said...

from the moment i could read, i fell instantly in love with books. i could sit in a bookstore or a library for HOURS and hours. and i love the smell of books, too. :)

育淑 said...

不要把生命看得太嚴肅,反正我們不會活著離開。..................................................................

Andrew Green said...

I recommend anything by Dostoevsky....

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Breakfast at Tiffanys and anything by George Orwell.
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Amber said...

Have you read "On Beauty"? I really love that one. Also "Starter for 10" by David Nicholls. Everything by Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta is great.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

These are great books! I am definitely putting these on my (never-ending) book list! :)

Hmmm...suggestions...

Have you ever read:

The Dud Avocado
The Razor's Edge
Water for Elephants

Great ones!

drollgirl said...

i loved the glass castle. i have so many unread books at home, and i keep buying more. i wish i could read everything! well, almost everything!

hope you have a nice weekend!

Zoë said...

http://vagabondlanguage.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer-reading.html

^^ Is what I'm reading this summer!

I always love new recommendations too.

I keep meaning to read Jonathan Safran Foer, I have lots of history books on my reading list at the moment though.

Books that changed my life... the last one was I Capture The Castle. Stunning.

Krissy ♥ said...

I can 100% vouch for The Glass Castle and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - both are FANTASTIC. Two other "WOW" books for me are The Hours (by Michael Cunningham) and Veronika Decides to Die (by Paulo Coehlo). The latter had a really huge impact on me and the way I think about a lot of things. I really recommend it. It's fairly quick reading too.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

Anthro of an American Girl sounds intriguing! I hope you write more book review posts!

Des said...

I think you already have an impressive list here.

kalie brynn. said...

Oh my gosh, I could go on forever, but I won't, I promise! ha

Ok so my absolute favorite favorites are "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers and "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo-- oh my gosh. Seriously so amazing. Also, the "Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini, so so good. OH! And also "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" by Susana Clark. Ok, I'm done :]