Book Talk – Good Recreational ReadsBy Teachers.Net Community
I just finished an excellent book called The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Very interesting and unique storyline…set at the turn of the 20th century. Also, I just noticed that Sara Gruen has a new book out — Ape House– that I’ll have to get. She is the author of one of my all-time favourite books called Water for Elephants. - valerie
The Help is good. The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet I liked a lot. Half Broke Horses by the same woman who wrote The Glass Castle is good. Annie’s Second Wind by a local author here named Wally Carlsen is good. These are just some I’ve read fairly recently that aren’t quite as mentioned as others. Oh, yes, I just finished a month ago one called Cutting for Stone. Interesting and well written. Definitely a vacation time book because it is long. I got so into it that some nights I didn’t go to sleep earlier enough for my 5:15 AM wake up time. That wasn’t so good, but the book was. By the way, am I the other person who doesn’t enjoy the Tatoo girl books much? I appreciate her spirit and resilience, but the content was a bit much for me in the first one. Does it get less disgusting in the 2nd or 3rd? Maybe just me. - Jan
If you didn’t like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I wouldn’t read the 2nd and 3rd books. After reading that series I needed to read some easy going nice stories such as: Fannie Flagg has written several books, I liked these the best: Welcome to the World Baby Girl, Can’t Wait to get to Heaven and (even if you saw the movie) Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Dewey, a Small Town Library Cat by Vicki Myron and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien are good nonfiction reads.
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, is a good funny book, not like his ‘lawyer’ books at all.
If you like paranormal, Heather Graham has some good books out – some are series though. Home in Time for Christmas is a stand alone book of hers.
I have also gotten into reading John Lescroart’s Dismas Hardy series. It starts with Dead Irish, The Vig, Hard Evidence, The 13th Juror, The Mercy Rule, etc. There are 13 books so far in this detective/lawyer series.
More intense books are Sarah’s Key by Tatiana deRosnay, The Witness, The Alibi, both by Sandra Brown. - kml