Thursday, February 4, 2010

what i've been reading

I have been reading so many good books lately. A little bit of everything. I thought I would do a little run down of them.

One Second After by William Fortchen: Scariest book I have ever read. FOR REAL. It is about a small town in S. Carolina and what happens after a EMP (electromagnetic pulse) goes off above the atmosphere. Basically, everything shuts down. EVERYTHING. Cars, electricity,heat, water, etc...Basically, anything run by a computer just fails to work. It focuses on one man with 2 daughters and what he has to do to make sure they survive. It details how quickly neighbors turn on each other and how quickly society falls apart. Did I mentioned it scared the shit out of me? I even started a small stockpile of food in my basement. Seriously. That scary.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Very good. Another apocolyptic novel. Set in the near future but not nearly as scary. Written in a very odd fashon. No quotes, you never learn names. Weird. Very sad though.

The Genghis Series by Conn Iggulden. Historical fiction about the rise of Genghis Kahn. Fantastic books! The mongols are an amazing people. Most of the book is pretty accurate and at the end of each, the author discusses what is real and what he created. My husband even read these and he is not much of a reader. I have also started the Caesar series by the same author.

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks: Very easy read. I thought this was my next book club pick, but I was wrong. Oops. Oh well, still very good, if a bit (ok, A LOT) predictable. I read this after both apocolyptic books so it was a much needed break. I did fall in love a little with John.

Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldan: This is a WONDERFUL series that I have been reading for 10 years. I love them so much that I savor them. There is one more after this one. I don't want them to end. Prepare yourself though. They are all LONG books. The series is about a woman who mistakenly goes back in time to 1700's Scotland and meets Jamie Fraser. I would leave my husband for Jamie Fraser (don't worry, he knows this). She is a nurse and he is a highlander. SO. VERY. GOOD. The first book in the series is Outlander.

Others I would recommend:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamont.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. My favorite of all time.
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
The Long Walk by Stephen King
The Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jan M. Auel
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'dell.

There are lots more, but I have to stop somewhere!

What are you reading?


Shannon said...

I'm on book 14 in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Read them! They are HILARIOUS!! Go on now... I watched The Middle and Modern Family, now you go read One for the Money!!

shelley c. said...

I'm reading Dragonfly in Amber! It took me a LONG time to get through Outlander, and it is taking me just about as long to get through Dragonfly, but I WILL read all of them. :)

Definitely going to jot down your list, though.

Molly said...

The only book I've also read (well besides to kill a mockingbird thank you Mrs. Hamilton) was A Prayer for Owen Meany. There was a movie based on it a while back too but I can't remember what it was called now...I just remember thinking it sounded an awful lot like the book. I think I read that book back in HS to Florida and back on an airplane. Fun! :)

Lindy from Indy said...

Wasn't The Red Tent great?! I really liked that one...and I'm a "new" reader.

You've got to try and track down She Got Up Off The Couch, by Haven Kimmel. The woman grew up and went to Blue River High School. The book is fantastic - actually made me laugh out loud.

Also - if you liked reading the Twilight books, you should read The Host, also by Stephenie Meyer. If you haven't already, of course... :)