Monday, June 7, 2010


I love to read, not a surprise to those that know me. I bring a book with me everywhere, even on lunches with good friends. I call it my security blanket. There is never a dull, bored moment with a good book.

Lately I realized that there is a lack of good fiction in my life. As a child, I read a lot of good fiction books. There really is something magical about books, about a masterful storyteller. Sometimes it is in fiction that great truths shine all the more brightly; murky things come to light and are revealed. It is in some fictional stories that the struggles and common humanity are shown simply and can't be rationalized away. Good fiction can make me laugh, cry, and just sit in awe and gratitude of the gift I'm reading.

With that being said, I don't read enough fiction and am pretty much out of the fiction loop. I was hoping that perhaps I could get a few suggestions. As you can see from my photo, I do have a few fictional books that I am looking forward to reading this summer. They include:

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K.Chesterton

Manalive by G.K.Chesteron

The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton

There is still room on my list.... any recommendations? Any books you'd like to read along with me?


  1. "The Good Earth" was required reading one summer for one of my HS Classes and I unfortunately have less than pleasant memories of the book - perhaps I should revisit it.

    I want to finish
    Laura Bush's Autobiography
    "The Help"
    "Gourmet Rhapsody"
    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

    Then some :)

    I'm heading down to Escondido in August and I am looking forward to sitting by the pool with a pile of books and a drink and reading the days away!!

  2. Oh, I want to read Gourmet Rhapsody too!

    As for The Good Earth, when I was very young we went and visited her birthplace. (Pear Buck) My family hails from the same town, Hillsboro, West Virginia. I think I've read another of her books but never The Good Earth. I saw it at Costco and picked it up over 6 months ago and yet haven't read it! Somehow fiction is always the last in my pile.

    Enjoy your time reading by the pool! I'll be doing the same in Palm Desert next month.