Sunday, December 14, 2008

Book Lists

It’s Monday and I’m supposed to have a book review or recommendation for you, but I wanted to try something a little different today. I have two lists to share with you – a list of books I enjoyed and would not have read if a friend had not put the book in my hands with an enthusiastic recommendation and a list of books in the ‘to be read’ pile nearest my desk.

Books I read (and enjoyed) after receiving a recommendation:

  • Leap of Faith, Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • The entire Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr
  • Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig
  • A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel
  • How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space by Janna Levin
  • Chaos the Vampire Child by Lisa Rene Smith

Books currently in my ‘to be read’ pile (okay – one of the piles):

  • Understanding the Universe from Quarks to the Cosmos by Don Lincoln
  • Simply Math
  • T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
  • The Science Book, National Geographic
  • Howdunit book of Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland
  • The Cat, the Canary, and the Vampire by Linda Houle
  • Adapting Your Novel for Film by Pauline Baird Jones
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • Owen Fiddler by Marvin D. Wilson

That’s my list. Now it’s your turn. Have you reluctantly agreed to read a book that a friend enjoyed and been pleasantly surprised? What is at the top of your ‘to read’ pile? Use the comments link below to tell us.


Anonymous said...

You're lists are intriguing! What a mixture - mystery, romance, and physics and math. Do you have a split personality?

Charlotte Phillips, Co-Author of The Eva Baum Detective Series said...


A split personality would explain much, but I'm afraid I can't legitimately use that excuse. I have a diverse group of friends who all like to read and all like to share books they enjoy. I have found that being open to their suggestions is a good idea as I get to enjoy books that I would never select on my own.

L.J. Sellers said...

One book that comes to mind is Freakonomics. I would have never read it if a friend hadn't insisted. I'm glad I did.

Jean Henry Mead said...

Unfortunately, my friends don't give me books.I guess they think my overflowing bookcases can't support any more. BTW, Char, I need a permalink to my article site.