My name is Amanda and I am a hoarder of books. No, for real. Not only do I have piles of books that I haven’t yet read, I continue to buy more with no end in sight. I would gladly spend a day/night/afternoon curled up reading instead of partaking in almost any other activity (napping is the one caveat). Barnes & Noble is my living version of heaven. When I get within a one mile radius of the front doors, I imagine my husband can feel our bank account start to shrink before his very eyes. There is never enough time, money or space to attack all the books! My GoodReads “to read” list is stocked with well over 1000 books and I continue to add to it at an alarming rate.
Additionally, I possess somewhat of a snobbish attitude when it comes to reading. I find people who read off any tablet or e-reader to be committing a literary felony. And listening to an audio book?!? Blasphemy! Holding the actual book in your hands, being able to turn the pages, soaking in the glory of the oddly alluring smell of books are all things that cannot be obtained otherwise. When I finish a book I loved, I find it truly rude and offensive when people disagree with me. It physically pains me not to yell, “HOW DID YOU NOT LOVE THIS BOOK!?”, along with various other personal attacks. Conversely, when I see someone reading a book I didn’t care for, I want to rudely interrupt them and share my unrequested opinion. And checking out books from the library? Not even an option. My intention is to accumulate such a vast array of books that I need Lance to build me a library envious of any “Beauty and the Beast” fan.All this being said, I feel I would not be living up to my obsession potential if I did not share some of my favorites with the world. So I compiled a list of seven books I’ve read in the last couple years either solo or in book club that I would recommend in a heartbeat. If you’ve read these, share your thoughts! And if you haven’t read these, take the dive!
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: Made into an HBO miniseries, this book is a great book club recommendation! Also, Liane Moriarty is a wonderful fiction/chick-lit writer, period. I can’t recommend her books enough.
- Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson: I’m a sucker for any WWII historical fiction book. Although sad, I can confidently say this book is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Another great WWII historical fiction book.
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: If you can make it through the end of this book without crying, your heart must be made of stone. This memoir is a slap-in-the-face reminder of our mortality.
- In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner: A somewhat fictionalized account of the author’s childhood in Cambodia during Civil War, this book is the only book I’ve rated as 5 star-worthy on GoodReads.
- Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker: A book club read that completely took me by surprise about the still-unsolved murders of several girls who got caught up in the world of online escorts.
- You’ll Grow out of It by Jessi Klein: One of the few memoirs I’ve ever read where I genuinely laughed out loud continuously while reading it.
What are some books that are on your “must read” lists? I NEED ALL THE INFO!
Until next time…