Monday, March 1, 2010

Book Recommendations

Spring Break is coming up, and I would like to spend it reading. Any recommendations? My limitations are:
I want to read something I've never read before.
The library here has to have it.

That is all. Could be anything, fiction, non-fiction, whatever.


Warren MacLeod said...

Dear Laura, I have some suggestions for you!

1. Tale of Two Cities. (Classic Fiction) If you've never read it, do it. It's absolutely incredible!

2. Ender's Game. (Sci-Fi) I was skeptical when I saw the cover, but the plot and commentary on human nature is great!

3. The Little Prince. (Children's?) Really fantastic and quick read.

4. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. (Russian Communist) It's somewhat depressing, but it's interesting. I'm reading it now. I haven't yet finished.

5. Gilead by Marilyn Robinson. (Ctmp. Real. Fic.) One of my favorite books. I think I recommended it to you this summer.

Hope that helps!

Eva Joy said...

Not sure what your library has (or what you have or have not read), but here are some recommendations (some of which you heard me mention during supper at the uber-cool cave, but, hey, reinforcement never hurts....)

Godric by Frederik Buechner (fiction)
I think this will be the most highly recommended book by me for years to come. Reflective. Encouraging. Convicting. Poetic. Funny (in it's own way). Moving. Amazing.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (fiction)
I would attribute many of the same adjectives as used above except for poetic. I guess it is poetic in it's own way, I just enjoyed the language in Godric more. I liked how Michelle described her experience of reading this book. I don't remember exactly what she said (which I realize is entirely unhelpful) but it had something to do with sitting at the character's feet and I felt I had a similar experience.

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett
Not a read-through kind of book (well, I suppose it could be read through, but that is not how I use it) but a profitable book to accompany you during a time of rest. Lots of good material for reflection.

Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
Worldview changing.

Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn.
Also worldview changing. For me, at least.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (fiction)
My favorite of his. I know some people have strong opinions about his books. I will not engage in that dialogue here in a blog comment. I will simply say that this book was very suspenseful and I enjoyed the read. (Might not be in the LCC library??)

Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir by Susan Issacs
This is the one I was reading in Lith. I might not remember to put it on a recommendation list in the future, but it is fresh in my memory and therefore it shall be listed here. I really enjoyed it, but I also "found" myself in it a lot, so someone with a different personality or experiences might not enjoy it in the same way. But I suppose that is true of any book.

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
I read this for class while I was in sem and wrote reflections on each of the characters from the parable. Possibly the most meaningful assignment I was given in my two years there.

Laura said...

Excellent, thanks! The library here has a few of these (and most of them are available currently, which is a plus).

I already have Gilead checked out, since it has been recommended the most often by the most people, but will go today to check out (a good mix of books, I might add): A tale of two cities, One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, Godric, and Angels and Demons.


Any more recommendations? Anyone? Anyone?

I will probably look back to this list when I am back in the states and have more english language libraries at my disposal (although the one here is pretty great).

Anonymous said...

Has it been spring break yet?

"Peace Like a River" by Leif Enger. So very good.

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.

"The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield

Those are all fiction, by the way. Are you on You should join. You can list all the books you've read and see the books your friends have read and how they rated them.

Oh, also, you should read "The Capturer in the Wheat."

Laura said...

Oh, Denise. Spring break is but a distant memory. Oh well, that just means that summer is coming up. I am especially looking forward to The Capturer in the Wheat, it sounds like one that you would read time and time again.

No, I am not on GoodReads, but I should be.

Thanks for those other recommendations too....I will hopefully try to read them sometime....soon. Ok, it is probably going to have to be this summer. But that's coming soon enough.

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