Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Favorite Books

I am always looking for a good book.  I ride public transit to work so I can have a wee bit of leisurely reading time on the way.  (It also makes me feel good about my eco-friendliness.) I love it when friends suggest good reading material to me.  In that spirit, I have added a "bookshelf" to my blog to share some of my favorite books with my friends. My all-time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, which isn't very original of me.  Who doesn't like that book?  But I have also included some more obscure choices.  For example:

  • Autobiographies about people I admire, like A Child Called It and Two Little Girls
  • Fiction about exotic places I would like to visit, like The Bonesetter's Daughter and the Marriage Bureau for Rich People
  • References that I actually use regularly, like Dr. Sears Baby Book and the Western Garden Book
  • Nonfiction that is both fun and educational, like the Coming Plague and Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters
  • Favorites from childhood, like Ballet Shoes and the Ramona series  (We recently listened to the first two Ramona books on CD with our kids during a long car ride to Las Vegas.  They loved them.)
  • Satires that are hilarious to me, but not even remotely funny to my husband, like Dave Barry's Guide to Guys and Politically Correct Fairy Tales.
At present, my virtual shelf is pretty weak compared to my real bookshelf, but I will keep adding to it.  You can see it at:

I would love for you to suggest more books I should read and add to my shelf.


  1. There's a great little series of cookbooks by Kevin Williams and Lovina Eicher..."The Amish Cook at Home," "The Amish Cook's Baking Book" and another I'm forgetting the name of. A lot of the recipes are really great, and the musings/Amish insights into life are pretty amazing. The pictures do a great job of providing a window into Amish life while being respectful of their traditions of no portraiture.

  2. If you like P&P, have you ever tried any of Elizabeth Gaskell's works? My favorite would be _North and South,_ referring to England, and not the US.

    As for non-fiction, that is where I spend most of my time these days. Atul Gawande, surgeon and MacArthur fellow, is a great writer, appreciated by both medical professionals and the general public. Also, _The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,_ by Siddhartha Mukherjee is fascinating, and reads like fiction.