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Book List

See below for my list of recommended reading. I’m always looking for new stuff, so HOLLA if there’s anything I don’t have on here. Also, just because I like it doesn’t mean you will…but I have given these all of these BBT’s Stamp of Approval, so that should count for something.

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Title & Author Genre Descriptor Date added A BBT Fave
The Century Trilogy by Ken Follet Historical Fiction I cannot say enough good things. The third book comes out in Sept and I’m counting the days. The books start in early 1900’s and finish in late 80’s, with intertwining stories from Russia to California. These are for guys and girls and, while long, will suck you in immediately 7/1/2014 Y
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes Mystery this just came out and is getting lots of buzz – “This astonishing debut espionage thriller depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist, in a breakneck story reminiscent of John le Carré and Robert Ludlum at their finest.”
Three Wishes by Lianne Moriarty Female Fiction triplet sisters all at varying stages of 33 yrs old in Australia…funny/happy 7/1/2014 Y
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper Literature About to become a movie with Jasone Bateman, Tina Fey, Timothy Olyphant – “a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.” 7/1/2014 Y
ALL ELIN HILDERBRAND Female Fiction She’s just my favorite – esp for beach/vacation 7/1/2014 Y
Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews Female Fiction Sappy and silly to the max, but this is the ultimate beach read 7/1/2014
You Should Have Known by Jane Hanff Korelitz Mystery appreciate it for the character development, not the mystery 7/1/2014 Y
Night Film by Marisa Pessl  Mystery a long-awaited second novel that delivers. Critics loved it, and so does the Average Joe/Jane. Check it out. 1/3/2014 Y
Sycamore Row by John Grisham  Mystery I loved A Time to Kill and this novel features our beloved Jake Brigance. 1/3/2014
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson  Non Fiction who knew the summer of 1927  could be so interesting? Bill Bryson is one of my top 5 favorite authors of any genre 1/3/2014 Y
Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz  Non Fiction one of the most amazing firsthand accounts from the Holocaust I have ever read 1/3/2014 Y
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala  Non Fiction this woman lost literally everything in the 2004 Tsunami 1/3/2014
Incendiary: A Novel by Chris Cleave  Literature this is my favorite of his. He doesn’t use punctuation which is normally a total dealbreaker, but it works – especially in this format (a letter to Osama bin Laden. You really should read this book.) 1/3/2014 Y
New York by Edward Rutherford Historical Fiction one of those multi-generational sagas about intertwining characters living in New York, starting in the 1600’s and going thru early 2000’s. Easy but still quality reading with the added bonus of some knowledge. 1/3/2014 Y
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion  Contemporary Fiction this reminded me of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and I’m constantly trying to find books that remind me of WYG, B. Set in Australia and narrated by a quirky scientist who’s searching for the perfect wife, it’s a fun/funny read. 1/3/2014
 Methland by Nick Reding.  Non Fiction This nonfiction book is not for the faint of heart. I learned a whole lot about the crazy stuff people do while high on “crank” and sometimes it was a little too much information, but it was also interesting to read about the chain of events that spurned the epidemic…pretty fascinating, actually. Some parts made me queasy, and sometimes I got a little bored with the government stuff, but – and ask anyone with whom I’ve spoken in last month – I couldn’t stop talking about it 4/3/2013 Y
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer* Historical Fiction Y
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks* Historical Fiction
 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Mystery
 Little Bee by Chris Cleave Literature
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close Female Fiction Y
 The Secret History by Donna Tartt Literature
The Last Child by John Hart Mystery Y
 Rules of Civility by Amor Towles Literature Y
 Defending Jacob by William Landay Mystery
 A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White Female Fiction Y
 Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah Female Fiction
 The Island by Elin Hilderbrand Female Fiction
 Love or Something Like It: A Novel by Deirdre Shaw Female Fiction
 Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner Female Fiction
 The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen Female Fiction
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen Mystery/Humor Y
 Night Fall by Nelson DeMille Mystery Y
 I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman Mystery
The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva Mystery/Knowledge Y
 The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett Historical Fiction
 The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner Mystery
 In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson Non Fiction
Bossypants by Tina Fey Non Fiction
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Non Fiction Y
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand Non Fiction Y
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Non Fiction
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley Non Fiction Y


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7 Responses to “Book List”

  1. Trent said

    Why does “Mysteries” have an asterisk? Also, in the non-fiction section, might I recommend “50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God” and “A Brief History of Time”? I’m advocating for those based on the content and not necessarily the writing, so it may not be appropriate depending how you’re determining the quality of non-fiction works.

    • AllieB said

      The asterisk was meant to apply as it does to the “Beach Reads” section – I like all of the books by all of the authors I listed, but those are my preferred selections.

      I have read neither of those books – I welcome all suggestions, however, especially those of the non-fiction ilk as that is the arena with which I am least familiar..I’ll check them out. I don’t have a set scale for how I determine the quality – if I like it, I’ll recommend it.

      Thanks for reading/writing, Trent!

      • Trent said

        Just giving you a hard time. Where’s my reminiscent “how are you?” I don’t think I’ve seen you since Australia, and don’t worry – I noted your ranking of Bryson’s walkabout tale. Hope you are doing well :)

        • AllieB said

          I had a feeling, but I wasn’t sure – after all, it has been the better part of a decade since I’ve seen you. I re-read that book at least once/year to remind myself that returning to Oz is a non-option. I’m great, hope you are as well…

  2. Lucy said

    Night Film was so amazing – you may have short-changed it here without more of a description. But then again, how do you really describe it?! Hope you’re well – missed seeing you at Christmas, but got the update from Char and Jo!

    • AllieB said

      I know, there’s really nothing I can say – I even went back to add more info, and I may have made it even less appealing…but it’s SO GOOD!

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