May I suggest...

I'm not quite sure what I've been doing lately, but it's taking all my time. In hopes of getting some good reading suggestions from you all for my spring break trip to Tahoe and San Francisco, here's what I've been reading over the past several months.

In no particular order of preference:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Hitchcock-like psychological thriller from the author who penned several trashy romance novels under another name. A page turner that can be read in one or two sittings. For the first time ever, my entire book club read the book. Dreamworks has already bought movie rights. Interviews with Hawkins on NPR and CBS. If you've already read it, please weigh in on who you think might be cast for the film. Hawkins said she can see Michelle Williams as Megan. Rachel is a tough one.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Included in the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2014. I really enjoyed the book, but wasn't as blown away as many others are.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Not having been a huge fan of her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, I loved this book. Really long by my standards -- 512 pages. But well written and painstakingly researched. It's worth plodding through.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Blunt. Good story and very well written. This is probably my my favorite recent read.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan. My favorite in the non fiction category. Riveting memoir that I could not put down. Probably not a good choice for hypochondriacs. Listen to her interview on NPR too. 

For all of you Tiny Beautiful Things fans, you can now hear Carol Strayed and Steve Almond giving advice on NPR. If something's been eating away at you, this is your chance to get some lovin' from Sugar.

I've already preordered my copy of Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee's prequel that's actually a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird -- one of my all time favorite books. Any chance it's as good? We shall see.

What have you got for me?

p.s. If you have any good restaurant recommendations for San Francisco, please share them here. Thanks!


  1. I am reading Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown - wonderful read. It's about the University of Washington's crew team in 1936.

  2. I read "All The Light..." and "Tell the Wolves..." Both good reads

  3. In a zone with little time for reading books, though get up early for internet.

    Have you read Founding Gardeners? George Washington, John Adams, Thomas their farming/gardening influence the founding of USA. xot


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