Books Suggested To Me – by You!

You all are a bunch of readers! I asked and you recommended a lot of books. Now to find some time to read a few :)

Here’s the list —

The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Hunger Games
Someplace to Be Flying
The Lovely Bones
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Have a New Husband by Friday
Water for Elephants
Down the Common: A Year in the Life of a Medieval Woman
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-gazer
The Pillars of the Earth
Juliet, Naked
Someone Knows My Name
People of the Book
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
Dream When You’re Feeling Blue
We Are All Welcome Here
Home Safe
Back When We Were Grownups
Digging to America
Odd Thomas
Rizzo’s War
A Quiet Belief in Angels
How Shall I Tell the Dog?: And Other Final Musings
Rough Country
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
The Floor of the Sky
The Professional
Nine Dragons
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel
The Pact: A Love Story
The Alchemist
The King of Colored Town
The Commoner
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life
Circle of Friends
The Lost Symbol
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Quilter’s Holiday: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
Bread Alone
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
The 8th Confession (The Women’s Murder Club)
Redeeming Love – I have read and loved this one!
Angle of Repose
A Dog’s Life
The Help – This one has been on my list for a while :)
The Birth House
The Last Anniversary
Three Wishes
The Boy Next Door
Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire: A Novel
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Prodigal Summer
Sense And Sensibility
The Master Butchers Singing Club
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
The Tea Rose
The Winter Rose
The Wheel of Time
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Uglies, The Collector’s Set: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras
The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
The Historian
Darcy’s Story
Oryx and Crake
Sleep, Pale Sister
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Companion’s Quartet, Book Two: The Gorgon’s Gaze
Mines of the Minotaur (The Companions Quartet)
Crossing to Safety
The Book Thief
Same Kind of Different As Me
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Mark of the Lion : A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn (Vol 1-3)
Thorn in My Heart (Lowlands of Scotland Series #1)
The Neverending Story
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Forsyte Saga
Gone with the Wind
Life of Pi
Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project
The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story
Through Violet Eyes
Eat, Pray, Love
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Piano Teacher
My Sister’s Keeper
The Secret Life of Bees
A Time to Kill
The Lords of Discipline
Undiscovered Country
The Kite Runner

These are in the order of the comments, I would have loved to alphabetize but who has that kind of time! I did link to Amazon for each of them! It wasn’t as much work as you might think, html copy and pastes fast! Now I have a great reference when I need something new and different to read – I tend to get stuck in the same genre or author (Karen Kingsbury lately).

If anyone has more to add to the list I will add to it via the comments – Thanks for sharing!!


Oh and I left out the vampire books – I don’t really do suspense :)

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By |2019-10-22T11:12:23-07:00November 21st, 2009|books|36 Comments


  1. mom November 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Wow, Amy! Where are you going to start reading? LOL!

    Tammy ~@~

  2. Angie November 21, 2009 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Just my opinion here, but skip Running with Scissors. I found it extremely upsetting. I realize it is a true story, but I couldn't take it.

  3. Dee November 21, 2009 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I did not see Same Kind of Different as Me on your list. It is a great book.

  4. Natalia November 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    So you're saying you don't love the Twilight series?

  5. Jeanette November 21, 2009 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Snowflower and the Secret Fan
    Angry Housewives Eating BonBon's

    My two favorite books!

  6. Amber November 21, 2009 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Have you read any other Francine Rivers books besides Redeeming Love? She has a great trilogy called "Mark of the LIon" – the first book is "A Voice in the WInd" – they are really good. Also Liz Curtis Higgs has an excellent series – first one is called "Thorn in my Heart" – they are SO good!

  7. Jason Epps November 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Ok – It would appear that I'm the only GUY commenting on this stream, but hopefully that's ok :) I just wanted to say – I've been reading "The Neverending Story" by Michael Ende and it's awesome! If you've seen the movie, fine – but you must read the book. It's much richer!

    See ya,

  8. Mel November 21, 2009 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    I second many of these {the ones I've read!} Particularly Outlander – the whole series. And The Book Thief was a wonderfully surprising treat!

    A couple of others I love –

    Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

    The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy {great English satire}

    Gone With The Wind {who knew!}

  9. sallgood November 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    I loved The Life of Pi, and Listening is an Act of Love. Right now I'm reading The Zookeeper's Wife, and it's a good one.

  10. SewCalGal November 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I highly recommend "Through Violet Eyes". Couldn't put it down and neither could my husband.


  11. Anonymous November 21, 2009 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for introducing me to Paperback Swap! I can't believe I hadn't heard of it before, but it's AWESOME!!!

  12. Lara November 21, 2009 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Tried your Alfredo with Brocolli and Chicken tonight. Was yummy! Added cauliflower too! Very yummy! Lots left over for lunch this week :) Thank you. I think I'll try the first book and will work my way down the list. Like you I don't do suspense. I'm terrible!

  13. Purple Paisley Patch November 22, 2009 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for this great list Amy! I just joined my local library, because my book shelves runneth over, so I figured perhaps I should start borrowing them from the library instead of buying more. The problem is, where to start, sooooo many books in the library. I'll take your list with me next time I go.
    My suggestion for your list is "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. I LOVED this book and it now ranks as one of my all time favourites!
    Here's the amazon link for you:

  14. Jenn November 22, 2009 at 6:10 am - Reply

    wouldn't it be neat if we could come up with a swapping system….since we all have read these books and are probably done with the one we have, and then want to read someone else's book, it would be nice to just kinda swap & share!

  15. grendelskin November 22, 2009 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Thank you Amy! I no longer feel guilty about the stacks of as-yet-unread books next to the bed, since your list is even longer!

    I use Swaptree to trade books and have had good luck with it. Will add lots of these to my "want" list!

  16. Anna Fogg November 22, 2009 at 7:11 am - Reply

    What a dear you are to post this list! I'm printing it out to keep in my tote. May even laminate it, as I love the word of mouth.

    ~anna in md, wife to 1 hunky carpenter, mom to 7

  17. Kandra November 22, 2009 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for posting the list!! After commenting I had meant to go back and make my own list from those comments – so you saved me a bunch of time! :D

  18. DeeRoo November 22, 2009 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Thanks bunches Amy, I will favorite this post for future reference.

    I forgot to also add this to the list of great books I've read, my daughter had to read this in an Eng lit class at WVU last year…

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls…it is a memoir of her life with very eccentric wandering parents…it is an amazing story and she has a new one out called Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel about her maternal grandmother and it looks to be just has good…I bought it for my daughter for xmas and I am just dying to read it but I'll wait until she does!:)
    Thanks again for linking them all up!!!

  19. Jessica November 22, 2009 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I've read a few of those books and have even more from that list on my hold queue at the library! Thanks for the suggestions–I'm always looking for more books to read!

  20. Tales From My Empty Nest November 22, 2009 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Your list is as long as mine. Now if I could just make more hours in the day for my reading. Oh well. Someday!!! Love & blessings from NC!

  21. Angie's Chit Chatting Corner November 22, 2009 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I have been reading for about 7 years non stop and I haven't read any of these and only heard of a few. I guess I need to update my reading list.

  22. Heather November 22, 2009 at 10:22 am - Reply

    So which one are you going to try first? I HIGHLY recommend the Birth House. It was soooo good!
    Maybe every time you start a new book, or finish one, you can let us know what you thought of it. We could do a read along, so to speak!

  23. Trudi November 22, 2009 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Great list Amy, and I'm please my suggestions made it here! I forgot to mention 'The Piano Teacher' – gret read. Would warn anyone reading The Lovely Bones to grab the tissues, very moving not one for anyone who may be grieving a lost one though.

  24. In Awe of Applique November 22, 2009 at 11:49 am - Reply

    wow…that's quite the list! I see that no one suggested My Sister's Keeper and The Secret Lives of Bees (the movie on this one was really good, so the book must be awesome!)

  25. OliveStreetStudio November 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    I think I'll add some – if you don't mind!
    SHOGUN by James Clavell
    Atlas Shrugged by Ann Rand
    A Time to Kill by John Grisham (way better than movie)
    Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy

    I'm going to check out some onyour list. I'm reading Twilight now and like you, I'm not into vampires, but it is OK – not don't want to put it down, but ok. ;-)

  26. Jan November 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    The only recommendation I really disagree with is Edgar Sawtelle. It's really not well written. It's a re-telling of Hamlet. A far superior version is Undiscovered Country, by Lin Enger:

  27. Anonymous November 22, 2009 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Okay, definitely scratch Edward Sawtelle and Running with Scissors. Definitely add My Sisters Keeper, actually all of Jodi Piccoult's books and The Glass Castle, what an amazing story and writer!

    I'm going to love investigating these books for my Kindle, because most I've read and loved and others are new, *love* recommendations from people with common interests!

  28. Thimbleanna November 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Boy, you've got a great list there! I think almost everyone in our bookgroup threw Running with Scissors against the wall — I didn't finish it, but everyone seemed to hate it!

  29. Thimbleanna November 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Oh….and I just noticed the comments above mine LOL — I loved Edgar Sawtelle — to each his own I guess!

  30. Anna November 23, 2009 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Okay…Amy, you AMAZE me…how do you have time to read between caring/cooking/cleaning, etc. for your family and sewing your beautiful quilts/crafts. :-)

  31. kitanablade3 November 23, 2009 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Hmm, have you read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini? I love that book. The movie pales in comparison, I couldn't put it down 'til I finished it. This coming from a person who normally does those horror novels :0) I think it's a real eye-opener for people about the Middle East and speaking up when you should. It was such an easy read as well.

  32. an encourager November 23, 2009 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Thanks for doing all that work! I'll have to look up some of those!

  33. Rita @ Mochi Studios November 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Wow! That's a huge list of great books! I'm almost done with my current read then I'll take a trip to the library! Thanks for sharing, Amy!

  34. *karendianne. November 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    As a fully committed reader myself, I'm celebrating your great list! :)

  35. Kim November 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Here's another one to add to your list:

    My Sister's Keeper
    By Jodi Picoult

  36. Beth November 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Here's a classic I really liked:
    "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck -such a great read!

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