The Last Page

Even though I am continually falling behind on my magazines, the reading continues.  What I realized a few weeks ago, is that I read some pretty interesting stuff.  Which isn’t to say that I’m some sort of book-purist who avoids total crap (just wait until you see what pops up next round).  But more often than not, when I turn the last page, I do so knowing that I actually learned something.

That’s a really nice feeling.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentices by Lisa Abend

Comfort Me With Apples by Ruth Reichl

The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

And, as always, the list.

The Millenium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson
The Glass Castle
Anything by Chelsea Handler (I’ve read My Horizontal Life – it’s good, but if you loved I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, you’ll find it tame)
The Joy Luck Club (Tawny, I somehow managed to escape reading this one in H.S.!)
Anything by David Sedaris
Water for Elephants (Back in my book-club days I read this one – highly recommend)
Life of Pi
All Creatures Great and Small
The Gun Seller
Unbearable Lightness
Immortal Life
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Sherlock Holmes (collection)
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (series)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (I love this book SO hard.)
Other People’s Love Letters
Bitter is the New Black
Not Ready for Mom Jeans
Madras on Rainy Days
Good Girls Don’t Get Fat
Here on Earth
A Thread of Grace
Outlander (series)
Under the Banner of Heaven
Lolita in Tehran
The Pact
A People’s History of the United States
Stori Telling
Julie and Julia
The Three Musketeers
The Lady and The Unicorn (along with anything else by Tracy Chevalier)
The Persian Pickle Club
Light on Snow
Two Kisses for Maddy
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
The Space Between Us
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Tipping Point
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
My Life in France

Sing me Home

One Day
Matters of the Heart
Moscow to the End of the Line
Girls in White Dresses
World War Z
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

What have you read lately and loved?


14 responses to “The Last Page

  1. My life is such that I haven’t sat on the couch and read a good book in probably 2 years. Just purchased a kindle last week ahead of my china trip and am on my third book. Currently working on, you guessed it…….. Marathon. The book behind it…. Running a marathon after 40.

  2. YAY! I didn’t know Ruth Reichl had another memoir–totally stalking that at the library tomorrow. I tend to read a lot of Young Adult fiction lately. Son #1 just passed on The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles–Egyptian mythology) by Rick Riordan. We read the Percy Jackson & the Olympians/Heros of Olympus books together. (They cover Greek/Roman mythology.) But with a new Kane Chronicles book coming out soon, he wanted us to read that one aloud together too. It’s what we do. 😉

  3. Hey this is such a great presentation!! I loved the China Diet!!! I thought it was such an inspiring and fantastic book. And then about six months later(after reading it) I met a really great woman and her husband is a doctor. He told me it was one of the worst books he’d ever read. First, I wondered if he’d actually read it and second I took it with a total grain of salt when he told me he makes bacon for his seven children every morning….every morning.

    I really want to read the Comfort me with Apples. I’ve never heard of her before. I’m always looking for good books and I really appreciate this because I don’t enjoy fiction so much. Take care,


  4. Oh my goodness Life of Pi is on there!!!! That is one of the most interesting, fantastic, unique books I’ve ever read. Love it.


  5. THe Girls from Ames,but that is sort of my time. I cried on the plane home.

  6. I have Real Simple magazines dating back to last year I haven’t cracked open yet. Part of me just wants to toss them out. And the other part of me wants to read them…

    Two other gals and I came together to form a Romance Novel book club a couple of months ago. Currently, we are reading Nora Robert’s Bridal Quartet books. Romance novels are so out of my reading comfort zone. I am more of an Amy Tan/Joan Didion/Laurie Notaro kind of girl. At first, I wasn’t really into the books. But now I appreciate them for what they are. They are definitely full of passion! 😉

  7. Great list! Two recent books that I’ve adored are The Sisters Brothers and Room. And I’ve finally picked up my daughter’s copy of The Hunger Games. I have to read it before the movie comes out!

  8. Well, well, well…aren’t you the little reader…I am loving the foodie books. Haven’t heard of those. Will have to add to my list. I am seriously engaged in mad reading this week and I couldn’t be happier about it.

  9. We should talk about “Two Kisses for Maddie” .. that is all.

  10. About to start “The Book Theif” with my book club so I will let you know how it is but I have only heard great things about it!

  11. I’ve heard ‘The China Study’ is a fascinating read and even without reading it I am sure I agree with a lot of what it says (since my friends have summed it up for me). I just read Lindsey’s comment above and I too just got ‘The Book Thief’ from the Library and am starting it tonight. Reading is awesome!

  12. The first book sounds really fascinating. I bet I would love it. The China Study one sound intriguing.

  13. I’ve finally had a chance to read the Hunger Games series and I was surprised at how good they are so far! I have a stack of other books that I can’t wait to get to, including Tom Perrotta’s book.

    I’ve been wanting to read The China Diet but I had a feeling it was nothing too unique. And it’s always the people who already know a ton about these topics that are reading these sort of books, isn’t it??

  14. I just recently became addicted to the Temperance Brennan books. They are the ones that the TV series Bones is based on. I also audiobooked One for the Money. They were all a pretty easy read and highly entertaining. I haven’t really read anything lately that stoked my mind, though. Mostly just brain candy. I do have 50 Dead Men Walking cued up, though. The memoirs of a British informant on the IRA. Should be interesting.

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