I often get so many book recommendations from so many people that it’s sometimes hard to pursue my own literary interests- which range in pretty much everything to neuroscience to young adult fiction (guilty as charged). For the past few months I’ve concentrated on making sure that all of the books that I’ve borrowed have returned to their rightful owners and now that the weather is cooler, I’m looking forward to trying out some new flavors of looseleaf tea from the shop down the street and digging into some of the books that have been waiting for me on my bookshelf for probably a year or more.
1) Adultery by Paulo Coelho. Although I’ve never read his most famous work, The Alchemist, a friend of mine automatically assumed (seeing as I’m such a prolific reader, haha) that I read it and that I’d be interested in reading this one as well. Here’s hoping that this one lives up to the author’s reputation although I think I might have picked this one up for the title alone- it promises to be a juicy read.
2) Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. I read The Glass Castle way back when I was on a cruise in 2007 (shows you often I go on vacation) and the sequel, Half Broke Horses, has been sitting on my shelf virtually ever since then. Shame on me!
3) Songs Without Words by Ann Packer. My sister recently returned this book to me with many thanks for recommending it. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that it too has been one of the many volumes that has sat lonely and unread on my shelves for over a year. Fortunately, she enjoyed it but lesson learned: you never know what you may be stealing when you steal something off someone else’s bookshelves.
4) Juliet by Ann Fortier. I’m a sucker for anything Shakespeare-related and I have a particular soft spot for the story of Romeo and Juliet, maybe because it was my first-ever major role in a school play. I’m also a sucker for any kind of epic love story across time so I’m holding out for a dreary afternoon where I can curl up with this one and a box of tissues.
5) And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Normally when I find a particular author I like I tend to grab everything they’ve ever written and read it voraciously, so I’m a little curious as to where I found the patience to hold off on reading Khaled Hosseini’s latest novel. Although The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are not exactly the type of book that I’d reread over and over again (mostly because I felt so devastated after reading each one), both of his previous novels have been so powerful and captivating that I have to read this one as well. My sister promises it lives up to its predecessors.
Psst- wanna see which books have previously graced my bookshelves? Click here. Want even more fun reading recommendations? I’ve got some for you here. Don’t forget to find me on Goodreads so we can snoop each other’s bookshelves and dish about our favourites.