I’m reading a lot these days. I’m thankful this sabbatical has forced me back into a habit I relegated for more “important” things. I won’t do that again, no matter how busy I become. I’ve missed reading and what it does. Expands. Inspires. Tugs.

Here’s what I’ve read this month. (Click title for book description.)

1. Rosie Project. Intelligent, unique, hilarious.


2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Raw, real, rich.


3. A Gentle Rain. Endearing, hopeful, gooey.


4. Twelve Years A Slave. Sad, hopeful, tragic. I always begin these with apprehension knowing the depth of pain I will feel. It never gets easier for me. I hope it never does.


Your turn. What do you recommend? I’m open to any genre but no heartbreaking stuff. (I need to recover from 12 years.) What books do you love?


Slomo · 06/01/2014 at 10:38 pm

I got two more for ya, S.H.

Padre! by Raven Moore
Everything that Remains by Joshua Fields

Angel · 05/18/2014 at 12:50 am

@Slomo. Thanks for this suggestion. Tell you mom I said hi. lol

Angel · 05/18/2014 at 12:50 am

@Yvette. I’m looking for humor so I will check out the collection. You’ve given me lots of good options. Thanks, boo.

Angel · 05/18/2014 at 12:48 am

@kk. Sold! You’ve convinced me. thanks for the recommendation.

Slomo · 05/12/2014 at 11:51 am

The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

KK · 05/11/2014 at 5:20 pm

Ok, you said no heartbreaking stuff and this one has its moments but it doesn’t last and it’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a long time, “When I Found You” by Catherine Hyde. For some reason this book hit my gut in the same way “The Alchemist” did many years ago. Think you just read something at a certain moment in your life and it gives you a “whoa” moment.

Yvette · 05/09/2014 at 4:34 pm

If you’re into short stories, check out the collection Tenth of December by George Saunders. They’re all funny, smart, sweet and a little bit weird, but so good–especially the title story. And speaking of funny, smart, sweet and weird, I’m a big Kurt Vonnegut fan–I love his novels and short stories, but right now his nonfiction/memoirish stuff is my thing: Palm Sunday, or A Man Without A Country. And I’m excited to check out the newly published collection of his commencement speeches, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Enjoy!

GSH · 05/07/2014 at 7:34 pm

If you’re in the mood for something short, dependable and life affirming for an explorer, swing back around to the transcendentalists. I suggest Self Reliance by Emerson and Thoreau’s Walden. “I would rather sit in the open air, for no dust gathers on the grass…”

Slomo · 04/19/2014 at 3:39 pm

Exit by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Angel · 04/17/2014 at 1:56 am

@Tommy. What I call, you call, and somebody else calls a classics probably will differ. There are books that I would consider classics that you might not. Either way, I love your list. I”m going to check out Larry McMurtry. I’ve never read any of his stuff and it looks like Lonesome Dove is a winner. I think I shall start there.

Tommy · 04/16/2014 at 3:23 pm

I am always surprised how many people have not read what I call the American classics.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
Electric Kool Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
Any and all books by Larry McMurtry
Any and all books by Tom Robbins

None of these books are current, but all great reads.

Angel · 04/16/2014 at 4:43 am

@FVR. I found it on Kindle. I promise it wasn’t there yesterday. 🙂

Angel · 04/16/2014 at 2:52 am

Keep the recommendations coming, please. You all are exposing me to new stuff!! I love it. -Angel

Angel · 04/16/2014 at 2:51 am

@Nomi. Another one I haven’t heard of. Thanks for the recommendation!

Angel · 04/16/2014 at 2:50 am

@Jabari. I just checked and it’s available on Kindle. Last night, I watched Shawshank Redemption again and Andy recommends Dumas. I’ve never read anything on Monte Cristo. I think it’s time. Thanks for the recommendation!

Jabari · 04/16/2014 at 2:33 am

I’m reading a book now called “The Black Count”. The author’s last name is Reiss. It’s a quasi-biography of the father of the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. He lived an AMAZING life, more interesting than the fictional characters of his son’s books! Check it out…

Nomi · 04/15/2014 at 1:44 pm

Perhaps, this.

Ties that Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of Storycorps

Angel · 04/15/2014 at 1:05 pm

@FVR. Oooh, thanks for this recommendation. I love plot twists. Looking up now…

Angel · 04/15/2014 at 1:05 pm

@leah. Well, Oscar was a re-read so I flew through it. But yes, you can read a lot when you don’t have a job! 🙂 I’ve never heard of Other Wes Moore and just looked it up. I gotta feeling I’m gonna cry during this one. I’m adding to to my kindle list. thanks!

Angel · 04/15/2014 at 1:03 pm

@FVR. I’m intrigued. Now, I just have to wait until it comes out on Kindle. unacceptable.

Leah · 04/15/2014 at 12:20 pm

Wow..you have read a lot in just one month. I plan on reading the Junot Diaz book once this semester is over. (yes I am back in school) Before my class started, I read The Other Wes Moore – will make you say Wow.

FVR · 04/15/2014 at 10:37 am

I just finished the Goldfinch — and it just won a Pulitzer for fiction! Beautiful tale with unbelievable plot twists.

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