05 January 2010

A Library at Home

One of the great things about house-sitting is that the people we house-sit for have a lot of books. Gads of books. Mountains of books. When I got here the other night and was waiting for Eric to finish getting ready for bed, I pulled the following off the shelves:

I think they will make a great start. And, bonus! There are no due dates.

In case the photo is not clear, the books are:
  • These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Only, probably not in that order. I've already started the first two. And I'm not entirely sure about The Lovely Bones. My friend, Trish, really hated it, but it's gotten pretty good reviews. Any thoughts?


Kristy said...

Ew. The Lovely Bones. We listened to it on CD and it was very traumatizing. I can see why it's very famous, but if you don't like rape/murder/sicko details, I'd skip it.

Gretchen said...

Even rape disturbingness aside, I really hated The Lovely Bones. To quote my favorite review on GoodReads, "This isn't a story, it's a situation."

Packrat said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to stay!

heidikins said...

Gasp!! Several of these are on my all-time favorites list!

These is My Words--LOVE
Three Cups of Tea--LOVE
Reading Lolita in Tehran--LOVE
Kite Runner--LOVE
Willa Cather Anything--DOUBLE LOVE

...I knew there was a reason we were efriends.


Jaime Wilkins said...

I've read:
These is My Words
Three Cups of Tea
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Goose Girl
The Kite Runner
The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones was weird. I read the book and will NOT see the movie. The Kite Runner has some violence and sexual abuse which I felt traumatizing as well. I enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns more but it also has violence in it.

I REALLY enjoyed These Is My Words! My favorite of the books you listed

Jenny said...

(can't recommend Lovely Bones)

Fionna said...

Coming from non-Mormon country, I will admit that I did like the Lovely Bones. I'm not dogging on Mormons ( I am one) but when a Utah Mormon gave me Twilight to read with the back cover hidden so I wouldn't be prejudiced against the vampire content and not read it, I had to laugh.

michael ann said...

well i just found your blog and holy book worm i wish i wasn't in school right now! hahah, i wish i had time to read all these awesome books you've suggested. i HAVE read three cups of tea though and loved loved loved it. and i'm most certainly going to keep up with your blog so when i do get some free time i can get my reading list going ;] - michael ann

B +E + L said...

I just finished These is My Words...Loved It! I read The the Lovely Bones, and did not love it but I thought it was interesting and worth reading, but certainly wouldn't put it at the top of the list. Definately disturbing, but not overly graphic. I did listen to it on tape so I might have missed something...