AWOL on the Appalachian Trail. Easy reading, well written, and a real insight into a thru-hike
Where Men Win Glory by John Krakauer. It's the real story of Pat Tillman's too-short life, and his death in Afghanistan. Anything by John Krakauer will be flawlessly researched and exceptionally well written.
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith (Anne Lamott)
I didn't read this, I listened to it in the car and I don't know if I'd say it was the best book I "read" this year but I certainly enjoyed it. A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson. I found it really funny and fun to listen to in the car.
Oh, good! I am beginning to prefer non-fiction and biographies/autobiographies. This one was great. Like reading "This is Spinal Tap" but better.
Oh, yes. It definitely goes to 11!
I've read so many rock autobiographies. Mick Fleetwoods's was great, as was Levon Helm's. Patti Smith's book was enjoyable, oh, and I bought Mackenzie Phillips autobiography at the grocery store. It was lurid and disgusting, and I read it in two days!
A helmet saved my life.
2014 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!
I really enjoyed Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.
The Hunger Games Trilogy I absolutely could not put down. Read them all 3 times already. Everyone I have lent them to has said the same, even my mom, who is an avid and picky reader.
Trouble The Water by Nicole Seitz was excellent. Few books can move me to tears, but this one had me bawling. I lost a close friend to cancer around the same time, and it actually was one of her thousands of books~ there were SO many parallels in it that it gave me goosebumps. Based on a fictional sea island on the SC coast and the Gullah/Geechee culture, it is a fantastic read.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory was excellent as well.
Crayola posse~ orange yellow, official pilot Proud owner of "High Flight" & "Shorty"
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, & The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest are all quite good. I found it hard to get into the first book, but then couldn't put the other two down. On a whim, I reread the first book after finishing the series and found that I enjoyed it much more the second time.
The Walk series was also well done, although it's not finished yet.
The nerdy part of me loved The Emperor of All Maladies and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and more recently, Spillover (I could read about zoonotic diseases and hemorrhagic fevers all day, I'm a little strange).
If you like young adult lit, Wonder and The Fault in Our Stars.
John Green, why is that author familiar? Ah, he co-wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson with Levithan. A good book, although not as mind-blowing as some of Levithan's other works for me.
I'm 33 and have been totally FLOORED for perhaps 10 years now at just how GOOD adolescent lit has gotten. It wasn't very good when I was that age. Some amazing, remarkable authors are writing for teens now. David Levithan, MT Anderson, Laurie Halse Anderson, Carol Plum-Ucci...all fabulous writers worth reading, no matter what your age, and some of my favorites, across all genres.
And here I thought I was the only one on the planet that had read this one. Great book. The chapter on ebola gave me nightmares though...
I really could read about ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers all day. I stayed up almost all night reading that book because I was so interested. I even have one of those "giant microbe" stuffed toys of ebola - it's currently watching me from where it's hanging from my ceiling.