These are books I've read in the past six months or so. I love them all. I don't like to give away too much about a book, I wish people wouldn't do that to me either.
I am currently reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. It reminds me a lot of growing up in the West, where my stepfather trained Quarter Horses and I read the kind of books that one of the characters, Swede, liked to read. The story is actually set in Minnesota. It's a profoundly American tale and I feel like I ought to be reading it rather than writing this little post.
The Lacuna, I love Barbara Kingsolver's writing. I'm pretty sure I will keep reading whatever she gets published for the rest of my life. I always learn something more about things that interest me because she does great research for her novels. This book follows the life of a American-Mexican, whose story is astonishing and involves in his early life the vibrant Mexican culture of the early 1930's and none other than Frieda Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky and later, Eugene McCarthy and the protagonist's battle with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo. This is 1000 and 1 nights for those of us who wish to continue in possession of some childlike qualities we remember at the bottom of our hearts. It's the simplest of the books I am sharing here, but by no means is it simple.
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Umberto Eco. Just imagine waking up one morning to discover that you had forgotten your whole life. What if you could remember every book you ever read, but not the face of your children? How would you go on? What would you do? The illustrations are amazing too.
Outlander, Diana Gabaldon. A Christmas gift from Kara & Eric. I had to finish the book I was reading at the time, but soon started this after the new year. It's a historically sensitive page turner, I was reading it way too late into the night out of that sense of "what's next?" that we so want out of a good novel. At 600 pages, there was a lot of what's next and no regrets in reading a story that lasts that long. That's so much more than I can say about many epic novels that have been thrust in my direction. Apparently there are seven more books in the Outlander series. This one stands on its own, but I'm sure I'll be gathering up the rest little by little.
It would be great if folks would share what they're reading too. Post your "good reads," please and use that as a tag so we can find them!