Thursday, November 21, 2013

Now I Am A Book Snob!!

I am very fortunate that I live in a town that has an independent book store.  Last night I attended a book review of good books for book event that occurs a couple of times a year and is presented by two of the ladies that work at the book store and actually read the books that they recommend.  Now I say that because many times if you go into a "big chain" store ala Barnes & Noble and ask for a recommendation the people there are not actual readers they just shelve books, and take your money. Now I shouldn't put them all into that category because I know there are many that work in large bookstores are readers and can recommend but my experience has been that many are not, or only read whatever happens to be on the "best-seller"  or "popular fiction" list at the moment.  Now James Patterson & Danielle Steele's books hit the best-seller lists almost as soon as they are published but I wouldn't call any of their titles book-club worthy discussions or consider them literary fiction.  Oh dear, now not only am I a pumpkin snob, but it sounds like I am a book snob as well.  I guess when I was younger, "those" books appealed to me, but as I grow older and appreciate a good story and a well written book I no longer read what is on the "best-seller" list.

Anyhoo, last night we were presented with a list of their latest picks and I thought I would share these with you today.  I love it when people share and recommend good books.  All of these are in paper-back, are great discussion books for those of you in book-clubs and are in no particular order.


  • THE STORYTELLER by Jodi Picoult (wondering how to pronounce her last name? "PeeKo"
  • THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A. Harrison
  • FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
  • I AM FORBIDDEN by Anouk Markovits
  • MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • ARCHIPELAGO by Monique Roffey
  • SCHRODER by Amity Gaige
  • DEAR LIFE by Alice Munro - short stories
  • MRS QUEEN TAKE THE TRAIN by William Kuhn
  • ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich
  • ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline
  • THE DINNER by Herman Koch
  • TIGERS IN RED WEATHER by Liza Klaussman
  • THE LIFEBOAT by Charlotte Rogan
  • THE LOWER RIVER by Paul Theroux
  • HOUSE GIRL by Tara Conklin
  • THE WARMTH OF OTHERS SUNS by Isabel Wilkerson
  • THE INVISIBLE THREAD by Laura Schroff
  • THE BOY IN THE MOON by Ian Brown
  • QUIET by Susan Cain
And a couple of hardcover recommendations - 
  • THE RETURNED by Jason Mott (the author was working in a Verizon store when he wrote this book and shorty after it was published it was picked up by Brad Pitt's production company to film a mini-series based on this book, needless to say, Jason quit his day job) 
  • MUD SEASON by Ellen Stimson
  • LONGBOURN by Jo Baker (for lovers of Jane Austen and Downton Abby 
Tonight is book club and this month we read THE LIGHT IN THE RUINS by Chris Bohjalian.  It was an OK book, I've read better and it left me unsatisfied.  Does that make sense?  It bounced back and forth between 1943-44 and 1955 in Italy during World War II when the Germans occupied much of Italy.  I will be interested to hear how the rest of our group liked it.  So for books, and there are many, and for book groups that inspire good discussions I am grateful.

Until next time.....



  1. Thanks for this list - I've read a few, have a few on my wish list and there are several I've never heard of. I'm going to have fun looking them up. I would probably add Chris Bojalian and Jodi Picoult to the list with James Patterson and Danielle Steele. They're pretty good, always sell well, but meh - I can take them or leave them. Happy reading!

  2. I have been eyeing the Orphan Train at our independent book store in town. Glad to hear that it reviewed well for this event.

  3. Oo I have heard about some of these, but will check out others! I love that my little town has an independent bookstore, too!!

  4. I'll be checking these out..haven't read a single one so our tastes may be different, but I do love to read, and will try any author at least once.

  5. i have 2 books on my kindle now that i need to read but need to quiet my brain to get through them. some times my mind just will not shut up. ha. ha!! ( :
    have fun reading. good times.

  6. Oh, thank you so much for this list! I, too, love book recommendations. I haven't read any of that fiction and only one of the nonfiction--Quiet, which was excellent. I read mostly nonfiction, except for mysteries. I love mysteries. But it has to be well-written. Not a big fan of James Patterson.

  7. Hi Demma Glad reading makes you happy and thanks for the list.

  8. Thanks for the list Deanna I used to work in a small independent book shop and we liked nothing better to recommend books in fact we knew our customers so well that we could put books aside for them. Love jodi Picoult and I want to try the Aviator's wife it looks good.

  9. I am always after a good book to read. This list sounds like some good ones and I will have to make a note of them.

  10. How much fun to be in a book club! I am an avid reader, and love seeing your list. Will definitely investigate some of these that I have not read and photographed ( who would guess it) your list). Have a wonderful day Deanna. Thanksgiving coming soon!

  11. Thanks for the list, Deanna! I'm bookmarking this!

  12. How in the world did I miss this post yesterday? I think Bloglovin' has been cranky for a few days, I seemed to have missed others, too. I came over because of your comment on Camper today {it always makes me happy when you visit!}. So ... thank you for the list! I'm checking it twice ... right now!

  13. Oh how I love to read too, Miss Deanna. Thanks for the book suggestions. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors.

  14. I love book suggestions! My daughter loves to read but not if it takes too long to pick up the pace. I'm intrigued by Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker... :)


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