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Recommended reading from my pal Kurt and The New York Times

I used to commute with a friend who is an avid reader like me. Several other people who rode our bus also loved to read. So when we weren’t reading, we were often talking about what we were reading or planned to read next.

Kurt and I no longer commute together but we exchange periodic e-mails to share recommendations from our reading list.

If you’re looking for a good book to read, you might enjoy several selections from our recent and not-so-recent favorites list.

And since I’m such a fan of books and book lists, I’m including a link to The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012.

Books recommendations from me and my pal Kurt:

The Book Thiefby Markus Zusak — written for ages 9 and up, but adults will appreciate this book. It’s a moving story about how books feed us. The story takes place in Germany during World War II. One of the most striking elements of the book is the narrator, which turns out to be Death.

I Am the Messengerby Markus Zusak — What happens when a down-and-out cabdriver inadvertently stops a bank robbery? I had to read this one because I loved The Book Thief so much. I was intrigued by the mystery of this book.

City of Thievesby David Benioff — a great example of a book with an ending that ties to its beginning. It was one of those books where you read the last page and immediately want to start over. It wasn’t predictable and was funny,  Kurt bought this for his sister after reading it.
The Song Readerby Lisa Tucker — a book about a girl who interprets the world by the song lyrics people can’t get out of their minds.

The Imperfectionistsby Tom Rachman — a series of connected stories about people who work at a fictional newspaper.

The Art of Racing in the Rainby Garth Stein — a heart wrenching story told mostly from the perspective of a dog.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indianby Sherman Alexie — I’m a huge fan of anything Sherman Alexie writes, including this book, which is also a young adult book. Based on Alexie’s life, the main character Junior leaves his school on the reservation school to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Books on my to-read stack:

The Light Between Oceansby M.L. Stedman

The Art of Fielding: A Novelby Chad Harbach — recommended by Kurt.

Coming soon, I’ll recommend a few favorite suspense novels. What’s on your reading list?

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Juniper #

    Thanks! I’ve been looking for new books!

    January 26, 2013
    • I love to share and receive book suggestions. Let me know if you have any to recommend! I’ll also share more in future blog posts as Kurt and I continue to compare our reading notes.

      January 26, 2013

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