More Books!

In addition to my Project 2013 list, here are some other books I recommend.

1. The Stricken Field by Martha Gelhorn. Martha weaves the worlds the Ideal Reality with Real Reality through the lens of war, specifically the everyday people who must contend with the decisions of the Powers That Be.
2. Parenting: With Crappy Illustrations by Amber Dusick. Hilarious and so true on so many levels!
3. Young House Love by Sherry and John Petersik. Super simple home improvement ideas!
4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Better than Gone Girl. I listened to an audiobook. So good!
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. If I hadn't listened to this this book, I would have likely given up on it. The narration by Jesse Bernstein was out of this world!
6. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Oh. My. Great. Goodness. I listened to the audiobook during my commute. Just as good as her other two.
7. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. An interesting read about time management. Good research; some unrealistic ideas. But I recommend it.
8. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. So much fun! I listened to the audio-book, which was outstanding. A fun literary ride with a complex plot and a parade of unique, quirky characters.
9. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Dark, gritty, detailed. I loved every second of it (literally because I listened to the audiobook on my commute) until the ending. Too "wrapped up in a pretty bow" for me. All the same, if you didn't jump on the bandwagon when this book dominated the shelves, make sure you don't miss it.
10. Someday, Someday, Maybe  by Lauren Graham. I loved Lauren Graham on Gilmore Girls so when I heard she had written a novel, I immediately put it on Hold at my local library. It's a cute, funny, quick read. I hated the ending. It just ... ended. While I'm usually ok with ambiguous endings, the ending to this book was TOO ambiguous. But, Graham did leave things wide open for a sequel. Add it to your summer or winter break reading list.
11. The Last Word by Lisa Lutz. Oh, Good Lord, I hope this isn't truly the last word. This is the latest installment in the Spellman series, a thoroughly entertaining, clever, witty and sarcastic series of books about a hyperquirky family of PIs. I loved every single book in this series (and no, it's not because Izzy reminds me of myself). Lisa Lutz is one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to see what she'll do next. I highly encourage you to check out all of her books, not just the Spellman series. 
12. The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric. An interesting compilation of advice and inspiration from a variety of famous people. Essentially, take risks, be authentic and say Yes!


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