The mega-bucks winner this time around is Emily with Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, so I’m happy this one won (not that I didn’t want YOURS to win too, of course).
The other suggestions:
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Tina and Kathleen)
- Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (Zillah)
- Stay! Keeper’s Story by Lois Lowry (Miss Short Skirt)
- A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel (Definitely RA)
- The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers by Harry Bernstein (Lexiloo)
- We Are All the Same by Jim Wooten (Melinda)
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (Stacy)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (Smalldog)
- Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson (Carly Jane)
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (Merry)
- Forest Born by Shannon Hale (Norby Family)
- The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett (Kelly J)
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Sherry)
- The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein (Crafty Ashley)
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Jenny)
- What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson (Kayla)
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Ang)
- Amy’s Eyes by Richard Kennedy (Janelle)
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (Shelly)
- Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (Melanie)
- Someday Angeline by Louis Sachar (Elisa)
- Charlotte’s Rose by A.E. Cannon (Heather)
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Miri)
- Gone in a Heartbeat: Our Daughters Died . . . Our Faith Endures by David and Marie Works (Emily Anne)
- Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Murrillier (Angiegirl)
- Tangerine by Edward Bloor (Katie)
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (Mom)
- The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (Leslie)
- Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson (Saskia Tielens)
- The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (Megan)
- Impossible Things by Connie Willis (Yankee Girl)
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Julia)
- The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier (Angela Noelle)
Another pitiful month for me as far as number of the suggestions read:
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (currently reading)
- Tangerine by Edward Bloor
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
But, you know, better than last month, and if there is anything to warm my heart, it’s surpassing my own sad little standards.
You are too funny – "sad little standards". 🙂
My mom enjoyed this book; daughter now has it. I hope it makes it back home so that I can read it.
I just requested The Art of Racing in the Rain from the library. It was sitting on the bookshelf right next to a book that I bought as a gift. How'd you like it?
We had this book on CD, and loved it so much, we sent it to VA to my MIL, and it got stolen right out of the package! Must be it is SO good…
I LOVED that one.
I'm glad you'll FINALLY get around to reading some ADULT literature that we can discuss like grown-ups over cups of earl gray. While listening to NPR.
Ah, your mom is good. I'm addicted to Dave Ramsey's radio show (too bad it doesn't come on until 10 pm) and have a feeling you already do most of the stuff he suggests. I think you'll like him (when that book wins, of course).
This is a good book. Actually, I just heard the author speak last night. He has a new book out, continuing where this one left off. So, so inspiring.
Gordon just bought this book, and I can't wait to read it. Apparently the author spoke at BYU recently, and he was a huge hit. I heard him for about 10 minutes on the Diane Rehm show yesterday, and I can't wait to read that book. Like Kayla, I also am proud of you for reading an adult book. 🙂
Yankee Girl says
I think that you will enjoy this book. I didn't love the writing, but the story/message itself is so important.
Yeah! I'm so glad you are reading this book! I hope you like it (crossing my fingers), and even if you don't, I'll still read your blog!
Douglas Carl says
This is kind of a tough read. Bottom line, though, is that he made me realize how winning in Afghanistan, Pakistan, that whole area of the world requires much much more than military efforts. I kind of don't think you'll enjoy reading it.
I know you don't pick my book so that I will send you a free copy. . .
Kelly J. says
The writing on this is dry but his message and his life are so great. I know I've told you how I feel about supporting non-profs, but his is one I'd absolutely contribute to, and I think what is important is his own beliefs about the value of helping people in simple, realistic ways. https://www.ikat.org/ The idea of community-based education versus American-instated education is really what "hooks" me, so to speak.
The Help is super-duper and P, P, and Zombies is a hoot!
Mad Hadder says
I think I must have missed the post about how you choose the books. Update?
The writing of this one is fairly awful, but the story is so amazing that I can forgive it. I hope you'll like it!
Peaceful Reader says
Three cups of tea is an incredible story. There are a lot of good reads on that long list!! I;m happy to say I've read at least five of them and soon will be reading The art of racing in the rain for January book club meeting.