The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
A clever story that ties in together two generations, from father to son. I love this story dearly as I got to love the characters as a father tries to reach out to his son beyond space and time. I hope the story of the orange girl will touch your heart like it did mine. True to Jostein Gaarder fashion, it will have you surprised with each page. If you loved this book, try reading his others. What I love about Jostein Gaarder is that no two of his books are the same, and are completely different. However, your expectation for a great stimulating read with unique plots and twists will always be met when you read his books. Try Sophies world, for an education in Philosophy and an intriguing story on the side.
Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor by Sarah Ban Breathnach
While browsing the shelves of a secondhand bookstore, I came across this gem of a book. Set out by months, Sarah Ban Breathnach relates her amazing story of how she lost all of her senses and regained each of them back one by one. She helps us to appreciate the world through new eyes, or should I say new senses? Truly a beautiful book, with some nice ideas on how to appreciate the moment.
Illusions by Richard Bach
If you’ve ever been into books that talk about the soul like Paulo Coelho, you might not find that exact feeling in this book. However, Richard Bach takes you on an easy journey in the skies with simple prose and an equally simple message, he helps you see the world for what it may be, all illusions…
The Door to December by Dean Koontz
I read this book when I was 14. It was my first Dean Koontz book, and while I enjoy reading his other books, none of the others seemed to stay in my head like the Door to December. Like with all Koontz’s books, his obsession with the mind is a recurrent theme, but his characters, the plot, all seem to fall into a most comfortable ease with each other as he tells his gruesome yet hopeful story about a little girl and her mother.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Anyone who saw the film, probably didn’t get “it”. But the book I found was a pleasure to read, as it was refreshing to have a more unique plot of how romance can be told. I enjoyed reading this book when it came out and read it in 3 days. There are some plot gaps, but who cares? The times interweave, jumping back and forth, but the love in its pages stand out like a pole in the dessert, and there only so many romance novels one can read with the same cookie cutter plot line of boy meets girl.
The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs
One of my more serious reads over the past summer, The end of poverty shines light to something we seem to be all aware of but have no opinions or no real idea about how we can do something. Sachs challenges us to be the generation that can make a difference. It was a really interesting read, full of what could be called realistic idealism? It sets a hopeful tone, whilst also giving the reader a real picture of what is going on through Sachs works and visits to countries around the world.
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
I think I may have an obsession with books that tell their stories through letters or diaries, and Suzanne’s diary for Nicholas is no exception. Its refreshing once again to come across a romance written by a male that isn’t Nicholas Sparks (while I enjoy his books too, he seems to be a dominating male for the genre)
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