I’ve said it before- I love to read. I love nothing more than disappearing into a great book. I usually have a thousand books on my list to read next, but in case you don’t, here are the best books I have read in the past 5-10 years:
1. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris: This book is hilarious and so are all the other books this man has written! If you have read all the Sedaris books and like that style, try Dry by Augusten Bouroughs- also very good.
2. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: Non-fiction book talking about science from the big bang until present day. Bryson is a very entertaining writer and makes science fun.
3. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl: Don’t worry- it’s not about physics. But, it is a great novel by a beautiful writer.
4. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas: Classic! My sister and father told me that this is one to definitely get around to and I am glad I did. I actually knew very little about the story before reading and was swept away.
5. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen: This might be the best novel I have EVER read! I really mean that. The writing is so good and the story is perfect. It is about a dysfunctional family, an affair, an unhappy woman- it’s perfect! (Corrections by the same author is also amazing)
6. The World According to Garp by John Irving: This is a great book about a boy who is a writer and his strong-willed mother. It’s just really good.
7. The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon: Honestly it’s been a while since I read this book so I don’t remember a lot about it other than the fact that I loved it and it made me smile.
8. The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs: This is a non-fiction book about a guy who tries to live the bible literally (the best he can) for a year. It’s funny and surprising. He is respectful but smart.
9. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: A beautiful story. I am pretty sure Oprah used it for one of her book club picks so it must be good.
10. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan: Best food writer of all time! Non-fiction about what is going on with the ‘food’ we eat and why we should be demanding better.
11. Middle-sex by Jeffrey Eugenides: Fascinating story about a greek family and their intersex offspring. Beautifully written.
I guarantee that the second I press “publish” I will think of 3 books that I forgot but if you are looking for a next book, you can’t go wrong with any on this list.
What did I miss? What is the best book you’ve read in the last 10 years? I might put it on my to-read list.