Whaddya Reading?

Do you love to read? I love to read. There isn’t enough time in the day to do all the things I want and need to get done, but I’ll squeeze in a few minutes each day to read. I’m old school;there is nothing quite like the feel of a book or the smell of newsprint to get my brain synapses started.

I’ll return to the likes of Jodi Piccoult this summer when spf 50 sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats return to my daily routine.

But I’ve hit the wall. I need fresh reading material.

Any suggestions?


  1. Le-Keisha January 30, 2010

    “The Alchemist” by Paulo Cuelo (i’m sorry I think I might have messed up his last name) But its an amazing read. If not have you read “the giver” by louis lowry? they are both small reads but. again really good ones

  2. Esther January 30, 2010

    Not sure which direction you are wanting to read but I just finished Eat, Pray, Love and really enjoyed it.
    A Severe Mercy is an excellent read – it actually has made me want to read The Great Divorce by CS Lewis.
    I just started reading Six Thinking Hats and am looking forward to being challenged in the way I think and how I engage in problem solving with others.
    Oh there are always so many options to read these days… It reminds me of the feeling I get when I hit the cereal isle – totally overwhelmed!

  3. David January 30, 2010

    I’m finally picking up Race Matters by Cornel West. Here’s a list of my 5 favorite books from 2009: http://davidswanson.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/5-books-that-changed-me-in-2009/

    • AStephens January 30, 2010

      I concur with David: Native Son and The Writing Life are great reads.

  4. YoungOwen January 31, 2010

    You may have seen me tweet or blog or post about some of these, but here’s what I have going, depending on the moment and the mood.

    Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2009, edited by Dave Eggers.

    A New Literary History of America, edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors.

    Success through Failure: The Paradox of Design, by Henry Petroski. (one of my favorite authors, a Duke professor of civil engineering and of history)

    Stylized: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style,” by Mark Garvey.

    Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, by Michael J. Sandel.

    I am probably going to go back and read some Salinger. Not Catcher, more likely Nine Stories to start with.

    Just bought two newly journalism books but they haven’t arrived yet…..

  5. zandaltwist January 31, 2010

    One really neat read, although it’s not fiction, is a book that was referred to me by a friend Jimmy McGee. It’s called “The Echo Within” by Robert Benson. It’s a small book, but it’s very chewy. I’m not sure what type of books you’d like to sink into, but if you like something that you can read a small piece and then really chew on it, this is a grand one. =)

  6. Kathy Khang February 1, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

  7. anthonygiron February 2, 2010

    Ender’s Game and the rest of the series by Orson Scott Card.

  8. Kacie February 2, 2010

    Try Wild Swans by June Chang, or A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, or The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose, or anything by Chaim Potok!


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