Do Tell: What are you reading?

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I’m always looking for new material to read, whether that means a great novel, a fascinating magazine article or an exciting new blog. I just picked up a copy of Water for Elephants to read on my flights to and from Palm Beach. I’ve heard good things about this book for a while and I figured I’d better get around to reading it before the movie comes out because we all know how that goes. The books are almost always better! So, do tell…what are you reading these days?


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  1. I just started reading “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s a great read. I would recommend it to everyone, meat eater or not!

  2. I just finished Julia Child’s memoir “My Life in France.” It was such a great read, and she makes France sounds so lovely and charming. I also loved how it showed just how hard she worked on her book- definitely recommend it!

  3. So funny you posted this–I started Water for Elephants last night and its fantastic!! Just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which was really crazy, but had me hooked

  4. I have a whack of books to be read. Currently on the go are:
    Night by Elie Weisel
    The Beauty of Different by Karen Walrond
    Very close to the top of the pile are:
    Water for Elephants
    The Help
    The Red Tent

    Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a very interesting read…I could go on forever about books 🙂

  5. Oh boy… I read a lot and have many suggestions. First, I hope you love Like Water for Elephants. It’s fantastic from what I remember. So here are a few suggestions: The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Immortal by Traci L. Slatton; With Violets by Elizabeth Robards; Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner; Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. If you’d like more recommendations, I’d be happy to send more. Enjoy! PS: I tend to read historical fiction if that’s your interest.

  6. My kindle is my best friend 1) I commute daily downtown Chicago 20-30 mins each way 2) it’s better than updating my status on FB. I usually read two books a week, and this week I started Kelly Cutrone’s book “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You.” “Water for Elephants” is on my list too!

  7. I really liked Water for Elephants, but found that it took a while to get into – so stick with it, if you feel the same way. It’s worth it!

  8. I am re-reading The Golden Compass series (His Dark Materials), it’s one of my favorite stories!! I highly recommend it. Sci-Fi and Fantasy is my genre of choice for reading. Also, I love re-reading books, you always find something new each time.

  9. I know exactly what you are saying with books turned into movies!! I am finishing up Jane Eyre so that I can see the movie!!! Let me know how Water for Elephants is I will put it on my list!!!

    Jasmine Sinclair

  10. I loved Water for Elephants. Try Cutting for Stone. Don’t read the blurb with what’s it about because it did not sound at all interesting to me, but I adored the book,

  11. I’ve read Water for Elephants and you are in for a treat! I just finished The Hunger Games and even though it is a Young Adult novel, it was FANTASTIC. I will definitely read the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy.

  12. Total brain dead right now, and a tad busy. Last book I read about 2 months ago was Freakanomics. I majored in economics so a friend thought this would be funny and it was!

    Really wanted to read that Julia Child’s book will have to go get it!

  13. I’m in a book club with friends and there have been lots of good reads lately! I just finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo…it’s been out a long time, but is a great read! After finishing that, I got another book by him that I also really enjoyed – By the River Piedra I Sat Down & Wept. They’re both pretty quick reads. The Help by Kathryn Sockett is another great one :). I’ve been meaning to check out Water for Elephants too! Enjoy your trip!

    Ann Marie

  14. Right now, I’m reading Creative Visualization by, Shakti Gawain. I just loved it so much the first time that I decided to read it again this year. I also loved her other book called Living In The Light. They’re both very inspirational. Check them out.

  15. You’ll love Water for Elephants; it’s fantastic. My favorite semi-recent read, though, was The Elegance of the Hedgehog. So incredibly beautiful. It was also made into a (French) movie, which I really want to see when it’s released in the US. Read it before that for sure!

    Last night I finished rereading An Abundance of Katherines which I love because well written YA is my not-so-secret guilty pleasure. As another former high school teacher, you might enjoy it too.

  16. Loved water for elephants!! I remember not being too impressed at first but after I got through the first few picked up! I just read Dead end gene pool and highly recommend it…a memoir about the Vanderbilts and highly entertaining!

  17. very interesting comments. i had only heard good things about water for elephants but my bookclub was torn about it. hope you’ll do a review when you finish. we’re on to a fine balance by rohinton mistry. pam

  18. I just finished “Blood, Bones, and Butter,” the memoir by the chef/owner of Prune in New York City. It was really beautiful.

    I need a good novel, but haven’t been able to read anything since Franzen’s “Freedom” – it spoiled me for fiction for a while.

  19. I’m reading Heaven is For Real, about a little 4yo boy who “died” for 5 minutes during surgery and went to Heaven. This book is all about the things he saw in Heaven…it’s amazing!

  20. Simon Doonan’s Wacky Chicks….I’m just getting started. ” Life Lessons from fearlessly inappropriate and fabulously eccentric women” I hope it’s fab!

  21. I would recommend without a doubt “SHADOWS OF THE WIND” originally written by a Spanish writer the book was translated into English and has made the best sellers list in the UK a few years back.

    I give the book to me gran & aunt – both said it was the best book they read and we all like different genres.

  22. The best book I’ve read in many years is “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. You won’t be able to put it down. True story of survival, resilience and redemption. A must read

  23. Just read The Help (so great), and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (also highly recommend). Now reading Paris Was Ours, a collection of short stories by authors who have spent time in the City of Light. Up next is Water for Elephants, so I’m looking forward to hearing what you think!

  24. Water for Elephants is a unique story. I finished the book so fast! I can’t wait to see the movie and I am hoping it ends up looking like what I pictured.

    Another great read is the Heretic’s Daugther by Kathleen Kent.

  25. I kept picking up Water for Elephants and read 30 pgs and couldn’t get into it, but from the comments here it seems like I need to give it another try and some more time for it to pick up. I just finished a Jane Green novel-I like easy and quick reads for a plane ride, I always enjoy her books!

  26. I just recently finished Water for Elephants and loved it. I hope the movie does it justice! Right now I’m workin my way through The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio– I definitely recommend it!

  27. “three stages of amazement” by carol edgarian – AMAZING! if you’re between 30 and 70 you should read it – it was one of those that I was sad to finish…

  28. Oh, so glad you started this post. Now I have a great list of books to read! For bookclub, we just finished Tiger Mom by Amy Chua. Very interesting read, especially for parents. (Going to recommend Water for Elephants at next meeting. 🙂
    Here are some recs: KITERUNNER by Khaled Hosseini (amazing), anything by JONATHAN FRANZEN, FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand (a classic).

  29. Just finished The Gilead by Marylynne Robinson – it is one of the best books I have read, beautifully written.When I finished reading it, I immediately went to page 1 and began reading it again. It is a book you will want in your library. It won the Pulitzer prize in 1995 or thereabouts.
    -Love Paulo Coehlo

  30. I recommend “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. He offers some incredible suggestions for networking in a non-cheesy way and I think he is a genius. Check it out!

  31. “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” was fantastic. As was “Bel Canto” and “The Red Tent”. Highly recommend them all!