“The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — I’ve already passed along this title to some of you. This book was given to me by my good friend Ruth (thanks Ruth!) and what a read it turned out to be!! It’s probably the best book I’ve read in a while. It’s a book about a book, but definitely not another “Inkheart.” A boy in Barcelona comes across a book, is enraptured, and sets upon a quest to find more books by the author. He finds that no others exist — because every book has been systematically destroyed. For those of you who have been to Barcelona, this is a lovely remembrance of that city. I didn’t recognize the names of the streets, but I did remember the journeys throughout the city.
“Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury — this isn’t science fiction. This is Ray Bradbury as the legendary writer everyone talks about. Do you remember those summers when you were young, before boys became boys and kids were just kids? Before you had to get a job? Do you remember the days when you could hear your mother’s voice from a mile away but chose not to because you were too busy watching the clouds change from dragons fighting to a boy riding an airplane to candy canes marching across the sky? Bradbury writes of the innocence of a childhood summer; it’s not just WHAT he writes that has you remembering, it’s HOW he writes. Find out how to sigh and smile all over again.
“The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde — this is a glorious ride — be fully prepared to suspend all reality; Jasper makes his own. This is the first in a series of four (?) books, each getting more wonderfully ridiculous. If you like Alice in Wonderland, are open-minded, and love a good mystery, try this book. Having read “Jane Eyre” is not mandatory.
“A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray — set in Victorian England, this is a chick-lit YA about a girl who doesn’t fit in English society, not because she was brought up in India, but because she has certain magical abilities. These abilities help her discover what truly happened to her mother and find her true identity. This is the first of a trilogy that I gobbled up.
“The Host” by Stephanie Meyer — yes, yes. I know what you’re going to say. This is not another vampire book, thank GOD! Stephanie Meyer is a good storyteller and this is a very interesting story. While it could have used a really good edit (it’s about 100 pages more than it should be), it’s a really neat story from a unique perspective. For those who didn’t like Bella from the Twilight series, a word of caution — the protagonist here, too, is lacking. Just so’s ya know. However, for a mormon, Meyer comes awfully close to talking reincarnation, etc. “The Host” is now in paperback and 20% off at Chapters.
“Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting” by Lynn Grabhorn — manifestation, here we come! You’ve all heard of “The Secret”, “The Power of Intention,” this is the missing element. Lynn says that the missing element to all these manifestation guides is FEELINGS! I read this book over a couple of months, letting her words sink in. This is a book with big heart; Lynn will make you feel better just by reading her words. Even if skeptical, read it, fall in love with it, and ride the wave — because it is a fabulous wave.
“Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert — It is as good as everyone says. Go get it. Read it. Laugh out loud. Love it. Appreciate the wonders of life. Live it.