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{September 7, 2011}   WWW Wednesday for September 7th,2011

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Tales for a Stormy Night” by Dorothy Salisbury Davis

What did you recently finish reading? “Little Earthquakes” by Jennifer Weiner (another great Chick Lit. book by one of my favorite authors)

What do you think you’ll read next? “Blessings” by Anna Quindlen..This will be the 3rd book of hers I have read and the description sounds intriguing. Here is what Goodreads had to say about this book: Late one night, a teenage couple drives up to the big white clapboard home on the Blessing estate and leaves a box. In that instant, the lives of those who live and work there are changed forever. Skip Cuddy, the caretaker, finds a baby girl asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep the child . . . while Lydia Blessing, the matriarch of the estate, for her own reasons, agrees to help him. Blessings explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present; what makes a person or a life legitimate or illegitimate and who decides; and the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community. This is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer about whom The Washington Post Book World said, “Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family.”

What’s the BEST book YOU have read so far in 2011? For me, I would have to hands down say “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier. I haven’t thoroughly been intrigued and drawn into a story the way this novel did, in such a long time. It was full of mystery and beautifully written. It will definitely go down as one of my favorite books of all time. But there were definitely other books that stood out for different reasons this year. “Room” by Emma Donoghue, “The Girls” by Lori Lansens, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon,”Escape” by Carolyn Jessop and “Please stop laughing at me” by Jodee Blanco were ALL great reads that I would recommend to anyone.

So…..I want to know YOUR best book that you have read this year. If you have more than one, I welcome you to post all your favorites. I would love to know what everyone else has been reading this year. Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

You’re on a role with Anna Quindlen. I’m glad you like her, she’s great writer.
I definitely liked Room, the Curious Incident and Rebecca, but my most favorite this year really is A Dog’s Purpose. And you know YOU want to read it!

Yep, I’ve liked the two of hers I have read so far and am expecting to love this one! 🙂 I STILL want to read her book on Reading but haven’t been able to find it yet!
Looks like “A Dog’s Purpose” will be added to my “To Read” List on Goodreads since you insist I MUST read it. Judging by the other books you have recommended, I don’t think you’ll let me down on this one! 🙂

It’s a lovely / crying feeling book and I’m sure you’ll like it. It makes you feel how wonderful life can be, even when things are not always good.

I added it to my “To Read” List. I’m planning to travel to a bookstore for my birthday later this month and write down a list of books to look for while I am there. THIS book will be on that list! 🙂

ElizOF says:

I love Anna Quindlen’s books very much but have not looked at the latest… I haven’t finished the year on my reading lists yet, as I’m still reading a pretty varied and international selection of books. So, I won’t decide on my best till December. It’s a great question and I will have an answer… 😉
Keep up the great reads Sharon! 😉

I first heard of her through Milka’s blog, “Perfecting Motherhood”…She also does the “Everyday I see a cow” blog as well…..She mentioned her book, “How reading changed my life” and just the title of it grabs me. I love Reading so much and have always felt it offered me an escape from life when I needed it the most. So I looked for it at my library and although our library didn’t have THAT book, it had some others of hers so I decided to check them out to see if I liked her reading style. I think she is a great writer and I am still looking for her book on reading, but I intend to enjoy the other books of hers I can find until then!
Can’t wait to hear your answer in December! 😀

Thanks for the book suggestions, I’d like to check some of those out at the library sometime! I really liked “Please Stop Laughing at Me” as well and would count it as one of my favorites. I am hoping to find the time to read the sequel, “Please Stop Laughing at Us” soon. It’s supposed to be about her efforts to help prevent bullying. “Rosa Lee” is a book I’ve been reading in Sociology class and I like that one too.

There’s a sequel?! 😀
Great news, I really must locate THAT to read, thanks for letting me know cause I had no idea!
What is Rosa Lee about? 🙂

Yep, I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

Rosa Lee is kind of a darker book too, it’s a true story following the life of a lady Rosa Lee and her family surviving in the slums of Washington D.C. She’s a mother of 14, wife at 16, and lives in extreme poverty with her children and is surrounded by violence, crimes, and drug-abuse. It’s amazing all that she’s gone through and it’s really kind of opened my eyes to how drug addiction is one of the most serious issues/causes behind poverty and getting stuck in a life where it seems you’ll never be able to escape from. The writer put himself in her world and got to experience her life and see directly what she was going through.

Hmmm, sounds interesting. Might have to add it to my “To Read” List! 🙂

whoops mother at 14, 8 kids

Cool, it certainly brings you to a whole other world! I’d never really read anything much involving drug abuse and poverty like that before so I think it was beneficial for me to read about it and become more aware of the issue.

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