- Janet Pelz
I’m always interested in a good read. My guess is that you are, too.
So, how about sharing some of the best books you’ve read this year. What titles do you think we should all consider and why? Maybe we’ll get some ideas for year-end gifts or just a boost of reading inspiration to take into the next year.
One of my book highlights this year came to me from a suggestion. My friend Leslie, who has known me for long enough to know told me I should read The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. I fell headfirst into an amazing novel that took equal care with the smallest moments and the broadest themes. Plus, it’s set in Paris, so I had lots of mental imagery to supply. I wasn’t too fond of the ending, however. What did you think?
Among books I read that I wouldn’t recommend, A Map of the World, by Jane Hamilton. An unthinkable sadness occurs in the first chapters and from there the story becomes even more depressing. I also disliked Alice Hoffman’s Here on Earth, another from Oprah’s Book Club. The book spins you into a number of complex characters, some reminiscent of Dickens, and at the end they all just scatter, like dandelion seeds. I’d be curious to know if anyone had different impressions of either of these.
On the non-fiction side, I’m having fun reading The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell. Don’t know how much of it I’ll ever have the chance to apply to my own life and pursuits, but it’s full of interesting anecdotes and studies, connected in a fascinating way. And of course, I was bowled over by the women’s stories told in the book Esther Instebo gave to me, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
The women I’ve interviewed for How Does She Do It? have many interesting things on their bookshelves – scroll back through the archives to see what they are reading.
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