Monday, February 27, 2012

Chelsea's Favorite Books (a few of them anyway)

Making this list makes me wish I was more consistent with my Goodreads account and that I'd been keeping it for a lot longer. I know there are books I have read and liked more than some of these, but these are what came to mind scrolling through my books there.
Books with a *star next to them have subject material, themes or language which you might want to be aware of before reading them. 
Books that are bold are some of my all time favorites.

Non-Fiction books I've loved:
"Shockwave: countdown to Hiroshima" by Stephen Walker
* "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah
* "The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Place on Earth" by Eric Weiner
"Eve and the Choice Made in Eden" by Beverly Campbell
"Funny In Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America"Firoozeh Dumas
* "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi

Historical Novels:
"The Kommandant's Girl" by Pam Jenoff
All of Michelle Moran's novels (Nefertitti etc)
"How to be an American Housewife" by Margaret Dilloway
* "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See
"Peony in Love" by Lisa See
* "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier

Contemporary Novels:
* "The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb
"The Sugar Queen" by Sarah Addison Allen
"Peace like a River" by Lief Enger

YA Books:
The Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan
The Little House books by Laura Ingells Wilder

"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexander Dumas
"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith
"Cane" by Jean Toomer
"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck


  1. Yay Chelsea! I'm so excited to see your list. I did not get an email about it though so I think I don't even have my settings right on here. Hmm.

    I've been thinking about A Long Way Gone. I didn't find it too dark but others may. Do you think it would be a good book group book or too violent?

  2. I like your system with the starred and bolded items. I think I'll change mine to use the same system.

  3. I have wondered about the violence level for book club too. There were a couple of sentences that were really troubling to me (describing some of the violence in their villages), but overall I found the book uplifting.