Friday, August 10, 2007


Next week I am going to the beach for 4 or 5 days and I've just read my last un-read book! Help me! What books do you think I can not live without reading?

A few criteria:

1. I do not like horror/sci-fi type books or those like Stephen King
2. Nor am I keen on the girly romance type books
3. History? Only if it's social history-you know, how people lived, the clothes they wore, houses the lived in or dinner parties they threw. You get the point.

Now, I'm going to the bookstore tomorrow on my day off and would like some suggestions....I'm looking to get about 3 or 4 books. Please share...

And also, on a totally unrelated note, today I saw THE UGLIEST bald head EVER. And for those of you who do not know, I am irrationally afraid of bald men.


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

hell i don't know honey, just take the dictionary cause all the books are in it! but have fun...

smiles, bee

Asara said...

I recommend anything in my goodreads list :D

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

Pat Conroy's great...highly recommend "Beach Music".

"Devine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood"

"Good in Bed" or "In Her Shoes" by Jennifer Weiner

Julie said...

No thoughts from me, dear! I just read blogs!

Seriously ask Travis!

Claire said...

I love love love Alexander McCall Smith's The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. Very Funny but also heart warming :)

Danielle A. said...

"Stolen Lives" by Malika Oufkir - Excellent book, one of the Oprah book club

"Good In Bed" was also excellent. :)

"To Touch a Wild Dolphin" by Rachel Smolker was an excellent, inspiring book as well.

There's always just doing what I do... go to the bargain section of your local bookstore and get as many books as you can for $25. :)

Morgen said...

Alexander McCall Smith's books are good reads, but check them out of the library - they go by too quick to purchase them, in my opinion. If you choose one to start with, go for the first "Number One Ladies Detective Agency" -- Mma Rowotse is a hoot! Plus, you'll know why I love me some Red Tea.

Have you read "The Secret Life Of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd?
My favorite book.
You'll laugh, you may cry, and it's just a great read.
Plus, I'd like to discuss it with you afterwards.

Another favorite of mine is "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire. It's the story of the witches of Oz - what happened before Dorothy got there. Made into the hit Broadway musical. The book goes much deeper into the story than the show, and Ephaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) is an amazingly complex character -- but then so is Glinda (who knew?).

If you like "cozy" mysteries, try one of the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert.

If you like a "CSI" type of read, you can't go wrong with an early Patricia Cornwell like "The Body Farm", or "Monday Mourning" by Kathy Reichs. Both of Cornwell & Reich's leading ladies are strong, independent forensic scientists - great characters.

If you like ancient Egypt, go for "River God" by Wilbur Smith. Just be ware, you'll want to read its sequel "Warlock" too!

If you like piratey high seas adventures go for "Monsoon" or "Blue Horizon" by Wilbur Smith (can you tell I like Wilbur Smith - incredible ACTION books with wonderfully drawn all-too-human characters in epic settings).

If you like Biography, I'm currently reading "Cary Grant" by Marc Elliot. Very intriguing, and well-written, about one of Hollywood's most endearing and enduring Leading Men.

You said you're not keen on horror or girly romance. What about supernatural romance? Laurel K Hamilton's Anita Blake gets it on with Vampires and Werewolves. And Were-leopards and more Vampires and more Werewolves and more Vampires (she has sex a LOT in other words -- she has to or she dies --how convenient) so her books are a fun, mindless read that can be titillating too.

If you liked DaVinci Code the movie, Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons" is actually a fine action/suspense novel. Probably a better novel than DaVinci code, in my opinion. You get to travel lots with Dan Brown in his books, and this time its in lots of gorgeous cathedrals and The Vatican. I'm not Catholic, but I want an insiders tour of the Vatican after reading this book, esp the top-security library.

Of course, there's always Harry Potter (start with book one, they just get better as they go along in the series) - definitely a fast, fun read. Plus, you'll be able to answer questions like "who's the red-haired guy" and find out what all the magic is about for yourself.

If you like a fun quick beach read, go for "Michael Tolliver Lives" - review today on The Mo Show Blog. If you ever saw any of the Tales of the City shows on PBS, this is the sequel.

But for all those choices, I'd still pick "Secret Life Of Bees" for you. It's just such a moving book, but fun, too.

See what happens when you ask a BookWorm to suggest a novel?

cheers (and have fun in the bookstore!)

Linda said...

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is great reading and hilarious, too! But - she's on book 13 in the series so you'd have a lot of books to buy. May I suggest a trip to the local library instead and stock up on some good reading material that won't cost you a dime?

I love my library card!

Callie Ann said...

Just wanted to say. What are you going to do if you find the perfect man for you and BAM he goes bald? What will you do??? Hmmm Just wondering of course.
Going to the beach, I wish I could go. Yikes.

Marilyn said...

Mo has books covered so well I'm going to print out his comment and look at the library.

I like short men... and I'm tall. Strange, but true. Hubby's shorter than I am. I have no irrational man fears though... my fears are all rationalized.

jolie-jordan said...

Gosh the books already listed sound mighty good. I guess for quick reads I'd think about a book of short stories or essays or poetry or cookbooks. The dictionary is one of my favorite reads and I love encyclopedias. I love reading about the lives of people who interest me. Like I love Katherine Anne Porter's writing so I read a book about her and I found her real-life story was even better then the books she wrote. And I love to read Childrens books...some are wonderful little reads and then I share them with my grandson Jordan. Velveteen Rabbit is still one of my favorite stories and all the Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss books are wonderful.
Sometimes I wish I could live six life times just so I could read all that I'd like to read.
Have a good vacation and a good read

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

hey! i loved the secret life of bees too! how funny!

smiles, bee

Dina D'Alessandro said...

Mags, if you want books, just ask. I know I've been slacking, but don't spend your money on any Jennifer Weiner when you can get them from me.

Also, Marc's bald and definitely not scary. Whenever you decide to come dine with us in the city, you should get to know him. Maybe he'll ease your fear.

Travis said...

Well Mo has certainly been comprehensive in offering selections.

I'm getting here late so you've probably already made your purchases. But I would suggest The Vampire Chronicles by PN Elrod, or the Harry Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

They aren't horror or romance or too fantasy/sci-fi. They are just tremendously entertaining with fun characters.

Mags said...

Yes indeedy, Mo did send some GREAT suggestions! I ended up with:

The Soul of a Chef
Memories of a BoY Solider

I am also bringing along Secret Life of Bees to re-read if I have time. I liked the book very much but don't remember it very well...

Thomas said...

My favorite book is "Conversations with God" by Neale Donald Walsch. It has the power to change your life (it did mine).

katherine. said...

next time...pick up Shibumi.

Its a bit outdated...but an excellent read.

jolie-jordan said...

Secret Life of the last gift I bought my Mom (for Christmas) last year before she died. Isn't it funny how things come around?
XXX Jolie