Books that should be on your 'Must Read' list...

Keely - posted on 08/23/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Hello fellow bookworms!

We are starting a new thread just for books that should definitely be on your must read list. This thread will be updated at least once every couple of weeks with a book that you may have missed that is very much worth reading!

For our first post, we are going to focus on an outstanding book that was read several months back on this book club. It is has been on the New York Times best seller list for 72 weeks in a row for hardback fiction, and is currently holding strong at #3.

It is definitely worth a read if you havent had a chance to get around to it, OR even worth a re-read for those who have read and loved it.

Please enjoy this book with a piece of chocolate pie!!!! (this is a hidden joke and only those who have read the book will know what it means, and for those who do know, please dont spoil it for the rest! Make them get the book and see for themselves...lol)

The Help - by Kathryn Stocket

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

Copyright © 2010 Kathryn Stockett

http://www.kathrynstockett.com/index.htm

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Cathy - posted on 09/23/2010

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The Help was an amazing book. I read it very fast. Can I add Water For Elephants to the "must read" category? I read it several years ago and I can't wait for the movie. Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattison star in it. The author has a new one coming out centered around apes. Very appealing.

Sandy - posted on 01/11/2011

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I finished "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay and now am reading the second part "Tandia" I can't put it down! He is an Australian author. If you can find them, they are worth the read!

Cathy - posted on 01/10/2011

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amazing book updates! Finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. Interesting. Read Ape House by Sara Gruen (author of Water for Elephants) and could not put it down. Currently reading On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Excellent read! Loving my new kindle. Getting through books faster as it is more compact and easy to just throw in my purse and have on hand when I can read a chapter or two. Happy reading to you all!

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Melissa - posted on 02/11/2011

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova was a great book. I couldn't put it down. It was about a woman who has early onset Alzheimer's. Very touching story.

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I recently read Ape House as well and loved it. On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is on my TBR list for this year. Glad you like your kindle!!

Kathren - posted on 01/10/2011

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The Odd series by Dean Koontz was awesome. I can't wait to see if he's gonna write another to the series.

Meredith - posted on 01/10/2011

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Just finished Julia's chocolates, super good. A thousand splendid suns and snow flower and the secret fan are great books

Cathy - posted on 10/29/2010

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Keely, I have a neighbor/friend who is such a fan of the Outlander books. She's met and hung out with the author. I've tried to read but had trouble getting in to it. Want to try again as soon as I'm done with The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and others.

Sandy - posted on 10/28/2010

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I LOVED Water for Elephants too! AND The Help! I am now reading "The Red Tent"

Amanda - posted on 10/10/2010

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Water for Elephants is also a very good book. I read it in a couple of days....and this from someone who is scared of all things "circus".

Amanda - posted on 10/10/2010

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OH MY GOSH. I absolutely loved this book & could not put it down. It's not very often that a book can make you laugh outloud, cry, be so angry and yet so happy also. I just loved this book and have told everyone that I know that they should read it. *sigh* what a fabulous book.

Keely - posted on 09/25/2010

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Next book that is a must read (and possibly for my own selfish reasons...lol.)



Outlander - Diana Gabaldon



Synopsis



Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...



In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.



Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Kelley - posted on 09/23/2010

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This book was fantastic!! Can't wait to see if the movie is as good as the book!

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