End of Winter Reading List

Once again, I took three weeks off to regroup and reconnect with myself before starting a new consulting gig. I did the following: disconnected from the digital world. That’s right, no Facebook, no LinkedIn, no Twitter and I re-discovered the joy of reading. It was AWESOME. I share my best reads with you:

•The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – Difficult to put down, fun thriller with a dark but amazing central character, Lisbeth Salander, who you don’t want to mess with but can’t help but love.
•The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson – Follow up book to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I will say this: I bought it at 5:00pm on a Sunday and finished it at 6:am on Monday. Prepare to not sleep, work or pay attention to your significant other while you devour this book.
•The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Set during the civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., it is an incredible portrait of black women, “The Help” as they clean house, care for brats and live their reality with humor, dignity and fear. You will not forget Minny’s character. A great book-club read.
• Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – Cranky, funny, old and retired Olive has little patience for fools and is annoyed by everyone and everything in her little Maine town. Just read it.
• The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery – elegantly written novel about the 54-year-old concierge of a small and exclusive Paris apartment building who is a closet autodidact and smarter than everyone around her.
• Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay – So absorbing, that the book is hard to put down. It alternates between the past in 1942, and present. The past: A 10 year old Jewish girl Sarah, is forced to go to the Velodrome d’Hiver with her mother and father, leaving her 4 year old brother locked in a secret cupboard, promising she will be back. Present: Julia is an American journalist living in Paris who finds herself  consumed by the story of the Vel d’Hiv incident.  Julia is unaware there is a connection in her present, elegant,  well ordered life to that horrible event that will ultimately change her life forever.
• Unaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri – Beautiful, elegant, stunning short stories about 2nd generation Bengali adults.
• Push: A Novel Sapphire – Based on the movie and is much more disturbing and graphic than Precious. Everyone should read this.

Know any good reads? Please share!


4 thoughts on “End of Winter Reading List

  1. 8 books in 3 weeks?? Well done…I liked Olive Kitteridge and have Dragon Tattoo on the nightstand…glad you liked it. I enjoyed City of Thieves (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1971304.City_of_Thieves) which some people loved and some hated. Clever story with interesting characters. Not sure if you have heard of the Book Thief (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19063.The_Book_Thief), a heck of a lot darker, but it’s about the holocaust written from an interesting perspective. It says “young adult”, but a good read…

    • Seriously, right? I actually was just look at The Book Thief. Have you read The shadow of the wind? If not, read it!

  2. Not surprised that the large majority of your reading seems to have central characters who are kick-ass women — — maybe that’s where you get it from?

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