Sunday, July 10, 2011


i recently finished reading east of eden, which was suggested to me by lindsey in a comment on one of our posts that had to deal with mumford & sons. (what does steinbeck's re-telling of the book of genesis have to do with mumford? go find out. it's worth it.) don't let the large amount of pages ward you off. in fact, the book had become such a daily routine for me that i was surprised when i got to the end. no, wait, i've ALWAYS had a lot of pages left to read! now what? well, now i read extremely loud and incredibly close. a brilliant one as well. i know about that. anyway.
read them both. at first when i got lindsey's recommendation for east of eden i had no clue what it had to do with timshel...
sufficeth to say it has everything to do with timshel. i have now become a fuller and less ignorant human-being, which is just one of the pros to this.
and i kind of sound like an infomercial. okay, so, point? i need recommendations for more books to read. let me have 'em. and while we're at it, here's some books that have altered how i think:

my name is asher lev,
the chosen--chaim potok. (not CHaim. gggHI-um. yeah i'm a professional phonetician.)
the book thief--markus zusak.
the bell jar--sylvia plath.
eat pray love--elizabeth gilbert.
east of eden--john steinbeck.
extremely loud & incredibly close--jonathan safran foer.
someone like you,
the truth about forever,
actually all of them, especially the older ones--sarah dessen. (sarah dessen is the absolute only YA author i can stand. well, of all those in her genre, at least. sometimes cliche, but always truthful. real emotion and real events and the main point about every book is the heroine becoming herself. a love story is a side note. or a vehicle. i check yes to that.)
a mango shaped space--wendy mass.
tuesdays with morrie--mitch albom.
le petit prince--antoine de saint exupery (in french if possible)
no logo--naomi klein (please read this? so i can have someone to talk to about the issues of the advertising industry. haha...)
i seem to be a verb--r. buckminster fuller (so delightfully strange. if you have trouble with social philosophies of the sixties, don't read.)
a raisin in the sun--lorraine hansberry.
shug--jenny han.
thirteen reasons why--jay asher.
my life in france--julia child.
how to be an explorer of the world--keri smith. (try all her stuff. please.)

ah, what a pleasing list.
give me yours, please.

thank you, hannah


  1. my apologies for copying, it was just such a great idea :)

  2. I go straight to the classics.
    Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
    1984- George Orwell
    Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
    The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald

    if you are up for a kind of book that you have never read before read The Stranger- Albert Camus

  3. I love this. And I'm glad you liked East of Eden. And EL&IC. So glad. You've probably heard enough from me on the subject of books, but I can't pass up a recommendation request.

    The History of Love -- Nicole Krauss
    Life of Pi -- Yann Martel
    Dandelion Wine -- Ray Bradbury
    A Room With A View -- E.M. Forster
    For a glittering, beautiful nonfiction read, go with Pilgrim at Tinker Creek -- Annie Dillard.
    And, if you like poetry, I'd try Rumi. I have a feeling you especially would like him.

  4. If you like Steinbeck, then you'll also appreciate

    Of Mice and Men
    The Winter of Our Discontent
    The Red Pony

    I also really love The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.

  5. Copied you too.

  6. try out
    "The Help"
    it's amazing. :)

  7. While you may not be a huge fan of YA authors it's basically all I read (you know... because of my job) so my recommendations are along that line but that doesn't mean they're not wonderful:

    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Anne Frank-esk only on the other side of the Iron Curtain)
    Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (parents adopt a chimpanzee for a science experiment and things get hard)
    A Thousand Splendid Suns or Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Incredible stories set against the history (and modern day war) of Afghanistan)
    Eli the Good by Silas House (1970's coming of age story with a father who has PTSD from the Vietnam War)
    Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Ok... Zombie book but I love this whole series! Just thought I'd put it out there because sometimes you just need a good scare. :)

  8. If you liked East of Eden (soooo good...), Peace Like a River is kind of the same style. Most amazing book I've ever read. Seriously, I'm naming my children after all the kids. It has the most well-developed characters and a lovely story. Please please please read it.


you look really good today!