I truly love to read. Getting lost in a book, when you suddenly realize several hours have gone by while reading, is one of the things in life I treasure! Recently, I have also been listening to books on my iPod when I am walking to the class, in the car and even on a run! It makes the time go by supaaa fast.

I also received a Kindle for my birthday, in November, and it is by far one of the best gifts I have ever received!

My New Wonderful Kindle!

Here is a list of my favorite books, in no particular order (I will update this regularly :) )

  1. Firefly Lane- Kristin Hannah
  2. The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes- Diane Chamberlain
  3. The Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling
  4. Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen
  5. The Help- Kathryn Stockett
  6. Prince of Tides- Patrick Conroy
  7. The Stand- Steven King
  8. Nicholas Sparks books- I will admit it, I am a sucker for these romance novels! Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Choice, The Rescue, True Believer, At First Sight
  9. Very Valentine, Brava Valentine- Adriana Trigiani
  10. The Art of Racing in the Rain- Garth Stein
  11. The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
  12. Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Montgomery
  13. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Mockingjay (three part series)- Suzanne Collins
  14. The Glass Castle- Jeannette Walls
  15. Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay
  16. The Thornbirds- Colleen McCullough
  17. Cold Mountain- Charles Frazier

I am about to finish the third book in the Hunger Game series, it is so suspenseful so far! Does anyone have a good books they read recently? I would love to hear some recommendations! Also, what have others thought of any of these?

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nevernotdreaming March 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I also love to read. The Hunger Games trilogy was amazing. Its nice to see that you read Anne of Green Gables!


2 Tessa at Amazing Asset March 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I just finished the last book of the triology, I wanted to finish it but it’s also bittersweet because it was sooo good! Now I need to find a new book, any suggestions?
Yes, Anne of Green Gables is a classic! The movies are also good :)


3 Ruski March 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I really like Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle are classics. He also has a couple books of short stories which are really fun to read in 15-30 min. They are Welcome to the Monkey House and Look at the Birdie.

And yes, we will have to chat about The Stand soon.


4 Tessa at Amazing Asset March 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for the ideas! I am looking for something captivating like The Stand. I told Christine about this series, but I can’t remember if you were part of the conversation. Anyway, you should try reading The Hunger Games trilogy. I don’t think you will be disappointed!


5 Katie July 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I really like any of the books by sophie kinsella. I just started the hunger games and i already love it! can’t wait to read the series.


6 tessa8m July 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

Ooo good to know, that author has been noted! Thank you Katie!


7 Kelli August 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hi Tessa! I just found your blog and I thought I would give you some recommendations. I think that everyone MUST read these books at some point in their lives: Born to Run, I am the Messenger, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Book Thief, and The Alchemist. Let me know if you pick any of these up…They’re life changers!


8 tessa8m August 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Hey Kelli! Thank you so much for stopping by! I read Born To Run and loved it but haven’t read the other ones yet! Thanks so much for the recommendations.. I think I am going to try the alchemist next, I heard that was amazing :)


9 Rachel August 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

ahh i read firefly lane when i was in residential and loved it. she’s really a great writer. reminds me of jodi picoult, who i also love (in small doses). have you read house rules? that’s a pretty good one of hers. jeannette walls wrote another book called half-broke horses which isn’t quite as good as the glass castle but is excellent. books are the BEST distraction, i could read them or talk about them for days! we have really similar tastes in books so if you come across any good ones let me know! do you have a goodreads account?
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10 tessa8m August 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I will of course let you know if I find any good ones! I am actually reading One Day right now and really enjoying it… have you read that one?
And no, I have never heard of goodreads!


11 Molly February 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is just wow! I was barely able to put this book down for a second after the first few pages got me completely hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It’s entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once. Suzanne Collins has, with one amazing work, propelled herself onto my top shelf.

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12 Kaleigh June 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Anything by John Green or Sarah Dessen – if you like YA. Sarah Ockler is also good, as is Deb Caletti. I’m also big on Jodi Picoult though once in a while I’ll find one that I can’t get through at all.
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13 tessa8m June 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Noted! Thanks for the suggestions :)


14 Kristyn July 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Jodi Picoult is Amazing!!! I love all of her books! my top faves are House Rules, Sing You Home, Handle with Care, Nineteen Minutes, Perfect Match

V.C. Andrews is my Favorite author! her better books are her older ones.. most of her books are in series. veryyy interesting books
my favorite series would prob be the gemini series but they are all very good and very interesting!

right now i am reading defending jacob by william landay. really really good so far!



15 Lauren @ijustdostuff January 16, 2013 at 7:12 am

I loved “Art of Racing in the Rain” !! :)


16 tessa8m January 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

Such a good choice Lauren! I read that several years ago but am thinking re-reading it is a great idea :)


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