It occurs to me that you all so generously offered up book suggestions and I never gave you anything in return.
This morning I "attempted" to update the Book Club section of the blog. I added all the books suggested in the comments of that post. However, the suggestions scattered throughout comments of different posts have yet to be added...fret not, they will be!
However, here, I will "attempt" (not sure why I'm using quotes, but I am) to offer up my own suggestions.
First, I adore Pat Conroy. I was introduced to his works going into my sophmore year of high-school. I had never, ever come across so many i-need-a-dictionary words all at once. But after fifteen pages of struggling to take it all in, I fell. I fell madly and deeply and desperately in love with his words.
The Lords of Discipline
It doesn't matter which you read first. They are both his. I've read each upwards of three times. And I think I'm due for another run of Beach Music, very soon.
Others will say Prince of Tides is his best. I would disagree. The two books I listed above are perhaps my favorites of all time.
Though, Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close just gave them a damn-fine run for their money. I'll have a review of this coming soon. This book is the most genius thing I've ever read. Period. Hands down. It may now share the stage with the above two as my favorite.
Another that keeps coming to mind is Anita Shreve's Light on Snow. It's an easy, fast read and undeniably lovely and moving.
And finally, two books I've written about before, but must, must suggest again: The Time Traveler's Wife and Dancing on Thorns.
As for books of poetry: The Forgiveness Parade and The Splinter Factory, both by Jeffrey McDaniel.
There you have it.
If you read any of these (or have read) you must let me know what you think.
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