News: Boom Boom! Books to Enjoy!

Last Wondering Wednesday we posed the question, “What was the best book you read this summer?” With so many great & varying responses, we thought it might be nice to compile the list for those of you looking for a new book recommendation as we head into Fall. Boom Boom!


Breakfast with Buddha and 1000 Days in Tuscany.

Both were food for the soul.

- Carolyn Hill

Omnivore’s Dilemma

- @kellymaynash via twitter

The Richest Kids in America, One-Minute Millionaire & Cracking the Millionaire Code (and, as always, Think & Grow Rich).

- Honorée Corpron Corder

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon!!!

Best book I have read all year and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

- Bryden Derber

How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

Detailed and fascinating look at the processes your brain goes through down to the chemical reactions, the origins of and how evolution has affected these, etc. Highly recommended.

- David Scott

The Christopher Paolini books (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr)

They were my most enjoyable reading this summer. I still can’t get over the fact that he was 16 when he wrote the first book. That whole fantasy genre is usually not my cup of tea, but these are pretty good books. No food for the soul here, just regular old entertainment. :)

- Jeremy Couchman

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Well worth a read.

- @philkirby (via twitter)

Omnivore’s Dilemma:A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan.

It has really made me think about where my food comes from and what food I want to put in my body. Very eye-opening.

- Becky Heater-Emmons

Sarah’s Key.

I highly recommend it–a wonderfully done novel about WWII (told half in the current day and half as a historical novel).

- Heather Felsch

Five Finger Fiction by Brooks Sigler

- @Hippiechick68 (via Twitter)

What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis

- @AtYourLibrary (via Twitter)

I loved Sarah’s Key as well! Amazing book. I also enjoyed  Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, can’t wait to read his other one, Drive. Plus, my usual summer book that I read every summer: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I tweak my mission statement every summer!

- Lphs Link Crew

The Book Thief

- Meredith Proost Johnson

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

An intellectual Dracula story. Lots of history and intrigue.

- Hélène Scott

I had a Kurt Vonnegut kinda summer. Loved Player Piano.

- Mary Thompson

Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston.

A gritty, ugly, antihero story about bad fortune and dark choices. Brilliant author, and I am devouring the rest of his works.

- Colin Killmer

I read It’s Superman by Tom De Haven

The novel takes place in the time period of Superman’s creation (1930s) – very cool look at Clark Kent/Superman/Luthor et al in that framework.

- Eric Stettmeier

The Power of Kindness, by Piero Ferrucci:

It’s a good, timely reminder that being kind will likely save us from ourselves.

- Karen Price

Time Traveler’s Wife, also liked Sarah’s Key

- Kjell Rowe

House of Spirits. Don’t know how I missed it earlier in life. It was a beautifully written story about family, love, loss, and a little bit of magic.

- Nora Bowers

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles-Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
very funny

- Megan Barrington

Nine Lives by Dan Baum.

This is an incredible story of the lives of nine New Orleanians beginning in 1965 and running through Katrina and its aftermath. Reads like great fiction. Teachers will love the story of the amazing Wilbert Rawlins Jr.–band teacher, hero, inspiration.

- John Alongi

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation by MT Anderson, author of Feed. Great read! An interesting twist and focus on race in a Revolutionary War story.

- Abbey Levine

The Help. Really enjoyed it.

- PJ Moore


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