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Bookworm: SWF Seeks Romance, Murder, and Time Travel

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There’s something I really love about passing around a reading list.  It’s like sharing a secret family recipe or reading an old love letter; it tells you so much about the author.  This is what my list will say about me: I love a good 19th century bodice-ripper, I go all Sherlock Holmes for mysteries, and I believe in time travel.  (I suspect right now you are feeling relieved that we are separated by the internet.)

So I present to you this Top 31 List! (My dad routinely quizzed me on prime numbers for his own amusement, so I don’t do Top 10 Lists.  It is you who will now suffer for it.)  These are the most mainstream books on my list – if you, dear readers, have a hunger for lesser known titles, I will follow up with another list some day soon.  Take a look, and PLEASE, post or send ( your lists.  I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately and am looking for that special book that will keep me up all night (and asleep on my keyboard all day).

(Bookworm is a regular feature highlighting the literary arts.)

Happy Reading!


The Book Thief – Zusak 
(The book jacket on this one totally misses the point, which is why I picked it up and put it down multiple times at the bookstore before finally reading it.  That and because I’m commitment-shy.  I’m sure we all feel we’ve read just about as many WWII novels as we can bear, but this one is so different, so beautiful.  More than anything, it’s an incredible story about humanity.  Top 5 books of all-time for me.)

Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay – Chabon
(Really unique book about 2 cousins growing up in NYC before/during/after WWII, who write and illustrate comic books together.  I can’t even describe this one – read the synopsis on Amazon.) =)

The Historian – Kostova
(Now, you don’t have to be part-Transylvanian, like I am, to like this book.  Long before there was Twilight and Vampire Diaries, there was “The Historian.”  This is a spellbinding book about Vlad the Impaler, whom many have come to think of as Dracula.  Great historical fiction.)

The Birth of Venus – Dunant
(Great historical fiction about a female (!) painter in the Medici era.)

The Imperfectionists – Rachman
(Book about journalists in Rome between 1940 and present day – the chapters alternate between the history of the newspaper they work for and profiles of the different paper employees.  An entertaining, quick read.  Makes you wonder about the private lives of your own coworkers!)

The Namesake – Lahiri
(At this point, I’m not even sure this is Lahiri’s most popular book, but it’s the only one I’ve read.  Great book about family and identity and better than the movie, as most books are.  This said by a film/tv producer.)