18 August 2015


It's no secret I love reading. Here are a few more (See Part One here) of my favorite books because I am always on the lookout for a recommendation.

1 --- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - A haunting book set in India. The reflection of the turmoil of the characters lives reflected in the turmoil in the country will captivate you.

2 --- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - A deceptively simple story that will leave you examining yourself. (Also, one of my husband's favorites!)

3 --- Emily Dickinson poetry - I was introduced to Dickinson's work in high school when she was assigned to me for the capstone English project. That project started my life long love of her work.

4 --- The Crucible by Arthur Miller - A powerful play that I first read in high school and think about quite often to this day.

5 --- A Separate Peace by John Knowles - Another book I first read in high school. This was the first novel in which I explored the ideas of symbolism and imagery.

6 --- The Pact by Jodi Picoult - I think everyone and their brother has read a Jodi Picoult novel. This is the first one I read and I appreciate what a masterful storyteller she is and the twist at the end gets me every time!

7 --- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri - This novel invites you to delve into a vivid world, so different than my own. A powerful story about family.

8 --- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - My husband's favorite book and one that makes me analyze myself a little closer each time I read it. It is quite long, but worth the read.

9 --- The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Sometimes when I read a book, I feel as if the author has created a character who is an exact replica of a sliver of myself, a hidden part most often. Identifying with a character makes me feel a little less alone, or strange, for a while. This book captures that feeling for me.

10 --- The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova - This book is written by the same author who wrote The Historian which I mentioned in Part One. Another interesting, moody story.*

*Fun Side Note: My father, Dalen Keys, writes children's books and attended the Amelia Island Book Festival a few summers ago. We coordinated our vacation along with the festival and I was able to meet Elizabeth Kostova and get my copies of her books signed. What a fun surprise!

Elizabeth Kostova, Me, Dalen Keys (my father), Michael Morris

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