Great Reads

It is always interesting to hear about which books individuals are reading and the suggestions they may have! Leave any suggestions on this page so that they can be considered for future discussion material or individual reading!

11 Responses to Great Reads

  1. Karyn Katz says:

    I highly recommend “The Poisonwood Bible” by Kingsolver. The novel is long and interesting…presented by several “voices.” The setting is Africa and the context is an important component of the story. This would be a great “over the winter break” book.

  2. Karyn Katz says:

    Hello All,

    On November 11, the UA Forum lecture is “The Three Doctors.” They are the authors of the book, The Pact. I just finished it and would love to talk with others who have read it, too. It was interesting, valuable, and inspiring. Let me know if you read it! Also, please let me know if you are interested in attending the lecture (7:30 p.m., E.J. Thomas), KBK

  3. Jessica Custer says:

    I want to recommend the book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. This book uses a magical/mystical storyline to elaborate on the theme of recognizing and following your dreams/destiny. I loved reading this book because it gave me a renewed sense of energy for following my own dreams more closely. I found myself almost constantly smiling while I was reading it. One of my favorite quotes that follows the theme is….”When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dreams.”

    Also, it was a quick read–I couldn’t put it down. I’m starting another one as soon as I’m done with all this school work!!

    P.S. Coelho is a Brazilian writer but his books are published in many languages all around the world. I read the spanish version so I can’t vouch for the english translation but my mom has read it and really enjoyed it so I’m sure its just as great.

    If anybody wants to read it in spanish, you can borrow my copy!

  4. Cait says:

    I really like “Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis. Apparenlty it is an old myth that he retells. The story is about two princess sisters- one is pretty and the other is ugly- and their relationship as sisters, their relationship with their father, and their relationship with the gods. It really is an interesting story with a weird ending that I didn’t completely understand. But I would definitely suggest this book!

  5. Karyn Katz says:

    Very interesting book….would love to talk with you all about it: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. He is the author of both “The Tipping Point” and “Blink.” I’ll share my copy, if anyone would like to read it.

    It has such compelling arguments about success….KBK

  6. Cait says:

    I just finished reading “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. It is amazingly well wriiten and is an easy read. Every reader will be able to take something away from this book- there is something in it for everyone. I HIGHLY encourage reading this book. It can open your eyes to many things and make you a more well-rounded person, if you let it. Kinda sad at the end but it’s to be expected.

  7. Check out The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, if you haven’t yet… very original!

  8. Cait says:

    For anyone who has read “Three Cups of Tea”- Greg Mortenson is coming to speak at Case Western University on August 26th. It is opened to the public and begins at 4:30. I’m sure it will be very mind opening and inspirational!

  9. Laura Gelfand says:

    I recommend two books by Ian McEwan, ‘Atonement’ and ‘Enduring Love.’ His writing is spare and very visual. Atonement is my favorite novel ever (right now). For Non-fiction I recommend getting addicted to literature on polar exploration: Roland Huntford’s books on Scott and Shackleton, especially ‘The Last Place on Earth,’ are riveting!

  10. Cait says:

    I am almost finished reading “The Time Traveller’s Wife.” I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book since I’ve heard people say it was confusing and they didn’t like it. However, it is definitely one of the BEST books I have ever read! I would HIGHLY suggest it to anyone!

  11. Hira says:

    I am currently reading the book “When You Hear Hoofbeats Think of a Zebra”. It is a really interesting book. It is very philosophical and thought provoking. I recommend it to anyone who likes to think out side the box.

    Another book I read that I really liked was “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell. It is set in the in the mid-1900s and deals with some of the social problems people faced at the time.

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