One of my resolutions for 2009 was to read more books, so I’m keeping a tally here of those finished and “in progress”… let me know if you have any suggestions!


1. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

I love Wally Lamb, so I was excited to finally see him put out a new book. It’s a great, heavy read (both size and storyline) based on two fictional Columbine faculty members and how their lives are affected by the tragedy. Not my favorite of his books, but definitely worth a read.

2. The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin

This is a very brief little novella- you can easily read it in a day or two- but the character development is so interesting. The main character suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and the book follows him as he struggles to establish relationships and live a “normal” life. And of course Steve Martin is very, very funny.

3. Candy Freak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, by Steve Almond

Fun read, but not as lighthearted as I imagined it would be. Lots of obscure candy references (Twin Bing? Idaho Spud?), but also a sad take on the decline of small family businesses in America. Oh, and it WILL make you hungry.

4. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

This book was entertaining, but I think my mother-in-law hit the nail on the head when she said that one or two Jodi Picoult books are depressing enough for a lifetime. And this would be #2 for me.

5. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

FABULOUS. This is how I wish I could write. And not only is it a wonderful, touching read, but each chapter is followed by one or two personal recipes.

6. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

It was okay. Some of the stories were funny, but some made it seem like she was trying too hard to be David Sedaris.

7. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

Confession: This was the second time I’d read this. But it’s THAT good. It’ll make you want to move to NYC and become a food critic… it will also make you very, very hungry.

8. Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be by Rebecca Eckler

Amusing, but kind of scary once you realize that this is NON fiction. See: smoking while pregnant, elective c-sections…

9. Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

This is the sequel to Good in Bed, which I LOVED. Sadly, this is not nearly as good. The main character who was so quirky and funny in the first book just seems frumpy and boring now.

10. Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster is always funny. This book is probably my least favorite of the four, but definitely still worth reading. Gotta love the footnotes.

11. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

LOVED it. Such a creative, sweet story. I was sad when it was over and can’t wait for the movie.

12. Away by Amy Bloom

Another book club choice. It was a really fast read and an interesting story (Russian immigrant believes her daughter is dead, finds out that she isn’t, and sets off to find her), but the ending was disappointing.

13. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

I used to love Jennifer Weiner books, especially Good In Bed and Little Earthquakes. Now they just seem really predictable. This was my least favorite yet.

14. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs

Cute, light read about an aging Food Network-type star who worries about being replaced by a younger star. The beginning was great and I loved the food… but the ending was a little lame.

15. More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin

I love personal stories followed by recipes- like this and the Molly Wizenberg memoir. It made me want to start canning my own jam.

16. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

Quick read about a matchmaking service in India. Cute story with a happy ending- and it was interesting to read about different castes and arranged marriages.

17. Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser

Another great foodie read. This one is particularly interesting because it details a relationship- from a blind date to a wedding- through food. AND it includes recipes.

18. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I don’t know why it took me so long to read this. Great book! The story of life in the circus around the early 1930′s.


Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Toy Monster by Jerry Oppenheimer

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7 Responses to reads

  1. legatos says:

    Hey Heather I’m reading The Hour I first Believed at the moment. I find his writing amazing, I love the way he can go off on a tangent and it all seems so natural. His other books where classics and I think this one will go the same way.
    Did you catch any of the references to She’s Come Undone in the current book?
    Hope you keep up your resolution to read more.
    Oh by the way Steve Martin was a guest on the yacht I work on only a week ago. I don’t particularly like his writing but he is a funny man.
    Happy reading.

  2. heatherwlu says:

    Legatos- I guess I need to go back and re-read She’s Come Undone (for the THIRD time!)- didn’t catch ANY of the references. So did you meet Steve Martin? I’ve loved him since I was a kid so I’m probably biased on his writing…

  3. legatos says:

    Sorry the reference was to I Know This Much Is True. He talks about a man chopping his hand off in a library. Read both of them again, I know I will…

  4. gammypie says:

    I’m trying to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For some reason, I can’t get into it. Has anyone else read this book? Should I keep reading?

  5. Todd says:

    Give me back my Deano book if you aren’t going to read it faster!!!! Read it while you run….

  6. Tammy says:

    Just finished reading Molly Wizenberg’s book. I loved it, too. Even though her father was VERY different from mine, some of our experiences were very much the same. ( We placed my father’s hospital bed in the kitchen, too. ) Needless to say, I really connected with her book. I also love the way she cooks.
    Simple but brilliant.

  7. Ameena says:

    We share similar taste in books! I agree that #6 was just okay…she was trying too hard! And I loved #4 & #17. Can’t wait to check out some of the others you have on here!

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