Today’s no-waffle: great books

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Isn’t it wonderful being in the middle of a really great book? Part of you wants to hurry up and finish to find out what happens, while the other part just wants to slow down and savor the deliciousness.

I love receiving books as presents, especially if it is one of the giver’s favorites. So let’s band together and come up with a list of terrific books to give this holiday season.

My nomination is Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, Amazon, great books, great book idea

This book is amazing.  Really amazing.  The kind of amazing that finds you still reading at 1:00 in the morning because you just can’t put it down.  It’s the story of Louis Zamperini, a boy that starts out as a troublemaker, turns into a record-setting runner, enlists as an airman in WWII, survives on a raft in the middle of the ocean, and then endures the horrors of Japanese P.O.W camps.  It’s a must read.  Give it to someone you love during the holiday season, preferably someone who lives close by so you can borrow it.

Now it’s your turn.  Send me the name of a great book you’ve read — whether it’s a recent read or an old favorite — and I’ll create and post a list we can all draw from.  Just click on the Send a Waffle button and let me know the title and/or author or just email me directly.

10 responses

  1. Read Unbroken, loved it. Also non-fiction, Half Broke Horses, and similar though fictional, Mudbound. Another fiction book I couldn’t put down: Cutting For Stone.

    • I am curious about The Marriage Plot. If anyone has read it, I would love to know if it was a good one.

      • I’ve been wondering about The Marriage Plot, too — I keep seeing reviews of it.

      • My husband recommends The Windup Girl for the gents who like to read. He has been sneaking off to read it every chance he gets.

        Today, I hit the used book section and bought The Imperfectionists. Looks good. I may have to get myself The Marriage Plot for the holidays, as in for Thanksgiving, it’s a holiday, right?

      • I read The Imperfectionists a few months ago. I found it a little slow but good. Let us know how The Marriage Plot is!

      • Okay, and now for my trashy confessions…Last night I stayed up reading the Guernsey Potato Peel Society book, and it’s actually quite a sweet read for a rainy night. I also ordered One Day and The Night Circus from Amazon. I consider these reads where I will either curse the buzziness of publishing companies or gratefully escape reality for a few whimsical hours. I will keep you posted on all of the above.

  2. Oooh! I heard his story for the first time during the Olympics in Nagano. I was wondering when someone was going to write it! Can’t wait to read this one!

  3. I enjoyed The Help. It mad me laugh, cry, rejoice, be angry, and most of all, it made me want to continue to change the world for the good.

    • I enjoyed The Help as well. Did you see the movie version? I thought it felt a little flat. Thanks for the book suggestion — I will put it on the list.