1. Raised from the Ground by José Saramago – I love this wonderful Portuguese author and this is about a poor family stuck in dire straits in Portugal.
  2. The Giver by Lois Lowry – Passed on from the kids and one of our family reads. Interesting book on life and questions our purpose.
  3. Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald – A humorous take on American living in India but gets old quick and reminds me a bit of the god awful Liz Gilbert.
  4. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown – I enjoyed this mystery and its religious connotations.
  5. The Illuminaries by Eleanor Catton – A young author that is huge in her homeland of New Zealand. This is a heavyweight read like The Grapes of Wrath for kiwis.
  6. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen – Entertaining author and this one keeps you going. Great beach book. He also writes excellent books for kids and is a Florida native!!! Yoha!
  7. Two Wheels in the Dust by Anne Mustoe – If you want to learn about Rama & Sita with the powerful Hanuman with a traveling granny bicyclist then this is perfect for you! As for me…Pass!
  8. How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig – Learn (and memorize) Shakespeare. You’ll be surprised at how easily your kids can pick up the lines while you, on the other hand, may be challenged!
  9. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson – Glad I was given this powerful novel on N Korean life. Strong recommendation of historical fiction.
  10. Animal Farm by George Orwell – A timeless classic. I read this right after The Orphan’s Son and they are a great pairing. Thank you Shannon Turner for the books!
  11. The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro – A weekend mystery read to be enjoyed by those interested in the art world.
  12. The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill – The first of a Lao murder mystery series. Fun read. Thanks Courtney!
  13. Whirlwind by James Clavell – If you haven’t read Clavell, then start with Shõgun or King Rat. Whirlwind is historical fiction re 1979 Iran revolution.
  14. Joe by Larry Brown – No plot for Joe Garbage!
  15. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – Classic American literature; highly recommend for you and your teenager.
  16. The Marching Season by Daniel Silva – A beach book and there is a lot better out there than Sorry Silva.
  17. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyle – Everyone in our family read this fantastic book on the holocaust.
  18. 33 Teeth by Colin Cotterill – The 2nd Lao series starring Dr. Siri.
  19. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva – My 2nd and last to be read. This is a spy/murder/vatican novel meant for a beach.
  20. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby – Story of 4 suicidal people meeting on a roof; some funny lines in it and typical Hornby.
  21. A Painted House by John Grisham – Excellent read and I immediately passed it on to Sebastian who devoured this novel!
  22. Anarchy and Old Dogs by Colin Cotterill – The 4th Lao series starring Dr. Siri but this one is set in Southern Lao where we went!
  23. Holy Cow! – I left our 1st copy on the bus, then found a new one so we are reading it in pieces. About India and its unusual ways…
  24. White Teeth by Zadie Smith – A comedy of characters but got a bit drawn out.
  25. Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado – Famous Brazilian author and exciting story of poor and homeless boys in Bahia. A great read for 13 and up. Sebastian liked this book too.
  26. Aloft by Chang Rae-Lee – Leti handed this to me about a distant father that doesn’t really want to be. A number of incidences keep it entertaining and I’d like to read some more of CRL.
  27. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I really like this book and it’s a great read for 8th grade on up…reminds me of Catcher in the Rye on several counts.
  28. Bossypants by Tina Fey – A hilarious laugh out loud beach book!
  29. The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami – A collection of short stories that I really enjoyed. Murakami has a way with words to describe life crystal clearly. I can’t wait to dig into more of his books!
  30. An Indian Summer by James Cameron – I errantly purchased the wrong book (same title) but this is a nice easy read from the 1970s perspective on life in India from a Westerner perspective. The correct book of same title is by Alex von Tunzelmann!
  31. India Shastra – Reflections on the Nation in Our Time by Shashi Tharoor – A modern tomb written just last year about current India government, politics, economics and the country’s own historical uniqueness and culture. Wow! An Indian tomb!

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