Rich In Books


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My sister and I had this conversation the other day about how, despite growing up dirt-floor-poor, we were always rich in pets. We had dogs. We had cats. Chickens. Goats. Ducks. Rabbits. And the occasional hitchhiker that my father would bring home (Remind me to tell you about the time that I woke up at 2:00 a.m. to find a stranger throwing up in our living room. Pets and hitchhikers have equal consideration for indoor etiquette)

And while I only have a dog these days, I am rich in another way. Books. Here are just a few titles of the books in my to-be-read-pile:

  • WILD by Cheryl Strayed (Oprah just picked it for her newly reinstated book club)
  • The Underside of Joy by  Seré Prince Halverson
  • So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore
  • The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier
  • Sea Change by Karen White
  • A Good American by Alex George
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (I’m late to this party but I was busy having a baby at the height of its success)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I also have an undisclosed, no-way-I’m-telling-you-what-it-is, biography that I’m using as research for my next novel. Mums the word on that for now.

What about you? What literary riches are sitting on your night stand or book shelf? Anything you think I must read to live a full and happy life?

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

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7 Responses to Rich In Books

  1. Laura Kay a novel review June 6, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I also have Sea Change and So Far Away on my list. I’ve read The Underside of Joy (loved it). I’m currently reading Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes and I have:
    Dare Me by Megan Abbott
    The Care and Handling of Roses w/Thorns by Margaret Dilloway
    Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax
    Sorority Sisters by Claudia Welch and
    Evenfall by Liz Michalski

    My summer reading list!

  2. carmen June 6, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    “Anything you think I must read to live a full and happy life?” – my pick in that category would be ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ – wonderful read!
    Happy Reading!

  3. Ariel June 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Carmen, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read The Count of Monte Christo. I’ll make sure I remedy that grave error this year!

  4. Ariel June 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Laura, I see we share similar taste! Most of the books you’ve mentioned are on my wish list. But I also see a couple of new titles. I’ll have to look them up!

  5. Rita Newlin June 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I love the books you chose each month. You have yet to dissapoint me in what has been choosen and what the story line is all about. So many times I haven’t been able to lay the book down as the more I read the more I get so involved I get. God bless you Ariel.

  6. Nichole Bernier June 8, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for including my first novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D in your roundup of to-reads, Ariel! It’s an honor to be in such amazing company of books. I adored WILD, and you’re in for a delayed treat with EDGAR SAWTELLE.

    Cheers to the reading life!
    Nichole

  7. Sheri de Grom August 24, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D is an absolute must for a reader (IMO). I’d add Margaret From Maine by Joseph Monninger (totally relateable), The Comfoprt of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers and I’m hooked on Susan Mallery’s Three Sisters (a triliogy). I read the middle book first but it didn’t present a problem.

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