books i can't stop thinking about: fiction, #4.

And, just like that, another day, another dollar. First things first: Happy Thanksgiving! I hope today finds you full of food and friends, family and football, inappropriate comments from your Uncle Bill, and oodles upon oodles of thankfulness. I, for one, will be basking in a bath of the Pioneer Woman’s Sweet Soul Taters (because, yum), and attempting to successfully cook MFT. My First Turkey. That’s right, folks.

Glory, glory. Wish us luck. 

But, before we forget why we’re here, it’s the final edition of “Books I Can’t Stop Thinking About: Fiction.” This one was hard to narrow down, that’s for sure. Unlike the first year of reading voraciously, when I heard about this New York Times Best Seller List series called Fifty Shades of Greyand, um, well, had my eyes opened, I’m getting a little pickier about my reading choices. And for good reason, Christian Gray.

So I’ve got four books that I just loved, which I hope you love as well. Here you go!


(1) A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman, 2012): What can I say? Grumpy Old Men meets Grumpier Old Men. But for Sweden’s biggest curmudgeon, life happens. The reader not only begins to hear the story but to realize the power we can have in one another’s lives when we choose to love. It’s easy to love someone when they love you back. But when they don’t and they just grump – that’s a whole new story.

(2) Rules of Civility (Amor Towles, 2011): A book club pick, I’d had it on my shelf for awhile but hadn’t picked it up yet. Character heavy and historically entertaining, Towles envelops his reader in a story that transports you back to New York City in the 1930’s. As one of my friends said, “I felt like I picked up a 1936 issue of Star magazine, and just soaked in the bathtub for hours, entertained beyond belief.” Whether or not that convines you to read the book is up to you, but I say go for it.

(3) Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline, 2013): Again, this is another one of those books that everyone said I had to read. But sometimes when everyone is doing it, I want to run in the opposite direction and find a whole new, undiscovered book. Well, shame on me. There’s love. There’s history. There’s the unbelievable, based-on-true-accounts part of this story. And for those whom adoption has touched personally, this is a must-read.

(4) The Buddha in the Attic  (Julie Otsuka, 2011): Book club does it again, man. The aforementioned books, although hard-to-digest at times, leave you feeling good at the end. But this one does not. It’s haunting, about a forgotten time in history involving Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens during World War II. The way in which the story is told is super unusual, for there’s not one character we latch onto but a whole host of characters who experienced an injustice.

So, there you go! I’ll continue to work through a stack of books in the month of December, but for now, this is what I have for you.

Happy reading!

xo, c.

So, what would you add to the list? Which, of the above, did you abhor? And what other bits of Thanksgiving thankfulness would you like to add?

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5 thoughts on “books i can't stop thinking about: fiction, #4.

  1. I want to add all of these! I would love to support your “nasty reading habit”! Lol:) and who wouldn’t want to feel like they sat in the bath for hours “entertained beyond belief”?? 🙂 I have been enjoying these book posts! Thanks for sharing 🙂 #lovemybooknerds

  2. I loved ‘A Man Called Ove’. It’s one of the books that has stuck with me this year. The others on your list sound like they’re worth taking a look at. I also loved Vickry’s ‘A Storied Life’. Haruf’s ‘Our Souls at Night’ was such a beautiful read that has kept me thinking about its premise ever since.

      1. I think we might be! I have a couple of like-minded readers whose blogs I follow…and one who has a very different taste in sci fi etc. I’ve read some really good fiction as a result of the collective recommendations. The sci fi one that has kept me thinking is Faber’s ‘The Book of Strange New Things’….about a missionary sent to an alien planet….fascinating read.

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