Favorite Books and Authors

Posted April 22nd, 2011 by junebug65

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

Exposure, Kathryn Harrison

The Dogs of Babel, Carolyn Parkhurst

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus II

The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb

Asylum, Dr. Haggard’s Disease, Patrick McGrath

The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides

Black Flies, Shannon Burke

Bee Season, Myla Goldberg

The Vision of Emma Blau, Ursula Hegi

Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, David Sedaris

A Prayer for Owen Meany, Cider House Rules, John Irving

Strange Fits of Passion, Anita Shreve

Lost in the Forest, While I was Gone, The Senator’s Wife, Sue Miller

Midwives, Chris Bohjalian

In the Cut, Susanna Susanna Moore

Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman

The Reader, Bernard Schlink

Why I’m Like This, Cynthia Kaplan

The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls

Anything by Elizabeth George

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15 Responses to “Favorite Books and Authors”

  1. Leah says:

    We have much of the same tastes in books. I too loved Bee Season, Chris Bohjalian, Andre Dubus II, The Curious Incident of the Dog…, and The Dogs of Babel. I knew a lot of people that didn’t like Babel. But I loved it. Have you read her newest book? It’s on my list of books to buy once it comes out in paperback.

    • junebug65 says:

      Leah, I love finding people who share my taste in books. And yes, I just read Colleen Parkhurst’s new one about a month ago. It was fairly entertaining, but I had mixed feelings. I loved Babel so much, it was almost to her disadvantage. In fact, in an interview with her at the end of the book, she said flat out she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to live up to it. So I feel a little guilty for not appreciating it more.
      To put you on the spot, if you could recommend one book to me, what do you think it would be? (no pressure, just curious).
      God it’s great to talk books, isn’t it?

  2. June O'Hara says:

    Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed my list.

  3. MikeWJ says:

    I have read only one or two chapters of one of the books on your list, but I own an unread copy of one of the others. Can you guess what they are, my dear friend?

  4. June O'Hara says:

    Me Talk Pretty One Day? Midwives? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time? Love in the Time of Cholera?

    • MikeWJ says:

      Hey, it was a two-part question. And no fair loading up on guesses.

      • SaHar says:

        I read A Prayer for Owen Meany 20 years ago, too, and loved it. I think part of it was because I felt like I could hear Owen’s voice John Irving put it in ALL CAPS.The Little Prince is one of my faotirve books of all time. I read it en francais in French class in junior high and still love it for its simplicity, elegance, and truth.

  5. June O'Hara says:

    I’m a loader-upper by nature. But ok. You read a few chapters of Me Talk Pretty One Day and have an unopened copy of Midwives on your bookshelf.


  6. MikeWJ says:

    I meant Irving, of course. And the book is Owen Meany. Now I just need some time……

    • June O'Hara says:

      I had a feeling on Sedaris. I did wonder about Owen Meany as well, but Midwives is everywhere, so it seemed a safer guess. Owen Meany has a special place in my heart.

  7. Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

    • June O'Hara says:

      Bernadine, I’d love to have you follow. You can find me on twitter at juneohara65. Hope to see you there! And thanks so much.

  8. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

    • June O'Hara says:

      Hey Milda,
      Thanks so much! I’m thrilled that you stopped by. I haven’t been on Yahoo long, so I’m short on advice. I just keep clicking around obsessively until I get a clue. Sometimes it takes years. :)

      I’d love to run into you again!

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