Since you’ve come to my blog page, I can only assume that you love to read. Even though I’m a slow reader I do enjoy reading, even if it takes me forever to finish a book. I appreciate when friends of mine recommend books, and I’ve found many books I’ve loved this way. With that being said, if you’re looking for some book recommendations that you might have missed, I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you below.
As a person of the Christian faith, I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend the Bible first and foremost. I won’t belabor a synopsis, because I think most people have an idea of what it’s about, so I won’t go into details. I like the New Revised Standard Version, but that’s just personal taste.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
I love this book! It’s one of my all-time favorites. This book recounts the story of a murder in Savannah, Georgia and some of the more “lively” characters that are acquaintances/friends/enemies of Jim Williams, the man accused of murdering his handyman/lover. The characters in this book really stick with you long after you finish reading it. It’s based on a true story. Personally, I would’ve loved to have met some of the characters in this book!
The “Maggody” series by Joan Hess
This series of books(Mischief in Maggody, Much Ado in Maggody, etc) take place in Maggody, Arkansas, population 755. It follows the life of police chief Arly Hanks and the crazy, inbred, hilarious townspeople she’s charged with protecting. Although they’re officially murder mysteries, I read them mainly for the hilarious antics of the townspeople. You have to get your hands on these!
The Strain trilogy by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
This is a book series about vampires. These aren’t the romanticized, classic Bella Lugosi type of vampire, or even the latest renderings of vampires such at Twilight or True Blood. These vampires are a parasitic-type of vampire that will have you looking twice at anyone you see on the street who might not look quite “right.” It has been picked up by the FX channel as a television series, and started airing last week.
The “My Queer Life” series by Michael Thomas Ford
These books are a hilarious romp through the author’s life and experiences written in essay form chronicling some of his life stories. Well worth the read!
In the Pleasure Groove by John Taylor
The bassist for Duran Duran writes about his personal life as well as life inside the band. Being the die-hard Duran Duran fan that I am, I couldn’t NOT read this.
Bless Your Heart, Tramp by Celia Rivenbark
I can honestly tell you that if you’re looking for a good laugh, this book is where to start. Pretty much anything Celia Rivenbark writes will have you bent over in laughter. You’ll never regret taking a look at her work! This book is a great place to start.
I’m sure there are other books I would recommend that I can’t remember at the moment. When I think of them, I’ll add them to the list later. Are there any books you’ve enjoyed reading that you would recommend to friends? Feel free to leave a comment telling me what they are!