I've never been in a book club but since the blog gives me a false idea that I am important like Oprah I'm officially starting MLE's book club. You can blame Sonia for putting the idea in my head. :) In no particular order here are some books I like... 1) Julie and Julia: My year of dangerous cooking/living - Okay I am not super sure about the second part of that title, but this book was unexpectedly fantastic. Also it's perfect for someone who wants to change jobs/their life. It's sort of non-fiction. This girl decided to blog about cooking every single recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the ARt of French Cooking and blogged about it, and then she somehow got really famous, wrote the book and now they are making a movie about... Guess who then thought she should have her own blog? You know on the off-chance that she became insanely famous. Hmmmm.
2) The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri: This book is about to come out in the theaters. I'm not going to try to explain the plot, but I'll just suffice it to say the author won a Pulitzer prize and I cried copiously on a plane reading it. I'm sure the flight attendants thought I was having a nervous breakdown. Seriously this book is awesome! Like my friend Yami said of the author "It's not fair, she has a best-selling novel, a Pulitzer prize and she' really beautiful"
3) When the Elephants Dance - Tess Uriza Holthe - This is historical fiction about life in the Philippines during WWII. The plot follows a group of neighbors in hiding who take turns telling stories about their life. The end is so captivating that I hid in the bathroom at my first job for two hours to finish reading it. So be careful when you start this book, it could force you into ethically complicated positions.
4) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - I won't lie, this is not easy reading and it's long, but if you read this book, you will understand everything you need to know about Colombia. I read it in high school and on the way to Colombia my first time there. Trust me, the book tells it like it is.
5) Walking on Water - Madeline L'engle - One of my very favorite authors since I was a child. You can ask my Mom about how I would leave open books all-over the house. This book the relationship between faith, art and vocation. I read it again and again and again.
That's all for now folks! Feel free to leave your own book suggestions in the comments section.