Recent Reads… and your suggestions?

I’ve been trying to keep up with my new years resolution of reading more books. Recently I’ve managed to finish 4 books, all of which were really good reads, in my humble opinion.

First was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

About an Andalusian shepard boy who travels across the desert after having a dream about the Egyptian pyramids, the story is written as a fable. I found myself re-reading some passages and highlighting others. While it’s an interesting story, the book seemed more focused on inspiring the reader and causing one to think introspectively about one’s own life. I’ve read a lot of good and bad reviews of the book, but I enjoyed it. If you’ve read it, let me know what you think! I feel like the substance of the book is very much open to debate and people have a lot of opinions about it.

Next I read Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman on the recommendation of a co-worker.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

The story is written from the perspective of a teenage girl who’s dumped a box full of her ex-boyfriend’s stuff on his doorstep after their whirlwind high school romance. This book was unlike anything I’ve read recently, the style of writing is very vivid and sort-of choppy which makes you really believe in, and identify with, the young narrator, Min. This book is on a list of 15 books to read before they’re movies, so I feel pretty trendy, too. I also noticed that Judy Bloom’s Tiger Eyes is on that list! OMG.

Thirdly was Chuck Palanniuk’s Survivor.

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

As the last survivor of the Creedish Church Death Cult, Tender Branson recounts his life into a flight recorder as he’s about to crash and burn as the sole passenger on an airplane he’s hijacked. Maybe Palahniuk is an acquired taste, but I’ve read a lot of his stuff and I think survivor is one of my favorites of his. I also liked Invisible Monsters and Tell All. But I suppose they’re not for everyone. I don’t think the author would mind if I described some of his work as sick and twisted…

Today, I finished reading though Curly Girl: The Handbook by Michele Bender, Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel.

Curly Girl: The Handbook

I read this badboy from cover to cover although it’s a good skim-through/read-only-the-chapters-that-are-relevant book, too, with chapters devoted to different curly-hair issues. As any of you curly haired readers may know, it’s a daily struggle.¬† I’ve decided that although my hair is usually OK, it could use a little more help. So, this book was a great place to start. Lorraine Massey, in addition to having awesome hair, owns Devachan Salon in NYC and developed the DevaCurl haircare line. I recently bought a little starter kit that I’ll start using tomorrow. So, I’ll be doing a follow up on my DevaCurl experience and what I’ve learned from the book. So, look for more Curly Girl “stuff” on the blog in the future!

On my list of future reads are How to Become a Woman by Caitlin Moran (I’m a few chapters in already, thanks for the suggestion, Laura!) and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I need to read it before the re-make comes out!)

BUT I’m wondering if YOU guys have any other suggestions? Have you read any good books lately? What would you recommend? I’m wide open, just leave a comment. Thanks :)