I read constantly. Here is a list of just a few of the books that I loved so much that I would read them over and over again.


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Lost Man’s River by Peter Mattiessen (This one is about my family)

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffengger

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferrѐ

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Paradise Lost by John Milton

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

Hawaii by John Michener

Published by: Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.

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  1. Good list..there are a few on this list i haven’t read yet..will try and get those favourites from this list would be Khaled Hosseini’s books..both are really touching novels..after reading “a thousand splendid suns”, it’s like you see the world in a whole new personal review on these two books can be found at:
    once again great compilation of books..

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