Thursday, August 20, 2009

BTT: "Best" Recent Read

There has been a series of BTT questions over the past several weeks which, unfortunately, I have not had a chance to participate: What is the funniest - most serious - worst book you have read recently. Today's question asks:
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

I think I can narrow my choice to two recent reads. My first choice would be The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, primarily because it was my most recent read and I thoroughly enjoyed it (you can find my review here). I liked this book on so many levels, not the least of which is that it is told from Enzo's Point of View, a wonderfully loyal dog who garnered my sympathy right off the bat. The story has other memorable characters and well-developed, classic themes such as love and friendship. I am sure that this book will be one of my top 10 reads for 2009.

The second book that would qualify as a favorite recent read would have to be The Help by Kathryn Stockett (review found here). It has been nearly 5 months since I read this novel and I still find myself thinking about life in Mississippi in the early 1960s and the memorable voice of Aibileen. This is another book that will definitely make the list of this year's top 10 favorite reads.

So how about you, have you read either one of these books? What did you think? What are your favorite books of the year so far?

22 comments:

JoAnn said...

Your review convinced me to start looking for a copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain! The Help is my favorite audiobook so far this year.

Susan B. Evans said...

It was hard for me to pick just one, so I did a top five :) Here's my BTT.

Leslie said...

i actually haven't read either one but im putting them on my tbr list on goodreads =)

here's mine

http://thatchickthatreads.blogspot.com/2009/08/booking-through-thrusday.html

gautami tripathy said...

Both are on my wish list!

Booking through recent best

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

I just picked up The Art of Racing In The Rain & keep hearing how great The Help is, guess I really should add this to my wish list too!

Amy Reads Good Books said...

Nice picks! It's fun to highlight our best books of late.

Diane said...

I have to agree with you 100% on these two books - loved them both!

bermudaonion said...

I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain and hope to read The Help soon.

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

The Help was wonderful and I hope to get to Art of Racing soon.

Belle said...

It really sounds like The Help stuck with you - I love books that have the power to continue to stir up strong and warm memories long after reading them.

alitareads said...

This is the second pick for The Help I've seen today...must be a good book!

My BTT

Nise' said...

Got both books on my every growing mountain of TBR.

lilly said...

If I had to choose one, The Art of Racing in the Rain would definitely be it. Awesome ,awesome book deserving of every rave review it ever got. I lent it to my sister who is not a big reader at all hoping that this one will catch her attention.

Susan said...

I haven't even heard of any of these books! lol I like that you could so easily choose your best reads lately, too :-D

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Quite a few people have mentioned The Help today!

Melody said...

I need to read The Help soon! I've heard nothing but raves about that book!!

Stephanie said...

Those two books are both going to be on my top 2009 list - they were both excellent!

Jenners said...

I've heard nothing but raves about both ... and your reviews were excellent. : )

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I agree with you about books that stay with you months after you've set it down. For me, too, that is the joy of good reading.

Trish said...

I liked The Art of Racing but didn't love it as much as I wanted to. I've been hearing that The Help is fantastic, though. So glad it was great for you! Hopefully it will be in paperback soon (or is it?).

Cathy said...

Just a little something for you, Molly!

booklineandsinker said...

ohh, goody! i've got 'the help' on my nightstand and i can't wait to jump into it!

the best book i've read? ummm...the gargoyle. it was suggested to me by another blogger and i LOVED it.

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