On My Bookshelf, No. 8

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This is my bookshelf.


Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time.


Broken for You (2005) by Stephanie Kallos

The Secret Life of Bees (2003) by Sue Monk Kidd

The Poisonwood Bible (1998) by Barbara Kingsolver

Can You Keep a Secret? (2005) by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2001) by Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (2002) by Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic Ties the Knot (2002) by Sophie Kinsella

The Historian (2005) by Elizabeth Kostova

Interpreter of Maladies (1999) by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake (2004) by Jhumpa Lahiri


It looks like we’ve reached that part of my bookshelf that contains my dirty little secret of loving the silly and slapstick Shopaholic series. I’ve already confessed that sin here. I would say that the Lahiri next to it balances out this section. And if you want to read a great contemporary novel about the effects of the Holocaust, dive into Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos. That book hasn’t gotten enough attention in my opinion.


Have you read any of these? And did you enjoy them?

49 thoughts on “On My Bookshelf, No. 8

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  1. By the way, I like the picture of mom and daughter on the bottom right of your page. It has likely been there awhile, but I noticed it for the first time, probably again. All the best, BTG

  2. The Poisonwood Bible is a good one, and of course anything by Jhumpa Lahiri. I loved The Historian, even though it’s another vampire book (written before there were so many). I’ve only read one Sophie Kinsella and she was too chick lit for me.

    1. Yeah, Kinsella’s is very very chick lit. I loved The Historian too, and good point about it being around before the YA vampire craze.

  3. I loved The Poisonwood Bible, The Secret Life of Bees, and The Namesake. I’ve read a few Shopaholic books, but not all of them. My favourite of hers so far is actually Twenties Girl, for some reason. 🙂
    I started The Historian once, but couldn’t get into it. Is it worth another try?

  4. I loved the Secret Life of Bees and The Poisonwood Bible, from these comments, I think I’ll check out The Namesake! I’ve heard from several people that the Shopaholic series is good, we all need a light read now and then and summer is the perfect time for it!

    1. Kinsella’s books are a perfect summer, give-my-mind-a-break books. And enjoy The Namesake! That one is a lovely, wonderful, amazing novel. An important one too.

    1. It is certainly a page turner and lots of fun. I love those types of thrillers that seem realistic but aren’t and you can both suspend disbelief and engage in some intellectual guess work.

  5. I see Confederacy of Dunces on your bookshelf. I tried it – and was underwhelmed. Please tell me why you like it – maybe I’ll give it another try if I can look forward to something about it.

    1. Ah, it was just okay for me too. I have it on my header picture because I wanted all the books in the picture to be blue and red. If it isn’t for you, don’t worry about it!

  6. I loved The Secret Life of Bees. Poisonwood Bible was my first Kingsolver book and she’s now in my top 3 favorite authors so reading that one was a literary life altering event. I’ve yet to try the shopaholic books but I like light funny reads from time to time so these might good to have on hand when the serious reading gets overwhelming. I watched The Namesake movie but haven’t read the book yet. And The Historian is one I’ve never heard of until now, so I’ll give it a look too. It’s fun to find potential gems on other peoples bookshelves.

    1. I would say, just from what I know about you from our acquaintance online, that you probably wouldn’t like the Shopaholic books much. But if I end up being wrong, let me know. I really loved The Poisonwood Bible too. It is a marvelous read. I should probably revisit it one of these days. It has been too long.

  7. I just got The Poisonwood Bible out of the library and I’m looking forward to reading it — I have more time for reading now that I’ve finished my degree (my final exams were on Monday 🙂 ). My first Barbara Kingsolver novel was Flight Behaviour, which I read last year, and I recently read Prodigal Summer and The Bean Trees. I like her writing a lot. 🙂

    1. I think you’ll like The Poisonwood Bible the best. For me, it is Kingsolver’s “best” book. Congrats on finishing your degree! Celebrate with some fun reading.

  8. The Namesake. One of the most beautifully written books during which not much really happens, but the beauty of the writing stands out. Kingsolover! Oh Barbara, how I love thee. Her writing just feels effortless to me. The Secret Life of Bees is the novel I aspire to write (well, to finish). I haven’t read the Shopoholics, but I think it’s important we all have our books that make us smile.

  9. I’ve read one of the books by Ms. Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I would like to read Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella…

  10. I’ve read The Historian and The Poisonwood Bible…but it’s been awhile since I’ve read those two. I think it’s about time for a re-read. *eyes books thoughtfully*

  11. I’ve read all the Kinsella books on this list and while they’re not for everyone, I personally found them very entertaining, particularly, “Can You Keep a Secret?”

    Also, I’m almost finished “The Namesake,” which I found interesting because of the relationship and attitude of parents and their first generation American children.

  12. The other day I purchased Sue Monk Kidd’s ‘Secret Life Of Bees’! I have seen the film, and absolutely adored it, I can’t wait to read it this Summer!!

      1. I’m so excited to read it- I can’t wait for the Summer Holidays because it just means I can sit out in the garden and get through a whole loads of new books!

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