Good books

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I should have done this before Valentine's Day, because there's nothing like a good book to cuddle up to for company, but here it is. I love to read. I don't always make enough time for it (and make too much time for reality TV), but when I read something good , it is very fulfilling. So here, I'll pass on a few recommendations.

"Kite Runner" by Khalen Hosseini: I've talked on the air before about this one before. This is a beautiful book. Once you get about 20 pages into the story of a friendship between two boys in Afghanistan, you won't want to put it down. Classic themes about honor, friendship, and a great perspective on the rich cuture and turmoil of that country.

"The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger: Written in the voices of Claire and Henry, this is a part sci-fi, mostly love story novel that is so compelling I found myself daydreaming about the characters. Each chapter moves from person to person, time to time, and age to age- so you have to pay attention. I felt frustrated with that technique at first, but the moment you get used to it, this book is magical.

"Case Histories" by Kate Atkinson: This one took me a while to get into. I thought it was a little bit boring at first, however there would be lines that kept me going. Mothers in the book are very unique- they vocalize feelings you don't often hear: total apathy for children, or extreme favoritism for one at the exclusion of another. But this book is more than that. The central character is a private investigator and the book is really a mystery, mixed with family drama. Its smart, interesting, and enjoyable.

"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert: This is a memoir, which I don't normally gravitate toward at the bookstore- but it was a recommendation of Yvette Roeder over at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe (she knows her books!). It a year in the authors life, post a nasty divorce. She's a travel writer by trade and decides to spend the next year of her life doing what the title suggests, in Italy, India, and Indonesia. She's on a quest to find herself, learn Italian, and also learn to have fun again. I found her journey, her courage, her determination to look inside instead of to others for her personal growth and affirmation- all of it was inspiring. Plus she gave specific details on where to find the best pizza and gelato in Rome and Naples, and I plan to use it as a guide for food on my upcoming honeymoon.

Happy reading!