I thought I would make a list of books that I've read that I think are worth recommending, along with a quick summary.

The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris
The series is about a young woman, Sookie Stackhouse. In her world, vampires have come out into the open, and there is synthetic blood that they are able to drink rather than drink from humans. In this series, Sookie is able to read the thoughts of others, until one day, Bill Compton walks into the bar that she works at. He is a vampire and she discovers she cannot read his thoughts. She finds it very peaceful and therefore enjoys spending time with him. Throughout the series she gets more and more involved in vampire affairs and gets herself into a lot of trouble. 
I found these books to be a really great escape. Although I read the first 5 way to fast and got a little sick of them, but I took a break from reading them for a couple of months and finished reading them. The HBO series True Blood is based on these books.

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum gets laid off from her job and is living day to day trying to scrounge enought money for food and rent, when she has to start selling her appliances she decides to go to a job. She ends up working for her cousin Vinnie as a bounty hunter. And runs into a guy from her past Joe Morelli and meets bounty hunter Ranger. Throughout the series she hunts down the bag guys and is torn between the two men in her life. 
These books are hilarious, like laugh out loud funny. I remember many late nights reading in my bed and having to throw my face in my pillow to keep from waking up my family I was laughing so hard.

The Tamora Pierce series
1. Alanna series (Song of the Lioness)
 This series is about a young girl that switches places with her twin brother to go train to become a knight. When it was unheard of for women to become knights. Throughout the books she must conceal her true identity while she trains to become a great knight, and fight in the war. She also has a few relationships with men. 
2. The Immortals series (Daine)
 This series is about Daine, a young orphan teen who has the ability to communicate with animals.  With the help of Numair she learns to control her magic, and develops more power. Along the way she aids in many battles and becomes learns about where she came from. 
I read the Tamora Pierce series a long time ago and I would definitely recommend them to a younger audience. They are set in a medieval type time.

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
This book was amazing, and so powerful too. It is about a young girl, Baby, whose father is addicted to Heroin. They live in Montreal, Quebec. You follow Baby's life as she goes from living with her father, to foster care, to going back with her father to moving in with her pimp boyfriend, and getting mixed up in drugs herself. This is a great novel, but also quite sad.  

Books I plan to read... Not necessarily in this order.

  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins   Read it. Loved it! 
  • Horns by Joe Hill
  • Solar by Ian McEwan
  • Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella
  • Haven by Nicholas Sparks  Read another of his books. The Choice. Didn't like it. No longer want to read this one. 
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte