5 Must Reads If You're Stuck Inside

I had my first grown up snow day today. I got the call at 5 am that our offices would be closed for the day. The winds are pretty bad here but I'd guess we haven't seen the worst of Sandy yet. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the storm.

I fully charged my kindle last night in the chance that I'd be stuck inside for a few days. Here are some of my favorite books (and one I'm just plain psyched for) for those of you looking for a good read while waiting out Frankenstorm Sandy. I don't have a particularly favorite genre of books. I can be all over the map so here is a list of my top picks, in no particular order.

1. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi. As the title indicates this is the thrilling story of the Manson murders as told by the Vincent Bugliosi, the DA who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson and the Manson family. This book offers an in depth look at the investigation of the murders and Manson family from someone personally involved.  I don't usually read true crime but Helter Skelter ropes in a story of lost souls in the and that was supposed to be defined by love and peace. I highly recommend to anyone interested in historical novels, culture, and society. Beware though, this book is highly detailed. Even though I read it over 5 years ago, the imagery has never left me. It's not for the faint of heart or squeamish and you probably won't want to read it if you live alone. Once you get through maybe the first 50 pages this book is too bizarre to put down.

2. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang is a touching story of a grandmother, mother and daughter through roughly the last century of China's history. The book is historically accurate but you never feel as though you are reading a text book. I became emotionally attached to the characters in no time. This story brought tears to my eyes and educated my at the same time.

3. Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy. The title itself sounds like a miracle. This book was recommended at The Blogcademy by Gala Darling. I went out to pick it up when I got back from NYC and I was not disappointed. This is a short, fast read designed to help you overcome procrastination but it is not meant to be read just once.

4. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman. I know this is cheating a little bit since this book isn't technically released until October 30 but I am so excited for it. I've been reading Deb's blog by the same name for a while and absolutely love the recipes and photographs she puts out there. This book released tomorrow features over 100 new Smitten Kitchen recipes.

5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. This is the story of 2 childhood best friends in nineteenth century China. The two girls form a laotong, a bond closer than a husband and wife's, that lasts a lifetime. The girls experience the physical and psychological pains of the treatment of women in China during the 19th century. This heartfelt story comes full circle as it is told 40 years later by one of the girls, now a woman and widow.

What are your crappy weather reading recommendations? I keep a running list of books I want to read, it keeps getting longer since it's sometimes hard to find time but I would love to add to it.

Stay safe and dry!

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