Tales From A Hungry Life

March 10, 2015

9 Great Reads for National Reading Month

by Maria Schulz

Go ahead...read!

Go ahead…read!

Read Across America kicked off National Reading Month with its annual celebration of all things Dr. Seuss (since the good Dr.’s birthday was March 2). This means that PARP (Parents Are Reading Partners), your local PTA, and teachers all across America are celebrating this month with classic tales like Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, The Lorax, and many more of Dr. Seuss’s wonderful books.

How the grinch stole Christmas

My favorite Suessian take on life is How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I totally relate to the Grinch and his thoughts on The Who’s in Whoville, loud and annoying little kids, and other assorted Christmas craziness…but that’s probably just because I worked in retail for so long.

But books aren’t just for kids. Reading has always been something that simultaneously relaxed me and excited me. As Dr. Seuss said in another one of his books, “oh, the places you’ll go!” I can see the four corners of the world without ever leaving my couch as long as I’ve got a great book in my hands.

Let's read. And talk. And eat.

Let’s read. And talk. And eat.

One of my friends (a dedicated PARP-ette, PTA mom and fellow book lover) uses reading to get her off the couch, out of the kitchen, and on the treadmill at the gym. She picks a great book and only gets to enjoy it while racking up the miles. I think this is so clever, although Dr. Seuss could have written a book about me reading on the treadmill called I Just Might Vomit on a Treadmill Named Comet.


For those of you who do not like green eggs and ham, but still love reading, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite reads. Here are a few to get you started.

Now available on amazon.com

Now available on amazon.com

by Maria Schulz: Here’s a review taken off of Amazon from one of my satisfied readers: “If you are looking for a story that will touch your heart and make you laugh out loud, this book is a winner. With each chapter you will feel as if you are right in the middle of the hysterical antics of this fun loving family and it will leave you wishing you could be an honorary member of the Lagalante clan. I sure did!.”

the alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo: Here is the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy who seeks travel, treasure, and a life of adventure. What he finds is life-changing wisdom about learning to listen to your heart and following your dreams. It’s a beautiful story and a quick read. Win/win

the girl on the train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: this book made me forget that I was packed into the cattle car known as the friendly skies, or that my 40 minute flight lasted 2 ½ hours. Who can say what’s real about other people’s lives, what’s the truth—and which people you can really trust?
everything I never told you

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: there are three children in the Lee family, but only one of them is truly cherished. When death strikes, the Lees must confront all the things they thought they knew, and the things they never even imagined.

the rosie effect

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion: here’s the sequel to the bestselling book, The Rosie Project. Don Tillman loves routines, stability, and the status quo…but he also loves Rosie, a wildcard if ever there was one. Now Don is in for a surprise he hasn’t planned for: he’s about to become a father! Funny, adorable, and entertaining.

So funny

So funny

Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers: this woman is still cracking me up with her irreverence, wit, and outrageous commentary on life, death, and everything in between. From the dedication page to the acknowledgements, Rivers keeps on serving up big laughs in this hilarious “diary.” I liked Diary of a Mad Diva so much I had to read it twice.

we were liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: this quiet little book will pull you in and keep you riveted to your seats (or treadmills) until you get to the very last page. It’s about cousins and friends, greed and rivalry, joy and anger…and the lies we tell each other, and ourselves.


The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: this one’s for all the dog lovers I’ve ever known. At times funny and sad, heart wrenching and uplifting, it’s told from the family dog, Enzo’s, point of view. Pet lovers and non-pet-lovers will get a lot out of this beautiful story of love, loss, and family that is beautifully written and absolutely absorbing.

a dog's purpose

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron: from the author of 8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter, here comes another great book that follows a dog’s journey through many lives as he contemplates what his true purpose may be. This funny, sweet book delves into topics like love, compassion, and the universal quest for meaning. It’s a quick read too, and well worth it.

Recipe: 9 Hot Drinks

When I curl up on the couch with a great book, imagining myself in the heads of kings or queens, Every Man or Every Woman, I love a hot drink. From Mulled Apple Cider to Mexican spiced hot chocolate and Easy Chai Tea, you’ll find lots of great choices that you can make as decadent or diet-friendly as you like. They’re perfect for sipping and savoring as you get lost in a great book. Enjoy!

Delicious anytime

Delicious anytime

So, Hungry Lifers…what’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Is there a great book you’d like to share? What’s your favorite hot drink? Please leave a comment and let us all know. Thanks.



  1. I’m famous!!!! My favorite post yet!! Haha.

    Comment by Paula — March 10, 2015 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  2. Sometimes books can be really destructive. Of course I am referring to books like L. Ron Hubbard’s that started a religion based on a crazy idea. The books that I liked the most were history ones that traced the Brooklyn Dodgers from the beginning to the 1950’s.. But for the most part I wasn’t a reader of books except all the one’s assigned as I went through the halls of learning in my later life. But lately the book that I read carefully and liked very much “Tales From A Hungry Life” which you may have heard of.

    Comment by Bglou — March 10, 2015 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  3. BTW I should mention that one book that has had my attention ever since I first read it for all the blood, gore crazy sex and mayhem and a bit of happy endings too is one you might want to read it is much better that “50 Shades”, it s called “The Bible”.

    Comment by Bglou — March 10, 2015 @ 10:54 am | Reply

    • Yes, I know it well. Besides going to Catholic school all those years, I lived with the Catholic Man of the Year.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — March 10, 2015 @ 11:08 am | Reply

  4. Great list, Maria! “The Girl on the Train” is on my list to read. Here’s a sweet book you might like: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin. My favorite place to read is on my porch, Mr. Artie Dog by my side scanning the woods for savage squirrels hellbent on invading his turf. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to sit and read, so mostly, I walk the roads around our corporate campus reading. I’ve got “Nora Webster” by Colm Toibin out of the library, at the moment, but haven’t gotten too much into it yet, since work is crazy-busy. Happy reading and happy writing!

    Comment by wordimprovisor177 — March 17, 2015 @ 10:30 am | Reply

    • Thanks Darlene. Definitely make time for The Girl on the Train. Read it out loud to Mr. Artie Dog and let me know what he thinks. Thanks for reading/commenting. Now go enjoy!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — March 25, 2015 @ 11:22 am | Reply

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