Ray Recommends

Here are some things that I have read/seen/experienced over the past year which get my “seal of approval” 🙂 I’ll try to keep these lists updated. I would also love to hear about your recommendations – let me know what I’m missing out on in the US and beyond!

Books (Fiction)

  • The Human Stain by Philip Roth
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Ethical Assassin by David Liss
  • Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Books (Non-Fiction)

  • Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and  Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
  • Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Outliers: The story of success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink: The power of thinking without thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  • What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell


  • Snatch
  • AmĂ©lie
  • Up in the Air
  • Julie and Julia
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • The Social Network
  • The Town
  • Kill Bill Vol. I
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Castaway
  • Ratatouille
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Black Swan
  • Eternal Sunlight of a Spotless Mind
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Cars
  • Contagion
Cities to Visit 
(If you are going to any of these places, let me know and I can recommend things to do there!) 🙂
  • Chicago (Duh!)
  • San Diego
  • Death Valley (seriously, it’s a must see!)
  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Valencia
  • Toledo
  • GijĂłn
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santander
  • San Sebastian
  • Salamanca
  • Bilbao
  • Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • Bordeaux
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Hobart
  • Cairns
New Zealand
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
Blogs (most are healthy living/fitness related)
  • The Healthy Tipping Point
  • Peanut Butter Fingers
  • Running off the Reese’s
  • Oh She Glows
  • One Twenty Five
  • Peas and Thank you
  • The Simple Dollar
  • Zen Habits
  • Young House Love (interior design)
  • How Sweet Eats
  • Joy the Baker

4 thoughts on “Ray Recommends

  1. When you fly to Europe, is it worth getting a layover to save money or is a direct flight worth the extra money? Also, is is easy to get where you want to go from Madrid airport without knowing Spanish?

  2. I just finished “reading” (in quotes, because it was actually books on tape) THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. I now know why it’s been on the best seller’s list for 12 weeks!

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