Great Books to Read

I think that most of us are readers so I thought I’d give a shout out about some books that I loved and ask for more suggestions from you. Not everyone is going to love the same book/type of book but I’m looking for a list of really well written books. I also read some light mysteries and romance but they are more escapism than something to really savor. So send your comments with one or more books, author, genre, and what you liked about it.

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  • The Wiregrass Pam Webber A coming of age story
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel Jamie Ford Heartfelt story about relationships
  • The Lion is In: A Novel-Delia Ephron, Fiction, Great story although it starts off slowly…keep with it; you will be glad you did.
  • Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence–and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process Irene Pepperberg This is a true story and the title says it all. Much more interesting that I expected it to be!
  • Before the Fall-Noah Hawley Fiction/Mystery Well developed characters, plot twists
  • The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven Series Book 1) Julianne MacLean Fiction that you want to be true. Very comforting story about loss.
  • Summers at Blue Lake Jill Althouse-Wood Fiction, Coming of age story…I can never get enough of these.
  • The House on Olive Street Robyn Carr Women’s Fiction, 3 women come together after the death of their fourth friend.
  • We Never Asked for Wings: A Novel Vanessa Diffenbaugh Great character development of a teenage boy.
  • The Language of Flowers: A Novel Vanessa Diffenbaugh Again great character development in this fictional book. A woman who is the product of the foster care system discovers how she can help others.
  • The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd Fiction A young woman discovers the truth to the past.
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter:A Novel-Kim Edwards Great story.
  • Kindred Octavia Butler Fictional novel about a black woman who goes back and forth between the present and times of slavery
  • Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Life and love for a Nigerian couple
  • The Gardens of Kyoto: A Novel Kate Walbert A woman coming of age in the shadow of WWII 

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3 thoughts on “Great Books to Read”

  1. I’m on book 2 of the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop books that you recommended by Marie Bostwick–I guess you figured I liked the first one as I am on Vol. 2!!!! I recommend the Rent Collector and Letters to Emily by Cameron Wright. I would like to find more of his books–really like the two I read!

  2. I found it interesting that you had “Alex and Me”, the book about the lady and her parrot on your list. I just got it this week from Bookbub or Bookgorilla. I get books off of several lists, as I am always looking for free books. Every once in a while I purchase a book, but not nearly as often as I get a free one.
    I don’t know if you remember or participated in this ritual, but at Daddy’s drugstore, Griffin’s Pharmacy, we had at least two tall spinning book stands for paperback books. Mother and I would hit it as soon as the book guy left. We would each take home an armful of books, read them, and return them to the store. I still have the same mentality. Can not pass up getting all the books off of a list, simply because they sound interesting to me. I do draw the line at paying for expensive kindle books, i.e., over $4.00. I can read a book a day, so it can be a very expensive habit.

    Marsha and Cowboy

  3. As you may be aware, I am a very eclectic reader. But I love crime fiction best, in all its subcategories. One book that I find my mind wandering back to is somethinv I picked up at school, based only on the title. The Sabbathday River by Jean Hanff Koreitz. This is ultimately a sad book, but fascinating. The title made me think it might be Jewish in theme, but it is not at all. I think one of the reasons that I enjoyed the book was my background in psychology and Child Welfare. But I think anyone could read this book.
    Let me know what you think.
    Marsha Surad

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