May 20, 2008

Need a Good Read

Since I have not taken much time to do one of my favorite things the last several months, I am looking forward to reading as much as I can this summer. You can help me out by giving me some ideas. I'd love to hear your favorites. It can be fiction, non-fiction or even bible study books. Share the love please!


Pam said...

I've always loved Karen Kingsbury, but after spending most of last summer with her . . . I've been branching out lately.

I'm reading a trilogy right now by Ray Blackston (link is on my post today). They are light and easy to read . . . also take place at the beach, so perfect to start the summer.

I'm also reading Sweet Caroline and plan to review it later this week. It's another fluffy, light read.

To balance out the fluff I am trudging faithfully through Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and Grace Based Parenting.

Next on my list are Ben Franklin's biography, Skizzer, by A.J. Kiesling, and my yearly read of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (my all-time favorite book.)

Let me think some more. I know there are others.

Happy reading, Susie!

Laurel Wreath said...

I am going to review and offer a chance to win a free copy next week...but I just finished a book titled SKID by Rene Gutteridge. Oh my goodness it will have you laughing out loud. It is a perfect summer read.

It begins strange and you wonder about the book, but by page 50 I could not put it down!

Also I have books listed on my site that I have reviewed (I don't review books unless I like them =)

Twisting his arm said...

I totally just bought the Ray Blackston trilogy from (thanks Pam!) That sounds like my kind of series!

I just finished a book called Every Man's Battle by Arterburn & Stoeker which was very informative. It is written for men but I think women would benefit from it as well.

Thanks for this post Susie! I will be checking back to get more ideas for my reading pleasure!!!

Susanne said...

My favorite book last year was "Uncharted" by Angela Hunt if you like a kind of mystery. Couldn't put it down. If you like chick lit then "These Boots Weren't Made for Walking" by Melody Carlson is humorous and touching. If you like biography's then "Joan-The Mysterious LIfe of the Heretic Who Became a Saint" by Donald Spoto is really good. For a funny look into life as an adult in the sandwich generation "Family Squeeze-Tales of Hope and Hilarity for A Sandwiched Generation" by Phil Callaway is a good read.

If I think of more I'll email you because I don't want to hijack your comments. Get me talking about books and that is a big possiblity! :v)

Casey said...

I read the Boleyn Girl series a little while ago, they're by Philippa Gregory, great books I even got my sister who doesn't much like reading hooked on them!

and right now I'm rereading a book called "Wiped: Life with a Pint-sized Dictator" by Rebecca Eckler, it's a hilarious book

Tiffany said...

I just finished Knit Together by Debbie Macomber. IT was wonderful. With your interest in writing and taking it to the next level. You would love this book. It is not fiction but it talks about her life and how God has knit us together to fit His image. You can check it out at the Library.
I'm in the market for a good read as well. Great suggestions.

Linda said...

All of those suggestions sound so good Susie. I'm glad you asked the question :-)
I just finished rereading Elizabeth Gaskell's "Cranford". They just did it on Masterpiece Theater. If you love turn of the century writing, (think Jane Austen), you will love her books. I've read "Wives and Daughters" as well, and Masterpiece Theater did that one as well. Just wonderful!

Chappyswife said...

My favorite books are Christian fiction series. My favorite books in the whole world, as I've said dozens of times, are the Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers. The very first book is a little difficult to get through for less than 100 pages or so, but They are the best books EVAH!

I am currently reading all of Beverly Lewis' books about the Amish. Love those so far.

Another excellent set (that reminds me of summer - GREAT summer read!) is Terri Blackstock's Restoration Series. The 4th book is just now released - YAY! These really make me think "what if" this happened to us. Love that.

A fun, light-hearted series is by Catherine Palmer & Gary Chapman based on the The Four Seasons of Marriage, called the Four Seasons Fiction Series.

Sorry, didn't mean to leave a post-sized comment, but I love to talk about books. Hey, I think I will post this.

Let me know if you read any of these. I'd love to hear what you think!

Susie said...

Thank you so much for all these ideas. Please keep them coming! Has anyone read "Blue Like Jazz"?

Bard said...

Hey Sus,
I had to laugh when I saw what you asked for. I say that because after we talked the other day I have been thinking about calling you and suggesting to you that you read, "Moving On After Moving In" by Susan Miller. It has been on my mind for the last 2 or 3 days. Then I read your blog and there you are asking for suggestions. It is of course a study book. I was thinking after we talked that I can't believe I did not ask you to read it when you were here. You were really going through a lot of the moving struggles. I thought it would be great if you could read it now and then be able to encourage others where you are when they have made a move to Corpus or are moving off somewhere else.
Ok, I have written my book now. :)
Love you,

Love Bears All Things said...

Lots of good recommendations. I read about 50 books a year. My list is on my blog. If you want to know the authors, let me know. I'm reading Christy by Catherine Marshall right now for the 2nd time. I just finished reading: Quilt As Desired and the author commented on my blog. Robert Whitlow and T Davis Bunn are good Christian fiction writers. I love almost any fiction that Debbie Macomber writes.
Mama Bear

MotoMom said...

I am currently finishing the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I will be starting it again with my book club next month. Yay!
A few words of warning...
Make sure you have plenty of time to read. The books are large and very addictive.
Be sure that your husband is in good working order. It has been my experience, as well as those that I have talked to that husbands benefit from their wives reading these books. Ahem.