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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Help please...

I calling out for my annual request for book suggestions for my summer reads!  Here is my list from last year.


I really only like to read books that are good.  Nothing too heavy, please.   But it has to be well written.  I adore historical fiction, but I'm not bound to it. Funny is always good, and I love authors that can weave humor into a good story.  Good non-fiction is good too.  I also love to read what every one was reading a few years back.    


I will also add that I am not a natural or voracious reader.  I have to work at itand I'm slow.  I consider every book I finish a personal trophy.  If I don't keep reading, my comprehension level plumits.    

Any suggestions???


I'm almost done with the book I currently am reading, Secret Daughter by Shilpi Gowdaand need to get cracking on ordering a few more.  Especially since summer is the only time I have the opportunity to read. 


Help please! 


23 comments:

  1. Here are some of my recent favorites:

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Please Look After Mom, Half Broke Horses

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  2. I just wrote a post that is set to publish tomorrow on summer reading. :) Great minds, huh? Not sure you would enjoy any of mine but neat that we are on the same page. No pun intended.

    Hope you all are well and that Mimi is continuing to settle in. Much love~

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  3. Hi!!

    I found your blog through a friend's blog, and have been a lurker on here for a little while. I am totally drooling over your new camera...I currently have a Canon T2i, and am doing every odd job I can trying to scrounge up enough $$ to get a 5D Mark II.

    But...I am a bookworm and a couple books popped into my mind when I read this post.

    Journey of Souls by C.D. Baker. This is about the Children's Crusade in the 13th century, and is heart-wrenching, but very good, has its funny moments, and I love the author's style of writing.

    You've probably read these, but books by Catherine Marshall (Christy; Julie), books by Lloyd C Douglas (The Robe; The Big Fisherman; White Banners), books by Harold Bell Wright (Shepherd of the Hills; The Calling of Dan Matthews; The Winning of Barbara Worth; That Printer of Udell's), books by Elizabeth Elliot (Through Gates of Splendor; The Savage, My Kinsman; The Dayuma Story)... hmmm...

    That's all I can come up with for now :)

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  4. Some of my favorite books that i have enjoyed are Shanghai girls by Lisa See, Dreams of Joy by Lisa See, (Shanghai girls and dreams of Joy go together; Shanghai girls comes first) Digging to America by Anne Tyler, I have a lot of books about adoption on China, and books about the Vietnam war and what it was like for kids back then, but they may be kind of heavy. If you still would like the titles i'd be happy to give them to you (:

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  5. Francine River's Mark of the Lion series

    Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game/ Ender's Shadow (my favorite books of all time maybe)

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  6. I am also an avid reader and I have a header on my blog that lists my very favourite books. I only read books that are beautifully written and love historical books as well.

    I look forward to reading your comments to see what others suggest!

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  7. The Ourlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is historical fiction, there are 6 or 7 books in the series - each about 800-1200 pages per book. I've read them many times over.

    I tend to read heavier books like Girl In Translation and other books with cultural themes. I've also been reading a lot of books on the Civil War, Company Atych is good. I'm also going to start a biography on General Custer and Cheif Sitting Bull. I read weird stuff!

    Elin Hildenbrand (?) writes good summer fiction reads. With all my books still in boxes I can't think what else I e read lately.

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  8. I think my comment got eaten. Diana Gabalden's Outlander series is excellent. There are 6 or 7 books. And it's historical fiction. The Time In Between is very good.

    I tend to read a lot of heavy books like Girl In Translation or books about the civil war. If everything wasn't in boxes I'd tell you what I read most recently in fiction!

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  9. Maria-
    That Francine River series is one of my very favorites! Love LOVE it!

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  10. Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. They are the first 2 in a planned trilogy about Henry the VIII, Anne Boylen and Jane Seymour told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell. Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize (released 2009) and Bring Up the Bodies was just released to much acclaim.

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  11. Yada Yada prayer group series by Neta Jackson

    Sister Chick series by Robin Jones Gunn

    Both books deal with friendships and purely fictional, but they point me to God as the women face life difficulties together and help each other heal and most importantly laugh!!
    Sister Chick books are seriously funny.

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  12. the best book I read all decade was "the girls" http://www.amazon.com/The-Girls-Novel-Lori-Lansens/dp/0316069035
    It is the most unique book I have ever read. Also I love any thing by Lisa See, John Irving or Tom Robbins.

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  13. I love the Joel Rosenberg series (Tom Clanceyish) that starts with The Last Jihad. I am now on book three.

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  14. The Joel Rosenbery series starting with The Last Jihad are great! They are very Tom Clanceyish.

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  15. Hey! Francine Rivers has a new 2 part book series about mothers and their relationships with their daughters that is so so good, also. My fav author right now is Charles Martin. Everything of his is very good!

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  16. Mary Connealy has humorous Historical Christian Fiction. Love her strong women Characters and sense of humor. Unrealistic, but well written and fun, light reading.

    Just finished "Joy in the Ordinary" by Theresa Fisher for 99 cents on my Kindle. LOVED it!

    The Family Nobody Wanted by Helen Doss. True story of adoption in the 40's but written like fiction. My Favorite, I read it EVERY year!

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  17. If you enjoy Jane Austen, you'll like two spin-offs by Shannon Hale, Austenland and Austenland at Midnight. Both a good, quick, and fun reads.

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  18. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Yes it's for kids. No it doesn't matter. Read it. Read it aloud to all the kids (Sunny is not too old to enjoy this one as a read aloud).

    I've been working my way through A Short History of Women: A Novel and find it throughly engrossing... just haven't had time to be engrossed so it isn't finished. (Historical fiction) But it may be heavier than you'd like.

    For something that isn't heavy, weaves humor in, and also has a more serious side if you want to see it, read The Princess Bride. There's more to it than the movie. And if you like that one, get a copy of the The Silent Gondoliers which is a novella and more idealized than Princess Bride but a truly lovely story (both by William Goldman).

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  19. Recently read Secret Daughter myself...quick, good read!

    The book I just finished is the newest Nora Roberts book, The Witness. One of my favorite authors!

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  20. I love Ruth Reichl's books - she is/was editor of Gourmet Magazine. If you are a foodie, you will love the books. Light reading. I love biographies - is there someone you want to know more about? Enjoy your summer reading! Lots of good suggestions here.

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  21. I second the Diana Gabaladon _Outlander_ series. LOVE them! I adore historical fiction and this year read Ken Follett's _World Without End_ (the sequel to his _Pillars of the Earth_ -- also AMAZING). The other Ken Follett book I read, the first of a trilogy he's writing, was _Fall of Giants_ about WWI. Even though these are fairly voluminous, they're easy read and very captivating!

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  22. The Egg and I by Betty McDonald. She is also the author of the Miss Piggle Wiggle books for children. She tells her story of being the wife of a chicken farmer on Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest. Very funny book.

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