Good Books I Have Read

It has been a while since I wrote about books I am reading. I have been reading as much as I can lately.  I have always been one to read before I go to sleep and take a book or magazine with me when I leave the house.  One never knows when a few minutes of waiting will result in a chapter read.

One of the books my son, Z, had to read for literature was The Hiding Place. I am not sure if it is considered a classic, but in my mind it is.  Corrie ten Boom did a fantastic job of writing about her life during World War II as her family helped so many escape persecution, then life in concentration camps once they were discovered.  I believe everyone should read first hand accounts of the Holocaust so it may never happen again.

I have heard about this book, The Noticer, on a few blogs so I reserved it at my library.  When it came, I was anxious to read it.  It did not disappoint.  I finished it within 24 hours.  I remembered that I had another book in my stack from Andy Andrews, so it found it.

Read The Travelers Gift within 24 hours as well.  Both books are inspirational.  They give some great advise.  They remind me of Og Mandino’s books.

I read this one and several of his other books probably 20 years ago.

Then I moved on to one of my favorite christian authors, Karen KingsburyOcean’s Apart was published 10 years ago.  It is about second chances and forgiveness.  Probably not her absolute best book, but a good one that I couldn’t put down.

From a book published 10 years ago, to one that came out this year.  Kristin Hannah is another of my favorite authors, and she didn’t disappoint.  Home Front is her latest novel.  This one is about a struggling marriage, and then the Mom is called up for active duty in the Middle East.  The effects of war on the soldier as well as the family back home had me pulling out the tissues.  I highly recommend this one.  I have read 8 of her 18 books that she has published, and I have ranked them all 4-5 stars.

Then I completely switched genres and read Killing Lincoln. My boys are into learning about wars.  Me…not so much.  But I had heard this one would give me new insights on Lincoln’s murder.  Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard did a great job of writing the days from the end of the civil war to the killing and hunting down of Lincoln’s killer into a novel form.  When I found myself hoping that something would go wrong and Lincoln wouldn’t be shot, I knew I was enjoying this compelling history book.

I had not read anything by Mr. Dugard before, but I enjoyed Killing Lincoln enough that I have put Chasing Lance on to my “to read” list.

I switched gears completely again and read Matched.  It is a young adult book by Ally Condie that starts a trilogy.  My son, Z, recommended it to me.  He said it was not as good as The Hunger Games series (the book was better than the movie, but did enjoy the movie) or The Maze Runner series (a movie has been written..can’t wait till it comes out), but he thought I would enjoy it.  He was right on.  It is another dystopian novel.  This one got me thinking about which is more important, perfection and equality or freedom and personal choices.  There is young love as well as euthanasia mixed in to make this book fly by as I was reading it. Yes, I will be reading Crossed soon, and then Reached when is comes out later this year.

Just started Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder last night.  Another recommendation by Z.  Another dystopian world with potential to be a good read.

So those are the most interesting books I have read lately.  You can follow me on Good Reads to get more up-to-date info on the books I am reading.

I would love to hear any recommendations for a good read you may have.  Leave the titles in the comments.

6 thoughts on “Good Books I Have Read

  1. “Life without Limits” an autobiography by Nick Vujicic and another autobiography by Mary Beth Chapman “Choosing to SEE”.

    I enjoyed Ally Condie “Matched” also. Will be reading the next two in the triology.

    Another dystopian suggestion for Z is “Raising Stony Mayhall” by Daryl Gregory

    I am now reading/enjoying via my Kindle Fire “The Last Cowboy” by Lindsay McKenna a true romance.

    Reading is sooooooo fun!!

    • Thanks, Lynette. I will put those books on my list to read. I will let Z know about Raising Stony Mayall. I am pretty sure he hasn’t read that one yet. Have you finished the Jane Pauley book yet?

    • I agree, I usually pull out one of her books after I have read a “heavy” book or technical book. Hers are real life, usually dealing with tough topics, but enjoyable to read. Glad you are reading more.

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