I LOVE to read and have always been this way. Growing up you could always find a book next to my bed and one in my backpack. As I’ve grown older, I have always tried to find time for this ‘habit’ and for my birthday last year Bob bought me a Kindle which I was thrilled about! The best part is being able to have access to Library books to rent without ever having to leave home to go to the library! These are a few of the books I have read recently….
By: Kathryn Stockett
This book was fabulous and although it was quite lengthy, was such a fun read! For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, it is set in the 1960s in Mississippi and follows the story of a woman and she delves into the lives of African American maids. This book held my attention and had me laughing and crying. For all you non-readers, I would highly recommend watching the movie because as far as books made into movies, this one is phenomenal!
By: Kristin Hannah
I have already read this book twice and loved it even more the second time! Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors as I love how well she creates her characters and how emotionally connected you feel with them. This story follows the lives of three teenagers, two of which come from the life of luxury, and one who has struggled to find a place to call home. Their relationships and love are defined in a single moment when tragedy strikes. This was a riveting story that focuses on love, loss, and family.
By: Suzanne Collins
This book was referred to me by a co-worker and I was extremely leery to read it as I thought it was ‘too out there’. Little did I know, I was sucked in and finished within a day! This book follows the life of a teenager, set in a future world in which the government shows its power through a competition called the Hunger Games. Each year, one child from each of the districts (like separated communities) are selected to battle for survival. The story ends in a compelling act of love and rebellion and I was so anxious to get my hands on the 2nd and 3rd novels in the series.
This 2nd novel follows Katniss as she is thrown back into the Hunger Games as she hopes once again for survival. She is oblivious to the fact that she is the integral piece of rebellion against the government. The story line kept me reading as action, love, and sacrifice are the main focus.
By: Suzanne Collins
The final piece of the Hunger Games Trilogy took me a bit longer to read as it is written at a much slower pace. Confusion, rebellion, and loss are the main focus in this novel. After miraculously surviving her second Hunger Games, is thrown into a new district and a new ideology that she is the face of rebellion within the nation. The future of her nation rests on her decision to embrace this rebellion or face destruction by her own government. It’s action packed ending was the most thrilling part of the novel and kept me reading.
I would highly recommend The Hunger Games trilogy, they are quick reads and I was fascinated with the ‘future’ world Collins created.
By: Virginia Smith
This story of family, love, and finding the Lord was a wonderful read. Rarely do I find books that capture Christianity and have characters who are strong Christians. This novel wove a beautiful picture about the relationships between and within generations and the struggles that these relationships may carry. I loved the strong, solid characters who showed their weaknesses in a realistic way.
By: Sophie Kinsella (author of the Shopaholic Series)
I loved this book and the riveting and hilarious story it told. When a twenty-something woman finds herself in a hospital without remembering the past three years, she is totally thrown for a loop. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the novel. The main character wakes up to a near perfect body, husband, and life. But quickly realizes that while on the surface things might seem perfect, she truly misses her past. Sophie Kinsella is a quirky author who definitely knows how to write a novel!
By: Anita Shreve
I have typically liked Anita Shreve’s novels in the past, but was thoroughly disappointed in this slow read. I never felt connected with the characters and felt the story was disconnected. The main character, broken after being widowed and divorced and still in her twenties, decides to tutor a young teenager whose family summers in New Hampshire. The two older brothers both pose romantic interests, but my attention never was captured by either of them.
By: Kristin Hannah
Once again, Kristin Hannah writes an amazing page turner. The novel follows a woman, devastated from infertility and eventual divorce who finds solace in her energetic sisters, faithful mother, and the family’s Italian Restaurant. The woman’s life is turned upside down as she embraces and takes in a troubled teenager whose life is thrown off course. Kristin Hannah’s ability to capture relationships in their purest form has always been my favorite aspect of her writing.
These are just a few of the books I have read since we got married and I have MANY more on my list to read!
Other recent favorites include:
1) Water For Elephants by: Sara Gruen
2) The Best of Me by: Nicholas Sparks
3) A Love That Multiplies by: Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
4) Sleeping Arrangements by: Madeleine Wickham
5) Who Loves You Best by: Tess Stimson
6) The Year of Fog by: Michelle Richmond
7) Something Borrowed by: Emily Giffin
8) Something Blue by: Emily Giffin
9) Baby Proof by: Emily Giffin
10) Love the One You’re With by: Emily Giffin
My next reads include:
1) A Secret Kept by: Tatiana de Rosney (currently 1/3 through)
2) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by: Stieg Larsson
3) The Girl Who Played With Fire by: Stieg Larsson
4) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
5) Home Front by: Kristin Hannah (released January 31st)
6) Lone Wolf by: Jodi Picoult (released February 28th)
7) The Gatecrasher by: Madeleine Wickham
Any other suggestions??