Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Many of you have been asking me what books I like to read.  A better question might be, "What books don't I love to read?"  I'm always in the middle of about three books.  At the same time.  In different rooms.  Because you never know when you'll have a spare fifteen minutes while kids are looking up words in a dictionary, and you have nothing better to do than to read a chapter while you wait.  (Maybe that's just me.)

 Yes, I realize this is a movie.  It was a book first though- and it's been my favorite book for so long now, I can hardly remember any titles I ever loved more.  I read this book every year- usually around Valentine's day.  And then I excitedly grab Adrain's arm while trying not to swoon as I recount the ending where Mr. Darcy is so "violently in love with Elizabeth that he can hardly speak."  I usually tell Adrain that I wish he was so violently in love with me.  And I'm usually rewarded with loud laughing for about two minutes. 
 This was an excuse to slather my blog with photos from this movie.  (Also my very favorite movie, as most of you already know.)
 And for the purists (cough-Erin-cough) I've included the "other" Darcy.  Yes, yes, he's alright too...
 This book was just good clean fun.  I loved every part of it, and then I forced my man to read it when I was finished.  I love Nicholas Sparks.  I admit it.  The man has romance flowing through his veins, though he kills his characters off way too much.  (I don't love that.) I loved The Notebook, and I tell Adrain all the time that he needs to get writing the story of our love so he can read it to me when I get too old to remember him.  (He laughs at this as well.  Basically he laughs at most of the things I say.)  My favorite Nicholas Sparks book of all time, is The Wedding. 
Okay.  I've got a few confessions to make.  1) I loved Water for Elephants.  2) I love Reese Witherspoon, and will see any movie she is in.  3) I love Rob Pattinson.
I can't wait for the movie.  My book club read this book, but we were still drunk on the Twilight  buzz (I'll cover that in a second so just hang on) and it didn't quite phase me like it phased other people, but I really liked it.  (On a side note, I really like Reese's arms.  I was just reminded that I need to work on mine.)
 I love mysteries.  And Sherlock Holmes- in fact, I'm pretty much a Sherlock junkie.  So this series was right up my alley.  It's a book about a young girl who ends up working for Sherlock Holmes as his apprentice. I was so sucked in, that I read every other book in this series before I could read another book.  It's intelligently written, and a great read if you like the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. 
 Well, did you think I wasn't going to include this?  City girl, cowboy, hot but clean romance.  Five stars baby.
 This book rocked my world, and then changed it.  I struggled with insecurity in everything, for as long as I could remember, and this book shined a light on the way to let go of all that.  (It did not, however, flatten my stomach.  But aside from that, it changed my life.)  I have dog eared, highlighted, and scribbled notes all over this book, and no, you may not borrow my copy.  Beside, you're going to want your own.  This book is amazing.   
 When I think of books I loved in high school, I think of Bodie Thoene books!  I read this entire series, and would totally read it again.  Set in World War II, it's a great romantic adventure book that will keep your heart pounding as the heroine attempts to stay alive. 
 Oh Suzanne... you invaded my world!  This is a trilogy that crawls up inside your brain, lives there, and keeps you from thinking about anything else.  It's a super addictive book, and the characters are amazingly written.  It's in movie production right now (or so I hear) and I can't wait for it to come out!  If you only pick one book from this list, pick this one.  And be sure to have the next two books handy because when you close the last page of this one, you'll immediately want to crack open the others.  It makes you think... and think... and think.  I absolutely loved it! 

Sizzle.  That's the word I think of whenever I think of this book.  My copy is missing, and I think I know who has it, but it's been loaned out a lot. (FYI- if you have my copy, give it back!  I want to read it again!)  It's the retelling of a story from the bible, of a man in love with a prostitute, and it's brimming full of romance, love, passion, and redemption.  If you need any of that in you life, and really, who doesn't, grab this book on a rainy afternoon.  You'll probably read the entire thing.
Twilight.  I'm one of the grown woman hoodlums that found redeeming qualities and not only liked it, but totally loved it!  I really did. How can you not love a hero that is so passionately in love, he will do anything to protect her?  (But um... for the record... I'm team Jacob.)  This book was a book club read, and as we all passed these books to one another, there were frantic early morning and late night calls to see if someone had the next book as each of us finished books in the series.  It was hysterical.  And fun.  And I needed fun at that point in my life. 

I'll try and think about the other books I could recommend, and perhaps there will be a part two another day. 

What are some of your favorite books? 


  1. Yay!!! First to comment and I'm so happy because I KNOW that I asked you for this post. Others asked too? LOL!!! I read several these and am about to go for Water for Elephants. OH........Redeeming Love. The BEST! Thanks!!!! ; )

  2. I love to read and usually I read like 5 books at a time! My favorite books are spy novels, especially Daniel Silva's books. I also love reading textbooks.. I'm a total nerd!

  3. Man. There are many many favorites that go through my life. But for brevity's sake, here's my teeny list:

    *Ender's Game
    *Harry Potter series
    *Lord of the Rings

    As you can see, I'm kind of a sci-fi nerd.

    And of course,

    *Hunger Games Trilogy
    *Twilight stuff
    and most chick lit like Shopaholic series.

    I loooooove books.

  4. Love, love, LOVED "The Wedding" by Nicholas Sparks!!!!!
    And "Redeeming Love" is my very favorite!
    But I will be reading your other favorites for sure!!!

  5. You must read the Song of Acadia series by Janette Oke and T Davis Bunn!! Must I tell ya! I think this summer I'm going to re-read it. I also like Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly and Seasons of the Heart series, but not as much as Song of Acadia. Love. It.!!!

    I'm going to give Beth Moore's book you mentioned a try! Thanks so much for your suggestions!

    I can't wait for the Reese movie, too. Love her!

  6. Our book group just read "These Is My Words" SOOOO good! I will just leave that one, because if I get started, I will NEVER stop! :) lol

  7. I think that you're the first person I've ever met that has read the Zion books! Have you read all the corresponding series? I love that they're all linked somehow. Have you read The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers? Just great also! I'm reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time now :)

  8. THIS IS POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE POST YET:) i LOVE A GOOD Book! P&P is the best...but i too am partial to Mr. Firth as Darcy. Loved the Hunger Games. So Long Insecuroty? Um ya, I need to read that every couple weeks. powerful stuff!
    Reluctantly ended up in love wiht Twilight (though I have NO FREAKING IDEA how you can be team Jacob when she obviously loves Edward (and I false curse at you in love my dear))
    Nicholas sparks started getting all too much the same for my taste, but i really loved the Notebook and Dear John. And I also love SHerlock, so i am adding that recommendation to my list! Water for elep[hants is next in my list!

  9. you got me so excited about this post i must have thrown my proof reading right out...oops;)

  10. - I'm a Daniel Silva fan too.

    - When I read Three Weeks with My Brother, I felt sorry for the other people who were on the tour with the Sparks brothers.

    - I love P & P, but my favorite book is Les Miserables. I'm reading The Count of Monte Cristo now.

    - I think it's more like So Long, Insecurity (for Now). Women take Breaking Free several times.

  11. Oh my....I think we may be soul sisters. Seriously, this about sums up the majority of my favorite reads. I just finished the Hungers Games last month....seriously stoked about it being made into a movie. Sigh...and I'm definitely one of the grown women who've fallen in love with the Twilight series.

  12. Reedeeming Love is my all time favorite book! I read it at least once a year. Did you know they ate attempting to make a movie out of it? Here's the link to the fan page.

  13. I will have to look up Redeeming Love...is it about Hosea? AND the Beth Moore book. AND the Sherlock's apprentice books. Great suggestions!

    All-time favorites: Little House books, anything by LaVyrle Spencer, and "Heaven" and "If God is Good" by Randy Alcorn (both were life-changing books for me).

    And I always have at least 3 going!

  14. How much time do you have? Seriously, a week? A month? Do you think your family would miss you if we took off for a month on a bookstore tour of America? Or even better a library sale tour of America. I just bought the entire Twilight series (which I also loved. I heart Rob bigtime) for $2.33. I also love the new P&P movie but no one, no one holds a candle to Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I can close my eyes right now and see him staring across the room at Elizabeth at Pemberly. It makes me all giggly just thinking about it. I love Jane Austen, LM Montgomery, JK Rowling, many children's fantasy authors. So so many books and such a short life.

  15. Holy moly where to begin on this post. You know how I feel about the Hunger Games... I managed to read the whole series in a matter of days, giving up what little sleep I had with a teensy babe at home. I still think about it and I really can't imagine how they can make a movie that will stick to the book. How can they work around all the crazy violence while keeping the edge and the horror of the situation alive.

    I feel like my brain might just implode right now with the thought of this movie. Can you perhaps fly down here for opening day?

    I have 3 weeks on my shelf but haven't read it yet. He does kill off a lot of his characters.

    I still have never seen pride and prejudice, I'm sorry OK!

    I just bought water for elephants and it's up next after the book I am currently reading. I love Reese. I love Rob. I love his hair in this movie. I love her clothes in this movie.

    I'm sorry, did you say Hunger Games the movie? I can't stop thinking about it.

  16. The Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury--anything really by her:) Redeeming Love is on my nightstand, as is Don't Make me Come Up There, Grace Based Parenting, Mission and Ministry of Motherhood, Am I messing up my Kids, Made to Crave--and I just read Sweet Valley High Confidential...it was a big letdown. The Help was a great read as are some of Jodi Piccoult's books and. . .I love to read!!! I visit my local library often.

  17. Great suggestions! One of my favorite books is The Red Tent by Anita Diamante.

  18. Ooooh! Thanks! I have a month before my baby's due and one of the things I'm hoping to do while recovering is read! So glad for some recommendations!

  19. okay, you had my until the whole 'team jacob' comment...i'm not at all sure we can still be blog friends...;) a couple of your books are on my 'to read' list, but i did adore 'water for elephants' and cannot wait to see the film.


  20. Love The Help and The Historian! Both are fabulous reads!

  21. great post! loved the hunger games trilogy and oh man did i have an addiction to twilight. i kept going back and reading them over and over i finally had to have someone take the books from my house so i could read other things! have you read The Help by kathryn stockett? i loved that book. it is also being made into a movie.

  22. Oh, how did I miss this post! I am adding some of these to my list...thank you!

  23. Love 18th century romance! And Sherlock Holmes, I'm going to have to check that series out. And Francine Rivers, have you read her newest books, 'Her Mothers Hope' and 'Her Daughters Dream'...very good! Also, I read your other post wehre you were needing encouragement and everyone's comments were great....speaking of books and that have you read Ann Voskamp's 'One Thousand Gifts'....oh my gosh, this book has been changing my life! I was in a funk and waking up with a bad attitude...well not bad, but just tired I think. This book has so much truth about thankfulness, trust and the miracles that follow. You would love it!