I try and keep things a little mixed up on the blog, a few posts about food, a few about California, and a few about everything else. I decided to write another post about books because I love books and I have shelves and boxes galore of books. Since, after all, I did get a Bachelor’s degree in English and did spend my college years with my nose buried in novels and literature. And as much as I love good classic literature, I also love a “fun book”… a read where I don’t have to over think the plot and can just get lost in a good story.
Here are 6 of my favorites right now:
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline :: I love this book because I’ve never read another one like it. It’s a fiction book based on very true events about orphaned children who were sent by train to the Midwest in search of a better home life. Some children received a better life with parents and siblings while others were left in worse conditions. This plot follows a teenager in the present day foster care system and an elderly woman who was on the orphan train right before the Great Depression.
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp :: I haven’t quite finished this book yet but I am about 3/4 of the way through. It took me several chapters to finally settle into the book because the writing and stories seemed so scattered and off the wall at first. Once I got comfortable I couldn’t put it down – a great inspirational read to challenge you to enjoy and be thankful for all the small moments in life. There’s also a devotional book that works alongside this book. A great option for a woman’s bible study group.
- Rekindled by Tamera Alexander :: This type of book is my guilty pleasure – the “historical fiction romance western” type. There’s no reason to feel guilty because they aren’t raunchy romance books, but they are slightly predictable and a little embarrassing to admit to enjoying. But this particular book is my favorite of this genre – I’ve read it twice now (because I can never read a really good book just once) and it doesn’t get old. Also this book is written a little better than all the rest. It’s set in Colorado during the 1860’s.
- Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist :: This is one of my absolute favorite nonfiction books, I recommend it to everyone and I’ve given it as a gift to several people. I love Shauna Niequist and the way she writes and tells stories, her writing is easy to get lost in and she definitely takes you on an emotional journey with her. Oh and she loves to cook so this book is full of super fun recipes that correspond with different moments in her life! If you need a new type of book to read this is it – even if you don’t like cooking, it’s about hospitality and life spent with family and friends around the kitchen table! A great book for a book club/cooking club.
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers :: Most people have read this book but I absolutely love this story. I guess this book would also be under the genre of “historical fiction romance western” type because of the 1800’s setting BUT it’s a phenomenal read for any woman. It tells a wonderful story based off of the book of Hosea in the Bible.
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand :: I suppose I can’t quite recommend this book because I’m not even half way finished with it yet but I already know it’s a winner (and not because of all the hype around it). I love almost any and every book based on World War II or events surrounding the war. The first several chapters are a little slow, but get through those and you’re golden. I’m excited to finish it soon!
- The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult :: I just thought to add this book at the last minute. I didn’t actually read this but listened to it on audio book last spring. I love most of Jodi Picoult’s books and this is probably one of her best pieces. I love her books because you get the first person perspective from multiple characters – This story is about World War II and an SS soldier who becomes friends with a woman whose grandmother was held as a prisoner in a concentration camp during The War. It’s an emotionally riveting book – beware, she does use some strong language at times.
Right now I’m reading about 3 different books on my Kindle at the same time, I just can’t get enough! This year I’ve challenged myself to get back into some more classical reading so hopefully my next book post will be my top 5 classics to read.
Do you have any one particular book that you recommend to everyone? I would love to hear about it in the comments section!