I have made a goal this year to get back to one of the things I love the most, READING! Life has gotten in the way of my time to settle in with a good book. I've made a good start by starting and finishing my first book of 2018, but I asked you guys to please give me suggestions for other books I might want to be read throughout the rest of this year. I am so thankful for the suggestions I have received. So, I have put together a list for you and maybe we can read some of these together this year!
Here is my disclaimer: I haven't read any of these yet! You may be surprised because some of them have been around for awhile and have been very popular. But, as I said, I haven't been reading with my usual voracity of late. Also, I take no responsibility for the contents of these books because I haven't read them, so I don't know yet what the language is like or if they are something I am going to love. But, they have all been highly recommended by other readers, so that is a good start. I am including the Amazon link for each book to make it easy for you to either purchase the book or get the Kindle version. I am an Amazon affiliate, but that in no way raises the price of the book for you. Some of them may even be free or low priced on Kindle and many are available as audio books, and you can get two free books with your audible trial.
- Books by Kate Morton: In this post, I talked about The Lake House by Kate Morton. She has been a pretty prolific writer of late a couple of her other books were highly suggested and both have 4.5 stars on Amazon. First, The Secret Keeper and Second, The Forgotten Garden both look and sound intriguing and are definitely going on my list this year. I love Morton's writing style and she is one of my new favorite writers. The Lake House had no questionable scenes and I can't remember a bunch of bad language, so I am hoping that this holds true in all of her books.
- Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas. This one takes place during the Great Depression. The description says this book is great for book clubs.
- Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosney takes place in France in 1942 and in 2002.
- These is My Words by Nancy Turner is sent in the frontier of Arizona. The story is about the author's own family.
- Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is a 1960's coming of age novel.
- The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian is a WWII story of Armenian devestation.
- News of the World by Paulette Jiles takes place after the Civil War in the 1870s.
- The Rent Collector by Camron Wright is a story of the perseverance of the human spirit set in Cambodia.
- An unlikely conversion story by Al Fox Carraway, More Than a Tattooed Mormon is her own story.
- Jacque Stevens is the sister of a friend of mine and she is a nurse who writes fantasy on the side. Some of her books look like something I could get into and her sister recommended these two to me: Winter Falls: A Tale of the Snow Queen (free on Kindle) and The Stone Bearers. (Also free on Kindle!)
- American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee has written a book that really is about a wolf, but deeper about controversy and drama that has taken place in relation to these animals in the American West.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a Pulitzer Prize Winner that takes place in WWII and involves a blind French girl and a German Boy. It has been on the Best Seller List for two and a half years, so I should have read it by now! This one is definitely on my list.
- Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris is a humorous satire of office life. The description kind of reminds me of the office, but the person that recommended it described it as "brilliant, funny, moving and real. Just like your own workplace. People you love to hate and hate to love. I have read it three times and it’s never boring. Meaty and just terrific."
- Finally, this book has been so highly recommended and is also a movie! Wonder by R. J. Palacio is a definite top of the list book. (Even though it is on the bottom of this list!) :)
I think that this list will really give me a great start on my reading this year! If you have already read any of these, let me know in advance (without spoiling) how you think I will like them! And, I am still open to more suggestions!