My Favorite Novels

Inspiring Books

I read for pleasure, for knowledge, to ground myself, to find myself.

Reading is my passion; it always has been. I read for pleasure, for knowledge, to ground myself, to find myself. I read to renew and sometimes to just pass the time. I am a bookworm to my roots. My reading list is pretty eclectic; I hope that you will find some new favorites for yourself here. As always, my hopes are for your hopes and dreams.

Anxious People

“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman is a heartwarming tale of a handful of misfits whose lives converge by one’s desperate action. It reminds me that what we present on the outside is not who or what we are; that we all have the Grace to emerge from our hardened shells and touch the hearts and souls of those we meet. Nothing is really as it appears.
Anxious People

All the Light We Cannot See

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doer is a gripping tale set against WWII. Graphic and well written, this tale follows the unseen casualties of war-the ones who have been left behind without any voices, but through faith and resiliency, they struggle on. Powerful,
All the Light We Cannot See

The Story of Arthur Truluv

“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg is an emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them
The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

“The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by Phaedra Patrick is eccentric, charming, and wise, It is about finding courage, generosity, and compassion, even when all seems lost.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

The Confession Club

“The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg is an uplifting novel about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love. This reminds me that we can always find friendship, community, and kindness-all we have to do is engage.
The Confession Club

We Were Liars

“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. It is powerful and a reminder of how devastating the power of lies become.
We Were Liars

Redbird Christmas

“Redbird Christmas” by Fannie Flagg is the tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happens that those who witness it have never forgotten it. It is a wonderful tale of love, faith, forgiveness and hope.

Redbird Christmas

The Floating Feldmans

“The Floating Feldmans” by Elyssa Friedl is a heartwarming and humorous tale. Told through multiple perspectives, witty dialogue, and complex characters that are incredibly relatable to deliver a funny, astute look at the family dynamic and the relationships shared within.
The Floating Feldmans

Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven

“Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven” by Fannie Flagg is a funny, heartwarming saga set in the south where a group of seniors is asking (and then answering) “Why are we here? It’s a bit different, distinctly Fannie Flagg, and just a fun and different look into our existence.

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

My Name Is Lucy Barton

“My Name Is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout is a story of isolation and loneliness, but also a simple love story, about her unquestioning, almost animal love for her mother, and her mother’s love in return; about how what is invisible and incommunicable is not only what isolates but also what binds.
My Name Is Lucy Barton

Us Against You

“Us Against You” by Fredrik Blackman. Blackman has been called the Dickens of our time, and this book is an example of that. It illuminates the small community’s insecurities and vulnerabilities; prejudices and pettiness that exist but also reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days. I love his work!
Us Against You

Amy & Isabelle

Amy & Isabelle” by Elizabeth Strout is a story of mother and daughter estrangement, secrets, and the frailties of relationships. It is a reminder of how, when we don’t come to terms with our own past, they can manifest into our other relationships. This is a powerful story about judgment, love, and forgiveness.
Amy & Isabelle

The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

“The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg is a fun read packed with inspiration about re-imagining yourself, overcoming odds against you, and making dreams happen. Another irresistible Fannie Flagg.
The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

The Goldfinch

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt is a big book in the style of Dickenson; an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate. It is about how clinging to our past, lest we forget, keeps us tethered to it. The movie does not do it justice.
The Goldfinch

The Deal of a Lifetime

“The Deal of a Lifetime” by Fredrik Backman reminds me that the greatest gifts we have is ourselves. This is a story about parenthood, about ‘doing the right thing’, about life and death, about love, and about the meaning of ‘home’.
The Deal of a Lifetime

Where the Crawdads Sing

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is a haunting story, both mystery and a coming of age. It shows how isolation impacts our behavior, and the deep effect that rejection can have on our lives.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Salt to the Sea

“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys, is a fictionalized account of the single deadliest maritime tragedy in history, and the least known: the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during the evacuation of Germany in 1945. Nine thousand people lost their lives when the ship was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine. The majority of the Gustloff’s passengers were civilians, five thousand of which were children. It is a brutal portrayal of human cruelty, war, and evil. but also proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.
Salt to the Sea

Wish You Were Here

“Wish You Were Here” by Stewart O’Nan is a quiet exploration of individuals within the context of a family strained by failed expectations, substance abuse and death. It spotlights frailties, defenses, and demonstrates the good and the bad that co-exist within each of us.
Wish You Were Here

The Kite Runner

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini is an unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, It is is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
The Kite Runner

Everything I Never Told You

“Everything I Never Told You” by Celest Ng is a moving story of a bi-racial family and the meaning of home. It is a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Everything I Never Told You

The Christmas Sweater

“The Christmas Sweater” by Glen Beck is based on a deeply personal true story, The Christmas Sweater is a warm and poignant tale of family, faith and forgiveness that offers us a glimpse of our own lives — while also making us question if we really know what’s most important in them. This is a MUST read!
The Christmas Sweater

The Giver of Stars

“The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes is based on a true story rooted in the depression-era of America’s past, it is a novel about women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
The Giver of Stars

The Poisonwood Bible

“The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver is the story of a family of American Christian missionaries, a mother and four daughters led by a domineering father, who travels to preach the word of God to the Congolese natives. Once there, their preconceived notions are challenged, and their ideologies shatter, and their family unravels even as they learn of the darkness and beauty that exists outside of their prayer books.
The Poisonwood Bible

I’ll Take You There

“I’ll Take You There” by Wally Lamb is a radiant homage to the resiliency, strength, and power of women, Wally Lamb weaves an evocative, deeply affecting tapestry of one Baby Boomer’s life and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it.
I'll Take You There

And the Mountains Echoed

“And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini crosses generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.
And the Mountains Echoed

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

House of Sand and Fog

“House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dubus III is a heart-wrenching tale with unforgettable characters—people with ordinary flaws, looking for a small piece of ground to stand on—careen toward inevitable conflict. A subtle portrait of two hostile but equally fragile camps, their tragedy paints a shockingly true picture of the country we still live in today.
House of Sand and Fog

Beartown

“Beartown” by Fredrik Backman explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
Beartown

The Ice Storm

“The Ice Storm” by Rick Moody is a story set in 1973, where two families, come face-to-face with the seething emotions behind the well-clipped lawns of their lives. It is about any life, the prejudices and judgments and the frailty- a touching, acerbic, and moving hymn to a dazed and confused era of American life.
The Ice Storm

The Corrections

“The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen is a bold, comic, tragic, deeply moving family drama that stretches from the Midwest at mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe in the age of greed and globalism. Franzen brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty, of Cub Scouts and Christmas cookies and sexual inhibitions, into brilliant collision with the modern absurdities of brain science, home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and the anti-gravity New Economy.
The Corrections

The Tumor

“The Tumor” by John Gisham ohn Grisham says, “THE TUMOR is the most important book he has ever written”. In this short book, he provides readers with a fictional account of how a real, new medical technology could revolutionize the future of medicine by curing with sound.
The Tumor

Where the Red Fern Grows

“Where the Red Fern Grows by Clare Vanderpool is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend. It is a reminder that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.
Where the Red Fern Grows

Talk Before Sleep

“Talk Before Sleep” by Elizabeth Berg is a beautifully written, heartbreaking story of friendship, love, and loss. It is facing loss through the eyes of the best girlfriend, and how everything must be enough, even when it isn’t.
Talk Before Sleep

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