Hi friends & happy Thursday to ya! I am super sick w/ something nasty that has given me a fever & the yuckies, so no projects for ya today. I thought I'd just share some of my favorite books with you which is hard to do because I've been reading for soooo long (one of my favorite things to do) that it's hard to remember them all & there have been so many good ones! I read pretty much anything, I like most genres of books but I don't read horror books any longer although I used to--gives me too many nightmares!! I've never gotten into the Harry Potter series although I did read the first 2 w/ my daughter and I've not "bitten" into the Twilight series either--the premises of both do not really appeal to me. I prefer reading about people in the here and now I guess, but I love a great mystery, tragedy and perseverance of spirit, twists & turns & a story that stays with me always! Doesn't always have to have a happy ending but I have read some books that depressed me for days which is never fun but the experience of reading them is always worth it! And I always, always read the book before the movie--the movie can never compare to the words & emotions written in a story!
At the moment I have 4 library books, 14 new books I bought & a pile of magazines sitting by my bed in my "floor library" as my hubby likes to call it, LOL! I read every night before I go to bed and if it's really good I have been known to read until 3 am--reading NEVER puts me to sleep but most always keeps me up, LOL! I read everything from People magazine, health mags, newspapers, fiction & non-fiction---I love to learn about anything & everything!!
My favorite books as a kid/teen:
-Nancy Drew series (all of them)
-Anne of Green Gables series
-Little House on the Prairie Series
-The Wind in the Willows
-Any of the Narnia books
-The Bridge to Terabithia (1st book I ever read that made me cry)
-Where the Red Fern Grows
-The Secret Garden (1 of the only books I ever re-read)
-Flowers in the Attic series by VC Andrews (creepy but good)
-Judy Blume books of course (from Ramona to the teen ones)
-The Diary of Anne Frank
-Great Gatsby,Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Scarlet Letter, The Odyssey, The Atlas Shrugged, A Farewell to Arms, Invisible Man, any Shakespeare and To Kill a Mockingbird in High School
Non-Fiction Books I Love:
-Bobby & Jackie (eye opening)
-Eat, Pray, Love (inspiring)
-The Water is Wide (Conrack) by Pat Conroy
-Biography of Martha Washington (love strong women)
-Biography of Jackie Kennedy
-The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
-Leap of Faith by Queen Noor
-90 Minutes in Heaven
My Favorite Fiction (this list could go on & on & on, hee hee):
-The Red Tent
-The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue (my fave book ever)
-The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
-Emma by Jane Austen
-The Lost Hours and The Color of Light by Karen White
-The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
-The Kite Runner (eye opening)
-The Secret Life of Bees (book is sooo much better than the movie)
-The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (oh love this one so)
-Demons & Angels by Dan Brown (loved the twists)
-Lovely Bones (haunting)
-Raymond Khoury's The Last Templar
-On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
-The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
-James Rollins books (love a great adventure)
-Pelican Brief by John Grisham
-Memoirs of a Geisha
-The Time Traveler's Wife
-Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosney (awesome in every way)
-Certain Girls (made me cry) by Jennifer Weiner (love her books)
-Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
-The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
-Women's Murder Club series and Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
-The Shining and Carrie by Stephen King (scared the pants off of me)
-when I want an easy-breezy read I will pick up a Nora Roberts book (my fave triology of hers was the "Key Series") & she was a neighbor of mine when we lived in Boonsboro, MD!!
-Kathy Reich's books (love the TV show as well, but books were better of course)
-For a good laugh any of David Sedaris's books!!
-some of David Balducci's but my fave of his is "The Winner" & "The Camel Club"
-not a huge fan of Danielle Steele simply because they're all too predictable but "A Good Woman" was excellent and so unlike her usual writings--I love good historical fiction!
-Sullivan's Island by Dorthea Benton Frank
-Patricia Cornwall's books (all of them)
What am I reading right now:
-Shem's Creek by Dorthea Benton Frank
-The Memory of Water by Karen White
-The Month of Summer by Lisa Wingate
-Dune Road by Jane Green
-The Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo
-Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels
I'm waiting impatiently for (LOL) Dan Brown's new book due Sept.15th and Karen White's sequel to "The House on Tradd Street" due on Nov.3rd!!
Well that's enough sharing from me, hee hee! And yes, I keep a journal that I've had since a teen of my favorite books that I read so I never lose track of them & trust me it's 100's of pages long but I won't share them all, lol! Books are my comfort food I guess I would say, something about losing yourself in a story is just one of the best things in the world!!