Quick! I Need Some Books!

Folks, I am going to submerge myself in some books this summer.Β  I spend a lot of time outside during our hot, Oklahoma summers so why not get something productive done while I’m at it.Β  I am actually hoping to read one book a week.Β  So, that’s like 11-12 books. GREAT IDEA, Cindy! So, here is where I need you. ALL. OF. YOU. Please recommend a book for me to read. Even if someone else has recommended it, recommend it again.Β  Because if a lot of you say I should read a certain book, then I am going to for sure read that book! Right now. Do it. Pretty please? Mkaythanks.

52 thoughts on “Quick! I Need Some Books!”

  1. I wished you lived across the street, because my house is like a library! I also happen to work for a Christian publisher so I get to read for free some really good books. Here’s a link to my blog where I review our books and other books that I’ve read. But here is my favorite that I’ve just finished up with in the last couple of weeks.

    Military theme – Certain Jeopardy – excellent, action packed

    Family theme – Perfect Piece – read in 2 days

    anything by Jamie Carie! – she does mostly love stories…Wind Dancer will grab you from page 1

    And I do read other publishers work
    Tamara Alexander has really good historical, love, fiction
    Colleen Coble – Abomination – really really good

    I’ve got to run and pack a bag of books now for a trip to the beach! Have fun reading.

  2. Are you looking for any particular type/genre? If you’d be interested in historical fiction at all, I love, love, LOVE The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. (This is the name of the first book; there are 3 of them.) Also, Water for Elephants and A Thousand Splendid Suns are ones I read last summer and enjoyed. I’m about to finish up My Sister’s Keeper and have had a hard time putting it down!

  3. Lately I have been into biographies… the ones that I read in less than a week are:

    What Remains by Carole Radziwill

    Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

  4. Oh gosh, I have SO many favorites. If you haven’t read, “Same Kind of Different As Me” by Ron Hall & Denver Moore then you need to stop what you’re doing NOW and go get it. It’s the best book I’ve read in years. Other books I love:

    1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elisabeth Gilbert
    3. Sold by Patricia McCormick
    4. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
    5. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    6. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
    7. Do You Think I’m Beautiful? by Angela Thomas
    8. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
    9. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eve Rice
    10. Good Grief by Lolly Winston

    Okay, sorry, I know you said one, but what can I say? It’s the summer and I love love love to read! πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to see what other people post! πŸ™‚

  5. “The Shack”
    “Redeeming Love”
    both great Christian fiction

    If you’re in the mood for something light-hearted, funny and fun to read, you should check out anything by Sophie Kinsella. She’s a really fun author! I recommend the “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series (nothing like the movie, BTW), but if you’re not in the mood for a whole series, Remember Me, The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret are all awesome!

    Sue Monk Kidd wrote “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Mermaid Chair” – both great books.

  6. The boy in striped pajamas by John Boyne (WWII…concentration camps told from a young boy’s perspective outside of the camp) Fascinating!

    Madman by Tracy Groot (a story about the demoniac that Jesus saved) my all time favorite love story from Jesus!

    The Soloist by Steve Lopez (written from a journalist’s perspective about his experience with Nathaniel Ayer’s mental illness, homelessness, and amazing talents! 10 times better than the movie)

    I read lots of books…and all kinds of favorite authors and genres. If I could help…let me know. I tend to get hooked on an author and read up every thing written by them!

    have fun…reading is one of my favorite things to do …other than husband and kiddos! love to you!

  7. I’m into the classics so here’s my picks.

    David Copperfield- Charles Dickens. One of the best books ever written. Period. It’s about one man’s struggle through life and how overcomes all the trouble that comes his way.

    Our Mutual Friend- Charles Dickens. Great mystery. Some plot twists so you have to follow closely.

    Lord of the Rings (any)- Tolkien. Movies were great. Books are even better.

    The Hobbit- Tolkien. Much lighter and more humor than the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  8. I love, love, love to read. Here are some of my recent favorites:

    “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini (both were riviting, couldn’t put them down; I cried, smiled, gasped out loud– wonderful)

    “Eve’s Daughters” by Lynn Austin (great storytelling; effortlessly connects a present day woman’s life to several women in the past)

    “Escape” by Carolyn Jessop (crazy look inside a polygamos cult)

    “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden (a terriffic Cinderella story and a look inside a world I knew little about; you will root for the main character!)

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (my favorite book of all time– could read it over and over and over– a perfect read)

    Enjoy diving into some great books this summer!

  9. I LOVE The Beekeeper’s Apprentice series by Laurie King. She’s a mystery writer and this series is written under the premise that Sherlock Holmes was a real man who took a young apprentice in his retirement. Great if you love a good mystery with an awesome human interest aspect.

  10. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
    Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

  11. I personally like young adult fiction:
    Gregor and the Underland Chronicles is really good and the whole series is out so you won’t be left hanging.

    Percy and the Olympians (also all books out, I think)

    But then my sister introduced me to James Rollins and I’ve read everything by him. It’s like reading an action movie.
    I like his Signa series the best. It starts with Sandstorm
    (www.jamesrollins.com–I found most at the library)

    And then, I just finished a 6 book series (I like series) called the Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card, fantasy set in the beginning of the USA. It starts with The Seventh Son.

    I need a new series, if anyone knows of one. I tried Twighlight but I just can’t get into it. The movie was really boring for me.

  12. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
    Our bible study group read this and even the women who don’t like to read couldn’t put this down. Some parts are hard to get through (painful) but it is so worth it.

    Let us know what you pick!

  13. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers immediately came to mind!

    also “Same kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall Uh MA zing!!!

    anything karen kingsbury for Christian Romance πŸ™‚

    and last but certainly not least “The Shack”

    and yes, please let us know what you are reading! I love to read so I may choose a few off this list as well
    Thanks Cindy

  14. OK, don’t shoot the messenger just because this is an Oprah’s Book Club Selection:
    Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi as translated by Ros Schwartz. Fascinating stuff. The book gives a glimpse of a world I had no clue even existed in the 50’s through the 90’s. Nonfiction.

  15. Hey Cindy,
    just a side note: Same Kind as Different as Me by Ron Hall

    (recommended by Loren) takes place mostly in Fort Worth!

  16. The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.

    Left To Tell

    And the Shofar Blew (Francine Rivers)

    War & Peace (and then tell me about it because I haven’t read it and not sure I want to πŸ˜‰

    Of Mice & Men

  17. Same Kind of Different as ME is AMAZING!

    Girl Meets God

    Teach Like Your Hairs on Fire…

    I could go on and on…I am a BOOK FREAK!!!

    Any book by Francine Rivers is AWESOME!

  18. “Churched” by Matthew Paul Turner.
    A story of a young boys journey through church mess and into a relationship with God.
    Absolutely hilarious the way he portrays the ‘religious’ things churches do. Will definitely make you laugh and also make you think! Very easy and enjoyable read. πŸ™‚

  19. Christian books–Anything by Francine Rivers. Some I like by Lynn Austin–Chronicles of the Kings Series, A Woman’s Place, Eve’s Daughters

    Non-Christian–Still Alice, Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns

  20. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agenecy series by Alexander McCall Smith is my favorite fiction to read. It about a lady detective in Botswana, Africa. The stories are sweet, amusing and quick reads. The culture is beautiful. I like to mix those in between a couple of heavier, spiritual reads.

    Or anything by John Bevere!

  21. Fruit of her Hands by Nancy Wilson
    Praise her in her gates by Nancy Wilson
    Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mayhanney (sp?)
    Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mayhanney and her daughters

  22. Agape Road by Bob Mumford.
    It is a life changing look at the love God wants us to show others so that they will see Him through us, and the things we struggle with that are a barrier to that. AWESOME book. Very thought provoking and eye opening.

  23. the historian // elizabeth kostova
    digging to america // anne tyler
    walking on water // madeleine l’engle
    a long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier // ishmael beah
    the green book // elizabeth rogers
    mad church disease // anne jackson

  24. Anything Francine Rivers. I’ve almost finished all her books.

    Gone With The Wind

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    You are going to laugh, but A Wrinkle In Time series by Madeline L’Engle. I never read them as a kid, but I’m reading them to my kids now. Very fascinating!

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin

  25. What genre do you want? If you like fantasy romance, but like the romance clean, and don’t like the fantasy too dark, I’ve got a fantastic trilogy!!!

    by Lynn Kurland:
    Star of the Morning
    The Mage’s Daughter
    Princess of the Sword

    Here’s the page for Princess of the Sword, and my review is listed first (under my pen name, Kathleen MacIver) on Amazon, if you want more information. (My review is first for all three, actually. ::grins::)

  26. Okay, it’s stripping them. I guess, if you want to read more, you’ll have to go on over to amazon and type in the titles. Sorry, but you’ll manage! πŸ™‚

  27. I love to read!! Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I’m currently reading Wide Awake by Erwin McManus and loving it!!

  28. You asked.
    Religious Slant:
    Same Kind of Different
    Hinds Feet on High Places–Hannah Hurnard
    Blue Like Jazz-Donald Miller
    Between Sundays–Karen Kingsbury–She’s prolific
    Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God–David McCasland
    Winslow Series by Gilbert Morris–Historical fiction, good US
    history review
    Your God Is Too Small–J. B. Phillips
    What’s So Amazing About Grace and Prayer–Philip Yancey
    Anything by Francine Rivers
    To Escape:
    Diana Gabaldon The Outlander Series
    Miss Julia books by Ann Ross
    _____Jodi Picoult is a good writer, but it’s not a frolic with her.
    Because I’m a polio survivor:
    Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky from UT. Won the Pulitzer for it, he did
    Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret, her story mirrors mine in lots of ways. She writes a lot of fiction for young adults. Surprisingly, this did well. ___________
    I could go on ad nauseum. I read hundreds of young adult books while teaching middle school if you ever want to go there. One suggestion I just saw was “Wrinkle In Time.” It’s fun to read something with your kids.


  29. β€œThe Kite Runner” and β€œA Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. Great writer, something very different from what I usually read.
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, read this a long time ago and LOVE it.

  30. Do You Think I’m Beautiful? by Angela Thomas
    Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson
    Songbird by Lisa Samson
    The Shack
    Yada Yada Prayer Group books by Neta Jackson
    Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross

    These are some of my favs!

  31. Once again…”Same Kind of Different as Me”….Will change your life!

    Another book- about overcoming an affair is by Alan Jackson’s wife, Denise Jackson. It’s called “It’s All About Him”.

    “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers…Wonderful.

    “New Kind of Normal” by Carol Kent

  32. Cindy-read The Kneeling Christian-by unknown christian.
    I am into it and feel a flowing through me already. This book reaches HOME (That inside of you nobody can touch but GOD). Evie

  33. What a great summer idea! Enjoy!
    Here are my ‘essential’ books–those that I turn to again and again because they hold life-changing truths:
    Mountains Beyond Mountains–Tracy Kidder
    Three Cups of Tea–Greg Mortensen
    28 Stories of AIDS in Africa–Stephanie Nolen
    God Has a Dream–Desmond Tutu
    New Seeds of Contemplation–Thomas Merton
    Words to Love By–Mother Theresa

  34. I too enjoy reading. Nothing is more lifechanging than digging into the Word of God πŸ™‚ of course you already know that πŸ™‚ where else can you find history, truth, drama, excitement, love, war, hope, restoration, humor, conviction and healing all wrapped in one πŸ™‚

    A good short read with powerful message is
    Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Dutch Sheets

    Have a blessed week.

  35. I luv to read. I will definitely get some ideas for my summer reading – thanks. My favorites are:
    Yada Yada Prayer Group (7 in the series) by Neta Jackson – a must read in order
    Where Do I Go – Neta Jackson (new series to follow Yada Yada)
    “Damaged” by Bernadette Y Connor (best book I’ve ever read)
    Anything by Bernadetter Y Connor is good!
    Redemption Love – Francine Rivers yes!

  36. My top three picks:
    Crazy Love by Francis Chan
    Crazy Love by Francis Chan
    Crazy Love by Francis Chan

    What can I say? He challenges my faith like no other. But I also really liked Same Kind of Different as Me which seems to be the top pick of your readership.

    I am so out of the woman loop. I’ve seriously never heard of hardly any of these except the classics. I tend towards books that motivate change, enourage innovation, or challenge faith.

  37. “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers for sure!!! and “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan listed just above IS a very challenging book.

    Looks like I need to read “Same Kind of Different as Me”. I think it’s one the Women of Faith recommend.

  38. I’m an avid reader, and I easily read a book a week. After a while, they start to blur together. So, though I could recommend countless books, I’m going to offer the one that really stuck with me. It made a profound impact on me and how I view my faith and the “struggles” that I face, as well as how I view the need to share the gospel. It’s by Randy Alcorn, and it’s called Safely Home. It’s breathtaking and difficult and exciting.

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