Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Book Reading

Since AA has been home with us, I have been reading lots of children's books; most are gifts from family and friends during our long "WAIT" (those of you in the China adoption line understand about the "WAIT"). AA loves to sit and turn pages way ahead of my reading...... Yesterday, she received a new book from church friend Liz F*ster on colors and shapes in shiny foiled pages. Thank you!

I made a vow to watch less TV while I fall asleep at night (though I love reality TV shows) and instead, to get back to reading books.
So, I began reading "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell; it is also a movie on PBS Masterpiece Theater. I found it as a Jane Austen substitute. Easy reading, the old style of Austen but not half as good!

I also read the books called the Mitford Series written by Jan Karon. They are very light with lively neighborly conversations and "extraordinary beauty of ordinary people living ordinary lives"; "enjoy the latest news from the little town with the big heart".

I also ran across this list of Christian books to read and want to keep the list for future reference. If you want to post about your favorite books, add your blog link at Faith 'n Fiction Saturday My Friend Amy and read any of the blogs like Librarian-ism-ssh.

Here's two suggestions I will put on my new list from Reviewz by Jewelz:
Jane Austen series by Debra White Smith. 6 of Jane Austen's books modernized. They're really well-written :)

A Life of Faith series by Martha Finley. I love 'em, I love 'em, I love 'em! Great series, and they're especially great for younger girls!

I liked the list at Books, Movies and Chinese Food by Deborah.
Here's Deborah's suggested good reading:

1. The House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris - There are 40 books in this series and I have 39 of them. I have spent YEARS trying to collect all these, I've been reading them since I was 10. I just need no. 31 The Shining Badge, so if anyone has that one PLEASE I need it!!!!

2. My entire Janette Oke book collection. So I'm really fudging on even the series rule but these are definitely keepers. Why? Well, because I own EVERY adult fiction book that she's written. AND she was the first Christian fiction adult book I ever read at the tender age of 8.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia series by CS Lewis. Yeah that's a given. A must in everyone's library.

4. The Glenbrooke series by Robin Jones Gunn. Simply one of the most refreshing contemporary women's series I've ever read. I could include my entire RJG collection but I'm spotlighting this one.

5. The SAHM series by Meredith Efken
collection. If you've given these books away, I'm sorry, but SHAME ON YOU!!. One of the best chick lit books (Christian and general) ever. The format is written in email/newsletter group so it reads extremely fast, the characters are like-able and you totally relate to them. I finished both these books in half a day, and they're over 300 pages long! And the best news, there's a new one coming out this year!

Do you have any to add?


a Tonggu Momma said...

I love the book "Danger in the Shadows" by Christian contemporary fiction author Dee Henderson. She also wrote a couple of series books, but I prefer the O'Malley series over the other ones. "Danger in the Shadows" is a prequel to the O'Malley series and it won several awards.

Margaret M said...

Thanks for the suggestions!!! Enjoy reading!

Dita said...

READ????????'re my HERO! I have been trying to read the same book since the Summer....and I mean Summer 07! I keep buying them but they keep piling up. Now I will add your picks to my "one day" list that I keeps growing.

D Wright said...

I love your suggestions! I love reading books by Jan Karon too. I also enjoy her website at Check it out. I thing you will enjoy the site!

Heather J. said...

Aly - you KNOW I had to drop on over here and give you some reading suggestions, right?! I mean, that IS what my blog is all about after all. :)

If you are going for the classics and you liked Jane Eyre, have you read Wuthering Heights? That is one of my all time favorites (plus there are several really good movie version which are great to watch after you read). A newer classic I highly recommend is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

On the other hand, there are lots of newer books that are getting rave reviews in blogland. If you want some suggestions, just let me know what genres you like best and I'm sure I can come up with some good titles for you. (Of course, you've got quite a list already so you may want to wait on that for a while.)

And WAY TO GO for getting back to reading so soon! My son was 3 yrs old before I realized that I wasn't reading any more - and I'm so much happier and more "me" now that I've got my books back. :)

sarah said...

These are not really Christian Fiction books. . . but a few that I have enjoyed very much:

Books by Silas House - Just today I finished reading "Coal Tattoo". He is a regional author (Appalachia areas - KY and TN especially).

The Good Women of China by Xue Xinran

Most any book by Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eyes, Song of Solomon, Sula).

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Always a favorite: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

(Of course I love Jane Austen, Jane Eyre and the Bronte sister's books too).

Colleen said...

I wish I had more time to read. I am guilty of a little TV at night when laying in bed. I like some reality shows, they are amusing.

Kristy said...

I love Jane Austen so much and PBS Masterpiece Theatre, but for a really long time now I have been reading christian help books, but just here recently I read Robin McGraw's book and Chapter 5 was awesome, I wish I could scream off of a rooftop to all the women in the world to read CHAPTER 5!!! Also those bows are just precious.
Love, Kristy