Monday, October 12, 2015

Fiction to keep you busy for a long time

Sometimes (often) I love reading gritty books, wrestling through issues like race and reconciliation and history. I love a good non-fiction or Bible study. But fiction is my first love, the one I snuggled with under covers by the light of a flashlight well past bedtime. Because sometimes the best way to find the pretty in the gritty is to escape into a great story. To slip away to a different world is especially enticing when the dishes are piled and the kids wont stop fighting.

A couple people have asked me lately about my favorite books, or about how I find good books to read. So I thought perhaps I would take a few minutes to point you in the direction of some good fiction to lose yourself in.

One of my favorite destinations for book recommendations is Modern Mrs. Darcy. Every once in a while, she shares Kindle deals on books she recommends, which is how I happened to pick up Still Life (the first book in the Inspector Gamache series) for less than two dollars. I loved it so much, that I blew threw the entire series (all eleven books!) in the first two months of Isaiah's life (nursing = lots of reading time).

Recommendations from writers or bloggers I love also leads me to books I love (and occasionally to ones I dont), for example Elizabeth Gilbert recommended Girl Waits with Gun.

Another way I find books is by reading more books by authors I've enjoyed in the past. For example, I loved The Language of Flowers by Veronica Diffenbaugh, so I read We Never Asked for Wings.
I liked Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, so I picked up At the Water's Edge when I went to our new library last week.

Other authors whose books are fun, easy reads: Liane Moriarty (I especially loved What Alice Forgot) and Jojo Moyes (especially Me Before You).

More fiction books I've enjoyed and consider some of my favorites (these are mostly newer favorites rather than ones I love that I read a long time ago, because it's hard for me to remember things).
Where'd You Go Bernadette?
All the Light We Cannot See
The Rosie Project
The Beautiful Daughters
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
These is my Words

What's your favorite book? Maybe I'll find a new one, since I finished my beloved Inspector Gamache series (sob). 

This is part of my 31 day series Finding the Pretty in the Gritty. Each day (well approximately) this month, I'll be writing on how I am finding pretty, even when things are gritty. Click here for a list of all the posts in the series. Or if you want to make sure you don't miss a day, feel free to subscribe (link on the right).


  1. I have followed your blog for a while now and share your love of reading!

    My favorite books would probably be:
    Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    The Mitford Series by Jan Karon
    Love Does by Bob Goff
    Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

  2. Thanks for sharing with us how you find great books to read and for the book list. I appreciate it! I'll be checking some of them out.


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