Courtney Thomas

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

My Groundbreaking Read was The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. I first read this book when I was in the 5th or 6th grade. It really resonated with me because it was written by a teenager and was about people who were not that much older than I was. I have lost the number of times that I read this book - - enough times to have most of the book memorized at this point. Even though I fell in love with this book as a child, it still holds the same significance to me as an adult.

Deborah Hill

I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life by Joel Osteen

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you're feeling down and discouraged. I liked the layout of the book, which gives 31 uplifting passages, one for each day to reaffoirm your faith and remind you of God's promise to take care of His children.

Gerri McCleskey

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book is an inspiring story of one woman's search for God and her "true" self. Her journey of self-discovery renewed my faith. Her descriptions of the places she visited, and her humorous perspective make this a very enjoyable book to read.

Amber Stephenson

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

This is a classic that I read in 11th grade and I make sure I read it every 2 years or so. It's funny, it's tragic, it's absurd, and it's moving; this story shows just how crazy war can be. One of my all-time favorite books.

Any Books by Terry Pratchett

If I were to pick just one, I would pick The Hogfather. This book really sparked my love of this British fantasy author and satirist; also, my husband and I watched the BBC adaptation of this book on our first date. An interesting take on the holidays with plenty of British humor.

Heather Dungey

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

The history of philosophy, told as a novel. Sophie and her teacher make philosophy understandable!

Blind Descent by Nevada Barr

When National Parks ranger Anna Pigeon is called to assist with a rescue in a deep cave, we get a glimpse into the world of serious spelunking - - plus a gripping murder mystery.

Metric Dockins

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

This book reminds me of the saying "Be careful what you ask for you might get it." It also shows some of the consequences that can result from some of our actions. Great book of life lessons.

Angela Christoffer
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

This is one of my favorites by Sparks. It is a love story with a twist at the end. I highly recommend this book and the DVD movie.

Sue Prendergast
Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb

Hoda interviews six people who experienced profound tragedies in their lives and what became of them years later . . . . ten years later.

My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper by Gabrielle Reece

Gabrielle Reece is a professional volleyball player married to a professional surfer. A guide to a less than perfect life . . . . how she balances raising three daughters and runs the globe as a professional woman.