by S. E. Hinton
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.
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.
Eat, Pray, Love by
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
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.
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.
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.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
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.
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.
Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb
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
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.