The Kind of Books I Read: I love books of an uplifting nature, stories with unforgettable characters that bring me to new worlds and cultures. I particularly enjoy cozy mysteries, historical novels, and family stories that span generations. In nonfiction, I like memoirs, humorous essays, biographies, women’s studies, and spirituality relating to enlightened living and ecological harmony. Fiction or not, I can’t resist a story told about, or from the view-point of an animal.
What do YOU like to read?
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Susanne’s Recent Favorites ~ How about you? What are YOUR favorites?
September, 2015 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon “Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”
August, 2015 All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr “Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”
July, 2015 The World According to Garp, by John Irving “You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.”
June, 2015 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend “There’s only one thing more boring than listening to other people’s dreams, and that’s listening to their problems.” ~ Adrian
May, 2015 The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver “A human being can be good or bad or right or wrong, maybe. But how can you say a person is illegal? You just can’t. That’s all there is to it.” ~ Taylor
April, 2015 The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-legged Hero Who Flew at His Side by Damien Lewis “Little did Robert know that was the start of a lifelong friendship—one that would see him and the death-defying puppy take to the skies over war-torn Europe as they waged fierce battle against the enemy.”
March, 2015 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley “I remembered a piece of sisterly advice, which Feely once gave Daffy and me: “If ever you’re accosted by a man,” she’d said, “kick him in the Casanovas and run like blue blazes!” Although it had sounded at the time like a useful bit of intelligence, the only problem was that I didn’t know where the Casanovas were located.” ~Flavia DeLuce, age 11
February, 2015 Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline “I’ve come to think that’s what heaven is- a place in the memory of others where our best selves live on.”
January, 2015 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck “It is the end of a family-when they begin to sell the land. Out of the land we came and into it we must go-if you will hold your land you can live-no one can rob you of land-if you sell the land, it is the end.” ~ Wang Lung
December, 2014 The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher “She had never lived alone before, and at first found it strange, but gradually had learned to accept it as a blessing and to indulge herself in all sorts of reprehensible ways, like getting up when she felt like it, scratching herself if she itched, sitting up until two in the morning to listen to a concert.”
November, 2014 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood “Live in the present, make the most of it, it’s all you’ve got.” ~Offred
October, 2014: The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory ” I was born Queen of Scotland, I was crowned Queen of France, and I am heir to the crown of England. Is it likely I will wear anything but ermine?”
September, 2014: Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende ” Here men are proud, with no one above them but the sky overhead; they bow to no one because they are inventing equality. And I want to be one of them…” ~ Eliza Sommers, in Northern California at the time of the gold rush.
August, 2014: The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan “A cat would always be loyal, unlike a friend. Mother said she knew that for a fact.” ~ Violet, age 6
July 2014: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” ~Scout, age 8
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