Been there, read that

Click on the following genres to see what I’ve read and my reviews or scroll down to view what I’ve read sorted by author’s last name.

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The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn –A wonderfully told fictional story set in modern China. An American man visits his Chinese friend and witnesses the persecution of the underground church. I really enjoyed this book!

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s by Frederick Lewis Allen –I am not a huge history fan, but this book was amazing! Allen wrote it not long after the 1920s; he was able to write about many of the little details of life because he had lived through the ’20s. I think this was the best history book I’ve ever read!

The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew –I loved reading this book about how Brother Andrew smuggled Bibles into Communist countries!

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen –Usually I like Austen’s books, but this one was the exception. I thought the main character was too timid and scared.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen –After watching the movies countless times, I finally got around to reading the book! I really enjoyed the book, and was surprised by some of the differences between the movies and book. I loved Austen’s wit in describing the characters and appreciated her more realistic style (less dramatic than the movies!).

Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin –I started this book a while back but didn’t have time to finish it because of school. I picked it up again and although the first part had been kind of slow, towards the end I couldn’t put it down! This book is about three sisters moving from Sweden to America during the the late 1800s.

Darcy’s Story by Janet Aylmer –This book retells “Pride and Prejudice” from Darcy’s point of view. I found it interesting to think of the story from his perspective. I thought the author should have used more dialogue but overall it was a pretty good read.

 

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Kneeknock Rise by Natalie Babbitt –I love Babbitt’s children books! This one was a fun, short read, but Tuck Everlasting is still my favorite! The story is about a village next to a mountain. On the mountain dwells a mysterious, monstrous creature. No one steps foot on the mountain. A boy visits the village for the annual fair and sets out to discover the truth behind the mountain.

The Lilies of the Field by William E. Barrett

Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den by Janet and Geoff Benge –Although I still like “The Hiding Place” better, this was a good, quick biography on Corrie Ten Boom.

Saving Levi by Lisa Misraje Bentley

The Cost of Discipleship (first part) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

From Ashes to Africa by Josh and Amy Bottomly

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradley –In this book, Bradley imagines what the future will be like–a future where books are forbidden. Although I found this book intriguing, I did not agree with the worldview in it, and I disliked that the Bible was quoted as if it was any other book and not the inspired word of God.

Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by Kay Bratt –I really enjoyed reading about Bratt’s experiences living in China and working in a Chinese Orphanage

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

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Quiet by Susan Cain

My Antonia by Willa Cather –”My Antonia” describes life on the prairie. I thought the first half of the book was a little slow but once I got into the story, I really enjoyed it. I also loved Cather’s descriptions of Nebraska!

Run to Glory: The Story of Eric Liddell by Ellen Caughey –This is a great biography on Eric Liddell.

Erasing Hell by Francis Chan –I highly recommend this book! Francis Chan takes an honest look at what the Bible says about hell and helps readers figure out how what they believe should impact their lives.

Forgotten God by Francis Chan –This was an amazing book about the Holy Spirit. Chan encourages readers to live a radical life that can only be explained by the power of God in us.

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Of Whom the World was Not Worthy by Marie Chapian –This is a biography about Christians in Yugoslavia during WWII. It took me a while to get into this book but it was amazing to read how God worked in the people’s lives.

Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman –I laughed and cried while reading this. Mary Beth Chapman tells her story and the story of how her family faced the tragedy of losing their little girl, Maria. I loved this book, especially since I got to go to the orphanage in China named after Maria.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

N or M? by Agatha Christie

Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie –Another wonderful mystery by Christie. In this novel, Christie introduces her delightfully quirky detective, Poirot. When a murder takes place in a house full of possible suspects, Poirot must make sense of the clues and untangle the family’s secrets.

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie –This was the first book I’d read by Christie, and I’m now looking forward to reading more! I loved the 1920s British language and the intriguing storyline. Two friends, Tuppence and Tommy, set out to make money by becoming young adventurers. They quickly find themselves caught up in the investigation of the mysterious “Jane Finn”–an investigation that could cost them their lives.

The Big Four by Agatha Christie

Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie

4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

They do it with Mirrors by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins –I absolutely loved reading this book! Collins did a brilliant job of telling this mystery. I loved how he wrote each part of the story from a different character’s perspective. The style of the book was similar to Dickens, but not nearly as dark. I highly recommend this book!

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins –In this book, Collins uses the accounts of several characters to untangle the mystery of a missing jewel. I found myself easily absorbed in this detective novel; I loved it and would highly recommend it!

No Name by Wilkie Collins

 

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Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis –Katie tells the story of how she left her comfortable teen life in American to care for children in Uganda.

Torches of Joy by John Dekker –Missionary memoirs.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens –Incredible. This mystery book would be even more wonderful if Dickens had actually finished writing it! This is Dickens’ final book that he left unfinished when he died. I knew this before I read it, but I wasn’t expecting to be left hanging this much! I realized as I got close to the end–as Dickens introduced several new characters- that Dickens was just getting started. This story is about a young man (Edwin Drood) who mysteriously disappears, the girl he had been engaged to, his messed-up uncle, and many other characters. I loved this book and would definitely recommend it–as long as you don’t mind going crazy the rest of your life wondering how Dickens planned to end it.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens –”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” So many people know the beginning of this book, but I didn’t actually know the story until I read this classic tale. I really enjoyed this story, but I didn’t like this book as much as “Great Expectations.” I still loved Dickens’ complex web of characters and style of writing!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky –Although I didn’t like this book as much as some of Dostoevsky’s other books, I still enjoyed it! The main character, Myshkin, is considered an “idiot” for his innocence and odd behavior. Returning to Russia after several years, Myshkin makes many new acquaintances, but soon finds himself caught in a love triangle between two women. There wasn’t a lot of action in this book (mainly the characters’ conversations), but it still intrigued me.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dosotevsky –Although it took me a long time to actually finish reading this book (I didn’t have much reading time this summer!), I really enjoyed it! I love Dostoevsky’s style! And anyone who can make a character’s thirty page speech interesting is a fantastic author. This complex tale is about three brothers. The eldest is angry at his father (they’re in love with the same woman, plus the father refuses to give the son his inheritance from his mother) and has threatened to kill him. The middle brother is considered the intellectual one. The “hero” of the story is the youngest brother, Alyosha, who tries to maintain peace in the family. In addition, there is a servant who is also suspected to be the son of the brothers’ father. When the father is murdered, the eldest son is immediately suspected, arrested, and put on trial. I think this book is well worth the time it takes to read!

The Double and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Notes from the Underground, The Double, and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle –At first this wasn’t quite what I expected. After the first story, I got more into it and ended up loving this book! Great mysteries! My favorite story was “The Sign of Four.” It took me a while to read this book, but I enjoyed every story!

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 2 by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World and Other Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas –I loved this historical fiction book that had me squirming in my seat at the beginning and laughing out loud later on. The book opens with the tragically violent story of two brothers and then turns to the story of an innocent young man accused of treason. Add a delightful dash of romance and a comical obsession with tulips and you have a wonderful book! As a side note, this book had possibly my favorite first kiss scene ever! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a taste of Dumas without tackling a thick book (this one is only about 200 pages long)…or anyone that loves Dumas/classics!

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas –Although I didn’t like this book as much as “Count of Monte Cristo,” I still really enjoyed it! In this book, a young man sets out to become a soldier and meets three of the king’s famous musketeers. The story traces these four men’s adventures together. There was quite a bit of talk about mistresses which I definitely could’ve done without, but otherwise it was a great, action-packed story! One of my favorite things was how the different personalities of the musketeers and the villainous Milady developed throughout the book.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas –Although it took me forever to finish reading this book, I LOVED it!!! Absolutely incredible! In my opinion, it is well worth the time!

 

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Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot –Amazing biography!

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot –I really enjoyed this biography of Amy Carmichael. I loved how Elliot used lots of quotes and poems by Carmichael while telling the amazing story of Carmichael’s life.

 

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When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert –This book is fantastic! I highly recommend it. It looks at Jesus’ life as an example of how we can meet people’s physical and spiritual needs. Very practical if you want to do missions work or help people in poverty.

Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald –I loved Fitzgerald’s writing style and was intrigued with this story. This book gives a picture of what life was like in America in the 1920s.

A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

Inkheart (book 1) by Cornelia Funke –In this fantasy, Mo and his daughter Meggie discover that their voices have the power to bring books to life. They soon find themselves caught up in a suspenseful story where they have to outsmart the villains from a book. I liked reading this creative story!

Inkspell (book 2) by Cornelia Funke –In this sequel to “Inkheart,” Meggie has always dreamed of going into the books she reads, but when she finds herself and her family actually in a book, it’s not always as fun as she expected. Although I liked this book, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one. It is written for youth, but it is somewhat dark so I would recommend it for teens or adults.

 

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Love Does by Bob Goff –Delightful true stories from Goff’s life of love and whimsy.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding –I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed this suspenseful, unique tale of a group of boys stranded on an island. Once I got into the story, it was hard to set the book down!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Jack’s Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis by Douglas Gresham –I chose to read this biography about C. S. Lewis because it was written by his stepson. Besides several obvious typos, this book was very good! I knew a little about Lewis’ life, but this book made me realize even more what an incredible man Lewis was! I never knew how humble and sacrificial Lewis was throughout his life. He gave so much to the people around him without thought of how it would affect himself, like caring for his best friend’s family after the war. I especially enjoyed reading about how Lewis met and married his wife (wonderful story!). Not only was Lewis a talented and amazing writer, but an extraordinary, godly example for all Christians.

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin –In this book, Griffin tells how he dyed his skin black and discovered what it was like to be a black man in the mid 1900s. I really enjoyed reading this book!

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Death be not Proud by John Gunther –In this book, Gunther tells the story of how his son died from a brain tumor. I didn’t really like this book because of the worldview presented in it and the misinterpretation of John Donne’s poem.

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon –This book is interesting and opens readers’ eyes to a new way of seeing the world because the story is told from the perspective of a boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome. However, I did not like some of the language used in the book.

The Light of Eidon (book 1) by Karen Hancock –I HIGHLY recommend this book! It was amazing! Although the setting has a Roman Empire feel, it takes place in sci-fi world filled with magical powers. The story follows the adventures of a young prince and his twin sister. The wonderfully developed plot is very suspenseful, and I never knew what was going to happen next or even how the story would end. Also, the story is an allegory; it is a great picture of a man lost in sin yet rejecting salvation until he realizes how truly helpless he is on his own. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

The Shadow Within (book 2) by Karen Hancock

Shadow over Kiriath (book 3) by Karen Hancock –Once again Hancock does an amazing job of creating an enjoyable and intriguing plot. Each book in this series is just as good if not better than the previous. These books are highly suspenseful so I don’t want to give away any of the story. I really appreciate Hancock’s ability to write such a realistic allegory of the Christian life. The main characters face struggles and temptations that Christians can relate to.

Return of the Guardian-King (book 4) by Karen Hancock –Amazing finale to this series! Each book was exciting, suspenseful, creative, and well written. I wish the series didn’t have to end! I HIGHLY recommend these books!

The Enclave by Karen Hancock –Another great book by Hancock! It was not one of my favorites of hers, but it was still a page-turner! The story takes place in a research institute where a mysterious intruder is wreaking havoc in the genetics lab. The institute tries to cover up the incidents, leaving a Christian geneticist and lab assistant to discover the truth of what is going on.

Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris –This book is great! It was a quick read but very challenging! I wish I had read it a few years earlier. I highly recommend it to any teen (or adult)! It challenges teens to go beyond society’s low expectations for young adults and to live for God.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Fallen Angels (book 1) by Patricia Hickman –This book was a great, Christian novel! It’s about three abandoned kids during the Depression who meet up with a man running from the police. When stranded in a small town, they are mistaken for the new preacher and his kids. Eager for a place to stay and free food, they pretend to be the preacher and kids. They face many obstacles along the way. For example, the new “preacher” does not know anything about God and cannot read. The author did a wonderful job of showing how the character’s attitudes and hearts changed throughout the story. I would highly recommend this humorous and touching book.

Nazareth’s Song (book 2) by Patricia Hickman

Whisper Town (book 3) by Patricia Hickman –Although there is still one more book in this series, I doubt I’ll read it. Book 1 (Fallen Angels) was amazing! I definitely recommend it! Book 2 (Nazareth’s Song) was pretty good; it started slow but got better. Honestly, I was very disappointed with book 3. I felt like Hickman was trying to find ways to add excitement and a thrilling plot, but it didn’t quite work for me. Not to mention the romance in the book was rather nauseating. Anyway, read book 1, but you don’t necessarily have to read the rest of the series.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand –This is the incredible, true story of an Olympic runner, Louie Zamperini, who found himself caught in the horrors of WWII. I was amazed as I read of the human will to live despite seemingly unbearable circumstances. Zamperini survived life as a POW only to come home and be haunted by his horrific past until years later when he found hope and redemption. Laura Hillenbrand did a wonderful job of making the life of Zamperini come to life for readers in a touching, inspiring way.

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo –Although one of the heaviest books I’ve read (literally, that book is heavy!), it is well worth the time! Hugo brilliantly interweaves the stories of numerous characters to make this tragically beautiful book. Although Hugo can go off on rants about, for example, the sewers of Paris, the story is wonderful.

 

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The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson –In this book, Isaacson tells the story of his son who had autism. Isaacson and his wife were willing to do anything to help their son, even if it meant traveling across the world to visit shaman. Parts of this book were interesting, but I didn’t really enjoy it.

 

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A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee –I had a hard time putting this book down!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle –Although I found the idea for this story intriguing, I never really got into this book. Perhaps my expectations for the book were too high, but I thought the plot needed to be strengthened and further developed. I never felt like there was a strong climax.

The Dark Tower by C. S. Lewis –More amazing stories by Lewis! This book as several short stories written by Lewis, including two longer, unfinished works. The main story, “The Dark Tower,” was very intriguing and included a theory about time travel. I really enjoyed it, but am curious as to how Lewis would have continued the story if he had finished it. I would recommend this books as long as the reader knew that there wouldn’t be satisfying endings and was ok with that.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis –I really enjoyed this fascinating book! The letters, written by the demon Screwtape to his nephew, offer a new way of looking at temptation.

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C. S. Lewis

The Pilgrim’s Regress by C. S. Lewis –This is the first book C. S. Lewis wrote after he became a Christian. It was a lot deeper and harder to understand than I expected but interesting. In this book, Lewis uses an allegory to describe the different worldviews he experienced before becoming a Christian.

The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis –The story of a man who travels with a group of people from hell into the outskirts of heaven. Intriguing idea! It was interesting to read about the different people’s reactions to “heaven.” This book was not one of my favorites of Lewis’, but it was still worth reading!

The Case for Christianity by C. S. Lewis –Lewis brilliantly explains the existence of God. I am continually amazed at his ability to take complex subjects and explain them in a logical, easy to follow way! I definitely recommend reading this book!

Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis –Lewis masterfully retells the the tale of Psyche and Cupid in this amazing book. The story is told from the perspective of Psyche’s oldest sister, Orual, whose selfish love for others seems to only bring ruin. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

Perelandra by C. S. Lewis

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Giver Quartet bk 1)

Gathering Blue by Loise Lowry (Giver Quartet bk 2)

Messenger by Lois Lowry (Giver Quartet bk 3)

Son by Lois Lowry (Giver Quartet bk 4)

 

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At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald –The creatively woven fantasy of a boy who meets the North Wind and learns how to bring joy to the people around him. I fell in love with this story when I heard the radio drama so it was fun to actually read the book. MacDonald does a good job of intertwining fantasy and realism.

Winter Passing by Cindy McCormick Martinusen

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner –The main character in this book, Lauren, is trying to move out on her own after growing up in a wealthy family. She gets a job transcribing an old diary from the Salem witch trials. Throughout the story, Lauren learns the consequences of judging people. Told from Lauren’s perspective, this story was pretty good, and I enjoyed reading it. Towards the end, it was hard to put down!

Holler if You Hear Me by Gregory Michie –This fantastic book includes true stories from Michie’s experiences teaching in Chicago. I read this book for my multicultural class and really enjoyed it! I think anyone would like this book, and I would especially recommend it to teachers or anyone working in a school/with youth.

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller

Touched by an Angel by Jonathan Morris

Mozart’s Sister by Nancy Moser –This historical fiction novel tells the story of Nannerl Mozart. I enjoyed learning what it must have been like for Nannerl to be a talented musician yet have to give up the spotlight for her brother, Wolfgang Mozart. This wasn’t one of my favorite books, but it was still pretty good.

How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser

Masquerade by Nancy Moser –Set in the late 1800s, this book is about a British girl and her maid who decide to switch places as they land in America. Suddenly the girl finds herself penniless and without a home while the maid has the chance of marrying one of New York’s wealthiest young men. I really enjoyed this book and the author’s Christian perspective.

Eight Twenty-Eight by Ian and Larissa Murphy

 

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1984 by George Orwell –This could just be me, but I don’t like Orwell’s books. He takes a very dark, hopeless view of life. Written in the late 1940s, Orwell creates a world in the future where people’s minds are manipulated by a tyrannical government. Quite frankly, the only reason I finished reading this book is because I had to read it for English class. If you want to get a taste of Orwell’s writing, I would recommend Animal Farm before 1984 because of the immorality and slightly disturbing torture scenes in 1984.

Over My Head by Claudia Osborn -The author tells how she went from being a successful doctor to a dependent patient due to a brain injury. Her insight into what it’s like to recover from a brain injury is very interesting.

 

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson –This children’s fiction book has been on my list for a while now. It was a fun quick read about the friendship between a boy and girl who create their own world called Terabithia. I was also pleasantly surprised to find the movie followed the book fairly well!

Finish the Mission by John Piper and others –Although there were a couple things I disagreed with in this book, it was a great look at mission’s work from several writers’ perspectives.

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper –This book discusses the purpose of our lives: to glorify God and to delight in Him. Wonderfully challenging book!

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Potan

The Chosen by Chaim Potok –In this book, Potok describes the friendship between two Jewish boys in America during WWII. Although this wasn’t one of my favorite books, I found learning about different Jewish cultures interesting.

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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque –Remarque, who fought in WWI, describes the horrors of war in this story told from the perspective of a German soldier. I found it difficult to put this book down!

Peace Child by Don Richardson –Missionary memoirs.

 

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery –In England, during the Revolutionary War, the four Darrington children move in with their grandparents and moody, strict uncle. Their uncle has been placed in charge of a young American prisoner of war known as the Reb. Despite their uncle’s apparent dislike of the American soldier, the children decide to befriend the Reb. I enjoyed this quick read and would definitely recommend it as a great historical fiction novel for children (the book is recommended for ages 10+).

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare –I loved reading “Hamlet”! Even though almost everyone died in the end.

Taming of the Shrew by Willian Shakespeare

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley –Call me a nerd, but I loved this tragic story! Initially, it wasn’t what I expected, but then I got into it and couldn’t put it down.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn –This book describes one day of Ivan’s life in a prison camp. I found the story interesting, but not one of my favorites.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Lewis Stevenson

The Help by Kathryn Stockett –Very well-written novel about black women who worked in white households in the second half of the 20th century. I really enjoyed this book! The only drawback was the occasional language. As a side note, the movie is good too, but, as always, read the book first!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard –This short play looks at the story of Hamlet through Rasencrantz and Guildenstern’s point of view. It was ok, but not as good as Shakespeare!

 

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The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry

The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien –This book was just as enjoyable the second time I read it! It is truly a beautifully crafted story filled with wonderful characters. I love the character development of the main character, Bilbo Baggins, as he goes from being a nervous, stay-at-home hobbit to an adventurer who is willing to take risks to save his friends.

The Attributes of God by A. W. Tozer

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

 

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Fireflies in December (book 1) by Jennifer Erin Valent –This is the story of a 13 year old girl during the depression. The book focuses more on the racism of that time period instead of the depression. I really enjoyed reading it!

Cottonwood Whispers (book 2) by Jennifer Erin Valent

Catching Moondrops (book 3) by Jennifer Erin Valent –Megan and I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since we finished reading book 2 (Cottonwood Whisper)! We were so excited to read it! Although I still think the first book was the best, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It is full of danger, mystery, romance, and great characters! Set during the Great Depression, the story tells about Jessilyn’s love for Luke, hatred of racism, and belief in God. I highly recommend this well-written Christian novel. Once you start reading it, it’s hard to put down!

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne –This was fun to read while actually flying around the world. Such a fun story!

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

 

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Francis and Edith Schaeffer: Defenders of the Faith by Sam Wellman

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells –I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I expected. I thought it was somewhat slow and depressing, but I’m sure it was revolutionary when it was first written.

Salome by Oscar Wilde

A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Our Town by Thornton Wilder –Although not one of my favorite plays I’ve read, I thought this was an interesting read. Wilder wrote the play based on everyday American life in a small town. Each act shows a different phase of life; the first act describes childhood, the second marriage, and the last one death.

Amy Signs by Rebecca Willman Gernon and Amy Willman

Death by Living: Life is Meant to be Spent by N. D. Wilson

Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials bk 1)

The Drowned Vault by N. D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials bk 2)

Empire of Bones by N. D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials bk 3)

Chestnut King (sequel to Dandelion Fire) by N. D. Wilson

Dandelion Fire (sequel to 100 Cupboards) by N. D. Wilson –At first, I was disappointed because this book wasn’t quite as good as the first book in the series. Focusing more on the suspense and adventure of traveling through different worlds, the author didn’t have as much humor in this book, which I missed. This was still a great, entertaining fantasy that I had trouble putting down!

100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson –I loved reading this book! Wilson weaves his wonderful humor into this creative fantasy about a boy who finds a wall of cupboards in his room. Each cupboard leads into another world, and the boy discovers that mystery and magic shroud the house in a way he never could have imagined. I would recommend this book for both children and adults!

Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson –Great book filled with adventure, treasure, mystery, and colorful characters! Even though it’s considered children’s literature, I really liked this suspenseful book. N. D. Wilson has a wonderful sense of humor which made the story even more enjoyable! This books tells of the adventures of a young boy who finds himself swept into a maze of caves inside a mountain. I recommend this book for anyone 9 and up!

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield -This is the intriguing story of a southern family and the many tragedies they face one year. Overall, I loved the author’s style of writing and enjoyed this book. The plot was well developed and unpredictable. Unfortunately, there were several elements in this story that I found disturbing or unnecessary. Most of the characters had a realistic blend of good and bad traits that made them relatable and enduring. However, the two “villains” were so intensely evil, abusive, and self-centered that I think it ended up detracting from the story.

Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand –This book is amazing! In this book, Wurmbrand tells about how he and others were willing to live for Christ no matter what the cost.

 

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