Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What Do I Read

A corner lot of my Smalltownland historic town square.  


After asking for reading suggestions a while back, I received several inquiries into what do I like to read and did I happen to have suggestions.  I like to read most all genres and much of my winter evenings are spent by the wood stove with a good book.  While it is true that I did read the Twilight Series, try not to let that affect your judgement.  

So here's a little peek at my bookshelf.....

ALL books by Barbara Kingsolver 

A Discovery of Witches and the sequel, Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, (and the four other in the series), by Alan Bradley 

The House on Tradd Street Series by Karen White 

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch 

The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball....it's about farming, people 

Letters of  a Woman Homesteader free on Kindle....really just a collection of letters written by a young woman who went out west.  Very good actually 

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain  

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks 

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden  

Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier  

The BeeKeeper's Bible published by  Stewart, Tabori and Chang 

Honeybee;  Lesson from an Accidental Beekeeper by C. Marina Marchese 

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live it by John Seymour 


and, really there are so many other books that are on my shelf that I have enjoyed.  Of course I love, To Kill a Mockingbird, and I confess that I have read all of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  



Not too long ago I read a quip that mentioned being sad at the end of a book, simply because it was over.  

Actually I think that is a special kind of joy reserved for people who fall in love with their books.  




37 comments:

  1. Love reading to, Michelle.....great collection, going to look for a few of those, Thanks Francine.

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  2. My Mom is a big reader she falls in love with her books ... Love that photo

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  3. Morning Michelle..
    this is quite a list. I believe people who read have a lot of great wisdom! I have committed to myself to read much more this year.
    Have a blessed day.
    shug

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  4. Love your header, and also love to read. My daughter says she prefers to hold a book, but I love to hold my Kindle Fire! Have a great day.

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  5. Thank you for these reviews. These dreary winter days are perfect for reading.

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  6. I just finished Flight Behavior last night. I have read and enjoyed many of the books on your list :-)

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  7. That's a quaint town square. I must admit, I'm not familiar with most of the books you listed. The Alan Bradley title sounds intriguing. Right now, I'm reading the second book in the 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' series. I made it through the first because friends kept insisting it gets better. (Parts are rather disturbing.) Book #2 is off to a good start. Happy reading!

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  8. The BeeKeeper's Bible and Honeybee: Lesson from an Accidental BeeKeeper caught my eye.

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  9. Love your list and may have to add a couple of mine for 2013. I love to read and read and read!!!! SOMEDAY...when the kiddos are older and I am no longer working I HOPE I am able to read a LOT MORE!

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  10. I love all books by Barbara Kingsolver too. And Charles Frazier. I just finished a book by him you may enjoy, called Nightwoods. And, of course, all best book lists must include To Kill a Mockingbird. I will make a note of some of the other books and check them out. Thanks for this. I'm working on a similar post, but of the best I read in 2012.

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  11. i have not read a book in a long time. except for a few new-age spiritual ones.

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  12. Great list there, Michelle. Some are on my shelf already, and I'll check out the other ones. I'm in need of reading material.

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  13. That's a lovely, lovely little downtown!

    I have only read one of your books... But I have about 2500 of them...

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  14. Great list! I don't read near as much as I'd like. I have read (and thoroughly enjoyed!) all the Twilight books so I won't hold that against you :)

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  15. A special joy indeed for us readers. And yes it all genres for me as well though I'm really big on history, biography and travel. But then what would you expect from a history teacher... I recently discovered Kingsolver and am no a big fan or hers and my new Nook as well....:)

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  16. First of all, I adore To Kill a Mockingbird. Second, I just love the look of your blog! I've been skimming through different blogs for the past half hour, and just nice look of your page made me stop and read.

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  17. Looks like a great list...a couple I will have to check out!

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  18. I am never without a book to read. I hate when I am so sleepy at night that I have to quit what I am reading. I love Barbara Kingsolver and the Deborah Harkness books. I too have to confess to having read the Twilight series. I will definitely have to check out some of the others on your list.
    Thanks,
    Laura

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  19. I love my moments spent reading. If I am involved in a good book, I don't mind having a sleepless night. I enjoy the silence when all are sleeping to read. I'll have to check out some of your books.

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  20. Sookie! I have found myself hooked on True Blood. I just might have to read the books after the season is over.

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  21. I could definitely lose a lot of time in your "library."

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  22. Did you ever read the Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart? If not.. you should! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  23. i am going to go back over this list when time permits.
    love the photo of the smalltownland
    anni

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  24. You have quite the eclectic list... I find I'm into reading history and biographies at the moment. :)

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  25. I have read quite a few books stemminh from your reviews. Thanks for the new list!

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  26. i'm always sad at the end of a good book. it's like saying goodbye to old friends and i know i will miss them. right now i'm reading daisy fay and the miracle man by fannie flagg. i love fannie flagg stories!

    wanted to tell you that i added your pot roast sliders to my menu this week. can't wait to try them!

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing your book list! I can't wait to try some of these.

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  28. I am always sad at the end of a good book, but it doesn't happen too often now...

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  29. I can indentify with you on being sad at the end of a book.

    love, love, love to read!

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  30. I've got a good collection of books too that I just love! However never time for anymore... Someday I'll put them on some shelves of honor around here, but need to do some serious spring cleaning before then.

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  31. I am going to copy your list to my list of books I might enjoy. I LOVE to read. :)

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  32. Books are also a love of mine. I seldom read fiction anymore. I just reserved some books at the library -- they do such a great service in communities. -- barbara

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  33. Crazy about Kingsolver too. Haven't read one I did not like. You should check out some Wendell Berry. His novels are gentle yet deeply involved emotionally, his poetry is beautiful and his essays are intellectually and emotionally challenging, yet perfectly readable.

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  34. Well done! You deserve a prize just for getting through The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne's tough.

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  35. The letters of the woman homesteader is a great book. We read that in a reading group once. I think a peek at someone's book shelf is really a look into their life, and into who they are. You've got some good books there :)

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  36. Oh ! Reminds me of the 80's TV series in small towns, ... that's one character name Andy Griffith something like that !

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  37. I was so sad when I finished Memoirs of a Geisha because it was over. Excellent book. The Dirty Life was very good, too. Considering your blog and lifestyle I think you would enjoy Mudbound by Hillary Jordan--wonderful book and The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, a true classic.

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