I come from a family of readers, and between my mom and dad and me, we have read TONS of books. To clarify, Mom and I enjoy books that entertain, inspire and delight—in short, fiction. Of course, we also enjoy biographies and autobiographies, but we mainly enjoy a good story. Dad, on the other hand, reads for information. Actually, so does the Crankee Yankee. They read to get necessary information rather than entertainment. I guess that puts Mom and me in the lightweight category, but the point is–we all like to read.
Mom once did a program for her PEO (Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women) chapter called “Books I (Mom) Love, Books YOU (those books mentioned by her PEO sisters), Books Men Love and Books Children Love.” This program in my opinion stands the test of time for good reading, and I include them here.
Please check out these books (if you haven’t already), and prepare yourself for time well spent.
Books I Love
“Hoopi Shoopi Donna,” Suzanne Strempek Shea
“The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed,” Lee Smith
“Celestial Navigation,” Anne Tyler
“Touched,” Carolyn Haines
“I’ll Take It,” Paul Rudnick
“Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” Allen Gurganes
“The Beet Queen,” Louise Erdrich
“Emmeline,” Judith Rossner
“Empire Falls,” Richard Russo
“Life With Its Sorrow, Life With Its Tear,” Lester Atwell
“Escaping Into the Open,” Elizabeth Berg
“Journals,” May Sarton
“Charleston,” Alexandra Ripley
“On Leaving Charleston,” Alexandra Ripley
“Run With the Horsemen,” Ferrol Sams
“Whisper of the River,” Ferrol Sams
“When All the World Was Young,” Ferrol Sams
“Savannah,” Eugenia Price
“To See Your Face Again,” Eugenia Price
“Before Darkness Falls,” Eugenia Price
“Stranger in Savannah,” Eugenia Price
“The Reading List – Contemporary Fiction, A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of 110 Authors,” ed. David Rubel
Books YOU Love
“Outlander” and the rest of the series, Diana Gabaldon
“The Red Tent,” Anita Diamant
“The Poisonwood Bible,” Barbara Kingsolver
“Gifts From the Sea,” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Maya Angelou
“Beachcombing For a Shipwrecked God,” Joe Coomer
“Prince of Tides,” Pat Conroy
“Beach Music,” Pat Conroy
“Talk Before Sleep,” Elizabeth Berg
“The Mitford Series,” Jan Karon
“A Prayer for Owen Meany,” John Irving
“The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien
“Six of One,” Rita Mae Brown
“Snow Falling on Cedars,” David Guterson
“Shipping News,” Annie Proulx
I have read all of the above, and can tell you truthfully that these are indeed books worth reading.
I will soon post the titles and authors of the books I love, plus Books Men Love and Books Children Love.
Happy reading, everyone!