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What Should I Read Next?

Published: April 20, 2009

After an unusually busy month, I’m looking forward to starting a new book. Any suggestions? My recent reads for pleasure include Life of the Beloved, The Last Lecture, and Not Quite What I Was Planning. I had mixed emotions about The Shack. And I finally plowed through (and, for the most part, much enjoyed) the Harry Potter series, too.

I lean toward historical fiction and literature and away from self-help, thrillers, and summer romance. Story lines by Dean Koontz are WAY too dark for me, and I’m just not a fan of Nora Roberts.

So, what book is by your bed or favorite chair? And what one should I consider picking up?

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  • Andrej

    It’s been well over a year since your request for good reading. Nevertheless, I highly recommend “Good Night, Mr. Tom” by Michelle Magorian. It’s a work of fiction that takes place in World War II England and tells the story of a young boy evacuated to the country during the London blitz. He is housed with an elderly and grumpy gentleman. Throughout the story you see these two characters grow and change. A wonderful read that restores one’s faith in confidence in the goodness that humans can display to one another.

  • Edith

    Wendy, I ‘d love to recommend a book I had the pleasure of reading. “A Fortunate Life” by A.B. Facey. I just picked it up one day at the library and as soon as I read the first page I knew I had chosen a gem to read. It is simply written, yet very vivid with details of the bush life in Australia, friends he meets along the way and other sweeping adventures and circumstances of his life.

  • Sophia

    I am a huge fan of the Mitford series written by Jan Karon. A friend introduced me to the first book “At Home in Mitford” and I read it and fell in love with the people of Mitford; it was like becoming part of their community. I always read at night before lights out and Mitford is a lovely place to leave off the day and relax.

  • Beccah

    A friend gave me Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen for my birthday and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been recommending it to everyone. I hope you check it out!

  • Vikky Anders

    Hi Wendy,

    Here’s one very entertaining book that I would like to recommend. ‘On the Road in 68. A year of turmoil, a journey of Friendship’ by Tom Leach. Perhaps Leech. I don’t have this book at my disposal. Now ordinarily one might think that any book detailing one’s six month vacation would be a book that never should have been written. And they would be right! But this particular book is an exception. For starters, each page is guaranteed to produce if not a laugh out loud response, at least a smile. It’s filled with warm and enduring chatter. Think a 21st century Mark Twain here. Imagine dropping into Vietnam in 1968 for a few relaxing vacation days. The ironies in this compelling read are many.

    Try it, you’ll love it. I know that I did.


    Vikky Anders

  • I Heart Monster

    If you liked Harry Potter, and want to keep it light, but have a fantasy element, I’d suggest you try out Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series. Or, try out Enchanted, Inc. series by Shanna Swendson.

  • Wendy

    Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll take a look at books by each of these authors.

    A while back I read “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy” by Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher . . an insightful look at their religious beliefs and habits.

  • Marge

    I have enjoyed the Wanda Brandstetter Books.
    She writes stories about the Amish and their
    simple, contented way of life. It is kind of a relief after all of the strife in our world today.

  • Capt. Kym Ferrell

    Hello Ms Wendy, I recently went to a book signing with a favorite author, Randy W. White, who’s pushing his newest novel “Dead Silence”. He’s a former charter boat captain as well, and a kindred spirit of the sea. His stories are always page turners, and all nighters to me, and plenty of others. I suggest you give him a shot if you haven’t already. You’ll be well rewarded for your efforts. His characters have created a following like none I’ve ever heard of before. You and I probably can put faces on them from our own lifetimes. capt kym Sebastian,Florida