love love love love to read.  become immersed in adventure, romance.  see myself in the life of another – fictional or non.  thrill to the rhythm and poetry of the written word – when it’s well-done.  The following are some books I have thoroughly enjoyed and recommend.


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Darkly alluring, a little morbidly fascinating; a Bronte-sisters style fiction about an amateur writer and a master storyteller.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

A funny, sweetly endearing story about four black household help in the southern states, and the women for whom they work.

Sister Wife by Diane Noble

A non-judgemental, heart-wrenching fictional story about the beginnings of polygamy in a new religion and the devastating impact on one young family as they journey to and settle in the American west. (Confessions: I did not like the second book in the series.  It fell into the most unbelievable ending that tied up every loose end in implausible ways.  Can’t stand that).

The Dovekeepers (can’t remember the author at the moment)

Wow!  I’d never heard of Masada, a Jewish fortress built by King Herod and penetrated by the Romans in about 70AD.  Fascinating fiction story of four women who met in unusual circumstances and whose lives took unusual turns together during the tumultuous battles with the Romans.


Infidel (Ayan Hrsi Ali)

Profoundly interesting autobiographical tale of one woman’s journey from Islam to fundamentalism to becoming a member of the Dutch parliament.  Fascinating.

Under the Afghan Sky: A Memoir of Captivity (Mellissa Fung)

Beautifully written, a story of courage and inspiration in the midst of a terrifying situation.

For Kids

How Much is that Doggie in the Window Iza Trapani and Bob Merrill

Beautiful story of a boy and the dog he wants – and how he chooses to care for his family with his money rather than buy the dog he so wants.  Wonderful.  I cry every time.


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