Book Recommendations

Aren't we always searching for a good book to read? My SIL thought having a "What I'm Reading" roll on the sidebar of the blog would be a nice addition. I agree. I'll try to add that feature in the next little while.

In the mean time, I'm going to make a lengthy list of the books I've read that I feel comfortable telling you all about. I'll make notations if they include any language above PG-13 or situations that may be too adult for some. I'm too lazy to look up the author's names so you'll just have to google those...

General Fiction

The Help
The Alchemist
The Giver
House Rules - language
Poisonwood Bible
The Red Tent
Plain Truth
My Sister's Keeper - language
19th Wife - language
The Body (short story. The movie Stand By Me was based on this novella.)
Shawshank Redemption
DaVinci Code - language
Angels and Demons - language
Jurassic Park
Harvesting the Heart - language
The Lost Symbol - language
Flowers for Algernon (short story)
The Pilot's Wife - language
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Outsiders
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
The Lottery (short story)

Fantasy/Science Fiction

The Dresden Files - language and some mild sex scenes
Harper Connelly series - language and some mild sex scenes


The Hiding Place
The Glass Castle

Teenage Fiction/Science Fiction/Fantasy
*These books are written for a very specific audience. They are "safe" books - usually free from language and sex and other situations that aren't very uplifting. Most of these have fun plot lines and are easy to read. They will not cause you to have a life altering experience while you are reading them. But, they are worth the time to enjoy.

Fablehaven series
Gregor the Underlander series
Percy Jackson series
Hunger Games series
Artemis Fowl series
Black Beauty
Harry Potter series
The Witches
James and the Giant Peach
Harriet the Spy
Charlotte's Web
The Chronicles of Narnia
Where the Red Fern Grows

Religion Based Fiction

*Please remember these book are not gospel. They are written as fiction; both entertaining and moving, but are not substitutes for the scriptures.

Work and the Glory series
Fire of the Covenant
Fishers of Men series

Self Help

The 5 Love Languages
The Peacegiver
No Doubt About It
The Divine Center
If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn't Be Hard
No One Can Take Your Place
How To Love a Porcupine


Babywise II
Happiest Baby on the Block
Positive Parenting
5 Love Languages of Children

Books for Kids

The Night You Were Born
The Hungry Catipillar
The Monster at the End of This Book
Miss Nelson is Missing
If You See A Kitten
Gossie series
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Duck and Goose series
Green Eggs and Ham

Clearly, this is not an exhaustive list of good literature that is out there. These are the books that are top of mind when I think of my literary history. I'll try to keep adding as I discover the note worthy titles I come across. I love suggestions, too!


Shannon said...

I found a great website that rates/reviews books, movies, tv, music, etc. for families... so you can determine whether you think it is appropriate for your child/family. The website is www.commonsensemedia.org. Another website for movie ratings alone is, www.kids-in-mind.com.

twinzmama said...

Thanks for the recommendations! You know I'm always looking for good books and you've never steered me wrong yet! Are you on goodreads? I keep forgetting to ask....

marti said...

my bookclub is reading Peter and The Starcatchers series. it's really good. look up the synopsis (barnesandnoble.com) to see if you'd like it, but i think it's good to read on your own or with older kids. no language so far and good story telling.

The Riddle Family said...

Thanks Traci! Now to figure out which one to start with...

Amy Buff said...

Love this list! I've read about half of them as well! Check out this book (http://www.amazon.com/Declaration-Gemma-Malley/dp/1599902958/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298490901&sr=1-3)

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