Ernest Hemingway said, "I'm convinced that a good writer will also be an avid reader."
I couldn't agree more. I don't always make the time to read, but I do enjoy reading very much. There was a time when I swore I would never like a Kindle or other device as much as holding a book in my hand, but I was wrong. While I still love holding a real book, I also love my Kindle. I can have almost anything I want to read at my fingertips within seconds, and I never have to get out of my pajamas to borrow or buy one.
There have been many, many books I have loved and found hard to put down, but the ones I'm including here made a lasting impression on me. We all have different tastes and opinions about what we like, and even what we consider to be a well written book. These are just a few of mine. I will probably update this list from time to time.
1. The Bible. This seems almost a given, but I have to include it. While I don't spend as much time in its pages as I should, it's a fascinating book. It's full of rich history and stories, besides being the word of God. I really don't have to say any more than that.
The rest are in no particular order.
2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This book is so well written, it's almost scary. It has enough description to drop you right into a scene, but isn't full of purple prose. The story line is unique and pulls the reader into a young lady's world. I can't say enough good things about this book.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I absolutely eat up anything written about the south. This book is said to loosely reflect the life of the author before the civil rights movement. However, it is not political. If you haven't yet read this classic, do yourself a favor and read it.
4. The Miss Julia Series by Ann B.Ross. I found these books to be light, enjoyable, and not too taxing on the brain. If you want something to escape into for an evening, pick up one of these entertaining books set in the deep south.
5. Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series by Tamar Myers. This is another series offering light entertainment. These books combine cozy mysteries with fun and a quirky, unique heroine. Amish recipes included.
6. Personality Plus by Florence Littauer. This is a non fiction book that's been around a while. The sub title is How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself, and that is exactly what it does. This book is different than others written on personality. It is based on a theory developed by Socrates, but Littauer takes it a step further and compares the four personality types using scripture. This is not a dry, scientific book. The author is entertaining, and there are some laugh out loud moments as she tells about her own personality, along with her family's.