I’m Thankful for….books

Happy Monday!!

Day 5 of my “I’m thankful for..” series is here! It’s almost Thanksgiving folks!

So far in this series I’ve been thankful for good friends, my family, nature, my church and today I’m thankful for books.

Books are amazing. If I had a choice, I probably could sit and read all day. But I can’t. I have three little peoples to look after as well as a house and various other things.

I love getting immersed into an absolutely fantastic book.

With that being said, I’m going to share my top 12 favorite books

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  1. This one is a series and you should have seen it coming. Seriously. If you know me and have followed me for a while you know what the first one will be. 🙂  Harry Potter.

*Gasp!* No, way she picked that as her first favorite book? haha. I don’t care if it’s geared towards kids, they are amazing books. I’ll be honest, when these books and eventually the movies came out I was like, ugh, stupid. Then I watched the first movie and from there I was hooked. Now, if there are any parents who are the fence about letting their children read these books. Please, read the books yourself first. Then grab Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger and read that. There are so many hidden Christian themes, symbolism in these books that are overlooked if you just read them, but once you read the other book you will see that these books are not all about satanic messages or occult things. I’ve read Looking For God in Harry Potter  twice now just to remember things he mentions after his own children wanting to read them and had the same feelings that most Christians do about these books.

2. Orphan Train is another one of my favorites.

Here’s a little synopsis of the book.

A 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to askNearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.


3. Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart

I love this book. I don’t know how in the world I came across it, but I’m glad I did. I went to look for more of her books and turns out she’s a Christian fiction writer. I have yet to check out the other books she’s wrote but they are definitely on my list to read!

Here’s a lil synopsis from Good Reads:

On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. . . .

Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Meg’s older neighbor, Jess, was the safe choice, she couldn’t let go of Dylan no matter how hard she tried.

Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg’s choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas’s discovery in the present,weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.

4. So this next book is kind of a series too. I mean you can read them individually,  but you might be a tad lost if you pick up the most recent book first and then read the other ones.  These books are the Culper Ring books by Brad Meltzer. Really with  this series you’ll want to start out with The Book of Fate. That book kind of sets up the next three books. Which are The Inner Circle, The Fifth Assassin (The Culper Ring Series) and The President’s Shadow (The Culper Ring Series). All of these books have a little history and and a little mystery/suspense in them and they are super fast reads too. Love Brad Meltzer!

5. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

I read this book in a book club that I belonged to. I seriously could not put this book down. If I remember correctly, this is one of those books you’ll need tissues for.

Goodreads synopsis for you to check out.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

6.  When in Doubt Add Butter by Beth Harbison

I think the only reason why I picked up this book was because it had cupcakes on it. 🙂 But it’s really good. It’s kind of one of those chick-lit type books.

7. This one is a memoir. Once in awhile I’ll venture to that genre of books of the people I like and want to know more about. My favorite of this kind so far is of the talented Julie Andrews.

Who doesn’t love her? I mean come on. She was Maria from Sound of Music and Mary from Mary Poppins.

8. Cuckoo’s Calling. This one too, is part of a series by Robert Galbraith which is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. I’ve only read two out of three his/her books. The third installment of the Cormoran Strike books, Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Novels) only came out a little over a month ago.

9. All Around the Town. This one I read in high school and I loved it.

10. Sarah’s Key. I love history fiction books, and this one takes place in the 1940s and present day in France. It’s one of those books you’re going to need tissues for. It also has a movie-tie in. Though I don’t think the movie is as good as the book, they never usually are.

11. Hunger Games. Do I really need to say anything about these books? They are amazing. That’s all I’ll say.

12. The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings. Lastly, another great set of books.


One last one I’d like to add this book into my list. I only just read it this weekend. My husband’s friend’s wife wrote this book about her journey through  teenage pregnancy, adoption and infertility. It is such a good book. I think it resonates with so many woemn out there who either have had been in those situations or are facing them now.



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