I love to read. I’m always reading. Sometimes two books. Sometimes five. Nothing sits right with me if I’m not reading a book. I’ve noted some of my favorite children and adult books that I highly recommend. Some, for sheer enjoyment, others to learn, to grow, to challenge ourselves. Just read…


These are some of my favorite authors or authors I admire and a few of my favorite books


Susan Howatch is probably my all time favorite writer. I love everything she’s written. In particular, I loved The Heartbreaker and her Starbridge Series.
Richard Russo – The Bridge of Sighs and Empire Falls
Mark Helprin – Soldier of the Great War
C.S. Lewis – Till We Have Faces
Madeleine L’engle – A Ring of Endless Light, A Wrinkle in Time
Dorothy Dunnet – The Lymond Chronicles
Alexander McCall Smith – The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency
Elizabeth Strout – Olive Kitteridge
Mary Doria Russel – A Thread of GraceThe Sparrow, and Children of God
Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
James Lee Burke
Daniel Silva
Shannon Hale
Laurie Halse Anderson
Sara Dessen
Polly Horvath
Irene Nemirovsky
Larry McMurtry – Lonesome Dove
Kate DiCamillo
Robin McKinly – The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Fyodor Dostoyevsky – The Brother Karamazov


C.S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters
Madeleine L’engle – Walking on Water, Herself
N.T. Wright – Surprised by Hope, Scripture and the Authority of God
Dallas Willard – The Divine Conspiracy
Leanne Payne – Restoring the Christian Soul, The Healing Presence
Miroslav Volf – Exclusion and Embrace, Free of Charge
Dani Shapiro – Devotion
Michael Frost – The Shaping of Things to Come
Wendell Berry – The Art of the Common Place
Kurt Timmermeister – Growing a Farmer
Barbara Kingsolver – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Elizabeth George – Write Away
Annie Dillard – The Writing Life, For the Time Being, An American Childhood