My Book List

June 1-30 Challenge

Day 30 Thirty Books

June 30, 1936. Margaret Mitchell’s book, Gone with the Wind, was published. 

Your last Challenge!

Have you read Gone with the Wind? Do you want to read it? What books do you want to read? What books have you read that you recommend? What books do you not recommend or will you not read?

Give us your list of thirty books.

I have not read Gone with the Wind, but I have read lots of books! I love to read! These last couple of months I have been so busy with other events and projects that I have not had much time to read…unless you count the Bible. I’ve been doing more than a few Bible studies that take lots of time.

Over the past year, I’ve written periodic book review posts. Rather than relisting all the books I read the past year, here are a few of the articles I wrote about books:

Books I Read This Spring And Summer

Books I Read This Fall

Read Any Good Books This Winter?

And here are the few books I’ve read since April:

Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah Bradford

Many of us read about Harriet Tubman in school. She was part of the Underground Railroad that helps escaped slaves make their way north before and during The Civil War. She was much more than that! A brave, strong woman who trusted God in everything she did, Harriet Tubman has an amazing story to tell. This short book, compiled while she was still alive to help raise funds to support her and her aging parents, is an interesting and easy read. A few hours is all it takes to read the whole thing. But I guarantee you will be thinking about it long after you finish reading it!

Love Does by Bob Goff

Bob Goff is a layer who loves Jesus. I know, many think that is not possible! But it’s true! He writes about some of his adventures as he does love throughout various areas of his life. The stories are amazing and big. They are fun to read.Many of the things Bob says I agreed with. Others made me think. There were a few statements I adamantly disagree with. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book. Here is a quote from Love Does:

As I sit on my island, it becomes clear that we need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the “do” part of faith. That’s because love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.

IMG_0295The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Yes, I listed this book and reviewed it last year. You, see, I read it often. Ron and I listened to the audio book while driving on our last trip. You may see it on my reading list again next year. You should add it to yours.


Me before You by Jojo Moyes

Another book I have already reviewed. I felt I need to mention it again since the movie is out. I have many friends who have lost children to accidents. Every single one of them would rather have their child alive and in a wheelchair than dead! Please, if you think this movie will be a great, sweet love story, BE WARNED! It is about assisted suicide. The whole theme behind the book is that it is okay for a young man who is a quadriplegic to kill himself, not matter how good his life is or how many people care about him. And his family should not only accept it but help him and be there with him when he kills himself.

You might love the book. You may agree with the premise. I’m not going to argue with you. But I have so many moms and dads who read my blog and have lost children that I want to warn them before they go see it.

Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

This is one of many Young Readers books that I have on my shelves. I’ve kept almost all of the readers my children read for our home schooling classes. I love to pick up easy reads like this when I am frazzled or down. This is a fun, fast-paced book about the summer after the Black Plague of London in 1665. The characters are sweet and interesting. If you want a book to read aloud to your children this summer, this could be it!

As for a few books I will not read, here is a list. None of these are even slightly interesting to me. Yes, I know I am in the minority opinion for some of these.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy – I’ve watched parts of the movies. My boys love these books! I like The Hobbit.

50 Shades of Gray – I don’t read porn. Period.

Harry Potter Series – Just not interested.

Hunger Games Series – Not interested in reading about kids killing kids. I read Animal Farm a long time ago. Don’t plan to read it again either.

Divergent Series – Again, not interested.

Twilight Series – Really! A teen girl falls in love with a vampire and knows he is dangerous for her. Not the message I want in my brain nor in the brains of any young woman I know.

Percy Jackson Series – I have lots of friends who love these books. They just don’t interest me, though I’ve thought about reading one to see what all the excitement is about.

Any silly romance novel – I’ve seen many women become dissatisfied with their own marriage and their own husband because he cannot match the men in her fantasy novels. Yuck!

Here are a few series that I really like and read again every few year:

Little Britches by Ralph Moody – Mr. Moody moved to Colorado at age ten when his father was ill with tuberculosis. Over a series of eight books, he tells his life story. Love these!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – I enjoyed these books! All of them! The stories of the mischievous red-headed orphan who comes to live with an elderly brother and sister pair. So fun!

Little House of the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Story of a family who love each other and stick together as they move to a new town and a new state.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – a fantasy series about kingdoms that are intertwined. This is a young adult series.

The Ryn Series by Serene Chase

Camel Club series by David Baldacci – A group of misfits solve crimes in Washington, D.C.

A few authors I enjoy include:

Lee Child

David Baldacci

Robert Parker

Corrie ten Boom

Tamara Leigh

Sherwood Smith – I like her young adult readers Her adult books are a bit too sexually graphic for me.

David McCullough – I have a bunch of his books on my To Read list.

Brad Thor

Elizabeth George Speare

Robin McKInley

Well, that should get your started on your own reading lists!

5 thoughts on “My Book List

  1. I read the Screwtape Letters in my teen years. That one is worth a re-read.
    I won’t “read” 50 shades of gray – I have heard it is poorly written and I doubt I could slog through that kind of mess.
    If I haven’t said it before, Thank you Kathleen for hosting this challenge. I have greatly enjoyed myself with your prompts and visiting the others that have linked up.


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  3. Always interesting to see what others are reading. Like you, I’ve kept the books from our homeschooling years and find them a comforting, easy read when I need to engage my mind without having to work hard to understand an author or their writing style.

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