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March 15, 2007



A great list, Miriam!

I just read "The First Four Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder--quick and easy and interesting. I always loved the "Little House" series and this is the last in the series. But, it is taken from a manuscript that was never edited by LIW, so it is written somewhat differently than all her other books.
I'm not a big fiction reader, but I like to read them. If I think of any more I'll let you know!!

mrs wibbs

well...Persuasion is a pretty good start. Have you read Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey?? Both lovely, upbuilding, wonderful novels. There are many more out there obviously, but I am not in a place right now where I find reading this kind of literature easy, as my concentration span is no more than that of an gnat!! So I'm not the best person to advise you :(
But well done you for being such an avid reader, I hope your reading list proves to be helpful and that working your way through it grows you as you glean wisdom from so many God-fearing authors. Blessings, Rachel x


Andrea, that sounds neat... I hadn't heard of that book. I'll definitely have to check it out! The children and I have been reading our way through the Little House series - I didn't remember how good the stories are!

Mrs. Wibbs, I've read MP, but not NA. I actually tried to read MP for a second time a few months ago, but my brain was too fried with weariness to get through it. :) Had to read each paragraph several times, and all that... But, I do love all things Austen when I'm up for the challenge. She created such great character sketches and had incredible insight into the "human condition", I think. Don't be too impressed with the length of the list - it's not terribly likely I'll get through it. I like to dream. ;)


I recommend "Day of the Saints" by Bill Hamon.


I really enjoy the Brock and Bodie Thoene historical fiction. They are what I read when I my brain needs to rest! I love the characters and the stories aroused my interest in history. Brock is an historian and their novels are accurate down to the weather of the day on which the stories take place. My favs are The Zion Covenant and Chronicles Series, The Galway Chronicles, and the Jerusalem Scrolls. The ACPL has just about all of them and so do I! You're welcome to borrow from either of us!

L.L. Barkat

Depends what you're up for... I am still haunted by the simple beauty and themes of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. I won't go into it here... I've got a whole review on Amazon if you want to go further with it.


Lori, I've read one of the Thoene's series - I forget if it was the Covenant or Chronicles, but I did really like it. Somehow, I'd forgotten about them...it's a good recommendation to read one of the other series! Thanks!

L.L. - that looks like an interesting series; it might be right up my alley. I had trouble finding your reviews at Amazon, but will look again later today. I'm interested to see what you have to say!


You. Are. Ambitious.

And brainy. You sound brainy. I quiver in my inadequacy. :)

Benjamin Sternke

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, is a stunning read (fiction). Although Deb is reading it right now and isn't getting as into it as I did. It's got a huge father/son element to it, so maybe Peter would enjoy it more. That book floored me though.


Elise, ambitious - maybe; brainy - I only wish. :)

Ben - I remembered that you'd recommended Gilead last summer, and Peter and I read it a few months ago. We thought it was brilliant. (Though I do recall it took me awhile to get into it.) Such a tender telling, full of beautiful thoughts. It makes you wish you could know wise old John Ames, and the author too. So thank you for that initial recommendation! It was greatly enjoyed.


Oops... once again, that last post was me, not Peter. :)


Great list. I am reading Believing God right now. It's very good.

Fiction? My favorite fiction is historical fiction, and of those-- Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series (3 books in the series). Brock and Bodie Thoene are also good.



I am enjoying the book very much. It's taking me a long time to get through; mostly finding the time to read. However, it's not a book to rush through. To me, it's a great one to slow down on, to savor. It has a cadence to it that is not rushed nor hurried, but thoughtful and rich. I find that I want to match that cadence and ponder, savor, dwell. I find peace as I read it. I find it very interesting.

This is Peter, for real.


Stacey, I really like historical fiction, too. I've read a couple of good books by Francine Rivers, but hadn't heard of that series... I'll go check it out on Amazon. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Peter, I quess we both *started* Gilead a few months ago. Sorry to misrepresent your reading status, there. I like how you described the reflective feeling of the book. A good Sabbath read. :)

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