For as long as I remember I have loved reading. I never wanted to go outside and play as a young girl, I was always happiest with my nose in a book.
I still am.
I never worried that motherhood would end this part of my life because I knew I would find a way to read, no matter what.
Sure, in the newborn days, or the two kids under 17 months stage I read less, but I still read everyday.
I have a lot of books around my home. The ones I keep are treasured, they are my favorites and are well worn. I reread books a lot, it makes me happy and feel almost like revisiting old friends. I go to the library often and also read on my Kindle. My kids both love reading and that thrills me.
I wanted to list some of my favorite books and authors, as I tend to find an author I like and read everything that they have written.
See? I have obsessions for things other than shoes…and clothes….
1) Diana Gabaldon, the Outlander series. This series was recommended by a friend years ago and did not disappoint. It is a 7 (or 8?) book story of a time traveler named Claire and has my all time favorite male character, Jaime. I dare you now to read these books and not fall in love with him. The first book was a bit slow for the first 1/3 or so, but after that you won’t put it down. I promise.
2) Nora Roberts. The Bride Quartet; Inn Boonsboro; Chesapeake Bay; Irish Born trilogy; Gallagher’s of Ardsmore trio; Three Sister’s Island trilogy, Daring to Dream trilogy..I could go on and on. I love her series. The characters are so engaging and I really enjoy seeing characters evolve over a series. Many of my most treasured books are hers and are my most favorite. I re read these a lot. Great easy reads that make you feel happy. Who doesn’t want that?
3) Lavryle Spencer. All of them. Particularly Bittersweet, Separate Beds (don’t laugh), Morning Glory, Then Came Heaven and Twice Loved. Another feel good romance author who has characters that are real (have actual flaws…) I feel like I have a real emotional connection with a lot of her characters and love her for the same reasons I love the Nora Roberts’ trilogy’s.
3)Elin Hilderbrand. All of them. My favorites are Summerland, Silver Girl, The Island; The Beach Club and Barefoot. Elin writes all her books with Nantucket as the setting and it makes me feel like I am home when I read them. They embody summertime in New England and her stories keep you guessing till the very end. Great characters!
4) Twilight. I know, I know. I don’t love these books for the writing, I love them for the story and how it made me feel when I first read them.
5) America’s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. My husband gave me this book on our first Christmas together (waaay back in 2000, holla!) He knew I loved Jackie and this book is one of the best I have read about her.
7) The Baby Whisperer. This is my baby bible. My sister in law gave me this book after I had my daughter and it changed my life. It gives you a routine to put your children on (Eat, Activity, Sleep) and gives detailed schedules. It is the reason my children slept 7pm-7am from 4 months on and the reason they are amazing sleepers now. I highly recommend it.
8) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. One summer home from college I decided to read most of the classics from the library (nerd alert!) and this was one of my favorites. It is not like most classics in that it is actually riveting to read. I’m looking at you, Faulkner.
9)Daring to be Yourself by Alexandra Stoddard. This is a great self help/self awareness book that helps you figure out how to follow your heart and figure out what you really like.
10) Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. Ahhh, what girl hasn’t read at least one (or ten?) Judy Blume books? This one is more adult, I read it one summer a million years ago and it is a guilty pleasure.
And that’s my list. I have about a zillion more, but figured I’d stop here. I’d rather not send you into a coma now, right?
So tell me, what is your favorite book(s) or author?