Reading {My Favorites}

I have a lot of books.  Books on shelves. Books in boxes.  Books on my Kindle.  I love to read and I will read just about anything put in front of me.  I do really love historical fiction and tend to move toward that genre in the book store or library.  Unlike my husband, I have never been a huge fan of non-fiction but there are also a few of those that I couldn’t put down:).  Reading for me is definitely an escape.  I can read a book over and over.  When I get into a great read, I have a super hard time putting it down and can finish a decent sized book within hours of starting no mind to the dishes, laundry or work that stacks up.   This drives Scott crazy and I remember it driving my mom crazy when I was a kid.  She would buy me a stack of books for a trip and I would have them read before the plane left the runway.

The best part about reading now is that all my kids love to read just as much as I.  Scott often comes home to “reading time” in our bed.  Everyone piles in with their current read and we usually fall asleep that way.  In the evening, I usually have to remind my kiddos many times to turn off their lights or they might read all night long.

I am always looking for good book suggestions so pass them on!

Here are a few that I love….


I just finished The 19th Wife and LOVED it.  The Shack, not for everyone but a great way to look at faith.  I loved Three Cups of Tea and read the student version with my kids.  Even though the author may have some issues, it is still a book that gives us some great knowledge about different cultures, traditions and needs around the world.   It also started some great ethical discussions….



This set was handed down to me from my mom.  I adore it.  Another book that my mom introduced me to as a child was The Secret Garden.  It is still one of my all time favorite books and I read it often.


Okay, this could possibly be my FAVORITE book.  The Red Tent.  I read this once and immediately grabbed my Bible and read it again with both books  side by side.  I love, love, love the stories of women in the Bible so this was right up my alley.  The other two are Scott’s books.  Like I said, he prefers a good manual:)


Two awesome books about adoption that gave me some insight into the life of Chinese orphans.  Of course, everyone’s adoption experiences differ but great books about children waiting for their forever families.

One of my all time favorite books is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.  I know, not even close to a classic but definitely a great read.  I loaned it to a friend many years ago and have no idea where it ended up so I bought it for my Kindle.

I have about 150 books on my Kindle and it would be way too boring if I started photographing them for you….so, here is a short list of books that I enjoyed…

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Three books that I recently finished ahead of my kids that I thought were excellent (If I am unsure about a book my kids are interested in, I read it ahead of them).

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  A bit too old for my kiddos but a wonderful book nonetheless.

Truly, I could go on and on all day long.  If I had an online dating bio it might read…Jennifer likes reading, more reading and then when she is done reading she might sew and take long walks by the beach.

Happy Reading!



6 thoughts on “Reading {My Favorites}

  1. 🙂 kindred spirit!!!!! writing down some of those titles now—

    you should read the Genesis trilogy (The heavens before, a crown of stars, and he who lifts the skies)— about the flood, and the tower of babel—told from she m’s wife POV and then her grand and great grand daughters.

  2. Thank you for the suggestions!! I am always looking for a good read. I’m reading Wild right now and think you would like it. I just read One For The Murphy’s with Kate, we loved it!! Miss you all x’s and o’s

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