Monday, June 15, 2009

Read Any Good Books Lately?

I was wondering........

Have you read any good books lately that you would like to recommend?
Welcome Home,


  1. HA! Books? What are they? I used to be a very avid reader but sadly, books have taken a backseat since I found blogs. It wasn't uncommon for me to read a couple books a week but now, the same partially read book has been sitting on my nightstand for months...and months. Sad, huh? :(

  2. If David Baldacci and Dean Koontz wrote it I'm in the process of getting it, reading it now, its on my list or I'm rereading it for the umpteenth time...
    hugs, go read a good book now!

  3. C'est La Vie by Suzy Gershman is one that I recently finished. It's a lovely story about a woman following her dream and starting life over in Paris. It really is a lovely true-life tale.

  4. Great question Penny! I feel like it has been ages since I sat down and read a good book. I will be taking down notes right along with you:>)

  5. I just read the Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill and it was sooo wonderful. I haven't enjoyed a book like this in ages!


  6. I seldom have a good book going during the summer months. Come winter and staying in, I will be looking for something great to read. I am such a fan of short stories and therefore adore Readers Digests condensed books. I keep a stack of those all the time. Now, since seeing Manuela's suggestion of the Enchanted Barn, I am tempted to seek it out. No, on second thought, I just have too much going right now. I'll just put it on my WANT list....

  7. Penny - some of my faves:

    *If you lived here, I'd know your name" by Heather Lende. True story about news from small town Alaska.

    *Fowl weather by Bob Tarte. Funny true story about a man and all his pets.

  8. This is hardly lighthearted summer reading,'s very timely. I'm reading "THE FIVE THOUSAND YEAR LEAP" and it's so good. I am highlighting it so much and it's nearly brought me to tears many times.

  9. Hi Penny! I'm about to start reading Transformation Through Flowers - Spiritual and Physical Healing. Hope it's a good one! Hugs, Vanessa

  10. Penny,

    I feel such guilt that I am not reading anything more than magazines. I have so much going on at the cottage and here, getting the gardens going and spruced up, keeping up with blogging. But I will say I am not going to feel guilty about blogging because it is about maintaining friendships and we should always have time for friends!!

    I am an avid reader, have stacks that I need to start on and ripped out pages from magazine and newspaper reviews. I told my husband I was going to carve out 2 hours per day to read instead of saving it for the evening when I am too tired. Now I am looking for those 2 free hours!! ;-)


  11. Penny,

    I won't have time to read until July. I hope you share whatever suggestions comes your way so we can all enjoy. Looking forward to your list.

  12. Beautiful picture Penny! I have a couple of books on the nightstand & a stack in the bookcase... Guess I need to schedule reading time.

    Jain at Once in a blue moon has a list - click on this link...

    ☺ diane

  13. I am actually re-reading a book. It is called " Pinecones" by Mary Summer Rain.


  14. Hi Penny, I just finished reading "Mrs. Mike" which is an old classic I think. I had heard of it and ran into it at a garage sale. When I began to read seemed sort of a book for Children..but not really. By todays standards...I was left..not being really nuts about it..but I am glad I read it! It kept me interested. I keep going back to John Steinbeck and losing myself.
    I just finished "Of Mice and Men." I never tire of his books. I seem to slip into them like an old pair of slippers...

  15. I've just read "The Other Queen" by Philippa Gregory - great read. I'm now reading the Ken Follet's "World Without End" - am fixed firmly in medieval and Tudor times!

  16. dearest penny,

    i have a dirty little secret. i haven't read an entire book since college. last year i even went with my sisters to a fancy writers luncheon and met wonderful, published authors and could only compliment them on their jewelry! it has become a joke with friends and family about my not reading. i write. i read magazines. but i don't read books. maybe i'll begin with barbara's!


  17. Hi Penny,
    I'm reading a fabulous book right now called "the Artist's Way ~ a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity". I'd recommend it to anybody with a creative spirit.

    Enjoy your day!

  18. Last book I read was passed my way by my Aunt -- The Shack by Wm. Paul Young and it was very different. It has good reviews. One of those books that shows one different takes on what we visualize The Holy One looking like. Not telling the story line you just will have to read-Heehee!

  19. Penny, I rarely read a book anymore, because my free time is spent blogging. My mom has been reading a set of Amish books about the Daughters of Lancaster County and I am planning on reading them also...she just goes on and on about them!

    I have also been ask to do a book review on my blog, that's all I can say right now, but I think EVERYONE will enjoy this book! That review will be in July...but I don't know if I can wait that long to tell about it...I'm bout to bust now...LOL ;)

    Hope you are having a wonderful day! Nancy

  20. Nice new photo Penny! I just finished "Say Goodbye" by Lisa Gardner. If you like suspense this is one of the best I have read in a while.


    PS. I think you would love Barcelona

  21. Thanks for this post! I'm making a list of the books in the comments! I love to read and did a post on books today, too! I'm reading a mystery, Careless in Red and another book, Life is a Verb by Patti Digh. They are both excellent!

  22. I love anything by Jane Greene and if you like sassy vampires, Mary jancie Dickinson's books! Jen

  23. I have been reading children’s books lately.
    My 9 year old granddaughter just gave me some books that
    she enjoyed and wanted me to read them…

    So far my favorite has been WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech..


  24. Penny I love to read and so far this Spring I've read "Water For Elephants" a good novel about early circus days, also "My Sister's Keeper" about a young girl whose birth was palnned so she could be an organ donor to her ill sister. ( It is being released as a movie soon) I also read "Testimony" by one of my favorite authers, Anita Shreve. It is a novel about a scandal at a private boarding school in Vermont. The public library is only a few blocks away from my home so I always have a stack of books by my chair :-)

  25. I recently read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" Hope I got the title right, it's a long one. Cannot remember the author's name - sorry. Story about England during WWII. I really liked it.

    I just discovered your blog and really enjoy it. Thanks.

  26. Penny,

    The best one I read last week was "Look Again" by Lisa Scottoline. I started it in the afternoon and stayed up till 3:00 a.m. to finish it.


  27. My French good...: )


  28. Read a great book I picked up in England in May - Kate Atkinson's "When Will There Be Good News", followed by Michelle Richmond's "The Year of Fog" which was terrific.

    Now reading "Families of the Vine - Seasons Among then Winemakers of Southwest France" by Michael Sanders. He also wrote a great book named "From Here You Can't See Paris" which I loved!

    I usually have at least two books going - love to read but have to admit blogging has taken over much of my reading time.....of course!

  29. since I never read it in HS or College....To Kill a Mocking Bird and also have A tree grows in Brooklyn on the night stand. Summer is the time when I do have blocks of time to read.....but now I need to try to NOT get distracted by all the beautiful blogs out that is the question...

  30. The Help by Karen Stockett is very entertaining and insightful. Peggy

  31. The Help by Karen Stockett is very insightful and entertaining. Peggy