From movies to books…

I got several great suggestions for movies to watch this summer. Most I’ve already seen and some I can’t wait to rent! Now we’re moving on into the book category!

My favorite author: Francine Rivers…I love that she write about real things in made up stories! (divorce, abortion, generations and so much more) I’ve read all of her books, I think!

My favorite series: The Mark of the Lion Series…It makes you won’t to go to Rome! It was because of this book that Matt and I traveled through Italy in 2001. I still remember walking around the Collesium late at night (when the tourists were gone!) and picturing the scenes from this book!

Alright…here’s the question. What’s your favorite author and book? Not that I have time to read right now but some day I’ll look back on this list and love to curl up with some of your favorites!

Cate - August 18, 2007 - 11:28 am

When I was younger, I must have read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett a million times. I also had all the Anne of Green Gables series in constant rotation. I still like to go back to the old classics every once in a while… they’re totally comfort books for me!

Sarah - August 18, 2007 - 2:25 pm

I think I’d have to say the same! I LOVE Francine Rivers and that series is my favorite also. I recently read Bodie and Brock Thoene’s new series “A.D. Chronicles”. It tops the Mark of the Lion. I can’t recommend highly enough this series (they have up through six right now with at least 2 more on the way). I’ve discovered that anything the Thoene’s write is pretty good, but their new series far outranks anything I’ve ever read, only excluding the Bible.

Leah W - August 18, 2007 - 2:45 pm

Actually, Mark of the Lion captured me unlike most other books I have read! The story is amazing.
One of my other all time favorites is the Wise Woman by George MacDonald. It’s a story my Aunt Nita read to me atleast 5 times growing up and now I own it and still read it through every couple years.

Rachel Greenhouse - August 19, 2007 - 12:23 am

Hands down…”Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier…
If you have ever had the pleasure of going to Cornwall in England, you will know that her settings are exactly right. They convey so much. I picked up this book completely randomly in the library in high school and I had never been to Europe, and I was smitten. Wonderful combination of mystery and romance and fiction and old world description. Believe it or not, I went on to marry someone whose family is from that exact part of England! My dear friend Colleen bought me a first edition of this book for my birthday a few years ago. Sorry, but I can’t loan it to you, you’ll have to get your own copy. ( :
Rachel
p.s. her other books, Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel, are also great – just a little darker and not quite as sweet. by the way, she is the author of the Birds, the short story which inspired Hitchcock’s film.

Amanda - August 19, 2007 - 10:59 am

Absolutely agree that Rivers is one of the best (redeeming Love is my favorite of hers.) Jerry Jenkins (Left Behind) wrote a stunning tear- jerker called Though None Go With Me. You won’t be able to put it down. It is wonderful.
Ona deeper level, Andrew Murray and AW Tozer are also great! But it is not light reading!

Kristen - August 19, 2007 - 1:21 pm

I love the Harry Potter series. I think J.K. Rowling is brilliant. I also love Jane Austen’s books. My vocabulary grows as I read them. Enjoy reading!

Joy W Scott - August 20, 2007 - 7:31 am

Tipps from the Netherlands:
Francine Rivers is really a good writer. You are changed by this books, and that makes them special!
Other real good writers are Lynn Austin, Penelope Stokes and my favourite is Elisabeth Musser! She wrote a triology about the France/Algeria war, which is REALLY impressing. A wonderful story and spiritual refreshing!

Jacquelyn - August 20, 2007 - 8:48 am

I love almost anything by Jodi Picoult (author of My Sisters Keeper) – also, Jane Greene is a great & hilarious British author if you’re in the mood for a ‘light’ read. Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley wrote a series of books called ‘The Redemption Series’ which is all about one family and the many trials & tribulations a large family deal with. Since I have four other siblings, this series really hit home for me and they are great books really family-centered but real…realizing that with a family come tests beyond you. What a great idea Noemi! I got some great ideas from the other 6 comments posted – Thank you! Have a great day!

Julie Beach - August 20, 2007 - 4:42 pm

I have to agree that Francine Rivers is among my favorite authors and the Mark of the Lion series is my favorite series. Karen Kingsbury is great too, but always a tear-jerker along with being a page-turner. BHP produced a sci-fi trilogy by Kathy Tyers starting with “Firebird” that ranks among my favorites and among the few I’ve re-read. Though I don’t read much of that genre she explores redemption through a completely different worldview that was really fascinating (wrapped in with a wonderful love story).

I’ve recently discovered a “lighter” read in the Mrs. Pollifax books by Dorothy Gilman. They are an addicting series about the eccentric title character who as a 60-ish widow volunteers to be a spy and has a number of adventures and close calls fulfilling that new role.

My favorite one from youth was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Happy reading!

Stephanie Funck - August 23, 2007 - 5:02 pm

I think the Mark of the Lion trilogy is my favorite that River’s has written. I love Dee Henderson as well. Linda Chakin is another favorite author. And Tolkin’s Lord of the Rings is an incredible read, though I think the first story in the Silmarillion is even better (though the rest of the book is somewhat challenging to read).

Eryn - August 30, 2007 - 8:45 am

I think Francine Rivers should make some of her books movies. That’s the kind of entertainment we need. Good stuff. Jodi Picoult is an amazingly talented author. She wrote My Sisters Keeper. I cried (just like with Francine Rivers). The Red Tent is another good book. Biblical story but a fictional twist. It’s amazing and a great book for women. I love my book club!

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