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Monday, April 28, 2014

My Top Five Favorite Books

If you know me, you know that one of my absolute favorite pastimes is....reading. (You might have deduced that from my Charlene-inspired post way back in February) Today I'm sharing with you five of my favorite books of all time! 

1// Home Front-- I love this book....it makes me cry but I love it. Jolene and Michael have been married for 12 years and have two beautiful daughters but they are on the brink of a divorce and they're on the brink of an even bigger change when Jolene deploys. Kristin Hannah really explores the journey of a soldier on the front lines as well as that of her family back home. This book does a really good job of handling hard topics that military families often face and the unique perspective of a female soldier definitely adds a little something to the book. 

2// Montana Sky--Confession? I'm a huge fan of Nora Roberts. Most of the books on my bookshelf are written by her. Which was why picking a favorite from her is well near impossible.....which is also why I chose to just choose out of her stand-alone novels (because if I included her series I'd have way more than 5 favorites for you today). Montana Sky is one of her mystery/romance books and I love the suspense she creates. Plus it's set in my beautiful adopted-home state! 

3// Redeeming Love--The first time I read this book I was 12 and it was one of those books that changed my life. The author takes the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer and retells it in the context of 1800s California. Heart-wrenching, sweet, intensely humbling--Redeeming Love makes you think about love and faith and redemption more than any other book I've ever read. The love story itself is incredibly beautiful but the message within that story is even more amazing. No matter how many books I read this one will always rate in my top 5! Note: This book could possibly be rated PG-13 so if you're targeting a younger audience or if sex makes you squeamish....this might not be the book for you.

4// Even Now/Ever After--Ok so I'm cheating a little because these are actually two books BUT they sell them as a two-in-one so that's my excuse for including them. These were the first two books I ever read from Karen Kingsbury and the only ones of hers I genuinely love. Like Home Front, these books have a military theme to them and are pretty much guaranteed to make you cry. My only qualm is sometimes they read a little 'preachy' and the author's viewpoint of the War on Terror tends to be overly expounded, however both of these books definitely deserve a place in the top 5. 

5// Winter Garden--I swear I don't always read tear-jerkers!! This one is another of Kristin Hannah's books (I'm a HUGE fan of hers) and is probably one of her best. It explores the relationship of a mother to her daughters and the daughters to each other all while weaving a beautiful and haunting story of war-torn Russia. I loved how seamlessly it flowed as a story within a story. Absolutely amazing and worth all the tears I shed over it!! 

Wow this is so the tip of my book-loving iceberg!! I could go on with at least 20 more books....but I think I'll save those for another day. Right now I'm going to raid my bookshelf! 

Have you read any of these books? What is a book on your top five favorites list?


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Monday, April 28, 2014

My Top Five Favorite Books

If you know me, you know that one of my absolute favorite pastimes is....reading. (You might have deduced that from my Charlene-inspired post way back in February) Today I'm sharing with you five of my favorite books of all time! 

1// Home Front-- I love this book....it makes me cry but I love it. Jolene and Michael have been married for 12 years and have two beautiful daughters but they are on the brink of a divorce and they're on the brink of an even bigger change when Jolene deploys. Kristin Hannah really explores the journey of a soldier on the front lines as well as that of her family back home. This book does a really good job of handling hard topics that military families often face and the unique perspective of a female soldier definitely adds a little something to the book. 

2// Montana Sky--Confession? I'm a huge fan of Nora Roberts. Most of the books on my bookshelf are written by her. Which was why picking a favorite from her is well near impossible.....which is also why I chose to just choose out of her stand-alone novels (because if I included her series I'd have way more than 5 favorites for you today). Montana Sky is one of her mystery/romance books and I love the suspense she creates. Plus it's set in my beautiful adopted-home state! 

3// Redeeming Love--The first time I read this book I was 12 and it was one of those books that changed my life. The author takes the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer and retells it in the context of 1800s California. Heart-wrenching, sweet, intensely humbling--Redeeming Love makes you think about love and faith and redemption more than any other book I've ever read. The love story itself is incredibly beautiful but the message within that story is even more amazing. No matter how many books I read this one will always rate in my top 5! Note: This book could possibly be rated PG-13 so if you're targeting a younger audience or if sex makes you squeamish....this might not be the book for you.

4// Even Now/Ever After--Ok so I'm cheating a little because these are actually two books BUT they sell them as a two-in-one so that's my excuse for including them. These were the first two books I ever read from Karen Kingsbury and the only ones of hers I genuinely love. Like Home Front, these books have a military theme to them and are pretty much guaranteed to make you cry. My only qualm is sometimes they read a little 'preachy' and the author's viewpoint of the War on Terror tends to be overly expounded, however both of these books definitely deserve a place in the top 5. 

5// Winter Garden--I swear I don't always read tear-jerkers!! This one is another of Kristin Hannah's books (I'm a HUGE fan of hers) and is probably one of her best. It explores the relationship of a mother to her daughters and the daughters to each other all while weaving a beautiful and haunting story of war-torn Russia. I loved how seamlessly it flowed as a story within a story. Absolutely amazing and worth all the tears I shed over it!! 

Wow this is so the tip of my book-loving iceberg!! I could go on with at least 20 more books....but I think I'll save those for another day. Right now I'm going to raid my bookshelf! 

Have you read any of these books? What is a book on your top five favorites list?


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