A few newsletters ago, I invited our subscribers to send me their book recommendations. Lindsay Nieminen quickly stepped up with a list of her favorite books! It's a fun and diverse list full of page turners for adults and children. There are a few on this list that are new to me. I look forward to finding some new favorites!
Lindsay is the editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way at www.carpediemourway.com. She is a travel-loving wife and mom to two little boys, a full time professional, a photographer, a soccer player, a book worm, a wine enthusiast, a lover of learning and is trying to live life to the fullest with her family! Lindsay lives in British Columbia.
I read just about anything. I love books in a series, I love getting caught up in the characters and reading book after book. Many of my book recommendations have more than one in a series or overlapping characters! I love that my boys are just about big enough to start reading my favourite children's chapter books to and hope they will love reading just as much as I do!
I credit my love of reading in my adult life to my Mother-in-Law. Before kids we would constantly discuss what we were reading, we would lay out in the sun in the backyard and read the same books and discuss our favourite parts and characters. She was the one who introduced me to Diana Gabaldon about 8 years ago, and I read the series over and over!
I recommend this series to EVERYONE!
From Amazon.com: “Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.”
Into the Wilderness
From Amazon.com: “Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati’s epic novel sweeps us into another time and place…and into a breathtaking story of love and survival in a land of savage beauty.”
Eat, Pray, Love
From Amazon.com: “Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans.”
Clan of the Cave Bear
Jean M. Auel
From Amazon.com: “This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear.”
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
From Amazon.com: Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Julie Edwards Andrews
From Amazon.com: The Whangdoodle was once the wisest, the kindest, and the most extraordinary creature in the world.Then he disappeared and created a wonderful land for himself and all the other remarkable animals — the ten-legged Sidewinders, the little furry Flukes, the friendly Whiffle Bird, and the treacherous, “oily” Prock. It was an almost perfect place where the last of the really great Whangdoodles could rule his kingdom with “peace, love and a sense of fun” — apart from and forgotten by people.
Pillars of the Earth
From Amazon.com: “From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett comes this spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known-and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.”
My Sister’s Keeper
From Amazon.com: Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body in this New York Times bestseller that tackles a controversial subject with grace and explores what it means to be a good person.
From Amazon.com: “Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.”
From Amazon.com: “Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.”