Sunday, September 5, 2021

5 Enjoyable Reads

 A Basket Full of Books To Read

Hello everyone!  I'm sharing a basket full of books with you today, some newer and some older but all books I'm currently enjoying. I've mentioned before that I tend to have several books going at once so all of the books are currently on my bedside stand. Some are brand new reads for me and some are books I have read and re-read. Perhaps you will find some new ideas for books you would like to read!

Rosamunde Pilcher is a favorite author that I have read over the years. This book is an oldie that I return to time and again because it contains short stories that are so warm and entertaining and are perfect for bedtime reading. I love short stories anyway and this book is a keeper. 

This is a new-to-me book by Ashley Brown that I am thoroughly enjoying. I first encountered Ashley Brown on the Introverts Dear website where she is a frequent writer about living life as an introvert, something near to my own heart. This book tells the story of the journey she and her husband went on trying to decide whether to have a child or not. After many years and much thought, the choice was made not to have a child and this book includes letters to an imaginary daughter giving advice, explaining their decision and much more. Being childless myself, although not by choice, I am drawn to the thoughtful writing of Ashley Brown and feel that this book would be enjoyable whether you have children or not. 

Sorry for the glare on this pic, but I'm re-reading this book which is part of the Evan Evans Mystery Series written by Rhys Bowen. You might remember that Rhys Bowen is also the author of the Molly Murphy and Her Royal Spyness mystery series. The Evan Evans series is actually my favorite of the series but I find they are hard to find. Luckily, I found this one at our local used bookstore. 

I've been looking at this book about aging with grace for awhile and I finally broke down and ordered it from Amazon. The two authors, in their 70's and 80's, use scriptures and stories of women to talk about how God's grace allows us to flourish in all times of our lives, including the older years. So far, I find the book to be comforting, reassuring and uplifting as I contemplate my own aging process. 

And, finally, this is one of my beloved Miss Read books that I return to time and again. I'm showing you the inside cover because the binding of the book doesn't show the title. There is just something about Tyler's Row that I enjoy. Perhaps it is because the main characters buy a house that has to be renovated from the inside out. I certainly can identify with going through that process and the feelings of the wife as they deal with close neighbors and deal with workman being at the house all the time. I've had lots of experience with renovation! The Miss Read books are available on Amazon and I highly recommend both the Fairacre and Thrush Green Series. 

And that's my basket of books I'm reading! What's in your reading basket right now? Hope you'll share!

Until Next Time,


Joy said...

I dearly love the Miss Read books and have them all on my Kindle. I re-read them at least once a year! The first one, Village School, was required reading before I started my teaching course many decades ago and I never looked back!

Sharon said...

Although I'm familiar with some of the authors of the books that you featured, I haven't read any of your books! I'm always looking for titles of books, and so I'm adding these to my book list right now! Thanks for featuring books that you're reading along with your short summaries and recommendations.

Iris said...

WOW, that's a lot of books to be reading all a the same time. I can't remember that many story lines at the same time.

Actually, I've done very little reading recently. Normally I like cozy mysteries, but it seems every one I look at recently has the same story. If I can write it myself I don't need to read it.

Maybe I'm just being grumpy. Enjoy your books.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Joy, I love that Village School was required reading before starting teacher training! I wish it was here in the US. When I found the Miss Read books I felt as if I had found a kindred spirit and I still feel that way. So glad to know that others feel the same. Take good care.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hi Sharon: I hope you find some books in my basket that you will enjoy!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hi Iris: I like cozy mysteries, too. Many of them do seem to repeat similar storylines but if I like the characters I don't mind too much. Have a great day!

Kara said...

Thanks for your reading suggestions Debbie! I will check out the Miss Read series soon.

I love the Mitford Series by Jan Karon. Somehow I was too busy with life to read the series before the last year or so. I'm on the second to the last book in the series and LOVE the storyline with Father Tim and his experiences, relationships, and spiritual wisdom.

And thanks to Iris, I have been enjoying the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. I'm on book 7 and have so enjoyed the author's writing style and humor and learning much about Egypt and archeology. So fun!

Both authors have lovely and extensive vocabularies. I enjoy learning ideas and new words and a dictionary has been at my side for both series.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hi Kara: I think you will enjoy Miss Read. And, I love the Mitford Series, too. I'll have to look into the Amelia Peabody series. Don't recall seeing that author or series before. Thanks for letting me know!