Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Book List

Karen, who is part of an on-line writing group with me, asked all of us for our favorite books. That inspired me to put together an extensive list, maybe more than what she wanted! Many of the books that I read this year I got from It’s a great way to trade in the books you’ve already read for new-to-you books. Like getting a little of Christmas in the mail!

Fiction I read this year:
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
The Kite Runner – Khalid Hosseini
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafĂ© – Fannie Flagg
Standing in the Rainbow – Fannie Flagg
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl – Fannie Flagg
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman – Ernest J. Gaines
Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real – Neta Jackson
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
Tears of the Giraffe – Alexander McCall Smith
A Bend in the Road – Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth – Tamar Myers

Non-fiction I read this year:
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Betty Edwards
Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
Overcoming Dyslexia – Sally Shaywitz

Favorite Christian Fiction Authors/Books:
Francine Rivers – especially the Mark of the Lion series
Brock and Bodie Thoene – especially Zion Chronicles series and Zion Covenant series and Shiloh Autumn
Lisa Samson – The Church Ladies and Song Bird
Ray Blackston – A Delirious Summer, fun, easy read
Jan Karon – Mitford series

Other Favorites –
Dorothy Gilman – Mrs. Pollifax series
Debbie Macomber – lots of good books, easy and fun reads
Nicholas Sparks – The Wedding
Some of the books I read this year are new favorites and Fannie Flagg is now a favorite author. I love her style of writing.

Favorite Books on Writing:
Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Writing Fiction
Bird by Bird
by Anne Lamotte
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, even though it’s not a writing book, it does help unleash creativity.

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