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Lisa Holland
  • The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin - I read a review of this book in Southern Living and knew that this was a book I wanted to read. I've always been interested in historical events and I enjoy reading non-fiction books. I believe that this book would also interest people who are fascinated by weather events. It centers around school children who were caught in a blizzard in January of 1888. The author interviewed families of survivors as well as those who didn't make it.
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - Mitch Albom is almost always a good (sometimes teary-eyed) read. In this book, a little girl is saved by Eddie, a maintenance man at an amusement park. After death, he is introduced to five people who had an impact on his life.
  • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs - This book was published in October 1912, but is still very fascinating. Evidently Warner Bros. thought so as well because a new Tarzan movie will be released this summer.  Besides being packed with adventure, there is a nice love triangle.
  • The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond - If you like to watch the Pioneer Woman on the Food Network, then you will enjoy this book. In this book she shares how she met her husband. If you like love stories, you'll probably like this book. She also shares some recipes as well.

These books are available in my room or Mr. Griffin's.

Russ Griffin These are by no means my all time favorites, but well worth a read by anyone.  They can be found in my or Mrs. Holland's rooms.
  • Watership Down - OK, it's about bunnies, but then again it's about a lot more than just bunnies.  (See Jonathan Livingston Seagull below).
  • The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Gone with the Wind - Classics are classics for a reason.
  • Tuesday's with Morrie - Read every word Mitch Albom writes.
  • Kerplunk - Hilarious stories from the great outdoors.
  • The Swiss Family Robinson - The original survivalist family.
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull - It's about seagulls, but a whole lot more.  For those who fly high and fast because they can.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - No explanation necessary.
  • Theodore Boone - Good starting place for young readers to get hooked on the greatest legal thriller writer ever.
  • The Walking Drum - Not a western, but one of L'Amour's best.  High adventure in medieval Europe and parts East.
  • The Return of Tarzan - If you read Tarzan of the Apes, you will HAVE to read The Return.  If all you know about Tarzan is from the movies and TV, then you know nothing about the character. None of the 48+ movies made about him in the last 100 years has done the novels justice.
  • Cujo - Scary stuff + great character development = Stephen King
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful - If you love animals, read James Herriot.  If you don't, read him anyway, and seek help.
  • Wish You Well - Baldacci writes in many genres, from suspense and mystery to love stories.  This touching story is one of his best.
  • The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank - Bombeck was funny in the 1970's and still is.  Suburban living has never been more hilarious.
  • War Horse - Follows a horse from the farm to the terror of World War I.  Don't like horse books? - see All Things... above.
Heather Brand I've enjoyed this YA series recently. Book 5 to The Selection Series is coming out May 3rd. This shelfie includes a companion and novella to that series.
Ammity Rose The Time Traveler's Wife The Time Travelerís Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is a very exciting novel about a guy, Henry, that can not control when and where he time travels to, which leads him to some great things.

LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell is a book about Georgie, an unhappy wife that finds a way to communicate with her husband from the past, which gives her the chance to fix her marriage.

Everything Everything:  Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon is a very incredible book about Madeline, a girl with a terrible disease so bad that she hasnít left her house in 17 years- until she meets Oliver.

Eleanor and Park:  Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is one of the cutest books Iíve ever read. It is about a girl, Eleanor, who has a very messed up family. She meets Park and slowly learns how spectacular she is.

Every Last Word:  Every Last Word by Tamara Stone is a great book by one of my favorite authors. It is about Samantha, a girl who is suffering from OCD and hides it from all her friends, and she finds a way to feel normal through writing.

Time Between Us:  Time Between Us by Tamara Stone is a GREAT book. It is about Anna, this girl who lives a pretty normal life until she meets Bennett, a time traveler from the future, and everything is different.

Time After Time:  Time After Time is the sequel to Time Between Us by Tamara Stone.It is told in Bennettís point of veiw. Bennett and Anna are having issues and are trying their best to stay together but time is against them.

Terry James 11th Hour by James Patterson - If you like his young adult novels, youíll also be interested in his Womenís Murder Club Thrillers.  Detective Lindsay Boxer is pregnant- and investigating the discovery of severed heads in a movie starís garden.  A mystery novel for strong women!

The Poetry of Robert Frost - From The Road Not Taken to Nothing Gold Can Stay, Frost evokes the nature lover in all of us.

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen - Eliís father built an underground compound to keep his family safe when the world as they knew it no longer existed, but Eli isnít convinced that total isolation is the best option for him. If clones interest you, this book is a good read.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor - Paul, a seventh grade student, and his family move to Florida in hopes that his older brother will have a better chance at a college football scholarship. Paul discovers the hardships of living in Florida (I didnít know there were any before reading this book!) and eventually solves the mystery of why he wears Coke bottle glasses. Sinkholes, lightning strikes, and underground fires are just a few unusual events that occur in this book. A good lesson about bullying is included.

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen - A good book about the consequences of bullying. Graphic description of a bear attack and survival makes this book a must read. One of my favorites.

Elephant Run by Roland Smith- Iím an elephant lover and this book satisfies my curiosity about wild timber elephants and their mahouts. An interesting aspect of World War II from the Pacific Campaign. It also includes a bit of romance.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham - A washed up NFL football player is drafted to play on an Italian football team. A fun read for football fanatics.

Sycamore Row by John Grisham - If you loved A Time To Kill, you will not be disappointed with this novel.  Jake Brigance is an attorney who chooses to represent the maid of a wealthy employer who left her all his fortune.  Read to find out why such a humble person deserves to receive such a gift and the chaos that ensues his immediate family.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - The first of a series of novels about a WWII nurse on her honeymoon, who accidentally walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is in war torn Scotland in the year of Our Lord...1743. A television series has been created from these novels and advertised as a thrilling adventure for the historically minded.  Lots of Scottish vocabulary and references.

Irish Born - A trilogy of novels Born in Fire, Born in Ice, and Born in Shame that explore the lives of three different sisters, a talented glass artist, an owner of a bed and breakfast, and a graphic artist. The stories take place in modern Ireland. I enjoyed the stories because it brought to mind lots of places I had visited in Ireland. If you like books about strong women, a little romance, and all that is Ireland, you would enjoy reading this trilogy.

The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville - An Irish blend of Sopranos and The Sixth Sense, this novel is suspenseful and thrilling. It tells the story of a man haunted by the ghosts of the people he was contracted to kill during the Irish rebellion in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Graphic depictions of revenge. Readers will need to know a little about Irish politics and history to completely absorb this book.

If You Can Find Me by Emily Murdoch - Fifteen-year-old Carey and her younger sister, Jennessa, live hidden deep in a national forest. They survive in their make-shift camp in the woods, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency-until one day when she disappears for good. This is a very suspenseful novel that will have you reading on the edge of your seat, worrying about the safety of these two girls. Drugs and homelessness are issues addressed in this riveting novel. It will definitely made me think more about the homeless.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman- A #1 New York Times Bestseller that explains how people are receptive to different ways of showing and giving love to others. It details the 5 different ways we communicate our feelings toward those we love and serves as a way to help readers determine the love language they speak. This is not a romance novel. It is a self-help reference book for emotional wellness.

Positive Quotes for Every Day by Patricia Lorenz - A book of inspiring quotes for each day of the year followed by a reflection and an action step to help you apply the quote to your daily life. This book and a cup of coffee is a good way to start your day

   

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