{Giveaway} and 10 Wonderful Winter Reads 2013

{Giveaway} and 10 Wonderful Winter Reads 2013

Hey there ladies and gentlemen.  No recipe for you all today. Rather, I have prepared a list of 10 Wonderful Winter Reads. Just in case you are barricaded up under a blanket of snow, twiddling your thumbs and waiting for the world to thaw. (I know that couldn’t possibly be true and that you are most likely running around with all manner of busy-ness taking hold of your lives.) However, if you are like me, spending some time curled up with a good book is one of lifes simple pleasures. And so if you are looking for something to read, here is a list of some of my favorites. I tried to include a wide variety of genres including Classics, Historical Fiction, Young Adult Post Apocalyptic, a couple of Lovely Romances and one book that will have you crying with laughter.  I am planning to post a book list for you all twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter.  To see the list I posted this past summer, click here.

I would love to give one of you a $25 Amazon Gift Card so you could buy some of these books, or some pretty nail polish, a few rubber spatulas or a handy toilet plunger. Whatever you seem to be needing the most at this time in your life! To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment telling me one of your favorite books. Giveaway will be open through Thursday January 24th. Winner will be announced on Friday morning.

The Diary Of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas is the story of a young woman who marries and finds herself living in the middle of no where, far away from her family. It’s about love, marriage, devotion, working through difficult circumstances and choosing to make the best of the life we are given. I loved the main character. She was a real “ox of a woman”. Which is a great thing to be. 🙂

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson is an easy to read, captivating, light-hearted, super clean romance. For those of you who love a good old-fashioned love story, you won’t be able to put this down. I loved it from start to finish. It was charming, to say the least.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D Schmidt is about a boy living in the 60s, his relationships with family, friends and the teachers at his school.  While this book fits into the category of Juvenile Fiction, it is masterfully written. It’s clever, heart warming, a little bit sad and sometimes down right hilarious. Even MyHandsomeHusband loves this book. There is a lot of good in it!

Legend by Marie Lu is a Young Adult Post Apocalyptic Novel. What does that mean to you? I will give it to you plain and simple. If you liked The Hunger Games, you will like this book as well. Little bit of love, world turned upside down, crazy circumstances, she-rah type heroine. Like I said…it’s kind of Hunger Games-ish.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a book you most likely have heard a lot about in the last couple of years. I will go ahead and give my two thumbs up, along with all of the other fans of this fabulously told story. It takes place during The Civil Rights Movement and is the story of several black maids living in Mississippi. It is captivating, heart warming, heart breaking!, informational, comical and inspiring.

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom takes place in early America. A young, pregnant mother and her two small children are taken from their frontier home by indians. Based on a true story this book is both amazing and inspiring. It will make you grateful for every single second of your life.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (the abridged version) is one of my all time favorite books. While the story line is sometimes very dark and depressing, the beautiful message of love, forgiveness and God’s grace is both inspiring and amazing. And good glory! Go to see the movie that just came out, won’t you. It is absolutely stunning. The acting is beyond exceptional and while the singing is pretty raw and sometimes lacking the overall production is glorious. Truly. 🙂 See it soon, man.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is a Historical Fiction book set in the early 1800’s. It’s about slavery, family, kindness and love. It also portrays the difficulties that faced black slaves when owned by corrupt white men.

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks is another heart warming (very clean) romance. It is an easy enough read that most junior high students could handle it with no problem. (Just in case you know any junior high aged students looking for something good to read). Be warned that you may need to read it with a box of tissues close at hand.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a Historical Fiction Novel set during WWII and the years immediately following. The dialog is unique in that the story is completely told in letter format. This was a bit strange to me at first, but I ended up really liking it. It was fun to see each characters individual view. And speaking of the characters! They are extremely realistic and endearing. I wished I could sit down with almost all of them and have a nice long visit. Loved this book. 🙂

Hope you find something to enjoy within this list. New recipe coming up on Monday morning. See you then!

PS…try and stay warm, won’t you!


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  1. 1
    January 18, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Off the top of my head, one of my favorite books recently was The Hunger Games.

  2. 2
    Bonnie Gutzman
    January 18, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I just recently read “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess”. Typically I just read good, fictional novels (or parenting books;)), so this was a bit outside of the norm for me, but I LOVED it! Definitely sparked lots of good thoughts (:

  3. 3
    Sarah A
    January 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Same Sweet Girls…..Awesome story of lifetime friendship between women. I have actually read it a couple of times (3 or 4?)

    • 4
      February 8, 2014 at 4:03 am

      That’s an apt answer to an inntsertieg question

  4. 5
    January 18, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Right now I am re-reading David McCullough’s Truman, which is absolutely fascinating and must certainly be one of my favorite biographies ever.

  5. 6
    January 18, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I’m a librarian, so I have a lot of favorite books! Right not I’m reading the very terrific “Boy Kings of Texas” by Domingo Martinez – one of his essays was recently read on “This American Life” which is how I discovered this book.

  6. 7
    LInda Parke
    January 18, 2013 at 6:05 am

    The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

  7. 8
    January 18, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I’m on a PD James kick right now, and my favorite of hers so far is A Certain Justice! It’s truly gripping!

  8. 9
    January 18, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Right now I am reading Killing Lincoln but one of my favorite all time books is an oldie but a goodie, To Kill a Mockingbird.

  9. 10
    January 18, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is fantastic, can’t put it down read….

  10. 11
    January 18, 2013 at 6:31 am

    The Kite Runner is one of the best books I have ever read. Highly recommend!

  11. 12
    Kelli B
    January 18, 2013 at 6:34 am

    God is for real…well thats the most recent book I have read. How do you choose when so many excellent books have been written?

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    Hillary nadell
    January 18, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Angry housewives eating bonbons is my all time favorite must read!

  13. 14
    January 18, 2013 at 7:53 am

    The Help, Gone Girl, The Kite Runner, and The DaVinci Code all have a permanent place on my bookshelf.

  14. 15
    Debbie W
    January 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Love this post and can’t wait to the ones you suggested that I haven’t read and some from the comments too. I read so much and my favorites change constantly. But I am dying waiting for the next book to come out in the Divergent Series. So good.

  15. 16
    January 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I’m absolutely obsessed with “A Discovery of Witches” it is so smart and so entertaining at the same time!

  16. 17
    January 18, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I love to read mysteries. Some of my favorite authors are Julie Hyzy, Susan Wittig Albert and Terri Gerritsen.

  17. 18
    January 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

    This list looks great! Can’t wait to read some. I recently read a book by the Pioneer Woman that I loved….From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. Very entertaining!

  18. 19
    January 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I can’t choose a FAVORITE! Right now I’m reading the Michael Vey series of Prisoner in Cell 25. When being tortured, threatened and all sorts of awful, the boy continues to do what’s right. When asked why he said, “I would rather die that let my mother believe she had raised a person who would murder for gain” or something like that. My boys have been loving it. They also get a kick out of the boy coming from Idaho. Love it!

  19. 20
    January 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I have lots of favorites including: These Is My Words, Unbroken, Left To Tell, and Can You Keep a Secret?

  20. 21
    January 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

    My favorite book is The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. If you haven’t read it, do. It is a great reminder to constantly work on your marriage!

  21. 22
    January 18, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Love suggestions for good books to read! One of my favorites is Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn.

  22. 23
    January 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I love “The Persian Pickle Club”, also by Sandra Dallas. It is set during the Depression and follows a group of women in a quilting club with a very big secret!

  23. 24
    January 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

    The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery has to be in my top ten.

  24. 25
    January 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I love The Shining it absolutely perfect for a cold day.

  25. 26
    January 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for that list. I LOVE to read too and have read about half of those and I put the other half on my to-read list. One of my favorites that I just discovered is “The Rent Collector” (can’t remember the author) and “Zemindar” (which is by Valerie Fitzgerald).

  26. 27
    Jenn Fox
    January 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull, and “These is My Words”.

  27. 28
    January 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    One of my recent favorites is EDENBROOKE, I loved it!

  28. 29
    January 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    My absolute favorite book is Watership Down by Richard Adams. 🙂

  29. 30
    Cheryl Wangsgard
    January 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I read recently the “Kite Runner” and it was quite a powerful story! I also love “Wednesday Wars” it’s such a charming book 🙂

  30. 31
    January 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Heaven is For Real is a great book

  31. 32
    Carly Rock
    January 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

    One of my favorite books is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Love it!

  32. 33
    January 18, 2013 at 10:06 am

    The Poison Wood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Judging from the list of books you have already posted, I’m sure you would love this one.

  33. 34
    January 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I just finished a book I thought I’d hate called Ready Player One. It’s full of 80’s trivia, and is a lot of fun to read.

  34. 35
    January 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I loved The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans. All of his books are amazing!

  35. 36
    Mara Yager
    January 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Even though I am a grown adult, I get the urge to read the House on the Prairie series at this time of year!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway 🙂

  36. 37
    January 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

    My favorite book is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. It is a great book to read at this time of year. It goes from dreariness to hope and beauty in the course of the story. It’s a book that just makes me happy!

  37. 38
    Becky Smith
    January 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    The Hunger Games, Killing Lincoln, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Help, The Hiding Place … I love to read!!

  38. 39
    January 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    The Valley of the Moon by Jack London, old but good!

  39. 40
    Shelley W
    January 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

    My favorite book is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. This book I couldn’t put down. Have read it several times over the years. She also has some other great reads. If you haven’t read this you must!!!

  40. 41
    January 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I Loved the Night Circus, and The Scorpio Races, anything by Shannon Hale is also so so good!

  41. 42
    Bobbi Jo Dannenfeldt
    January 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

    My most favorite book is To Kill A Mocking Bird!

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    jennifer bunderson
    January 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I love where the red fern grows. A classic!!

  43. 44
    January 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    wow…this is reminding me that I haven’t read a book for pleasure in a LONG time. Everything I’ve read lately is self help type…which are good…but not good for just “losing oneself” in. I’ve wanted to read The Help for a LONG time…maybe I’ll start there as a book to read for pleasure.

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    anji phippen
    January 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

    A recent favorite of mine is “The Virgin of Small Plains” by Nancy Pickard. I love to read and it has been a long time since I found a book that I couldn’t stop thinking about and HAD to get back to. It is about a small town, a sweet romance and a suspenseful mystery.

  45. 46
    January 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I have only recently gotten into reading, but I love historical books. I read Unbroken after you suggested it and loved it, Lone Survivor is another one of my favorites.

  46. 47
    Olivia Strout
    January 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I would have to say The Help! I was crying by the end of the book because the ending was so well written and I didn’t want to pick up another book for quite a while because the book was that good!!

    • 48
      February 8, 2014 at 2:33 am

      I feel saseifitd after reading that one.

  47. 49
    Shonte' Williams
    January 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I am currently reading the Children of Promise series and absolutely love it! Others on my top list are The Help, the Fault in our Stars, and Thirteen Reasons Why.

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    Kristine Gardner
    January 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    We just finished reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin in our book group. It was my first time to read it. I loved it. It made me ask myself what kind of Christian am I?
    Now I am reading Killing Lincoln which I am also enjoying. I am really learning a lot. Thanks for your posts. This is my main site for recipes and I appreciate the book recommendations. I read all of the ones I could find from last summer.

  49. 51
    January 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I am always looking for a good book and a good recipe and now your blog may be my favorite because it has both. I love books and my favorite changes constantly, but the one that I read most recently and loved is Water for Elephants.

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    Misty Wotring
    January 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

    My favorite books are anything by Patrica Veryan. She was an amazing historical writer. Her Golden Chronicles series my favorites.

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