{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
    Kassie B
    January 21, 2013 at 6:41 am

    One of my all time favorites is Pride & Prejudice… I can’t tell you how many times I have read it, only that I need to buy a new copy because handfuls of pages are falling out of mine. 🙂

  2. 2
    Shaura miller
    January 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    A lantern in her hands

  3. 3
    Barbara Barrow
    January 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I would recommend “The Shape of Mercy” by Susan Meissner. It is account of a college student publishing a journal of a woman, who lived in the midst of the Salem witch trials. It is a great novel.

  4. 4
    January 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I love Pride and Prejudice because it’s intelligent, funny, romantic, and relatable but not sugary or sappy. I really want to read The Help! Thanks!!

  5. 5
    January 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    My most recent favorites to read is actually a series by James Patterson. They are “The women’s Murder Club.”

  6. 6
    Debbie Menconi
    January 21, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Charleston by John Jakes. His historic novels are always wonderful!

  7. 7
    Lizzy Stevens
    January 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Love the book “okay for now” by the same author of The Wednesday Wars, Gary Schmidt. Just finished it!

  8. 8
    January 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

    The Good Woman by Jane Porter – #1 of her trilogy. Can’t wait for the second book to come out in February: The Good Daughter

  9. 9
    Jennifer Keefer
    January 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I loved Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks.

  10. 10
    January 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    It sounds cliche, but I love Pride and Prejudice. It’s a classic and the details are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  11. 11
    January 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    If you like a good mystery/thriller The Rook, The Pawn, The Bishop, The Knight, and The Queen. This is a wonderful five book series by Steven James. Excellent!!

  12. 12
    January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Oooh- I love Les Miserables as well – I’ve read the unabridged version twice…yeah it took awhile, but it’s a great story! I just finished Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” and if you enjoy a mystery, this was a dark one full of twists and turns. Great read!

  13. 13
    January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Just read The Cay -My son was reading this for school enjoyed!

  14. 14
    January 23, 2013 at 6:41 am

    As a Christian, my favorite read is 1000 Gifts, by Anne Voskamp. She reminds us of how powerful thankfulness is in the midst of our sometimes very difficult and painful circumstances.

  15. 15
    Debra J
    January 23, 2013 at 7:42 am

    The Help!!

  16. 16
    January 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I love the classic and beloved How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn!And have just finished reading a wonderful book by father/daughter duo John and Caitlin Stuart called Hiding in Sunshine – highly recommend them both!

    Thanks for all the great recipes too Jamie – have so many of them in my regular rotation now 🙂

  17. 17
    January 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I would love to read multipul of these books! Les Miserables, and A walk to Remember all sound like wonderful stories!

  18. 18
    BJ Wells
    January 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I am an avid book reader with many favorite authors; Reed Arvin, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner,Greg Iles, Charles Martin, etc. I visit my local library every week. It is rare I do not have a good book to read.

  19. 19
    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I have so many favorites…but one I will always love is…These is my words…a fantastic book!

  20. 20
    January 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Totally enjoyed The Help. It really showed the prejudice of the times. I remember being in South Carolina in the 1950’s and seeing the “Colored” drinking fountains, etc. Even as a kid, it kind of rocked me.

  21. 21
    January 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Great suggestions! I really hope I get a chance to read them all! I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society also. My recent favorite is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I was surprised at how much it gripped me. Thanks!

  22. 22
    January 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I just loved the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! I borrowed the book and loved it so much that after I read it I went out and bought one for myself. It truly is a treasure!

  23. 23
    Lee Anne
    January 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Love Jane Eyre! Also just read So Brave, Young and Handsome by Leif Enger–very good.

  24. 24
    January 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Great book list! I always love the book posts you do! I recently read While We’re Far apart by Lynn Austin and enjoyed it.

  25. 25
    January 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    What a great site! I am also an avid reader. I can’t name a favorite book I love James Patterson, Nicolas Sparks, Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella and on and on! Also love the recipes you post…can’t wait to cook dinner tonight. Thanks for all the work you do.

  26. 26
    January 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    that is so hard, because I’ve been such an avid reader since I learned out to read and I’m now 70; but in the past 20 years would say R.F. Delderfield’s ‘Swann saga’ and most anything by Rosamunde Pilcher, especially The Shell Seekers’. At the moment going through Ridley Pearsons books one by one.

  27. 27
    Cassi Booth
    January 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite books have to be any of the books from the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. I’ve read all 20 books at least 5 times!

  28. 28
    Renee G
    January 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    One of my all time favorite books is “The Shell Seekers” by Rosamond Pilcher. I am excited to read some of the books you have on our list. The movi of “Les Miserable” was so good, loved it!

  29. 29
    January 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Jamie! I read this post when it first came up in my email and kept forgetting to come back to enter your giveaway! I have favorite books in all different categories, but my top favorites are in the biographical category, I love reading uplifting books about how real people have gotten through their challenges and life while still keeping their integrity and helping others. A book I read in the last year that has become a favorite is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and a few years ago I read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, which is awesome. I also love reading children’s/young adult literature like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. Also a lot of the comments mention Pride and Prejudice, but I want to put a plug in for Persuasion too. Also I use the website GoodReads to keep track of books I’ve read and get new ideas from friends lists for books to read. If you join please let us know so we can check out the books you have read!

  30. 30
    January 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    One of my favorite books is Harry Potter series. Can’t name all of my favorites, but that’s one of the top 10.

  31. 31
    Robin B.
    January 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Do I have to pick just one? “The Long Run” by Matt Long is amazing–an NYC firefighter gets run over by a bus and comes back to do triathlons. So good!! And then “Crossing the Borders of Time” by Leslie Maitland is great and a true love story from WWII also (written by the daughter of the woman it is about). “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand is hard to read at times but so inspiring and another true story.

  32. 32
    January 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Always the Anne of Green Gables series!

  33. 33
    January 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

    One of my recent favorites is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

  34. 34
    AnnaMarie Judd
    January 24, 2013 at 6:43 am

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! A YA book about WWII. Excellent book that portrays goodness in a world of evil. It always make me think about what I would have done in those circumstances. I highly recommend it!

  35. 35
    January 24, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for posting your favorite reads – it helps so much when I am looking for my next book! One of my recent favorites is a true story called Left to Tell – Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. It was inspiring and really unbelievable what she endured in her young life and the conscious choices she made in order to survive. Loved it!

    • 36
      February 8, 2014 at 5:14 am

      That’s cleared my thoughts. Thanks for cortiibutnng.

  36. 37
    January 24, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I enjoyed all four Eragon books by Christopher Paolini. They are a little slow moving at times but I enjoyed them.

  37. 38
    January 24, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I love the Harry Potter books and James Patterson, Tess Gerritson’s Women’s Murder Club series, Lord of The Rings series, Nicholas Sparks and many classics. Reading is one of my favorite things!

  38. 39
    January 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

    My favorite book is “The Farthest Away Mountain” I read it in late elementary school or junior high and I continue to love it.

  39. 40
    January 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Right now, little man and I are working our way through the Berenstein bear series, also a favorite from my childhood.

  40. 41
    January 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I think my all time favorite, is Les Miserables. It’s also my favorite musical as well.

  41. 42
    January 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I don’t know that I really have a favorite book, but I love reading to the kiddos in my life.

  42. 43
    January 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Les Miserables is my favorite musical! I also really enjoyed the movie. A book I love is the Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

  43. 44
    January 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

    The Host was a gift from a friend and became one of my all time favorite books. I also love the Game of Thrones series.

  44. 45
    January 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Dean Koontz’s “Whispers” was my favorite, but I read every book he ever wrote. I also love James Patterson, Robin Cook and Steven King.

  45. 46
    January 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I love anything by Nicholas Sparks..would like to get my hands on one of his newest.Thanks for the list. checking some of these out too. 🙂

  46. 47
    January 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    One of my favorites is Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (all of her book are fantastic)

    • 48
      February 8, 2014 at 3:39 am

      When you think about it, that’s got to be the right anserw.

  47. 49
    January 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    My favorite book is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks…actually anything by Nicholas Sparks, he is a great author!

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    Carol Eaton
    May 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Right now I am finishing reading Jodie Picoults’ books. My altime favourite book is Sophies’ Choice, though I have so many favourites it was hard to chose…you know what they say: asking a reader to chose her favourite book is like asking a mother to chose her favourite child. It’s just nearly impossible!

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