The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
(Simon & Schuster, 2010, 289 pages)
Richard Paul Evans is another writer than I always enjoy. The Walk is the story of Alan Christoffersen. This book covers everything, from his life writing in his diary as a child to the grown man journaling about the literal walk he was on and how that walk grievously began. I found myself smiling through some of his passages as well as wiping the tears away so I could continue reading other passages. This was a very emotional book and one I have just finished reading for the second time. Why would I reread it? Because it now has a sequel and I want to remember everything about the first book as I open the second…… Miles to Go. I will let you know when I finish it.
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
(Grand Central Publishing, 2008, 336 pages)
Once again, I have to say how much I love Nicholas Sparks’ writing. How is it that a man is sooo romantic?? He has taken something as simple as a soldier finding a picture and woven it into a tale of love, mystery, and chivalry! I read this one because the movie was coming out and I always read the book before I see the movie. Now if only the movie can be half as good as the book…
The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling
(Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2010, 36 pages)
How I missed this book growing up I will never know!! It is extremely imaginative and clever. It is a children’s story of how elephants, long ago, had no trunks. The curious little elephant in the story gets into a bit of a jam and ends up with a long trunk like elephants have today. Extremely cute, but I must warn anyone reading this to a 4 year old… I should have prefaced the reading with the caution that is was NOT a true story and that imagination is pretend! My grandson still asks questions about elephants and their trunks six months after I read this to him.
A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit
by Mike Huckabee
(Sentinel, 2009, 240 pages)
This is a gentle book that recounts twelve of the author’s Christmas memories. I found myself smiling through each story and sometimes there were tears in my eyes because it reminded me of a similar situation in my own life. The book is designed to bring inspiration and enjoyment to the reader’s life during the holidays when there is stress, shopping, parties, and too much to do. It inspires one to think back to a simpler time, like the first Christmas. How far we’ve come from that first simple Christmas night. . .
The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha
(Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2011, 400 pages)
This is a fun book of awesome things. For example: experiencing deja vu; becoming a regular somewhere; the moment on vacation when you forget what day it is; taking a break from shaving; and riding home with a box of pizza on your lap. This book took a while to read because each page has one awesome thing on it, so I read a few each night until I had read them all. Cute, funny, and thought-provoking. I now find myself noticing awesome things.
Cosmic Christmas by Max Lucado
(Thomas Nelson, 1997, 112 pages)
Many of you probably know of Max Lucado from his books on living a Christian life. I have read most of those and have enjoyed Lucado’s writing so when I saw this Christmas book, I immediately picked it up. What a surprise it was. The story is of the birth of Jesus Christ, but in a different light. Imagine this……God preparing to send the seed of Christ by way of an angel, down to earth where he is to be born to save his people…….but there is a war before the seed is delivered…….Satan is waiting to stop the seed from making it’s way to earth and the war is on. What a story!! Totally something from Lucado’s imagination. Or is it fiction?? Could this story have really happened?
I read this book every December and every time I read it, I am amazed. It is a very small book and can be read in one evening, but WOW, you will never forget Lucado’s amazing imagination!
Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
(William Morrow Paperbacks, 2007, 304 pages)
When Rocky’s husband, Bob, dies suddenly at the age of forty-two, Rocky finds herself helpless. She quits her job, chops off her hair, and moves to Maine where she hopes to find herself and come to grips with her grief. She leaves her job as a psychologist in Massachusetts and takes a job as an animal control warden in Maine. Grief is still following her and she can’t seem to shake it until one day she comes across a black Labrador who has been hit with an arrow in his shoulder. As she unravels the mystery of the wounded Labrador and his missing owner, she finds that her grief is changing.
I am a sucker for any book with a dog in it, so of course this was a given since there was a photo of a black Labrador on the cover of the book! I did enjoy the story and found it moved quickly.