Here’s what I’ve been reading


  • Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, by Brene’ Brown (****)
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry (****)
  • The Book of Lost Friends, by Lisa Wingate (*****)
  • This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger (*****)
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson (****)
  • In the Shadow of the Valley: A Memoir, by Bobi Conn (*** 1/2)


  • Back Roads to Belonging: Unexpected Paths to Finding Your Place and Your People, by Kristen Strong (****)
  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (*****)
  • Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, by Mary L. Trump (***)
  • So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo (***)
  • A Higher Loyalty, by James Comey (*** 1/2)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (****)
  • Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, by Mitch Albom (*****)
  • Your Blue Is Not My Blue: A Missing Person Memoir, by Aspen Matis (**** 1/2)
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (****)
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert (*** 1/2)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (*****)


  • Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir… of Sorts, by Ian Morgan Cron (*** 1/2)
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (*****)
  • The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, by Dr. Seuss and Charles D. Cohen (****)
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshua Foer (****)
  • My Brother’s Keeper: Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Nazi Holocaust, by Rod Gragg (*** ½)
  • Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, by Lauren Graham (*** ½)
  • Little Bee, by Chris Cleave (**** ½)
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara (****)
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance (*****)
  • Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly (****)
  • The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah (****)
  • Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover (****)
  • The Solace of Water: A Novel, by Elizabeth Byler Younts (*****)
  • Home Another Way, by Christa Parrish
  • Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, by Anne Lamott


  • The Family of Jesus, by Karen Kingsbury (****)
  • Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate (*****)
  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer (****)
  • While We’re Far Apart, by Lynn Austin (****)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling (****)
  • When Crickets Cry: A Novel of the Heart, by Charles Martin (****)
  • When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (****)
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo (*)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (**)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (*****)
  • The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, by Beth Moore (** 1/2)


  • A Country Year: Living the Questions, by Sue Hubbell (****)
  • A Long Way Home, by Saroo Brierley (****)
  • The Orphan Keeper, by Cameron Wright (****)
  • When the Morning Glory Blooms, by Cynthia Ruchti (***)
  • Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee (***)
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom (****)
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman (*****)
  • Gone, by Jonathan Kellerman (***)
  • Though Waters Roar, by Lynn Austin (****)
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (*****)
  • Letter to My Daughter, by Maya Angelou
  • The Shack, by William Paul Young (*****)
  • My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout (***)
  • You and Me, Always, by Jill Mansell (***)
  • Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rimes (**** 1/2)
  • The One You Really Want, by Jill Mansell (*** 1/2)
  • Trouble Maker, by Leah Remini (*** 1/2)
  • Beach Music, by Pat Conroy (****)
  • A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life, by Pat Conroy (*****)
  • Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (****)
  • A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman (*****)
  • Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus, by Joyce Magnin (*)
  • Lost Boy, by Brent W. Jeffs (****)
  • America’s Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fiighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation, by Kenneth C. Davis (****)
  • Secrets of a Charmed Life, by Susan Meissner (****)
  • The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (*****)
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald (***)
  • Lucky Man: A Memoir, by Michael J. Fox (***)


  • Sisters One, Two, Three, by Nancy Star (*)
  • The Story Keeper, by Lisa Wingate (*****)
  • Looking for Me, by Beth Hoffman (****)
  • Songs of Willow Frost, by Jamie Ford (***)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (*****)
  • Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, by Sonia Nazario (***)
  • Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger (*****)
  • A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson (*****)
  • Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah (***)
  • The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (*****)
  • Made in America, by Bill Bryson (****)
  • Windfallen, by JoJo Moyes (****)
  • Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich (***)
  • Her Daughter’s Dream, by Francine Rivers (****)
  • Her Mother’s Hope, by Francine Rivers (****)
  • Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner (****)
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey (***)
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson (***)
  • The Indifferent Stars Above, by Daniel James Brown (*****)
  • The Road to Little Dribbling, by Bill Bryson (****)
  • The Island of Heavenly Daze, by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt (***)
  • Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead, by David Meerman Scott and Brian Halligan (***)
  • Design to Thrive: Creating Social Networks and Online Communities that Last, by Tharon Howard (***)
  • Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult (****)
  • Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, by Max Lucado (**)
  • Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First Two Thousand Years, by Tom Standage (*****)
  • The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom and Elizabeth Sherrill (****)


  • In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume (****)
  • Between Heaven and Ground Zero, by Leslie Haskin (***)
  • Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, by Heather Lende (*****)
  • Crisis Communications: The Definite Guide to Managing the Message, by Steven Fink
  • Made in America, by Bill Bryson (****)
  • Theorizing Crisis Communication, by Timothy Sellnow & Matthew Seeger
  • The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows (****)
  • If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name, by Heather Lende (*****)
  • One Summer, by Bill Bryson (****)
  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (*****)
  • Staying at Daisy’s, by Jill Mansell (***)
  • One Plus One, by JoJo Moyes (*** 1/2)
  • Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, by Susan Gregg Gilmore (*)
  • Beyond Fear, by Joel P. Kramer (**)
  • Dead Wake, by Erik Larson (*****)
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson (**** 1/2)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I, 1884-1933, by Blanche Wiesen Cook (****)
  • Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Cline (***)
  • Goodnight June, by Sarah Jio (*** 1/2)
  • Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande (****)
  • Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore (****)
  • Where We Belong, by Emily Giffin (*** 1/2)
  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue Ever, by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio (****)
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon (*****)


  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, by Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel, by Gabrielle Zevin (****)
  • My Story, Elizabeth Smart
  • The Language of Sycamores, Lisa Wingate
  • The Shape of Mercy, Susan Meissner
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  • A Fall of Marigolds, Susan Meissner
  • Good Hope Road, Lisa Wingate
  • The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd (*****)
  • Four Seasons in Rome, Anthony Doerr (*****)
  • One Lavender Ribbon, Heather Burch
  • A Lineage of Grace, Francine Rivers
  • In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson (*** 1/2)
  • The Sister Circle, Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (*****)
  • The Life List, Lori Nelson Spielman
  • The Department of Lost & Found, Allison Winn Scotch
  • I’ll Watch the Moon, Ann Tatlock
  • The Prayer Box, Lisa Wingate
  • The End of the Road, Tom Bodett (*****)
  • Tending Roses, Lisa Wingate (*****)
  • The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society, Darien Gee (*)
  • Miss Brenda and the Loveladies, Brenda Spahn & Irene Zutell
  • All She Ever Wanted, Lynn Austin
  • Thinking of You, Jill Mansell
  • The Horse of Pride: Life in a Breton Village, Pierre-Jakez Helias


  • Black Boy, Richard Wright
  • A Rumor of War, Philip Caputo
  • The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  • The Healing, Jonathan Odell
  • Mercy Me, Margaret Graham
  • Following Atticus, Tom Ryan
  • Coast Road, Barbara Delinsky
  • The Strength of His Hand, Lynn Austin
  • Starting Now, Debbie Macomber
  • Voyager, Diana Gabaldon
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford (*****)
  • Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon
  • Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  • Song of Redemption, Lynn Austin
  • Gods & Kings, Lynn Austin
  • Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior, Brandon Schrand
  • Leota’s Garden, Francine Rivers
  • The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe (*)
  • The Girl in the Glass, Susan Meissner
  • Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
  • A Sound Among the Trees, Susan Meissner
  • Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand (*****)


  • Seahorse in the Thames, Susan Meissner
  • Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall and Denver Moore (*****)
  • Heaven is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy, Stephanie Nielson
  • The Slave Ship: A Human History, Marcus Rediker (*****)
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder (****)
  • Run to the Roar, Joe Hurston & Martha VanCise (****)
  • In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson
  • The Digital Photography Book, Scott Kelby
  • The Enders Hotel, Brandon Schrand (****)
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How my Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less, Terry Ryan (****)


  • Shattered Dreams, by Irene Spencer
  • Aunt Dimity and the Duke, by Nancy Atherton
  • The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Writing Class: A Novel, by Jincy Willet
  • The Huckleberry Murders, by Patrick McManus
  • Triumph, by Carolyn Jessop
  • The Betrayal, by Beverly Lewis
  • The Covenant, by Beverly Lewis
  • Mississippi! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Her Daughter’s Dream, by Francine Rivers
  • Missouri! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Idaho! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Utah! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Dakota! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Montana! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Washington! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Nevada! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Colorado! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • California! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Texas! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • Oregon! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • The Enders Hotel: A Memoir, by Brandon Schrand
  • The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, by Ree Drummond
  • Wyoming! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • House Rules, by Jodi Piccoult
  • Nebraska! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • ‘Tis the Season, by Lorna Landvik
  • Independence! by Dana Fuller Ross
  • St. Dale, by Sharyn McCrumb
  • Dead in the Family, by Charlaine harris
  • Lady in Waiting, by Susan Meissner
  • As Husbands Go, by Susan Isaacs
  • Work Song, by Ivan Doig
  • Queen of the Road, by Doreen Orion

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