Good Reads


I was staggering under the weight of choice at the library, out of curiosity I asked the staff to tell me how many books are there. No one could even guesstimate. I went to the bookstore, same question. No answers. If you love a good read as much as I do, then here are a few paper morsels that might entice you. They are divided among approximate age groups, but to anyone who remembers the thrill of riding across the prairie with the Ingalls—the books for the younger crowds often make the best stories.

The list will by updated as often as I finish something, so check back.

Let’s start with On My Nightstand:

Life Artist by Ali Edwards- sigh of delight, as with all her books

All The Flowers In Shanghai- by Duncan Jepson

Passionate Housewives Desperate For God by Chancey & McDonald- interesting

Co.Aytch- by Sam R. Watkins- an attempt to encourage high school daughter in her heavy reading list

Adult Fiction:

Katrina by Sally Salminen —Fave book of all time. Slow. Wonderful. Read in high school, searched for years for a used copy. Hard to get but still my favorite.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett — This is a fantastic book. Read it.

Pearl in the Sand– Tessa Afshar—Not my normal type of book, but excellent story

Thr3e by Ted Dekker  — 1st suspense book ever that totally surprised me. Made me believe in Christian Fiction. No preachy stuff. Good writing.

The Exile of Sarah Stevenson by Darci Hannah–Sometimes I like historical fiction but it is often too predictable. This was a good one.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen–A  few graphic parts I could live without, but WOW what a captivating story!

Dinner With A Perfect Stranger by David Gregory  — This is a tiny treat that won’t allow you to forget it.

Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr- Very well written, read in one afternoon!

YA Fiction:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor — I read in elementary, but it was so haunting. Deeply moving.

Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge —Still have the hardback my Great Aunt Bertie gave to me 30 years ago.

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski —Fun story for the elementary crowd (and older). Love those classics.

Little House on the Prairie Series — No duds here!

Fun and Creativity:

The Farm Chicks In The Kitchen by Teri Edwards and Serena Thompson —Love at first sight!

The Farm Chicks Christmas —I would buy every book they produce!

Home and Nesting:

Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson — As a former slob, who knew the a book with details of keeping house could be so enthralling? Seriously, I love to read about how wash things and iron. I said read.

Nesting: It’s a Chick Thing by Ame Mahler Beanland & Emily Terry —What a fun book, full of ideas.


Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski — Changed the way I see the homeless, increased my compassion even more and was a riveting story.

Riding the Bus With My Sister by Rachel Simon- — A ladies journey about learning from her sister who has mental retardation. Beautiful.

Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith by Martha Beck. Having lived in a largely Mormon community I was fascinated to read this heartbreaking account of one woman’s journey. This is so well written…

Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody — SO funny and convicting and encouraging and etc. Buy it


About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

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