Tuesday, August 7, 2012

5 Star Reading.........

In preparation for our trip to Alaska I researched and ordered some books to read that would get me in the mood.

One of the small towns I would have loved to visit was Haines, population about 1,800. However our ship only passed it by between Juneau and Skagway. This is a wonderful read about a newly married couple who went to Alaska for their honeymoon and stayed. It is the true story of Heather and Chip Lende's life in small town Alaska. I promise you will want to move to Haines after reading this one! Heather is a fantastic story teller!



Another great one was this historical true account of a Kindergarten teacher, 29 year old Laura Berton, who goes to Alaska in 1907 to teach school and stays 25 years.




Before we go any further I want to talk about "book popularity" these days. It seems readers, especially women, have gone crazy over the 50 Shades of Gray Series. I have not nor do I intend to read these books. Since these books "promote" both erotic sex and domestic violence, I think it is scary that they are so popular. Also it seems authors now days think that in order to sell books, they must use foul language and sex to do so. I don't agree! Think " To Kill A Mockingbird" or "Gone With The Wind" or Google Best Selling Books of All Time! I can look past some language and some sex but I keep a donation box to put the ones that turn me off in. Here lately I find that Christian Fiction and Historical Fiction bring me the most reading pleasure! This "Diamond of The Rockies" series by Kristien Heitzmann was wonderful! Set in the Colorado Gold Rush Days it tells the story of Carina DiGratia's move from Sonoma,California to Crystal Colorado a tent city of miners where a woman by herself is anything but safe. It is Christian Fiction.


Another CF Author whom I've discovered and love is Colleen Coble.
I ordered "Alaska Twilight"
and loved it so much...........



I got "Wyoming". It is 4 short novels in one set in the "wild west" territory days of Indians and Army forts that I hated to see end.



I also ordered her "Rock Harbor" series of 4 books and look forward to reading them. I just finished "Without A Trace" and it's wonderful! One to the next!
So....that's my list of recommendations of some great 5 star reads I hope you will give a try and I know you will enjoy!!

8 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

I read the sample on Amazon of 50 Shades. There was no erotica in the sample but the poor writing was enough to turn me off.

NitWit1 said...

I am still toiling through Michener's The Source. My reading time is a small window, but my Kindle goes to every physician's appt, which seems to be several times a week--not so, but close.

We are journeying to Plattsburgh NY for a reunion of one of my husband's naval ships. We will be there the last weekend of a celebration of the war of 1812. One battle re-enactment of the Battle of Plattsburg will be on the agenda as well as a battle on Lake Champlain. Other tours include Lake Placid, several museums, and lots of eating. Then I guess we will come home via Skyline Parkway into NC to his sisters home in Aberdeen where we will try to see several of his family before going home. Luckie will miss us in her SPA boarding. Then I am scheduled for heart ablation. It seems to be the only cure, and not guaranteed for A-Fib. If not I am married to many pills the rest of my life. It is only 70% effective and may fade with time. but I haven't lost much; you just continue with drugs.

Betsy Adams said...

HI Carol... You always feature the best looking books... I need to find time in my crazy life to do more reading... I also get turned off by too much sex and violence in books --and TV shows...

Hugs,
Betsy

Pastor Sharon said...

Hi there! I just went through the book list. I know, I see you on facebook quite often. However, I took a break from blog world for over a year.

Come over to my blog, if you so choose, to see what kept me away and what has brought me back with a new found energy and gladness!

NitWit1 said...

Late getting here but life has slowed me down, plus a 18 day 4000 mi tour which carried us through 11 states and then a heart procedure.

I have loaded my Kindle with more than I can read in several years. I am amok in THE SOURCE by Michenor, but has enthralled with the detail of references to Biblical peoples, real or imagined in the story. Of course a little entwined love story helps too!!

The Desert Rocks said...

I've been to Haines and loved it! I'm sure that book is wonderful and I might look for it. I will never read 50 Shades either! If you think you might want to read about Hawaii then please get comfortable with my little adventure called Penniless Hearts. (Eve Gaal)

merrilymarylee said...

If you go back to more Alaskan reading, include the mysteries by writers Sue Henry and Dana Stabenow. I try not to miss one from either author.

Misrabia69 said...

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