Jenni's Book List
One of my favorite hobbies is reading. The following are various books I have read and really enjoyed. If you've read any of the following I'd love to discuss them or if you have any suggestions I should add to my reading list let me know! You can email me or IM me if you have AOL or AIM. I also have another book list on my Jesus Page.
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
This book is divided into four parts and covers the life of King Arthur from a boy to the last days of his reign in beloved Camelot. The book is quite lengthy but I felt it was a quick read. You'll meet Lancelot, Guinevere, Merlyn, and many more.
The Once and Future King truly makes you understand the characters many of us have heard so much about. This book is both entertaining and has a strong emotional base. If you've seen the movie Camelot it's based on this wonderful book!
The Christmas Box Series by Richard Paul Evans
This is a three part series following the lives of the Parkins and the Evanses. Each book takes a different part of the saga of the two families and spans nearly 100 years. They learn lessons about friendship, life, loss, and the love of God. What I most like about these books is the characters seem so real! I'd strongly recommend the series even if it isn't Christmastime! If you really like them Mr. Evans also has two other novels entitled The Locket and The Looking Glass, which are also quite good.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I'd love to list all of the books by this wonderful author that I have read but that would take a lot of space so I decided to just list this one. The Anne series is definitely my favorite of Montgomery's book, that I've read so far anyway. AoGG is about an orphan girl who is being raised by an elderly brother and sister in Prince Edward Island, Canada. There are 8 Anne books in total following her from her childhood to the lives of her children.
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
This was a book I was "forced" to read this year for my World Literature class. And am I ever glad! I loved this book about the friendship between two Jewish boys, one Orthodox and the other Hasidic. The friendship between this unlikely pair inspired me to look deeply into my own friendships. I'm really looking forward to reading its sequel, The Promise.
Christy by Catherine Marshall
I decided to read this book after I became a fan of the too-short-lived CBS series by the same name. This book is a semi-biographically account of the author's mother's struggles as a teacher in a 1912 Tennessee school. Christy is confronted with violence, illegal bootlegging, suspicion, and overcomes them all with her intense faith in God. The book is also a great romance, in my opinion.
The Green Mile by Stephen King
You can read more about my experience with this book and movie on my webpage dedicated to The Green Mile. In short this thought-provoking book is about Paul, a prison guard working on death row in the 1930s, and John Coffey, a man with Christ-like healing powers convicted of a horrendous crime. This book shook me up like none other before. Don't read it at night unless you want to be kept up all night!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Yet, another book from the "forced" to read it collection. This time it was British Literature. This is a nice, calm book following the romance of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. Social class and an obnoxious mother, among other things divide them. I loved it!
Big George: The Autobiography of an Angel by Big George & James Jennings
This is a darling, heartfelt book about an angel who comes to this world as a premature baby to bring God's love. I'm sure this book about this little angel will touch your heart.
Beauty : A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
I went through a huge "Beauty and the Beast" phase a couple years ago. I watched the TV show, the movies, and read tons of books. This was my favorite of the books. Beauty lives with her two sisters and father. When her father loses his fortune they must move out into the country. The book follows the basic story line only through the first person narrative of Beauty which makes it very interesting.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I just read this last summer after dicovering the book I had read was actually abridged. (Horror of horrors!!) I really enjoyed it. I love the movie but the book is even better, I think. The book shows you the stories of Meg, Beth, and Amy more than the movie does. And you even get to read an entire Pickwick Portfolio!
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