Recommendation submitted by Paula Battest My favorite summer read so far is "Such a Fun Age" by Kiley Reid. It was released on December 31, 2019, and is a story about race and privilege. A young black woman is the babysitter for a white family. She is a very level-headed young lady and she talks … Continue reading For coming-of-age story fans: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Recommendation written by Jean Schutt A book that is set in the future! (So not my norm reading.) The U.S. has been taken over by the "pure movement", a Christian political movement. Women, including girls and baby girls, are not allowed to speak more than 100 words a day. If they speak 101 words, they … Continue reading For dystopian or fantasy fans: Vox by Christina Dalcher
Recommendation written by Jen Schepp What a great WWII historical read! This story bounces between preset day and the past, Alice and Alina being the two main characters. It is a story of love, war, heartbreak, secrets, and bravery. I highly recommend this book! Normally the WWII books are so sad, with reason to be, … Continue reading For historical fiction fans: The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
Recommendation written by Jean Schutt I love any book by Susan Wiggs. New York fashion world, failure, foster mom to her best friend's kids whose mother died from drug overdose. Relocate to Washington state to start life over.
Recommendation written by Elizabeth Watson This book is rich with literary references: philosophers, Shakespeare, the Bible, and a powerful message of embracing yourself and not judging a book by its cover. It took me 24 years to read this book, started it numerous times in grade school. Finally as an adult, I have finished it … Continue reading For fantasy or science fiction fans: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Recommendation written by ChristiAnna Schmidt This is a cute little romance book about a determined woman who needs a job and a man who needs her help. I really enjoyed the plot and the humorous side of the writing. The characters were very likable and relatable. I would give this book an 8.5/10!
Recommendation written by Kayla Olson I read this book based on the recommendations of books I have previously read. I love quick reads on my Kindle app that are a little romantic and "happily ever after" that feature a strong female character who hasn't quite figured herself out in the beginning of the book, but … Continue reading For romance fans: Sweet Beginnings by Nicole Ellis
Summary from GoodReads.com Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home. When social services jeopardize her safety condemning her to keep her father's secret, it's a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she's been … Continue reading A psychological fiction based on a true story: Spilled Milk by K.L. Randis
Recommendation written by Ben Braun I would like to recommend The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. It tells of the epic history of the Elves that was only alluded to or mentioned in passing in The Lord of the Rings. It is a dense read but a necessary one for all fans of Tolkien.