October 7, 2016

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards – Guest Post







If I wasn’t a writer, I’d love to be a professional Autumn Activist.  I’m not exactly sure who would pay me or why, but who wouldn’t want to travel the world extoling the glories of changing leaves and candles that smell like cinnamon and pumpkins.

And of course, there are those crisp, blustery autumn weekends when the decorations are out and the yard work isn’t so urgent now that the nights have turned cold.  Kids have settled into school and the Christmas frenzy has yet to begin.  Those, my dear friends, are PRIME reading weekends…and I have some books to recommend.


  1. If you want to settle in for the weekend…


Goldfinch – by Donna Tartt


This breathtaking book defies easy description.  Part mystery, part coming of age, part romance, it is worth every one of its many pages and will leave you wishing for more when it’s done.


  1. If you’re looking for essays…


High Tide in Tucson – by Barbara Kingsolver


You can’t go wrong with Barbara Kingsolver, and this collection is full of little known gems, a few of which shook me almost as much as The Poisonwood Bible itself.


  1. If you want something to read with the kids.

The Boy Who Knew Too Much – by Commander S. T. Bolliver III

Who ever knew cloning could be so laugh out loud funny?  Well, this one is a hoot from cover to cover.  Sure to have you and the kiddos snorting.

  1. If you wish the new Hallmark Christmas movies were here already…


What Light – by Jay Asher


This one has absolutely every feel good thing you need out of a Christmas movie, trees, snow, hot cocoa, and a romance that’s far more touching than what most of those movies will offer.


  1. If you want a literary version of a post-apocalyptic book….


Station Eleven – by Emily St. John Mendel


This sometimes scary, sometimes gorgeous book threads together multiple timelines into a story that is both touching and mind-blowing.


  1. If you want to be broken in the best way…


Female of the Species – by Mindy McGinnis


This tale of heartbreak and revenge is not for the faint of heart, but it is an utterly gripping read that will leave you different than it found you.


  1. If you want to re-read one of the greats…


To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee


Regardless of all the scandal surrounding Go Set a Watchman, Lee’s original masterpiece is difficult to challenge. A timeless, life-changing novel.


  1. If you want to be moved…


The Color Purple – by Alice Walker


A book that will break your heart, give you hope, and forever change the way you view both our world and the word courage. This book is one of the truest literary miracles I’ve ever read.


  1. If you want to read a mother daughter book…


The Joy Luck Club – by Amy Tan


There is a reason this book sold a zillion copies – it’s every bit as masterfully written and beautifully told as you’d expect.  One not to be missed.


  1. If you want to read one of my favorites…


I’ll Give You The Sun – by Jandy Nelson


This book is gorgeous, romantic and absolutely spell-binding.  It’s a book that speaks of love in so many forms.  I loved this book so hard I still get swoony thinking about it.


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