Hi, this is Sally – the mom of Leah and Amy.  This summer is one of staying in and resting for me.  First, I wait for  lower back surgery.  You will no doubt see lots of reviews from me.  Unfortunately I can’t do much because I can’t lift, I can’t bend, and I can’t walk correctly, and when I try to I wind up  in pain. Second, after I have surgery I will have to recuperate for several weeks.  Then, back to  teach school – actually school will probably begin before I am ready to go back.  Soooo, this is where YOU come in.  I already have a basket of books ready to read, but I can always use some other suggestions.  I need recommendations of books that kept you on the edge of your seat, so engaged that hardly anything could distract you.  My favorite book types are cozy mysteries (you can look at some of my reviews to see what I HAVE read), Amish fiction, engaging Christian fiction, James Patterson-type books, Nicholas Sparks-type books, Tess Gerritsen-type books, and others along that line.  I’m NOT a Twilight fan, nor do I like vampires or outright fantasy.  Any ideas?  Beach type fiction also  sounds good since I will be staying home all summer.  Thanks for your suggestions I REALLY appreciate your thoughtfulness!

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13 Responses to “I Need Help From My Reading Buddies!”

  1. Wrighty Says:

    So sorry you need surgery but I hope it takes away the pain. There are so many good books out there, I hope you get to enjoy them all! Here’s a few I’ve liked –
    Harlan Coben – thriller, suspense
    Phillip Gulley – humorous series about small town, Quaker community
    Fannie Flagg – humor, quirky characters in quaint small towns

  2. Krista Says:

    Have you read “eye of the god”? Ask Amy if she has a copy because it was a CFBA review. I LOVED it and I think it would mostly fit in your cozy mystery section.
    Amish – Sisters of the Quilt series and/or Beverly Lewis new series starting with The Secret (this is the only one I’ve read, but it was awesome).
    Hope you recuperate quickly!

  3. Jennifer Says:

    I love cozy mysteries! Some of my favorites (which I totally recommend checking out) in include the Death on Demand series by Carolyn Hart, Jane Jeffry mysteries by Jill Churchill and Culinary mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson. Cozy-Mystery.com has a great many number of different lists and suggests for different types of cozies and is great for finding something exactly to your taste.

    Hope you feel better!

  4. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com Says:

    The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy
    Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
    The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
    Through the Triangle by CP Stewart
    The Hunger Games and Catching Fire

    For cozies: Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun 🙂

  5. Sally Says:

    Wow, thanks for all the GREAT ideas! My time in recuperation will go by so much faster!

  6. Kathryn Magendie Says:

    Good luck with your back surgery – I had it a long time ago (1991) and it was successful. My biggest advice is to do EVERYTHING the doctor says – it will speed your recovery and lessen the chances for any “trouble” … 🙂

    By the way, I’m here from the article about book bloggers that was on Huffington Post.

    As for books, I could be selfish and list mine, *laugh*, but I won’t – and they aren’t cozy mysteries anyway :=D- but here in our Smoky Mountains of W North Carolina, we have many wonderful authors, and one of our mystery writers is Vicki Lane! She has several books out that follow a character through mysteries, and she’s a lovely woman to boot.

  7. Sally Says:

    Kathryn – Yes, this is my SECOND back surgery – had first one in 1993 – so I did something stupid and it’s now one disc below I need worked on. Good advice to do everything the doctor says – I’m DETERMINED to do that – only thing is school begins August 9 and I’m a second grade teacher – might be a little sticky… Thanks for the good book advice also!! I’m very curious about your books – will look them up!

  8. Cindy Says:

    My new addictions that I recently discovered at the library are scrapbooking mysteries 🙂
    The author is Joanna Campbell Slan. They are quite amusing – even moreso if you are a scrapbooker. Light-hearted mysteries. Just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat but then throw a few laughs in too.

  9. pat Says:

    Anything by Mary Higgins Clark would probably be a good read, and she has just come out with a new one.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Sally,

    I can pick several authors that will keep you entertained and even be historical:
    Boede Thoene books (Includes Brock at times);
    Eugenia Price;
    Francine Rivers;
    Joel Rosenberg novels;
    John Grisham, the earlier books;
    Randy Singer;
    DiAnne Mills,
    Terri Blackstock;
    Dee Henderson;
    Beverly Lewis;
    Brandilyn Collins;
    Mary Higgins Clark;
    Harry Kraus.

    Those should last you a while. I’ve had three back surgeries, so I know what you are going through to some degree. May the Lord be with you now and through your surgery.
    Linda

  11. diana Says:

    karen kinsbury…esp the baxter series…good christian fiction

    jodi picoult……esp the pact and nineteen minutes

    good luck with your surgery!

  12. CLM Says:

    I suggest two coming of age classics; Heaven to Betsy/Lovelace and I Capture the Castle/Smith.

  13. Amber Stults Says:

    I hope the surgery goes well, Sally.

    You may like some of the Kate Atkinson novels featuring Jackson Brodie – Case Histories, One Good Turn and When Will There be Good News?

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