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What Are You Reading?

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published March 2012

If you know me, you know I love to read. Some of my past articles have been on books that I have read and why I like them. So, this time I thought I would ask my friends what they have been reading. Thanks to the social network, Facebook, I posted my status asking for their help. I requested they tell me what book they have read recently, if they would recommend it and why. Here’s what my Facebook friends had to say:

Tammy Nabors Gilbert— “The Shack;” My pastor loaned it to me. Great book! Really makes you stop and think about your own relationship with Christ and what it might be like when we meet him face to face! One of those books when you start reading, you don’t want to put it down!

The Vow Sandy Stockton Harrell— “Open Season,” by C.J. Box; Murder mystery set in Colorado with the game warden being the good guy. It’s a series. The author is a native of Wyoming.

Stacie VanDeman Poynor— “The Road to Fort Worth,” by Michael Jackson Smith.

Sandra Lowe— “We need to talk about Kevin;”  Haven’t finished yet but really good so far.

Tina Nolen— “Beyond Belief,” by Josh Hamilton; A good read for everyone! Shows anyone can never give up even when they fail!
“Same Kind of Difference as Me,” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore; A true story about an international art dealer and a modern day slave (a homeless man). A true story of love and compassion and how they never die.


And “Water for Elephants,” by Sara Gruen; A story of a veterinarian that joins a circus. He has love for everyone in the circus, including the animals. Falls in love with a married female performer and doesn’t give up on that love. Of course, they live happily ever after!

Three Cups of Tea Liesel Cottrell— “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; A book that changed the way people think about changing the world: Peace Through Education. It is a great book.

And “Desiring God,” by John Piper; It is amazing.

Suzy Caddell Byrd— “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter,” by Kim Edwards; Story of a man who gives away his baby girl after seeing she has down’s syndrome when born, but tells his wife she died at birth. It is just a really touching story of a nurse that raised her and how much the father missed out on a life.

Angela Wheat Nanny— “Sarah’s Key,” “Water for Elephants,” “Chasing Rainbows,” and “The Wedding Gift!”

Cassandra Key— “The Fulfillment Principle,” by Bob Westfall; It’s about dreaming God’s dream through the perspective of the parable of the talents. I liked the encouragement it offered because following the dreams God put in our hearts is a wild journey!

Melodie Donathan— “The Help;” An interesting perspective on life in the South during the ’60s, as it is told from the point of view of three characters. It’s not all that new but I enjoyed it. I do have to say that it is not the “To Kill a Mockingbird” of this generation. There is no comparison to Harper Lee, but it was a good read.

Sandy Whittley— “The Postcard Killers,” by James Patterson; Great gory mystery!!

Mike Slimp— “Brules,” “The Scout,” and “The Legend of the Painted Horse,” by Harry Combs. The books chronicle the life of a character named Cat Brules who fought Indians, became a Scout during the Indian Wars and was part of the whole campaign against the Sioux where Custer made his “last stand,” and, finally, on a piece of “his Heaven” in the Four Corners area. They are a great read, full of adventure, paint beautiful pictures of the mountain west, chronicle a bit of history of that area naming places you have probably seen or visited at some point, and provide a plausible insight into why there are painted horses in the United States. Good reading!

I have read a few of the books listed, some I have not. But it won’t take me long to get caught up, thanks to my new Kindle Fire.
I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas and was excited and skeptical at the same time. My family knew how much I loved to read and I was thankful for that, but I had my doubts. I really didn’t think I would like to read books on a Kindle.

One of the things I love about reading is actually holding the book in my hands. I love the feel of a book, the weight of it, the smell of it, turning the pages—visually seeing just how much I have read hour by hour. I didn’t know if I could give that up.

As you can imagine, I did. I downloaded a few books on the Kindle and began reading, one by one. After the third book, there was no stopping me, I was hooked. I would download and read, download and read. I haven’t looked back since. As I’m writing this in mid-February, I have read 20 books on my Kindle since Christmas and have many more to go. I have read more than I ever thought imaginable.

My most recent reads have been “The Hunger Games Trilogy,” by Suzanne Collins; “Breaking Dawn,” by Stephenie Myer; and “The Vow,” by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. I am one of those who likes to read the book before seeing the movie—there’s so much more detail in the books.

But, the book I am currently reading is not available for download. This book is written by Peggy Powell of New York. She is a reader of Lesli’s This and That and sent me a copy of her unpublished book. What an honor! So for now, my kindle is put aside.  I am reading a actual book, physically turning the pages of the book and holding it in my hands; loving every minute of it. You will have to wait a little while before I share the story of this book with you. It is pretty special to me.

I would like to say, “Thank You” to all my friends that responded to my post. I enjoy reading all different genres and look forward to adding your books to my collection.  


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