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One Mother’s List of Must-Reads

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”                                             ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

How true those words are in my life…though my “library” is Amazon, sites like Goodreads and the multitude of bookstores within a 15-minute drive of my home.

We all deserve to take a break from the daily grind and to immerse ourselves in a captivating story. This Mother’s Day, I offer some of the books that have made me laugh and cry — stories that keep me up reading late into the night.

Depending on my mood, I enjoy a good biography, romance, historical fiction, or fantasy novel, as well as a smattering of Civil War narratives. I’ve listed some perennial favorites as well as a few new titles at the top of my reading list.

What books make your all-time favorite list? Share them here.


  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi with J. R. Moehringer, Jr. (Read my book review.)
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwi
  • Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived by Andrew Wilson 

Romance  Classic / Contemporary

  •  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers  
  • Green Darkness by Anya Seton 
  • Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundarsan  
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff (read author interview.)
  • Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypus



Historical Fiction 

  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara (This Pulitzer Prize winner topped my list of three must-reads of the war-time experience.)
  • 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel by Alice Hoffman
  • The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
  • One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus


  • The Talisman by Stephen King 
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin 
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
  • Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Sherrilyn is quoted in my 2010 and 2011 DragonCon posts.)

Other Fiction

  • Midwives A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner (out July 2012)