I hit the jackpot with bookstore gift cards this Christmas! And tomorrow looks like it will be the day for me to get out for a bit and SPEND some of these. (Of course, I'm thinking of saving one for those "only available online" purchases...)
I do have a list of things to look for, but if anyone would like to recommend a favorite of theirs, I'd be most appreciative.
Have you read any of Michael O'Brien's books? They are fabulous! Father Elijah: An Apocalypse is a must-read. You can learn about his other novels here http://studiobrien.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=73&Itemid=75
Absolutely, without one second worth of hesitation, "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet. This has got to be one of my top five -if not my number One pick- all time favorite books EVER. I have never read a book before -or after for that matter- that made me jump up and cheer before. I just posted a bit about Ken follet and this book today, because he is actually doing a sequel to it that happens 200 years later.
Trust me Barb, it is a long read, but well worth the time. I finished it, and started reading it over again immediately. Ive read this book probably 10 times in the past 10 years.
Dean Koontz "Odd Thomas" and the new one, "Forever Odd".
My three favorite books are Jane Eyre, Little Women, and to Kill a Mockingbord, so if you haven't read those, then I suggest those. Right now I am reading The Time Traveller's Wife, which has been so compelling so far. I flew through almost 200 pages just last night. Hopefully it continues to be good. I also liked Memoirs of a Geisha. And a good one from a few years ago was The Lovely Bones. And ANYTHING Agatha Christie tops my list, but ESPECIALLY The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express, and And Then There Were None (in that order) because those are her top three works, in my opinion.
Wow, what a great list!
I have a Michael O'Brien here waiting for my attention, so I will have to see to that soon.
Unfortunately, I didn't get these others before I went to the store.
Rose, I have read "Jane Eyre," "Mockingbird" and "Little Women." Having majored in English in college and grad school, I kind of HAD to, LOL!
I did pick up "The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living," Christopher West's "Theology of the Body," George Weigel's "Letters to a Young Catholic," 2 novels (from the sale table) and a memoir.
If you haven't read "Orthodxy" by Chesterton, you should. Likewise, as an SFO, you should read Chesterton's biography of St. Francis if you haven't already.
Or am I too late?
If you are looking for another book to read, I have one that I recommend highly.
The book is titled "The Fall of Lucifer", written by Wendy Alec.
The book opens with the three Angelic brothers, Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel, in heaven before the fall. Over the course of the book, the essence of the angels is developed. The controversy arises when God created man to be higher than the angels, in that we are created in the image of God. Lucifer was embittered to the point of rebellion.
Various historical events are incorporated, and the plot offers the perspective of an angel into the events. The novel develops the beauty of heaven and the grotesque quality of hell, the depths of evil, and the beauty of grace. It communicates these themes through beautiful imagery and an intriguing plot. The beautiful imagery would make for amazing scenery!
This is a fast read, 300-page novel that is consuming to the imagination and penetrating to the heart. I hope they make this book into a movie. It would be amazing. If you have time, I hope you enjoy it!
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