My grandmother and mother were both avid readers which influenced me to begin reading as a child. I still love to read and many books have become my "friends." I love the smell, feel, and weight of books whether light or heavy. I like to fold down corners, make notes in the margin, or underline special sentences and paragraphs. I have come to appreciate the e-book and reading off of my I-PAD or I-Phone, but if I was to be honest, I do miss the "real" book. A good story teaches me about life, people, history, spirituality, health or social issues. Fact or fiction books both contribute to my learning curve.
This week I am going to recommend a variety of books that I have found interesting, informative and/or inspiring. Some of them I have read recently while others might be from many years ago. And, yes, some I have read several times. Like I said, they are my friends. There are hundreds of books that deserve to be here, but I narrowed the list to just 25, and there is in no special order nor are they categorized.
1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
2. Out of Africa by Isak Dinensen
3. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Taylor
4. The Forsythe Saga by John Galsworthy
5. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
6. Strength Renewed by Shirley Corder
7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
8. Desire by Annemarie Selinko
9. After You, Marco Polo by Jean Shor
10. Saint Gaudens and the Gilded Era by Louise Hall Tharp
11. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
12. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
13. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
14. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
15. Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom
16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
17. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
18. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
19. Reverence for Life by Albert Schweitzer
20. The Spiritual Woman by Harriet Hodgson
21. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
22. Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
23. Tree Spirited Woman by Colleen Baldrica
24. Damaged Goods by Charlotte Hunt
25. Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir by Karen Ingalls (I did have to include this one!)
Now that I am a published author (it seems strange to say that), I have far greater appreciation for the writer who wants to be an author; the author who goes through the process of publication; and the rewards and challenges that go with being an author.
I want to recognize and commend the authors of those ovarian cancer books, whose stories informed and inspired me. Those books are: Facing Cancer with God's Help by Jeanne Martin, Torch by ovarian cancer survivors, Bearing Witness by Kathryn Carter, No Time to Die by Liz Tilberis, A Guide to Survivorship for Women with Ovarian Cancer by F. J. Montz, and A Feather in My Wig by Barbara Van Billiard.
Please share what your favorite books are. Which stories gave you insight, excitement, or enrichment to your life?
- Karen Ingalls
- My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.