I love to read!  My parents use to punish me when I was a child by sending me to my room and telling me I couldn't read.  Odd I know, but if it works it works.  I love multiple genres.  I read mostly for pleasure but like to throw in something interesting frequently. I love murder mysteries, books about politics, Jane Austin, classics. I use to read more "highbrow" books but sadly now have sunk to mostly entertaining junk.  It just makes me happy.

I inherited the gift of speed reading from my dad so I can whip though a book quickly, which just makes it more depressing that I don't read better stuff.  My husband picks fascinating books to read but he's so slow and so busy he doesn't read much.  If I'm bored I'll read almost anything.  Currently I'm reading a lot of young adult literature.  It's a hot market and there really is a lot available.  And best of all, I know what my kids are reading.

Books I like:  (I'll add more as I think of them and read more.)

Young Adult

The Ranger Apprentice Series
Underland Chronicles
Wardstone Chronicles: Spooks defending people against witches, etc. Warning this one is dark and a little scary.  Last Apprentice Series
The Shamer Series by Lene Kaaberbol. Fun books with a female protagonist. 
Shadow Children Series: Anything by Margaret Haddix is good.
Uglies Trilogy
Spiderwick Chronicles
Holes and Small Steps
Charlie Bone Series
Chronicles of Narnia 

Tuck Everlasting 
Witch of Blackbird Pond 
Anne of Green Gables and the rest of L.M. Montgomery’s books
Giver Trilogy  by Lois Lowry
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud.  Stroud wrote the Bartimaeus Trilogy (+ prequel)
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
Hunger Games trilogy
Where the Red Fern Grows

Summer of the Monkeys


Unaccustomed Earth and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Thomas Perry. I like the Jane Whitefield novels
Lee Child Reacher novels
Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone novels


    Three Cups of Tea
    A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting

The Big Short : Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis.  
Game Change
A Saint on Death Row
Living in the Age of Entitlement:  The Narcissism Epidemic
Our Lot:  How Real Estate Came To Own Us
Born to Run
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden political genius of an American icon by John Ferling
Fatal Journey: the final expedition of Henry Hudson--a tale of mutiny and murder in the Arctic by Peter C. Mancall. 
Sick: the untold story of America's health care crisis--and the people who pay the price by Jonathan Cohn. 
Craig Mullaney’s book The Unforgiving Minute

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin 
Confessions of a prairie bitch: how I survived Nellie Oleson and learned to love being hated 

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