My Favorite Books

I love all kinds of books from many different genres.

 

Classics, Biographies, Historicals, Fantasy, and of course fiction.

 

My favorite are books where the main character has to  learn to overcome personal struggles and learns to do so honorably. 

 

I like fresh spins on classic stories or fairy tales.  

 

Reading books deemed as classics has really opened my eyes up to some fantastic story telling where a lot of humor was hidden in the lines of text if you can see it.

 

Some of my favorite recent reads include The River of Doubt about Teddy Roosevelt's trip down the Amazon, The Artemis Fowl series and Last Child in the Woods, a book describing the need to get our kids back outside to reconnect with nature.

I have a Kindle app on my Ipad but must confess that I have a hard time using it.  

 

I really do still love the feel of a book in my hands!  

 

My one recent Kindle read, that my wife teased me mercilessly about was the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard.  Having two daughters I found the book a little scary about the length mean girls will go to establish dominion over one another.

 

Being a borderline narcoleptic driver, audiobooks have been a God send for me.  Jim Dale, who read the Harry Potter series and the Peter and the Starcatchers series has one of the best voices in the business for this and always kept me locked in while we drove on roadtrips for family and business.

There are so many classics that I would encourage anyone to read.  My two favorites are Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. 

 

Phantom, though entertaining in it's musical / play form, might just be the best book I've ever read.  If you have only seen the play you are missing sooo much.  Read it.

 

Lemony Snicket

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Trenton Lee Stewart

Lemony Snicket's book series' challenge the early MIddle Grade reader with new vocabulary most adults avoid and are darkly adventurous and oddly funny.

Mr Stewart's Benedict Society Series has a wonderful selection of talented young kids sent through numerous challenging situations.  Sometimes dark, the action never ends

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