Books to Read

As you can quickly gather when perusing my blog, I read a lot of books. I've always been a voracious reader; in fact, my mom likes to tell about finding me sobbing because I couldn't read when I was three or four. Once I learned to read, there was no stopping me. As an elementary student, my favorite books were the Mandie and Baby-Sitters' Club books, closely followed by every Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on (the classics--not the new, "updated" ones). As I grew older, I transitioned into Christian romance--first with Janette Oke, then Lori Wick. Now, while I still enjoy straight-up romance, I gravitate toward something a bit more substantial, à la Ted Dekker or Karen Kingsbury.

A few years ago, I posted my first official book review (it was of Lynne Spears' book Through the Storm, in case you were wondering). Now I review four or five books a month, and while I enjoy most of the books I read, I thought it would be helpful for you (and me, when I'm asked) to know which books I most highly recommend—whether I've reviewed them or not. (For a listing of all my book reviews, go here.)

I'm listing books alphabetically by author. I've linked to each book's Amazon page, and I've noted the books I've reviewed. To save space, I won't comment on each book, but feel free to ask me about any books that interest you!

Randy Alcorn
Jane Austen 
Coleen Coble
Suzanne Collins
Ted Dekker
Shannon Dittemore
Tricia Goyer
Robin Jones Gunn
Angela Hunt
Denise Hunter
Karen Kingsbury
Julie Klassen
C.S. Lewis
Krista McGee
Francine Rivers
Sarah Sundin
Becky Wade
Lori Wick
    Ginny L. Yttrup
    Elisabeth Elliot
    Joshua Harris
    C.S. Lewis
    Max Lucado
    David Platt
    Michael Ward
    Philip Yancey
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      1. I love this list! :)

        You need to read the Ishbane Conspiracy by Randy Alcorn which is my favorite book! Safely Home (already on this list) is my other favorite.

        1. Thanks for the suggestion, Cari! Safely Home is the only Alcorn book I've read--but I've just ordered a used copy of The Ishbane Conspiracy ... I'll let you know what I think!

      2. Anyway you could help us find appropriate books for our is 14 and has read everything I can think ..the other is 10 and only wants babysitter club type but I've heard the newer versions are not good. At a loss for her .

        1. The 14-year-old is definitely easier for me to come up with recommendations for! Both Melanie Dickerson and Jody Hedlund have medieval YA novels that are excellent. Also check out Hannah Currie (princess romances) or any of the books listed here: For clean but not necessarily Christian, check out Kasie West's books - all that I've read are clean YA romances. You could also search my YA romance tag ( - not all of the books are appropriate for teens (in my opinion), but I list any content that might be problematic. I'm not as up on pre-teen books, but for the 10-year-old, you could try the Choir Girls series by Victoria Kimble. And when I was that age, I loved the old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books - the ones that were written in the 1930s!