I am grateful for the responses from yesterday about your “catapult” into reading. Because I never read much as a child, I missed out on the whole Little House series. Last year, believe it or not was my first time reading through the entire series, and I think it is wonderful. I have a whole new commitment to reading them to my children after seeing your response in yesterday’s comment box.
The Little House books are an extremely easy, yet entertaining read. Light reading is a wonderful way to get into the habit of reading. I think it was Briana who asked about books to just “veg” with instead of t.v. and the following are my answers to her question. Notice they are mostly in a series…I love to get hooked into a series an then read book after book.
The Little HouseSeries by Laura Ingalls Wilder. No need to continue here, but the whole pioneer thing is extremely fascinating to me.
The Anne Series by L.M. Montgomery. If you have seen the amazing movies, you really should try reading the books. The first movie is very close to the first book, but the second movie barely resembles the next three books. Find out what happens to our favorite spunky red headed orphan as she teaches, goes to college, and eventually marries Gilbert and has five children. Then read about her children in Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside. Little bit of warning here: these are books geared toward pre-teens. You may find that Anne is a bit too perfect by book 3 or 4. Still, the colorful characters, amazing descriptions, and even the quintessential Anne make for a fantastic read. I literally go through these almost every year.
The Mitford Series by Jan Karon. What could possibly be interesting about the life of an unmarried sixty year old Episcopalian priest? You will be surprised to find yourself loving Father Tim as well as his parishioners and friends in the sleepy little town of Mitford. There is a wholesome little romance, a bit of mystery, and at some point in every novel – the gospel. That said, these are not Christian books, but they are truly wholesome. The best description of these books is that the author does an amazing job portraying the beauty of everyday people living everyday life.
Stepping Heavenwardby Elisabeth Prentiss. This is one of my all time favorite pieces of fiction…yes, it is fiction. The journal like format could be misleading, but this isn’t the life of Elisabeth Prentiss, it is her insightful story (I am sure heavily based on her own experience) of a woman who over time is transformed from a typical teen to an extremely godly woman. I love watching the evolution of Katherine. This book has a way of inspiring me to want to grow in godliness. It really is a very edifying book…but still a very easy book to read.
There you have it…my Light Fare recommendations. What are you favorite “veg” books? What books in a series do you recommend? Be sure to tell a little bit about why you love them. I just have the latest Mitford book to read, so I’m looking for a new series to begin. Thanks ahead of time.