It is no secret that I enjoy reading. I am in with the group of people who would read for a living if only someone would pay us to do so. I have yet to meet that person though, so I will continue reading in my spare time, no matter how little of it there may be.
There are a handful of books that I either came by on accident, or I almost didn’t read at all. The funny thing is that these books ended up on my list of favorites. So, in no particular order, here are some great reads:
When I moved to Montana back in 1999, I had a favorite little used bookstore not too far from my apartment. I went in one day and found Ride With Me, Mariah Montana and had to get it because I felt as though it were there waiting for me to come along. I enjoyed the book, but it eventually got lost on my bookshelf. Not too long ago, I came across it and thought I should read it again. Only this time, I looked inside the cover and saw that it was the third book in a series. How had I missed that years before? No idea, but I set out to find the other two books and then read all three in order. I enjoyed the trilogy immensely. Ivan Doig has such a great writing style. His stories are funny and his wording is perfect. I have a few of his other books patiently waiting in line to be read. I have never heard a bad review about Ivan Doig and have a feeling that his other books will be just as enjoyable.
2. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. There are seven books in this series so far, but she leaves you hanging at the end of the 7th, so I am anxiously awaiting the release of a new one. Outlander is the first book.
A friend of mine suggested that I read it, with the warning that not everyone could get into it. Of the people she had recommended the series to, about half really enjoyed it and the other half, not so much. Because of this warning, I started reading with the thought that I might not like it, which is never a good way to start a book. By about half way through though, I was hooked. I devoured the series and have to fight the urge daily to go knocking on Diana Gabaldon’s door to see if she is done with the next one yet. She is great at sucking you into the story and making you feel as though you are a part of it. A really enjoyable series, though I will warn you that there are some parts that are difficult to read.
3. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. Believe it or not, I found this book for $1 at a sale. It didn’t look like it had ever been read, but it sounded good so I decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did! It is a great story filled with lots of characters and details. I was afraid I was going to get everyone mixed up, but it was actually really easy to keep people straight. The ending is totally unexpected, and leaves you speechless. I sat there saying “wow.. wow.. wow..” over and over again. It was that good. I hated to see it end, which is always the sign of a remarkable book.
There are more that I have really enjoyed, but I will leave you with these for now. If you are looking for a good book to read, you might want to check one of these out.