#58 – Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (My 100 Favorite Books)

I missed out on reading Stephen King for much of my life.  I think it was because I knew of him as a horror writer, and I am not a fan of horror.  But I finally picked up his Dark Tower series, then began reading some of the books that tie in, and my mind … Continue reading #58 – Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (My 100 Favorite Books)

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#59 – The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle (100 Favorite Books)

I will admit I am a pretty cruddy prayer.  I have long desired to take time each day to pray and have often struggled.  Reading books? No problem.  Sitting in some sort of silence and reflection?  My mind wanders. This is why I am grateful I discovered the ancient practice of Fixed-Hour Prayer, and along … Continue reading #59 – The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle (100 Favorite Books)

#63 – Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (My 100 Favorite Books)

This has been, by far, my favorite book to read to my daughter.  Dory is a hilarious kid who struggles to tell the difference between imagination and reality.  This means she has to fight her nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker with help from her fairy godmother, Mr. Nuggy, who is only a phone call (from any … Continue reading #63 – Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (My 100 Favorite Books)

#65 – What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you like history, the Oxford History of the United States series is a must read.  I read The Glorious Cause, covering the Revolutionary War and Empire of Liberty which covered the time from 1789-1814.  My favorite book in the series is Battle Cry of Freedom, about the Civil War.  I was surprised when I … Continue reading #65 – What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe (My 100 Favorite Books)

#66 – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (My 100 Favorite Books)

Imagine a world where magicians exist but only to discuss the theory of magic, for magic has disappeared from the world.  That is, until two magicians appear who begin actually performing magic!  This is the premise for Susanna Clarke's delightful book set in England during the time of Napoleon.  When magic reappears the government quickly … Continue reading #66 – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (My 100 Favorite Books)

#67 – Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (My 100 Favorite Books)

Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is a fast-paced novel filled with battles and action.  In it we meet Ender, a wonderkid trained to lead the human species in war against an alien race that has invaded our planet, and will again if we don't attack them first.  Essentially there is nothing special about such a … Continue reading #67 – Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (My 100 Favorite Books)

#69 – Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (My 100 Favorite Books)

This was a fascinating biography of the founder of our country.  Beyond being one of the founding fathers, he was also a pretty great man.  What I appreciated most in this detailed biography though, was that Chernow does not seek to ignore Washington's flaws.  Washington was a slave owner who was both uncomfortable with slave … Continue reading #69 – Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (My 100 Favorite Books)

#70 – How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith and Politics at the End of the World (My 100 Favorite Books)

This book combined the work of Charles Taylor (whose magnificent book A Secular Age will make my list soon) and television shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.  Essentially, if you enjoy those shows and want to think a bit more deeply on what they are saying about life and our … Continue reading #70 – How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith and Politics at the End of the World (My 100 Favorite Books)