If You Could Read One Book This Year…

by Susan

Hi Ladies, this is Susan here and I need your help…

I’m taking a few days off next week and I am going to treat myself to reading a novel. (My husband has the week off of work and I am going to let myself relax a bit while he spends some time with Julia.)

The big question is…

What novel should I read?

I absolutely love losing myself in a good story and I haven’t let myself read one since Julia was born. And now is my big treat… so I have to make sure I choose the perfect novel.

So, of all the novels you’ve ever read, if you could only have read one of them, which one would you choose?

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Polly June 16, 2006 at 3:20 am

To Kill a Mockingbird is my all time favorite. I really loved this book especially the characters and message. I would also recommend (I know you only asked for one, but I can’t resist) Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. A wonderful story, great message, and the characters are incredible.


2 Dana June 16, 2006 at 3:24 am

I am with Polly on To Kill a Mockingbird being THE BEST BOOK EVAH! but most people have read it. I am part of a summer reading challenge and i just read a book called Ireland:A novel by Frank Delany. It’s a book that has a story within a story within a story. The prose and style are like eating cream! It’s an ABSOLUTE delight and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s long and should sustain you through the entire week.
I’m not trying to plug a blog-but you can read what i thought about several good ones at my book blog http://think_pink.typepad.com/books


3 Carol June 16, 2006 at 3:59 am

That’s a good question. It’s like asking a thirsty man, “What’s your favorite flavor of water?” I don’t know, but if you stick it in my face, I’ll probably read/drink it.

One that’s fresh on my mind is _A Tree Grows in Brooklyn_. It’s the best one I’ve read this year. I think it was written in the ’40′s, so that’s just me being really slow. It’ll also take more than a couple hours to read, so you should have something meaty to get you through at least a couple of days, if you have the luxury to give a few hours each day to it.

So, if I’m to pick just one, that’s the one I’d pick today.


4 Heather June 16, 2006 at 5:59 am

If you’ve never read anything by Karen Kingsbury, I highly recommend her books! The Redemption Series is THE BEST!!


5 Sarah S. June 16, 2006 at 6:33 am

I’m with Carol that ANY set of words on a page will sometimes suffice as an escape, but I just finished reading Philip Gulley’s “Home to Harmony” — a very realistic look at a church family including the good, bad, and ugly. You will laugh out loud, you will cry, you will be encouraged and blessed. When I’m not feeling quite so moral, I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, as well. Stephanie doesn’t have the most upstanding value systems, but they are hilarious novels about an inept bounty hunter, her crazy family and co-workers.


6 Joy June 16, 2006 at 4:25 pm

I echo the “To Kill a Mockingbird” recommendation. Love that book. My favorite of all time is “Jane Eyre”. I’m going to try the book Sarah recommends, “Home to Harmony”, it sounds just like what I need right now. She has some beautiful quotes from it on her blog.


7 Christina June 16, 2006 at 4:39 pm

LOVED Ted Dekkers series Black, Red, White…LOVED them!!!


8 Sandra June 16, 2006 at 5:44 pm

Well now that depends on what kind of novel you’re looking for? LOL Are you looking for steamy romances, then I suggest Lori Foster, Dianne Castell etc.
If you like historical romances then Julia Quinn is great.
If you like just a great funny romance, then Jennifer Crusie’s “Bet Me” is for ya.
If you like some other funny ones, the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella are great.

Ummmmm ok, you asked for ONE book and I just went on and on, sorry, I’m just so addicted to books I can’t help it LOL


9 Michelle June 16, 2006 at 9:07 pm

Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorits, along with Pride and Predudice . . . -gotta admit, found “To Kill a Mockingbird” a little too hyped up to be good (PLEEAASE don’t stone me!), but then again I have read the Dune series over and over . . .(science fiction), but if I was to pick up a novel it would be one of the novels that Holymama.typepad.com recomended from the spa girls thing cause I love to laugh, she said these books were full of chuckles. I like chick-lit for light reading. I even went looking for a spa girl book when I picked up “Captivating”, but couldn’t find it.


10 Stephanie June 17, 2006 at 12:08 pm

Last summer I read The Secret Life of Bees and it was VERY good- you will get pulled in from the first sentence. Also, I read Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy (I had never seen the movie) and oh, what excellent writing that is!! I would say those are both great summer reads!


11 Stacey June 17, 2006 at 2:52 pm

I’ve been reading the Left Behind series and I’ve found them to be quite good. JMHO


12 Susan June 17, 2006 at 9:32 pm

Thank you all so very much for your great suggestions!

Yes, “To Kill A Mockingbird” is also one of my all time favorite books and I love the movie too.

It is so hard to choose… but I decided to get “Peace Like A River”. Now, I just hope I actually have time to read it. I’ll let you all know how it is.

Talk soon,


13 Carrie K. June 18, 2006 at 3:30 pm

I double “Peace Like a River” and “Ireland” and I would add “Trinity” by Leon Uris.


14 Jennifer September 21, 2006 at 8:45 pm

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


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