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Favorites from the Bookshelf - Reading Room

"Reading—the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay." William Styron

I have shelves laden with books, and it's not possible to review every one of them. Some have been read more than once over several years, while others sit and languish until I pick it up and become enthralled in the story.

Here are this week's picks of favorite books from my bookshelf.


This is one I've shared before, but for those who haven't read Susanna Kearsley's books, this is a great place to start. The Scottish setting is beautifully depicted, the characters each have a unique voice, and the story is captivating. Reader reviews are mixed, but I'm firmly planted with the 5-star thinkers on this one. Learn more >

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

This is the first book I read by Edward Rutherford, and it's so good! The sequel, The Rebels of Ireland, is equally fantastic. These are hefty books, but once you start, you will no doubt be drawn in and not want to leave. Learn more >

The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford

Empty Mansions is a rare non-fiction book on favorite's list. The writing is superb and the subject matter is interesting. It was actually Huguette Clark's father, William A. Clark, who drew my interest. He was a Montana senator and also involved in mining, railroads, and banking. The mansion he built in Butte, Montana, still stands and is operated as a bed and breakfast under the name, Copper King Mansion. Check out the book >

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman

I enjoy a beautifully-written book, and With this Pledge is that and more. History is woven nicely into a story with wonderful characters and a lovely setting. It's one of those feel-good books that manages to also be gripping as you turn the pages. Learn more >

With this Pledge by Tamera Alexander
“I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” – Jane Austen


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