Your suggestions on Monday’s post were so fabulous, I’m going to have a lifetime worth of reading to do. If you haven’t added your favorite fiction to the comments section on that post, please do. I am taking notes and I know a lot of you are as well.

Some of you have asked which books I have chosen to read. I’ve been at the beach for a week now and have yet to find a bookstore or a library next to the pool or along the bike path. Can you believe it? So I have rummaged through the titles here at the beach condo. Lots of C.S. Lewis – love him. Too heavy for June. Lots of Eugenia Price – know nothing of her. The covers look a little…romantic. I finally found The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks.

I figured Nicholas Sparks is a good enough bet for beach reading. I may finally read the first Harry Potter book when I get home. Reading those for the first time now feels a little like not seeing Star Wars for the first time until three years ago. Though I knew it started with Episode 4, I began with Episode 1 just to see. I do not recommend that tactic if you are seeing them for the first time.

Some other titles that caught my eye in the comments section:

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (recommended by Emily and June).

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin (after reading how passionate Jennifer G. was about this book I’m ready to see what all the fuss is about!)

The Maytrees by Annie Dillard (recommended by Kelly and Kari and I think I would like anything the two of them recommend to me).

The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – several people mentioned this one.

The Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary – Every time I see Ramona on the shelves at a bookstore, I am ten years old again, skinny legs folded up on my dad’s recliner, hearing mom humming in the kitchen. I would love to read the Ramona books again. Thanks for the reminder, Megan!

Some of you asked what are some of my favorite fiction books. Reading your suggestions, I realize a lot of us like the same things. No surprise there. Here are my top five in no particular order and with no descriptions because this post is already too long.

1. ‘Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

2. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken – breaking my own rules here. Totally not fiction, but I have to include it.

3. The Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers – Is a love of these books required in order to be considered female? I don’t know for sure. But I did love them.

4. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – I really liked the characters and the themes and feel in this one.  I also read The Mermaid Chair by the same author and did not connect nearly the same way with her writing or her characters in this book.

5. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare – I don’t remember the details. I just remember really liking it.

There are more. I’ll stop at five. Thank you all for your suggestions and please, keep them coming if you haven’t spoken up yet. I love a good book.