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Renee Lange

My favorite read has been "The Color of Water". A quick read for summer yet a message that will resonate for a lifetime. Have a great day!

Anne Marie

What a lovely book - thanks for the chance to win.


A wonderful story that touches the heart--"The Same Kind of Different as Me". I couldn't put it down till it was finished(of course, many books are that way for me!).
Thanks for another giveaway opportunity!

Janet Caldwell

Love Anna Maria! Looks like a wonderful book to read.

Barbara H.

I've seen this book mentioned here and there and would love to receive it! Thanks for the opportunity.

Oh, I could give you lists of books! I recently finished The Hidden Flame by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn, second in their Acts of Faith series, a fictional telling of events during the time of the Acts in the Bible. Very good, as is Where My Heart Belongs by Tracie Peterson.

In a different kind of reading, I am thoroughly soaking up a Bible study called Hoping for Something Better: Refusing to Settle for Life as Usual, a Bible study by Nancy Guthrie. Very meaty.


What a kind gift , have a ahppy day :)


Meant Happy day :)


I need ideas for summer reading myself. So I'll be back to skim through the comments here.


I just finished two good books. Eyes of a Child which was very interesting (story involves a murder and trial). The other book was called The Help and is about a recently college graduate of Ole Miss who decides to write a book about the treatment of the African-American help in her town in 1960's Mississippi. It was excellent and had such terrific characters. I recommend both books!


Right now I'm reading Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux. It's not brand new, but I'm really enjoying it!

Linda Jo

I just finished Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant! It's about a convent in Italy in 1570. It's about forbidden love, discipline and early medicine! I think you would like it, Charlotte!


put me in for the drawing. thanks!

Traci Johnson

One of my all time favorite books is "A Gift From the Sea", by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It's not new but it's beautifully written and a perfect summer read!


I'm reading the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society right now and love it.

Debbie Jones

How about When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton or Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. I enjoyed both of I am reading The Help and I love that too.

Debbie Demmers-Lujan

I read "My Sister's Keeper" before I saw the movie. I was just talking to someone about it. Yes, we know the book is usually always better than the this case, too, but because the book ending is far more profound than what they did in the movie. They changed other things, but I wish they hadn't messed with the original ending, Charlotte, and I think you would agree! Have a great day!!! deb


I just finished Marie Bostwick's "A Single Thread". I love books about women overcoming diversity and this one captured that well. Have a great week!

terry sweet

i too am reading marie bostwick and i always keep up with jennifer chiaverinni. thanks for the chance to read a new author.


Thanks to you I read Eat, Pray, Love and Loving Frank! You give great book recommendations!

Patty Cole

'that old cape magic' by richard russo.


Young adult - Hunger Games-my sister in law gave it to me for Christmas. It was a bit hard to put down even though at first it didn't seem like something I would want to read.

"Story set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death.Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is entirely focused on survival at any cost. It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of holding on to one's humanity in such inhuman circumstances."

I will be photographing at Squam. I look forward to meeting you!



I haven't started yet, but I'm planning to read through the Nero Wolfe mystery books this summer. We watched the great tv series adaptation and they were fantastic, I'd highly recommend them and have great hopes for the novels.


I wish had more time to read, but I am trying to reach out to my children. I am reading The Five Love Languages of Children. So far, I love it!


I found this by accident but I feel certain you will love it - The Gift of An Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison. It is so calming and lovely.

Laura D

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig, although I have to admit I am listening to it not reading it. It makes a great adult story time will sewing, cleaning, mowing the yard or when you just need to escape. Thanks for the give away.Laura D


Books. I could go on and on. I'm currently re-reading the Artists' Way with two friends; also "Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation" by Sheila Weller. I recently read "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and really enjoyed it. For info, I'm reading Women with Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden. Then there's "Life is a Verb," by Patti Digh, and Kelly Rae Roberts book, "Taking Flight."

There aren't enough hours to read everything I'd like to read.


Would love to read this! I just finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett amd thoroughly enjoyed it.


Interesting book - thank you for your give away.

Recently I've been reading Irene Nemirovsky's books. "Suite Francaise", "Fire in the Blood" and "The dogs and the wolves".
They're all very good.

Love everything you do Charlotte.

Zita - Mlle Magpie

I'm very much intrigued by this book.


The Beach House is a perfect Summer read!!

Heidi Woodruff

How fun, a new book! I'd love to win this! Hope you have a good trip. ~Hugs, Heidi

Julie Madsen

Life is a Verb by Patti Digh is currently on my nightstand...filled with wonderful quotes and powerful reminders--highly recommended. Thanks for an continually inspiring blog!

Alisa Logue

I just finished reading Julia Child's "My Life in France" and "the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". Both were good, lighthearted reads. Enjoy your trip! -Alisa

Diana Smith

My favorite is "the color of water". It was amazing! Thanks for the chance to win.

Cre8Tiva/Rebecca E. Parsons

anything by Dorothea Benton Frank...


Hi this is an old book
by Mark Helprin

"Winter's Tale"

my all time favorite for getting lost in
Travelling with Pommegranites by Sue monk Kidd


I just finished reading The Help.

Vicki Sheehan

How about Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen or Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos. Thanks for the chance to win!


I'm trying NOT to read anything except school work until I finish my exams on the 17th of June. Then, I'm going to go hog wild with reading for pleasure. I'm looking at the list of recommendations from other commentors and will be writing down some of those titles.
On my last break I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and loved it!


"My Year of Knitting Danerously" was really a good, funny read!


My latest read is Neale Donald Walsch "When Everything Changes- Change Everything". Life is about change,no? Being able to assert some sort of control seems an idea with value! My book in progress is the witty and wonderful "Queen of Your Own Life: the Grown Up Woman's Guide to Claiming the Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve". I see a trend here.............

Kerry Dahlin

I just finished "Creative Time and Space" by Rice Zachary-Freeman. I REALLY enjoyed it...helpful, inspiring, fun! :)

Marianne Boulton

Nothing has moved me lately. I just finished 'The Golden Mean'. A book about Alexander the Great and Aristotle. It had a beautiful book cover. Looking through the comments for some recommendations. Happy Summer.

Andrea Cunningham

My fav. book is "A Prayer For Owen Meany". Love books, any book will do. Love to go to the book store and smell the insides--especially mags.

Karen Hansz

One of my all time favorites is "Dewey" ... a true story about a library cat that changed the lives of an entire community. It's a great read!


"The Summer Book" by Tove Jansson. Delicious.


I just finished The Help...and now many of my friends and sisters have also read and loved it.

Gonna go through the list above for some ideas, I need a new book.


I just re-read "Everyday Sacred" by Sue Bender. Not quite a beach read, but a thoughtful book. Now, to go through the other comments and start a summer list!

Julie B.

Charlotte, since I won the MEHC program don't throw my name in the drawing, but for some summer reading here are a few books I would recommend: "The Elephant Keeper" by Christopher Nicholson; "Walking In Circles Before Lying Down" by Merrill Markoe (the author's irreverant, but the book is great); and "Hannah's Dream" by Diane Hammond! Have a great time at summer camp!!


"A Girl Named Zippy". A memoir about a girl growing up in a small Indiana town, in 1965. I read it a couple of years ago, and plan to read it again this summer. Touching and laugh our loud humorous. Have a blessed day!

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