Tuesday, August 1, 2017

More of my favorite books plus the two I wrote

In July I posted on my blog a list of my Top 20 Favorite Books.
That was hard to winnow the number down to 20.
Here are a few more favorites that came close to being in that favored 20.

The Sisters (a biography of the Mitford sisters) by Mary S. Lovell.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser. When reading books about Tudor times I remember "Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived" to help me recall the lives and fates of Henry VIII's wives.

Yikes, Jan Karon's Mitford series about the kindly Father Tim did not reach my top twenty either.I love each book in this series, best to begin with the first one, "At Home in Mitford".

Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell. My favorite of hers thus far and I adore these covers of the new Virago editions.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson. I suggest reading "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" first, Jenny's first book. The author explores her lifelong battle with mental illness with humorous writing.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Uplifting true story of Corrie being in a concentration camp because her family sheltered Jews in WWII, and how she survived and became a beloved writer and speaker about her Christian faith.
The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Estes also wrote "Women Who Run With Wolves."
I realize my two precious "babies", books I co-authored, must be on my list of favorite books. I don't want them to think I am neglecting them. I have new blog readers who don't know about these pretty books. The first book I co-authored is "Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts: Stories to Warm Your Heart and Tips to Simplify Your Holiday."
Here is the Amazon link: Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts 
The second book I co-authored is "A Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts: Stories to Celebrate and Wisdom to Bless Moms." It was a delight to dream up and then write these books with the other gals.
Today on Amazon the Christmas book is $10 (hardcover, full color) and the Motherhood book is $8 (also hardcover and full color).
Here is the Amazon link: Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts
I looked over my list and see the books in this second installment are all written by women. Just an observation. My three favorite all time authors are men though, see the earlier list for their names.
Thank you to all the authors whose books give me such pleasure.Imagine the hours and years they spent perfecting their craft and bringing stories to life. As I know, writing is by its nature a lonesome profession.


justjill said...

Well Terra. I shall have a look see. Well done you.x

only slightly confused said...

So many books so little time sigh.

Pom Pom said...

Hi Terra! Your books look pretty!
I like women authors best. I did LOVE Island of the World very much and it's written by a man.

donna baker said...

OMG Terra, I still need to write down the first twenty again. I can't remember where the old list is. Is there a link on your sidebar?

Patsy said...

Most I have read, will keep up with your list ,thanks for the list.
I have been reading Nancy Turner's books about Sara's life in the
1800's (These is My Word's) now reading the sequel (Sara's Quilt).

Terra Hangen said...

Donna Baker, the list of 20 books was posted on July 14 and if you look at this post and scroll down, it is just 2 posts back or below, right before the watch dog post.

Jennifer said...

Your lovely card arrived yesterday and it made me so happy! Thank you!🌻🌼🌺

Wanda said...

What a wonderful list. I've read some, and will look for some of the others. What would we do without books...I'm forever reading too.

Sam I Am...... said...

I have read many of those books but picked up a few new ones! Thanks! I'm into grand-motherhood now so your books would probably not be a good fit for me but what an accomplishment...a published author! I had no idea! COngratulations!

Green Girl said...

What a swell book list! I have that Mitford Sisters one on my radar.
Congratulations on YOUR books, too!

happyone said...

I really must read the Jan Karon series sometime. So many people like her.

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Harvee Lau said...

Congratulations on your books! Christmas is coming soon!

Stella Jones said...

I like books written by women too Terra. I especially like Phillipa Gregory for historical novels and at the moment I am into Ann Cleves for crime fiction. She writes books set in the Shetland Isles, which are very atmospheric. There is also a series on television here in England about her stories. One is called 'Shetland' and the other is called 'Vera'.

Thank you for your recommendations.

Terra Hangen said...

Stella Jones, I like Phillipa Gregory too and am reading her books about Tudor times, and the tv show Vera is wonderful; I have thought about reading the Ann Cleves books about Vera.

Terra Hangen said...

Sam I Am, you mention you are into grandmother-hood now and many grandmas have purchased my two books as gifts for young moms they know. Lots of good and easy ideas in the books I wrote on how to celebrate Christmas and how to ease the important job of moms with fun ideas.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thanks, Terra, for the list of books. I think I have read all of Jan Karon's Father Tim books. She is one of my most favorite authors, along with Maeve Binchy..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Fairtrader said...

When I look at this I feel sad because reading has phased out of my life almost entirely the last 2 years. We have a rather harsh situation at home, so I hardly ever have time or strenght to read now, but I will catch up one day!! The story about Henry the 8ths wives always fascinated me, and I remember seing the film when I was a child.
Your scrapbooks looks lovely!!! So vivid and bright. I glanzed at the post below too, and saw that lovely dog of yours!! What a blessing that you found him! I've said it before, I know.... Hope you are well, Terra, and that life is beginning to brighten up, it seems that way!! I wish you a blessed and good weekend!

Lowcarb team member said...

That's a great list, thanks for sharing.

All the best Jan

Wood Fairy said...

Gosh what a lot of books, puts me to shame as I love reading so much but just don't make time for it and really should!... you have motivated me to do better I think. I just took a peek at the Christmas book you wrote, it is truly lovely. In there I noticed you have given a list of ways to give gifts to those less fortunate which I really liked, I have done this in the past with various charity 'shoe box' gift schemes and you have reminded me I should do it again. Thank you for visiting my blog and always leaving a comment, until today I have been unable to visit yours - it used to come up with that thing saying you aren't a member and have to be invited - I think blogger has blips - glad I tried again, you have a lovely blog with all the best things held dear - family, pets, books and flowers! Betty x

bj said...

What a wonderful list...thank so so much.
Also, thank you for coming by to visit.
Love to you.

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

ANYTHING ON THE SUBJECT OF HENRY VII always grabs my attention!!! Novels AND non-fiction. I've read the 6 Wives, excellent book.

Thanks for the visit today!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Love the Mitford series. Jan Karon is a great storyteller. Congratulations on co-authoring a published book. I've had a few devotionals published -- one in a Gary Chapman book, but to actually have a book published would be exciting. I saw a couple of other books on your list that looked interesting. I'll check them out. Thanks for sharing. xo

Carol Z said...

A great list. I'm a fan of anything Tudor, but I haven't read the Henry VIII title you mention, but I'll be on the lookout for it. The Hiding Place is one of my all-time favorite books. What an extraordinary woman!