Tranquility Falls by T. Davis Bunn

This is a contemporary Christian novel set in small-town California. Although there is a romance element, the main theme is that of redemption, of a person who’s lost their way leaving the hustle and bustle of L.A. to find peace and contentment among ordinary...

Call of the Wild by Jack London

There’s a reason some books are called classics: they transcend time while speaking to the human experience. For a long time, I’ve recommended Jack London to high school guys looking to pick a book from a reading list. Call of the Wild has adventure, the gold rush,...

500 Miles From You by Jennie Colgan

Jennie Colgan usually writes charming stories about an island off the coast of Scotland, but her latest, 500 Miles From You, has an interesting twist. Lissie, a London ER nurse dealing with PTSD from her traumatic case load, is encouraged to take a three month...

To Wake the Giant by Jeff Sharra

If you’re in the mood, like me, to read about disasters during the present uncertain times, you could check out Jeff Shaara’s To Wake the Giant. He focuses in the WW2 novel on the days leading up to Pearl Harbor, from the point of view of Cordull Hull, Admiral...

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

As one who enjoys both reading and watching fantasy, it’s interesting to compare book adaptations. The best, like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s interpretations, bring the story to life even at the cost of some of the richness of the books. I keep...

Mitford series by Jan Karon

I find unsettled times a good time to revisit Jan Karon’s 14 books in the Mitford series, set in small-town North Carolina. Karon captures interesting individuals, faces challenges big and small, and sometimes surprises us. But these stories are always full...