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...

Admiral Hornblower by C.S. Forester

For all those who read Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series (or watched the movie with Russell Crowe), you should discover the first naval adventure series about Horatio Hornblower written by C. S. Forester. Written around the time Britain faced Germany...