Bookish Women Recommends...

Do you have a favorite book?  Just finished a great new read?  When you've got something to recommend to the group, simply leave a short synopsis and review in the comments below -- and we'll copy and paste it over to the sidebar!


  1. From Susannah (before I figured out how to turn on comments):

    Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
    It is a true story which takes place in 1815. Captain James Riley and the crew of the Commerce get shipwrecked off the coast of Africa. They are captured by nomads and made slaves in the Sahara desert. It is an incredible story of hardship and survival.

  2. Okay, I also decided to put the rest of the recommendations in the comments, since I've set the sidebar to only hold five at a time and eventually we'll cycle through them. I'll also see if I can't get Kim to send over any recommendations she got last year from members before the summer. That way, this page can be a consolidated resource! Hooray!

    Katie Langston recommends The House on Mango Street. A gorgeously-written book by Sandra Cisneros describes the coming-of-age of a teenage girl in an inner city Chicago neighborhood.

    Hailey Cahoon recommends Fish by Gregory Mone. It is a fun, new young adult novel that is a quick read. Fish is a clever character who finds himself among pirates, far from his farm home. You'll enjoy his honest character and the adventure it takes him on.

    Katie Langston recommends The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. It consists of correspondence between a senior demon, Screwtape, and a tempter-in-training. Brilliantly insightful, it reveals with wit and clarity the cunning ways of The Evil One.

    Kim Thacker recommends Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant. It's a short fantasy novel about love and magic. This book made Kim want to write beautiful, beautiful books.

    Kim Thacker recommends Jane Yolen's novel, Queen's Own Fool. It's a young adult historical novel about Nicola, court fool to Mary, Queen of Scots. This book made Kim glad to be a poor nobody in 21st century America.

  3. April Strawn recommends "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. Like "Into the Wild", this book documents (albeit,probably exaggerates)a treacherous climb of Mount Everest. Inspired me to go on my own mountain climbing trip.

  4. Not a recommendation, but I wanted to tell everyone that I just listened to 'Dawn,' a second book by Elie Weisel, author of 'Night.' Apparently, there is a third too. We read 'Night' last year. It was one of our holocaust classics. Anyway, 'Dawn' doesn't pick up where night left off. Its a completely different plot, but the author explores some 'what ifs' of his post war life. It wasn't so amazing that I encourage you to read it, but if anyone has read it I would like to discuss it. And, now you all know it exists. :)

  5. So Katie, I'm trying to figure out if we should post your quasi-recommendation in the sidebar? Thoughts?

  6. I just finished an adorable book called "A Girl Named Zippy. Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana" by Haven Kimmel. The author recounts her experiences growing up as she viewed them as a child. Several stories made me laugh out loud. It was so fun to read!

  7. My husband and I read "Princess Academy" by Shannon Hale. It was a sweet coming of age story. It had a surprising plot twist! My husband and I both enjoyed it.