Welcome to my blog. If you're addicted to books, like I am, then you've come to the right place. I mostly write about books and my experiences reading them. These are very personal book reviews. (If you can even call them book reviews...) I’m a true believer that none of us lives in a vacuum. When you read a book, watch a movie, listen to a song, etc., you absorb that art form into your life experience, and it changes you. But you also change it, because no two people see anything the same way. The way I interpret a novel may be totally different from the way you will. It’s still the same novel, but the meaning for each of us is unique. Once you express that meaning, it changes the art. So these posts are about how these books fit into my life. I’d love to hear how they fit into yours. Please make comment and share your experience.

Some of Jen's Favorite Books

I've been wanting to compile a list of favorites for a while...the problem is where to start and what am I forgetting?  So this is a work in progress--I'll probably keep coming back to it and adding more as I remember them.  If one is reviewed on the blog, I'll have a link.  I tried to organize them alphabetically by author's last name.

Stand Alone Novels

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Shogun by James Clavel
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

Mini Series

The Power of One and Tandia by Bryce Courtenay

The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett

Trilogies & Series

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  1. Outlander
  2. Dragonfly in Amber 
  3. Voyager
  4. Drums of Autumn
  5. The Fiery Cross
  6. A Breath of Snow & Ashes
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows

Dahak by David Weber

  1. Mutineer's Moon
  2. The Armageddon Inheritance
  3. Heirs of Empire

Honor Harrington by David Weber

  1. On Basilisk Station
  2. The Honor of the Queen
  3. TheShort Victorious War
  4. Field of Dishonor
  5. Flag in Exile
  6. Honor Among Enemies
  7. In Enemy Hands
  8. Echos of Honor
  9. Ashes of Victory
  10. War of Honor
  11. At All Costs
  12. Mission of Honor
  13. Crown of Slaves (Honorverse--part of the same universe, but parallel to the main storyline.)

Non Fiction

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Last Updated 3/11/12