Wholesome Reads

“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, 
we seek after these things.” 
(Articles of Faith 13)
 My First Blog Post EVER!
I’m including a list of some of my favorite books, all of which are clean, wholesome, interesting, entertaining, and uplifting in nature. There is a list for children, youth, and adults. (This is a work in progress; periodic updates will be made.)
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard (and all books by H. Rider Haggard)
At Home in Mitford series by Jan Karon
Ayesha: She; She and Allan; Wisdom’s Daughter (Trilogy) by H. Rider Haggard
Becoming Malka by Mirta Ines Trupp
Before the Dawn by Dean Hughes
Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
Benefactress, The by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
Christopher and Columbus by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Destiny By Design: Leah’s Journey by Mirta Ines Trupp
Diary of a Goose Girl, The by Kate Douglas Wiggins
Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Emma  by Jane Austen
Enchanted April, The by Elizabeth Von Arnim
The Golden Verses by Barbara Miller
Good-bye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
Great Divorce, The by C.S.Lewis
Harvester, The by Gene Stratton-Porter
Hobbit, The by J.R.R. Tolkien
In the Mountains by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Keeper of the Bees, The by Gene Stratton-Porter
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor by R.D. Blackmore
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
Lost Verses: A Story of miracles, redemption, and the power of the word of God, The by  Barbara Miller
Love Among the Chickens by P.G. Wodehouse
Miramar Bay by T. Davis Bunn
Mitford Series, The (all of them) by Jan Karon
My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Northanger Abbey  by Jane Austen
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough
Patmos Deception, The by T. Davis Bunn
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Princess Priscilla’s Fortnight, The by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Quilter’s Apprentice, The by Jennifer Chiaverini
Red Eve by H. Rider Haggard
Random Harvest by James Hilton
Sanditon by Jane Austen and “Another Lady”
Scarlet Pimpernel, The by Baroness Emma Orczy
Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe
Solitary Summer, The by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet / Perelandra / That Hideous Strength by C S Lewis
Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
 by George Eliot
The Book of Hours by T. Davis Bunn
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Fragment by T. Davis Bunn
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë 
The Seventeen Second Miracle by Jason F. Wright
The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wednesday Letters, The by Jason F. Wright
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
1776 by David McCullough
A Fine Romance by Susan Branch
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly
Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict, The by The Arbinger Institute
At Home with Beatrix Potter: The Creator of Peter Rabbit by Susan Denyer
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear
Bonds That Make Us Free by The Arbinger Institute
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctutation by Lynne Truss
Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
He Walked The Americas by L. Taylor Hansen
Hiding Place, The by Corrie ten Boom
Learning in the Light of Faith by Henry B. Eyring
Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
Life of Charlotte Bronte, The by Elizabeth Gaskell
Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams by Susan Branch
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
Seven Miracles That Saved America by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart
Seven Women and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
The Days of My Life: An Autobiography by H. Rider Haggard
The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch
Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty, The by K.C.Cole
My First Blog Post EVER!
Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem by Ester Rasband
Falling to Heaven: The Surprising Path to Happiness by James L. Ferrell
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
God Who Weeps, The by Terrel L. and Fiona Givens
Headlong Into Fury: A WWII Pilot’s Riveting Story of Rescue and Redemption by Ron White
Imagine Heaven by John Burke
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
Life of Heber C. Kimball, An Apostle: The Founder of the British Mission by Orson F. Whitney
Peacegiver, The by James L. Ferrell
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Alexander Eben
Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons by Christie Purifoy
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses By C.S. Lewis (Summary & Study Guide) by C S Lewis
To Heaven and Back: The True Story of a Doctor’s Extraordinary Walk with God by Mary C. Neal
Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles E. Hummel
Yearning for the Living God by F. Enzio Busche
Your Happily Ever After by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant
A Wrinkle in Time (quintet #1), A Wind in the Door (#2), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (#3), Many Waters (#4),  by Madeleine L’Engle (I have not read the 5th book)
Ben Franklin and the Chamber of Time by Chris Heimerdinger
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Daniel and Nephi by Chris Heimerdinger
Eddie Fantastic by Chris Heimerdinger 
Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter
Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
Harry Potter (series) by J.K.Rowling
Hourglass Door, The (Hourglass Door, #1),  The Golden Spiral (Hourglass Door, #2), The Forgotten Locket (Hourglass Door, #3) by Lisa Mangum
Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White
Swiss Family Robinson, The by Johann David Wyss
Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites (and all in the set) by Chris Heimerdinger
The Chronicles of Narnia (the entire set) by C.S. Lewis
The Extraordinary Life of Richie Becker by Erik Barrett
The Water and the Wild by Kathryn Ormsbee
The Doorway and the Deep by Kathryn Ormsbee
All The Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
Art Lesson, The by Tomie dePaola
Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why Commas Really Do Make a Difference by Lynne Truss
I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can’t Manage Without Apostrophes by Lynne Truss
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (and ALL books for children by Beatrix Potter)
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
Anne of Green Gables (and all in series) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Courage of Sarah Noble, The by Alice Dalgliesh
Elizabeth Ann and Uncle Doctor by Josephine Lawrence
Little House, (Series) by Laura Ingles Wilder
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens / Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
Secret Garden, The by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Garden Behind the Moon by Howard Pyle
The Mysterious Howling: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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4 thoughts on “Wholesome Reads

  1. I find it somewhat odd you do not mention – or I haven’t found – _Random Harvest_ by James Hilton. I love the movie. Perhaps the book was a bit less wonderful…? Also missing is _Wuthering Heights_. Great fiction, but with a darker tone. Thanks! “We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” -G. K. Chesterton


    • Ha! You are so right! How did I overlook the book whose title I plagiarized? I am thinking that I had only seen the movie (which I also love) at the time I wrote the Wholesome Reads page. I have read _Random Harvest_ since, and have updated the Wholesome Reads page to include it, adding a few more select titles from my reading stack, as well. I’m glad you pointed this out. I have neglected this page for a long time. It needed a little dusting.

      I have read _Wuthering Heights_. I love Charlotte Bronte’s books, and Anne’s as well, but this one of Emily’s I have never cared for. Not that it isn’t good literature,–who would argue that?–but I think it’s just too dark and depressing for me. Hence, it’s omission from my list.

      I’m grateful for the quote by Chesterton that you shared–I love the idea of “a terrible loyalty.” Perhaps it will turn up as the basis for a blog post one of these days. So very inspiring!

      Thank you so much, and for the time and care in your perusal of my little blog! You’ve left me with a smile!

      So grateful…



  2. We, also, home schooled. Our daughter is like educating her two. Be well!

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