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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.)
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ADULT FICTION:
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
Allan Quatermain 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
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Emma  by Jane Austen
Enchanted April, The by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Good-bye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
Great Divorce, The by C.S.Lewis
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough
Harvester, The by Gene Stratton-Porter
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
Northanger Abbey  by Jane Austen
Persuasion  by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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
Solitary Summer, The by Elizabeth Von Arnim
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë 
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
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ADULT NON-FICTION:
1776 by David McCullough
A Fine Romance by Susan Branch
Anatomy of Peace, The by The Arbinger Institute
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
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
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 by Mark Kurlansky
Seven Miracles That Saved America by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart
The Days of My Life: An Autobiography by H. Rider Haggard
The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch
Universe and the Teacup, The by K.C.Cole
 My First Blog Post EVER!
ADULT FAITH & INSPIRATIONAL:
Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem by Ester Rasband
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
God Who Weeps, The by Terrel L. and Fiona Givens
Imagine Heaven by John Burke
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
Peacegiver, The by James L. Ferrell
Your Happily Ever After by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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YOUNG ADULT BOOKS:
Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White
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CHILDREN PICTURE  BOOKS:
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
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)
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
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CHILDREN CHAPTER BOOKS:
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
Little House, (Series) by Laura Ingles Wilder
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Secret Garden, The by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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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

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    • 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…

      Cynthy

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

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