What’s on your reading list?


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Lately the exhaustion I am experiencing has been at an all time high. I haven’t slept the past 3-4 nights and it’s been hard to do anything outside of my everyday chores. I’ve been tempted multiple times to just lay on the couch and turn on a show, but because I know that I’m being held accountable on my little blog, I haven’t…and that’s the only reason.

I’m brainstorming options to do that don’t take a lot of energy and the only good option I have found is to read a book.

My only issue with reading is that my usual options for reading are include mostly books that make me think and process more than what I have the capacity to do right now. I don’t have the ability to do deep soul searching in the middle of the day right now…who am I kidding, during any time of the day!

I’m in search of some good fiction books. My husband is an avid fiction novel reader and always has a book to read before bedtime, but his books are not my cup of tea. I haven’t been able to find a series or a type of book that I might enjoy reading that is also PG to PG-13, will hold my attention, and won’t make my brain explode with too complicated plots.

So, here’s my question for you today. What are some good fiction novels that you currently have on your nightstand? I’ve found a list by Shauna Niequist that I’m going to use as my starting point…here are her fiction books she recommends:

1. Me Before You  by JoJo Moyes

2. Where’d You Go Bernadette  by Maria Semple

3. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

4. A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano

5. Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe

6. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield

7. The Interestings by Meg Wolizter

8. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

9. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

10. Family Happiness by Laurie Colwin

I’m hoping to take a trip to the library this week and would like some more ideas. What are your suggestions?


This post is also part of a 31 day series of Living Unplugged with The Nester. You can find the list of my other posts here.


  1. I just finished reading “My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok. It’s a powerful story and view into the world of Hasidic Judaism, as well as into the mind of an artist. It’s not a light-hearted read by any means, but it is a very good read…I highly recommend it.

  2. Sarah,

    I’m not much of a fiction reader, however, I’ve come to love books by Jeanette Oke, Jan Karon, Micheal Phillips, and Judith Pella. These tend to be series of books focused around a few characters. They all have a strong Christian theme running throughout.

  3. Meg Greving says:

    Just going through the last several blogs and I was so excited I found this!!! Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Was a hilarious book!!! It was mindless humor, and such an easy fast read. I caught myself laughing kind of obnoxiously out loud a couple times… Seriously, read that! Good Christian fiction authors are out there, my three favorites are Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and Robin Jones-Gunn:)


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