I like reading books. A lot. Below are some favorite books of mine. I hope you will love them as much as I do. To learn more about a specific book, click on the image (clicking the book/Kindle images will link you to affiliate sites).

Check back every now and then as I add more books to the list.

Mrs. Pollifax Spy Series, by Dorothy Gilman

Emily Pollifax, a widow, had no purpose in her life until she stumbled into CIA headquarters in Langley to naively apply for a job as a spy in cold war times. She just wanted to live out her dream, and through a bumbling set of circumstances, she got her chance.

The first four books of hers are my favorites, but I am addicted to them all. Addicted like coffee or chocolate, serious stuff. My dad got me hooked, and my niece is now an avid follower as well. These books are easy reads; they each can be read in a weekend. Unfortunately, these are print books and are not available on Kindle, despite my many attempts to harangue the publishers into putting them into Kindle versions. So you'll have to order them and wait a few days for them to arrive. Update: These are now available on Kindle! My persistence paid off!!! I've got them on my Kindle. 

The first book in the series is "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax." Start there.

I had hoped the author of this series, Dorothy Gilman, would live forever so she could keep writing these gems. She passed away in February 2012, but her work will live on in my heart forever. I love this series!




Big Stone Gap series, by Adriana Trigiani

This series begins in the 1970s in Big Stone Gap, West Virginia. It reminded me of my own life in the 70s, and I was quickly hooked. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be glad you read these books!


Other books by Adriana Trigiani



I love this book. I didn't like the author's other books, but this one is hilarious and points out the flaws of trying to operate in a different culture. Highly recommended.


I may or may not have read this children's book twenty times when I was in elementary school. I was obsessive about certain books like this one, "Ramona the Pest," and anything written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Books about China

I suppose not everyone is a student of China, but these books will wrench your heart as you begin to understand the horrors of the Cultural Revolution. While I was attending Friday night football games in high school, people my same age in China were laboring in communes or being "sent down to the countryside" for hard labor. You won't be the same after learning what China is really all about. And if you've ever met Chinese people, understanding the cultural revolution will help you understand why they say and do certain things. 



Amelia Peabody Mysteries, a series set in Egypt, by Elizabeth Peters

I felt a yawn coming on when I first read one of these books. I'm so glad I didn't give up. These are smart books that will keep you laughing and on your toes. 



Book Style

Over the years, I have mailed or carried in my suitcase HUNDREDS of books to China so I would have something to read in English. Then I needed a bigger house to store all the books. It was getting ridiculous.

I wish the Kindle had been created fifteen years earlier than it was. It would have saved me tons of money and muscle aches, not to mention the number of trees that could have lived.

I love the original lightweight Kindle, although most of the time these days I read my books on my Kindle app on my iPad (with the cute cover).


What are some of your favorite books? Leave a comment and share the love.

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