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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

Goodreads for Authors, by Michelle Campbell-Scott

Writing Active Setting: Characterizaton & Sensory Detail, by Mary Buckham

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

Picture Perfect, by Jodie Picoult

The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty

Blessing Your Husband, by Debra Evans

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Mud Vein, by Tarryn Fisher

Undeniably Yours, by Becky Wade

Write Your Novel From the Middle, by James Scott Bell

Wildflowers from Winter, by Katie Ganshert

Very Good Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse

Seven, by Jen Hatmaker (Again. This time with my daughters)

Texas Rattlesnake Roundups, by Clark E. Adams

Eden Hill, by Bill Higgs

1984, by George Orwell

Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

The Prince, by Kiera Cass

Author Publicity Pack: Resources to help You Take Your Book Markteting To The Next Level, by Shelley Hitz

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book, by Tim Gahl

77 Ways to Find New Readers for You Self-Published Book, by Laura Pepper

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View,  by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

My Own Miraculous, by Joshilyn Jackson

Finding Cinderella, by Colleen Hoover

Firing Up Your Fiction, by Jodie Renner

Twenties Girl, by Sophie Kinsella

The Blind Side, by Michael lewis

Shatter Me, by Taherah Mafi

A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Rachel Held Evans

Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson

Bleachers, by John Grisham

The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty

Rooms, by James Rubart

Decorate: 1000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your House, by Holly Becker


Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Proverbs, Hosea, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Luke, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Song of Songs



Exploring America, Volume 1, by Ray Notgrass

The Life Before Her Eyes, by Laura Kasischke

7, An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess,by Jen Hatmaker

The Wedding Game by Amy Matayo

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman

2k to 10k – Writing Faster by Rachel Aaron

Sway by Amy Matayo

How Do I Decide? by Rachelle Gardner

Self Publishing Attack! by James Scott Bell

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Crazy Love, by Francis Chan

The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella

Into the Free, by Julie Cantrell

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

The Extroverted Writer, by Amanda Luedeke

5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son, by Vicki Courtney

Not in the Heart, by Chris Fabry

Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden

Point of Retreat, by Colleen Hoover

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

Slammed, by Colleen Hoover (again)

Borders of the Heart, by Chris Fabry

Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover

Minding Frankie, by Maeve Binchy

Redemption, by Karen Kingsbury

Rescue Team, by Candace Calvert

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

My Stubborn Heart, by Becky Wade

Rekindled, by Tamera Alexander

Save the Cat!,  by Blake Snyder

Twelve Clean Pages, by Nika Maples

The Husband List, by Janet Evanovich

Slammed, by Colleen Hoover

The Best of Me, by Nicholas Sparks

Bitten by a Rattlesnake, by Sue Hamilton

Texas Rattlesnake Tales, by Tom Wideman

Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith

Remember Me?, by Sophie Kinsella

A Novel Idea, by Eddie Jones

Exploring America, Volume 2, by Ray Notgrass

Waiting for Sunrise, by Eva Marie Everson

Calling Me Home, by Julie Kibler

The Vow, by Kim and Krickett Carpenter

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Trauma Plan, by Candace Calvert

I’ve Got Your Number, by Sophie Kinsella

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Love in a Nutshell, by Janet Evanovich

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, by June Casagrande

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff

Crossed, by Ally Condie

Mama’s Bank Account, by Kathryn Forbes

Matched,  by Ally Condie

SuperFreakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt

Artifacts, by Mary Anna Evans

Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington

Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt


Exodus, Leviticus, I and II Samuel, I Kings, Job, Matthew, Acts, I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, I and II Peter



 Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

A Season of Gifts, by Richard Peck

The Doctor’s Lady, by Jody Hedlund

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, by Melanie Benjamin

Love You More, by Lisa Gardner

The Brotherhood, by Jerry B. Jenkins

The Merchant’s Daughter, by Melanie Dickerson

Fearless, by Max Lucado

Midnight Sons, Volume 1, by Debbie Macomber

Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell

11/22/63,  by Stephen King

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Astenland,  by Shannon Hale

At Every Turn, by Anne Mateer

The New Well Tempered Sentence, by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

Blink, The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink of an Eye, by Ted Dekker

The Samurai’s Tale, by Erik Christian Haugaard

Company Aytch, by Sam R. Watkins

Love Starts With Elle, by Rachel Hauck

Bird by Bird, by Anne LaMott

The Life of Glass, by Jillian Cantor

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

The First Five Pages, by Noah Lukeman

Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, by David Crockett

There You’ll Find Me, by Jenny B. Jones

Save the Date, by Jenny B. Jones

Try Fear,by James Scott Bell

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (again. This time aloud to my daughter.)

A BitterSweet Season, by Jane Gross

Now and Always, by Lori Copeland

The Signal Man,by Charles Dickens

Belong to Me, by Marisa de los Santos

Wings of a Dream, by Anne Mateer

The Baker’s Wife, by Erin M. Healy

Parenting 20-Something Kids,  by Martha Pope Gorris

Catching Fire,  by Suzanne Collins

Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder


Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, Matthew, Mark, John, 1 Corinthians, Revelation



The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Who Switched Off My Brain? by Caroline Leaf

The Thrill of the Hunt, by Tamela Hancock Murray

The Seven Best Things (Happy) Couples Do,  John & Linda Friel

The Lost Boy, Dave J. Pelzer

The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne

The Robe, by Lloyd Cassel Douglas

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands,  Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Adult Children, by John & Linda Friel

The Cat of Bubastes, by G.A. Henty

Breach of Trust,  by DiAnn Mills

The Gifted, by Terri Blackstock

True Courage, by Dee Henderson

Rhinoceros Success, by Scott Alexander

Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction,

by David Michael Kaplan

The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare

The Art of War For Writers,  by James Scott Bell

How to Grow a Novel,  by Sol Stein

The 11 Secrets of Getting Published, by Mary DeMuth

Dynamic Characters, by Nancy Cress

Creating Character Emotions, by Ann Hood

Presumed Guilty,  by James Scott Bell

Black Ice, by Linda Hall

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Room,  by Emma Donoghue

Heaven is For Real,  by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Capture the Wind for Me, by Brandilyn Collins

Walk Across the Sea, by Susan Fletcher

Work with Passion,  by Nancy Anderson

June Bug, by Chris Fabry

Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum

Taming Your Gremlin, by Rick Carson (again)

Almost Heaven, by Chris Fabry

The Preacher’s Bride, by Jody Hedlund

Petticoat Ranch, by Mary Connealy

Your First Novel, by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb

Twice Freed, by Patricia St. John

Crossroads, by Lisa Stevens

On Writing, by Stephen King

Getting into Character, by Brandilyn Collins

A Clearing in the Wild, by Jane Kirkpatrick

Getting Rid of Bradley, by Jennifer Crusie

The Elements of Style, William Strunk & E.B. White

Plot & Structure, by James Scott Bell (yes, again)

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, by Beth Pattillo

A Murder is Announced, by Agatha Christie

Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg

The Bridge of Peace, by Cindy Woodsmall

Snow Day, by Billy Coffey

Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller

The Land, by Mildred D. Taylor

Genesis, Joshua, JudgesRuth, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah,

Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Malachi

Matthew, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians

Philippians, Colossians, HebrewsJames, 1st 2nd 3rd John, Jude, Revelation


The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Virtually Free Marketing, by Philip R. Holden

Disaster Status, by Candace Calvert

Percy Jackson & The Olympians – The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis

Against All Odds, by Irene Hannon

Blogging for Dummies, by Susannah Gardner & Shane Birley

Blogging for Bliss, by Tara Frey

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, by Robin Black

Little Pilgrim’s Progress, by Helen I. Taylor

Steal This Plot, by June and William Noble

The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd

Listen, by Rene Gutteridge

The Definitive Book of Body Language, by Allan & Barbara Pease

The Wheel on the School, by Meindert DeJong

They Almost Always Come Home, by Cynthia Ruchti,

On Writing Romance, by Leigh Michaels

My Life as a Doormat (in three acts), by Rene Gutteridge

A Bride in the Bargain, by Deeanne Gist

The First Five Pages, by Noah Lukeman

Deep in the Heart of Trouble, by Deeanne Gist

Courting Trouble, by Deeanne Gist

The Choice, by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Beguiled, by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand

Elvis Takes a Backseat, by Leanna Ellis

Lookin’ Back Texas, by Leanna Ellis

The Choice, by Nicholas Sparks

Critical Care, by Candace Calvert

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne & Dave King

True Valor, by Dee Henderson

Body Trauma, A Writer’s Guide to Wounds and Injuries, by David W. Page

God’s Gift, by Dee Henderson

Fire In The Sky, by Candice F. Ransom

The Man You’ll Marry, by Debbie Macomber

Write Away, by Elizabeth George

Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks

The Well: David’s Story, by Mildred D. Taylor

Song of the Trees, by Mildred D. Taylor

Plot & Structure, by James Scott Bell

Turn Homeward Hannalee, by Patricia Beatty

Go Free or Die, by Jeri Ferris and Karen Ritz

Last 1/2 of 2009:

Stein on Writing, by Sol Stein

Helen Keller, by Margaret Davidson

Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Time-Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass

Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

Children of the Wild West, Russell Freedman

Techniques of the Selling Writer, by Dwight Swain

Give ‘Em What They Want, The Right Way to Pitch Your Novel to Editors and Agents,

by Blythe Camenson & Marshall J. Cook

Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus

Fame, by Karen Kingsbury

Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus

Stalky & Co., by Rudyard Kipling

The Complete Guide to Writing and Selling the Christian Novel, by Penelope Stokes

Home Another Way, by Christa Parrish

The Blue Bottle Club, by Penelope Stokes

Little Britches, Father & I were Ranchers, by Ralph Moody


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