To Kill a Mockingbird and its sequel, Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee
Adventure, laughs, suspense, history and characters whose beliefs will walk with you the rest of your life. Read these when you need a reminder that there once were and probably still are folks with deep-rooted manners and even deeper-rooted morals.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
A nail-biter, with humor and warmth. I can’t say much about this short story, because the plot is too well-crafted to risk spoiling.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
A gory and thought-provoking prediction of the future, published in 1932. Deeply depressing.
Hind’s Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
A timid, wounded girl fights her enemies under the teaching of two silent companions. Best listened to when night hiking through bear-infested woods.
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Miracles and heartbreak; a narrative of one of the Sudan’s Lost Boys. Read this when you need incentive to re-evaluate your life values.
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
A suspense story full of unforgettable quotes. Read this when you need financial inspiration.
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
A good read when your brain feels consistently overloaded.
The Paradigm by Jonathan Cahn
A biblical scholar’s view of recent USA history. A good companion when your brain needs to get up and go for a brisk run.
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry
Case studies by a child psychiatrist. An atheistic explanation of the medical and scientific effect specific trauma cases have engraved into young lives. Read when your mind is strong enough to process and filter gritty subjects.
Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott
An entertaining and inspiring approach to etiquette–if you believe polite behavior starts in the mind and heart, then you will love the angle of this book.