Monday, November 29, 2004

Great Modern Novels

I should say up front that if I could get away with calling Jane Austen a modern novelist (as opposed to ancient...maybe) I would certainly choose Pride and Prejudice as the novel I would never tire of reading.

As an English major, I was forced to read many "modern" novels that conflicted with my religious beliefs, morals, and manners. The result was that I developed an aversion for reading novels that many consider great literature.

Novels that I read more than once are driven by characters who have a moral compass, characters who are loyal to faith and family, and characters who are likeable.

Here's what I enjoy reading:

Ann B. Ross - Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind series

With razor-sharp wit and perfect "Steel Magnolia" poise, Miss Julia speaks her mind indeed-about a robbery, a kidnapping, and the other disgraceful events precipitated by her husband's death. Fast-paced and charming, with a sure sense of comic drama, a cast of crazy characters, and a strong Southern cadence, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind will delight readers from first page to last. ( description)

Jan Karon - At Home in Mitford series

Set in the charming village of Mitford, this book will delight listeners as it draws them into the life of Father Tim, an Episcopal rector who finds himself running on empty and longing for change. His bachelor existence is changed and enriched by a lovable cast of characters, including a stray dog, a lonely boy, and a comely neighbor. ( description)

Phillip Gulley - Home to Harmony series

Thousands of readers have fallen in love with acclaimed Quaker writer Philip Gulley's Home to Harmony, a charming novel of a small town with a kindly spirit whose endearing and eccentric residents are like old friends. In this new edition with a bonus chapter from its sequel, Just Shy of Harmony, readers will ponder the mysteries and miracles that make Harmony a place worth visiting again and again. ( description)

UPDATE: Sistersophist is beginning a thread about great children's books.