Great Books to Read

The books currently on my bedside table.
The books currently on my bedside table. | Source

carter06 asked the question, "What books are you reading at the moment, What's on your bedside table?"

In response, I have created this hub and detailed the books that are currently on my bedside table, and included a short synopsis of each. I'm a little late getting to one of them, a Christmas story, but better late than never.


The cover of Morning Glory, which has been made into a motion picture.
The cover of Morning Glory, which has been made into a motion picture. | Source

Morning Glory

By: Diana Peterfreund

This book has been turned into a major motion picture starring Rachel McAdams as Becky Fuller, a young TV producer fired from her current job at a local morning show. She remains determined to find her next career in the same field, and uses her determination and skill to nail her next job.

Fuller becomes a part of another television production and faces some tough decisions.

Morning Glory is an easy, but intriguing paperback with comedic dialogue and a great sense of humor throughout. I'm eager to watch the movie upon finishing the book.

The second book in the Stephanie Plum series.
The second book in the Stephanie Plum series. | Source

Two for the Dough

By: Janet Evanovich

This is the second Stephanie Plum novel in the series centered around little miss Stephanie Plum. You may be familiar with the film One for the Money, based off of the first Plum novel, which hit theaters January 2011.

In Two for the Dough, Stephanie Plum continues to work for her cousin Vinnie's bond company, and periodically finds herself in more peculiar predicaments involving her locating and physically bringing in criminals to reschedule their court hearings. In this book, she is practicing and improving her craft, and learning the means necessary to survive and succeed at her occupation.

Janet Evanovich has written 18 Plum novels, the Barnaby and Hooker series, the Wicked series, and over a dozen romance novels.

If you're interested in reading a book by Janet Evanovich, you could start at book one of any series, or pick up a random numbered copy, as order doesn't necessarily matter. Evanovich tends to clue the new-reader in on the important tidbits during the duration of each book. The first book that I read by this author was the 12th novel in the Plum series titled Twelve Sharp. After that book, I was hooked. I then decided to locate all of the novels numbers 1 to 11.

This book details the lives of Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly and the tragedy that deeply changed their lives.
This book details the lives of Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly and the tragedy that deeply changed their lives. | Source


By: Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly

I just finished reading this book, and have since returned it to the library.

Gabby is an excellent book co- written by Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who contributed a lot due to the extent of Gabby's injuries. The book dedicates a chapter to the day of the shooting, but also includes many stories of before the couple met, their long distance relationship, and stories remembered by Mark from when he was a child growing up with his twin brother, Scott.

Gabby's time spent in physical therapy after the incident were emotional and trying for her. A strong, confident woman was seen who had to learn the most basic things, like the sounding and understanding of letters, all over again. Her frustration was seen when she knew what she wanted to do, but didn't have the power to make herself do them.

The book is factual but is not written in a history book way. It's a thick hardcover book, but reads easy and is intriguing to read and learn from.

The book includes pictures of Gabby before the incident, after surgery, and where she was at different years in her career and personal life. The book expresses the gratitude that both Mark and Gabby felt from the many visitors throughout her recovery period, from the president, family, friends and strangers she'd never met before, and their utmost kindness and support.

Although included in parts, this book is not a book assembled entirely to address and discuss political issues. The book shows the real Gabby, the woman who tries so hard to address important, tough issues, in both her career and personal life, and how she will continue to do so upon full recovery.

Lost December, the yearly Christmas book by Richard Paul Evans.
Lost December, the yearly Christmas book by Richard Paul Evans. | Source

Lost December

By: Richard Paul Evans

This book is next to read after the first two mentioned are finished.

Lost December is Richard Paul Evans' yearly Christmas book, with past years including The Christmas Box, The Christmas List, Finding Noel, and Grace. The context of the winter-themed book are sometimes tragic, but include a life defying moment where a character is changed for the better. They find a reason to make their life worthwhile.

Richard Paul Evans' latest creation is the Walk series, which focuses around Alan Christoffersen and his journey to walk from Bellevue, Washington to Key West, Florida. The once successful advertising executive, in book one, found himself without a wife, a home, or a job. When life looked horribly bleak and things were not in his favor, he set off on foot for a walk that could change his life. The second book, Miles to Go, continues Alan's journey.

The third book in the series, The Road to Grace, will be released May 8, 2012.

What are you reading?

If you enjoy my taste in books, which book do you enjoy most?

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Up Next to Read

Once I complete Lost December, I will move on to the books in the photo below - a good many of Janet Evanovich's Plum novels, as well as some of the romance novels.

Summer is coming and I do so much more reading beachside! Grab a paperback, and say hello to summer!

My bookshelf containing the books next on my reading list:  More Janet Evanovich novels.
My bookshelf containing the books next on my reading list: More Janet Evanovich novels. | Source

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

fpher- I love the Janet books and many years ago when I was small my mom was reading them. At the time her friend told her to not let me read them, due to the nature of the books, they can be a little rowdy, but so delightful to read! At my age, or any age in adulthood, they are great reads and I laugh out loud reading them. They are great beach reads! Gabby is a truly interesting book, too, and I didn't expect to read half of the stuff that I read in it. It had some very surprising factual information. Enjoy your new reads!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Emily....Thanks so much for the suggestions! You're just in time! I just finished a book and was wondering what I might like to read next.

I've been attempting to "step out of my comfort zone" in terms of ALOT of things, to include my reading choices.

For years I have read non-fiction......and I realize Gabby fits this category...but I think I'll start with Janet. Have never read her, but know several friends who do and they love her! UP++

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Rusti! It's great to get into a really good book that you just can't put down. These books mentioned are easy reads and very entertaining. Thanks for stopping by!

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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

There are some books here ,I'm gonna read.I love to read. Thankyou for helping me find some more interesting books.

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

That is awesome Billy that you like Janet books. Her first book "One for the Money" has recently been turned into a film. I took my whole family to see it - and for the most part the men in the family enjoyed it :-)

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I haven't read the last three by Janet but I'll get to them soon.

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Billy! Which ones have you read?? Summetime I get lots more reading done as there's generally less to worry about - just sit around reading a good book on a lazy warm afternoon! Thanks for commenting!!!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well we do share a fondness for good mystery I see. Great selection, two of which I have not read but will try because of your word. Well done young lady!

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Felina! Yeah, Janet writes some good stuff, very entertaining to read. Thank you for stopping by and reading!

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Felina Margetty 4 years ago from New York, New York

The old Janet E, huh, :) hehehe, nice hub, seriously. F.

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Prasetio - You may like to check out these books if you get the chance - if you are interested in easy, funny reads, or more emotional ones, this selection of books are really quite enjoyable. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had never heard about this book. It sound interesting book. Nice review and thanks for share with us. Have a nice day.


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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hello Winsome! Yes, I did start near the end of the series...actually right smack in the middle. Evanovich now has 18 Plum books. My mom had the 12th book so I borrowed it, and was hooked afterwards! I don't think I would want to read a book starting at the end, though, that may spoil it. Some books I guess you can just get away with picking up a random number, but other genres are probably more crucial to start at the beginning. Thank you for the book recommendations, I'll keep them in mind-if I ever get through my bookcase of books! ;) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

So you started at the end--I've heard of people who read the ending of the book before they start it, but reading the last of the series is a new twist. Just don't do that with Patricia Cornwall's series if you ever want to have time to do anything else.

I'm like you, I have a pile next to my bed, but the whole wall next to the bed is made up of bookcases so you know I'm in trouble. There's mystery, sci-fi, inspirational, biographies, reference books, motivational and even a few espionage titles.

I recommend a book whose title character Cayce Pollard, while allergic to any corporate symbols--she takes them off all her clothing--is still paid handsomely for telling corporations yes or no on any expensive undertaking and she is always right--she just knows.

Thanks for a fun read. =:)

I know I left out the title, what would be the fun in that? =:)

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hello Jackie! I hear you - it is so hard to find time to read for luxury, it is kind of on the back burner when there's more pressing stuff to take care of. But it definitely helps provide relaxation. In the summertime by the beach I get a ton more reading done then the rest of the year. You must have enjoyed owning a book store, I think that would be fun. Thank you for stopping by and reading and commenting!

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Really liked your reviews. I owned a book store for years and reading was just second nature getting to know all types to discuss with customers and then too i love reading but i will admit I rarely find time anymore but your hub has me tempted. Great write.

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi starstream! Thanks for the votes and shares!! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub.

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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I enjoyed previewing the books by reading your hub. Thanks for the concise reviews. I voted it up and will share it on facebook and twitter!

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hello thumbi7! I hope you get a chance to read these books sometime, they really are great. But if not, any book that makes you feel good will be beneficial, too :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Wow! You are a voracious reader. I don't know how many of these are available in India yet.

Thanks for sharing this information

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hello i0ner, I know what you mean. Sometimes, I, too, find little motivation for reading, I think you just gotta be in the mood to read. These books are definitely great and I think they may capture your attention - they are all different. The Plum books are very easy and fun reads, Richard Paul Evans books are more sentimental, and tragic. They all offer a different feeling to readers and that's why it's good to read a couple books at once, for your particular daily mood :) Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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i0ner 4 years ago

I really find it hard to keep my motivation high for reading such a genre. I don't know why though, as I used to love fiction. Anyways, I enjoyed your reviews, especially the one about "Lost December", and I think you have just charged my motivation once again. Voting up.

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hello carter! I'm so glad you found that book, you must be so happy, especially since you didn't know there was a book!! That is awesome, and I know what you mean, too. I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but I found all of my Janet Evanovich novels at various Goodwill stores, all for around one buck each. Of course, I only buy the ones that are in very new condition, so it's like a scavenger hunt each time I find one! It's a lot of fun. I am intrigued to watch the film you mentioned now, I really enjoy WWII films. Thank you for sharing with me your latest find, I'm sure it will be great!!!!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Hi Emily, I think we started something here!! Just wanted to share this with a fellow book lover, my favorite movie of all time is Charlotte Grey a 2nd WW movie set in France, which stars Cate Blanchet and Billy Crudup and have loved it for years( and watch it at least twice a year) and just the other day I couldn't believe it but I found the book in a second hand store( didn't even know there was a book) and was just so excited!! Books really do it for us don't they! :) Have a great day!

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Adelmansour! Thanks for checking out my book suggestions and commenting!

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Adelmansour 4 years ago from Libya

Thanks emilybee for those great books and wish we see more of your valuable suggestions. VOTED UP!

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Thank you acewebdesign! Thanks for stopping by!

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acewebdesign 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Voted up! :)

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Eddy! Thank you! They are great books for sure. I tend to get distracted sometimes if the book isn't entertaining enough - but these ones kept me content. Thanks for commenting!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much for this one ad I will keep my eyes open for these.

I now look forward to many more by you.

Take care


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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Christy! Yes, it's always fun seeing what books other people are enjoying. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Always nice to learn about new books! I vote up

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi carter! I'm glad you liked the Morning Glory film, I'll definitely have to watch it now, although the book is usually better. Plum books are excellent for a great, funny read. With Richard books you may shed some tears, but they are very touching stories. Thanks for commenting and suggesting such a great question!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Thank you for answering my question emilybee, and writing such a great hub!! Always up for a good read I am always curious about and love finding out what people are reading and now can't wait to finish the pile beside my bed, so I can start on some of your suggestions. I haven't read Morning Glory but found the film endearing and want to read it now, but I better read the Plum books or Richards book or...:)

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Pamela! I haven't read a ton of Richard's work, but the ones I have read I am enjoying. I'm just getting behind on my reading!! There is only so much time! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals! I know what you mean! My mom had the 12th Plum book laying around the house, and I read it, and from there on I was hooked! They are great for non-serious reading, but the other books I mentioned require a tad bit more attention. :) Thanks for the comment!

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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I haven't read a fiction book in a couple of decades but the last one I attempted was a Richard Paul Evans book. I enjoyed your book reviews very much. Voting up and useful.

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Riverfish! Thanks for checking out my hub on my current book selections!

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love Janet Evanovich. You can't go wrong with her books. I was intrigued by the books you have mentioned. I haven't read them yet but I intend to. Up, useful and interesting.

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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

Nice work.

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