My goal is to help you create a lifestyle of positivity and possibility. I am smiling!

– Warmly, Honey

What are your favorite books for fall?

Darlings I know that many of you are avid readers so this fall I thought we could come together for something really special!

First, I need to tell you how much I love to read. I LOVE reading. It’s something I can do anywhere. I can travel with my books easily and it’s a great way to unwind. Sure I love Netflix and the History Channel and watching the news, but there’s nothing like a good book. And is there anything more picturesque than cuddling up with a warm soft blanket and your hot beverage of choice( mine is obviously fresh coffee! But maybe you prefer tea or cider) and a riveting book in the fall?

Historical fiction is what catches my eye the most and my favorite sub-genre is rather unique. I love tales of the settling of America. I love the American author James Michener’s books for example. He wrote historical fiction that centered on multi-generational family sagas about a specific location. His books include “Texas,” “Chesapeake,” “The Source,” and “Hawaii.”  He would slip in a lot of history which I really enjoyed. But that’s just me dear readers and I want to hear from you.

For our special project I want to create a reading list full of books for fall that I can share with all of you based on YOUR recommendations. So tell me what you read!

Is it fiction? Is it non-fiction? Is it about romance or about war? Is it about nature or big cities? Maybe you love mysteries or autobiographies? Share with me your favorites so that I can share it with the rest of my dear readers. And darlings it doesn’t have to be a new book. There are so many books that are older that may have been overlooked so no submission is too “obvious.” If you love it and you think other readers would love it too send it in!

In your submission include your name, the title of the book, the book’s author and why you LOVE it and when I put together the list I’ll be sure to get in touch so you can share your submission. It will be our first Honey’s reading list because isn’t it always better when we share our great finds with one another, dear readers? And who knows what you may like better than this fabulous sisterhood?!

“Our” reading list will be published in early November so comment on this post, on Facebook, or send your submission to!

I can’t wait to hear your recommendations and head to the bookstore for some new reads!

  1. Hi Honey,
    I am an avid reader and belong to a book club. My recent favorite books are:
    THE OTHER EINSTEIN by Marie Benedict. It is about Albert Einstein and the personal and professional relationship between him and his first wife, Meliva Maric’, who was also a physicist.
    Another recent favorite is IN THIS GRAVE HOUR by Jacqueline Windspear. Windspear writes a series of historical fiction about Britain during the Great War (WWI) up to the beginning of WWII. Her lastest book published this year, begins in September 1939. The main character throughout the series is Maisie Dobbs, a nurse and a detective.
    I love reading your musings. Many of them strike a chord for me. Looking forward to reading your list.

    1. Sorry, Winspear is the correct spelling of the author’s last name, there is no “d”

      Peg McNulty

    2. Thank you for sharing. You and your book are on the list. Please sign up for Honey’s Sisterhood. The sign up is on my site and on FB. We will have, among other things, conversations on books. Have a lovely week. Warmly, Honey

  2. Great reads:
    Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss
    Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
    The Ready Made Thief, Augustus Rose


  3. Nonfiction
    This is not a new book, but it may be new to you! It is a short but powerful read about a favorite Scripture for many people. The author of the 23rd Psalm, King David, was a shepherd, and the book’s author, Keller, was one as well. This Psalm has brought so many people comfort and confidence. The book provides insights from a shepherd’s viewpoint and knowledge. It will greatly increase the reader’s appreciation of this precious Psalm. Powerful book about a powerful Psalm! Highly recommended!

  4. For those of you interested in autism, I recommend Love Anthony. This is a novel, but well researched. The author is Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist, who also wrote Love Alice, one of my all-time favorite books. So I guess this is two recommendations in one. Genova has a way of taking you inside the mind of her characters, giving the reader a glimpse of what it might be like to live with a diagnosis of autism (Love Anthony) or dementia (Still Alice). She combines her clinical knowledge with her ability to vividly describe life experiences.

  5. Any book by Anne Rivers Siddons…
    I rarely cry, but she can make me do it usually once a book.
    Her depth of flawed human characteristics
    and Southern family interactions combine to make terrific fireplace/toddy/blankie reading.

  6. Any book by Preston and Child, Vince Flynn, or John Sanford. The Pendergrast series by Preston and Child is so good and the mysteries by Sanford Davenport or Flowers series) and Flynn are so well written.

  7. Hi Honey,
    “A Gentleman in Moscow” is the best book I have read this year. It is a beautifully written book with some very compelling characters, especially Count Rostov. The book is a work of art that needs to be savored. It won the Goodreads Choice Award for best historical fiction book in 2016.

    May you enjoy it as much as I did!

  8. I just finished reading ” Drawing Lessons ” by Patricia Sands. I enjoyed this book because it had so many similarities to my life. The story takes place in “‘Van Gogh country”, Province, France. For years the protagonist has been living with her husband’s devastating dementia, watching the man she loved slip away.. Encouraged by her family, she has travelled to France to participate in an artists workshop and rediscover her inner artist. She learns it is never too late to start over. A warm and gentle feel good novel.

  9. I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott. Only just started but it is a wonderful tale of wife and helpmate of Alexander Hamilton and an extraordinarily strong female character.

  10. I am currently reading “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly. Based on a real life story of a NY socialite & her work with concentration camp survivors. An excellent read- challenging with unforgettable characters & a look at history from a female’s point of view

  11. The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow!
    It is a beautiful story of a Mother’s love and a long awaited re uniting of mother and daughter.

  12. Carolyn Palenscar
    October 26,2017
    Dancing Light by Tao Porchon- Lynch

    The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah
    The ZooKeeper’s wife by Diane Ackerman
    My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward A memoir Mark Lukach

  13. I enjoyed The Color of Our Sky by Amira Trasi. Set in India, it will pull at your heart strings and is reminiscent of The Kite Runner. I also thoroughly enjoyed The Horse Dancer by Jojo Mayes.. It is a tale of a girl and her grandfather and their relationship to a specially trained horse. I was totally engaged with both books!

  14. The Tea Rose Jenniffer Donnelly it is the first in a series of 3 takes place in England starting in 1898 following a family from poverty to success loved this series

  15. I read all the time. Just finished reading Daphne Du Maurier the secret life of a renouwned storyteller by Margaret Forster. I also belong to a book club. I love mysteries and biographies but I read about everything. It’s an obsession for me.

  16. One book that I always recommend is The Art of Hearing a Heart Beat by Jan-Philipp Sendker.. This is a rare novel of a young blind man’s journey from Burma to New York. A beautiful story.

    I belong to two book clubs and do a lot of reading too. The book I have just finished reading ” Little Princess” (not a ferry tale ) by Conor Brennan is a memoir of a young man who decides after graduating from college to travel around the world before he pursues his career and while traveling decides to volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal .An amazing true story.

  17. For November my Book club is reading “A Gentleman In Moscow” by Amor Towles. It is a delightful and engaging read about the Russian Revolut.ion and it’s aftermath.

  18. Any book by mystery writer Carla Neggers. Just finished Declan’s Cross, pub. 2013. Ready to read her entire mystery series located in Maine and Ireland once again! They always entrance and delight!

  19. I am reading “The Gratitude Dairies” by Janice Kaplan. It’s a great book on how looking on the bright side can transform your life. I am a person who looks at things in a positive way, but the author has many ways in which to be grateful that never came to my mind. A very good read!
    I also just finished “Make Your Bed” by Admiral William H. McRaven (U. S. Navy Retired). He writes about how little things, like making your bed, can change your life and maybe the world.
    I am working my way through “Portraits of Courage” by former President George W. Bush. President Bush is paying tribute to America’s warriors by painting their portraits and telling their stories. It is very moving how these men and women have gone in to battle to protect our freedoms and have come back forever changed people. Sometimes it is a hard read, but it is important for me to hear and remember their stories and be forever grateful for their sacrifices.

  20. Thank you for the reviews … I always appreciate trying new authors. Favourites for me include ‘Deafening’ and ‘Requiem by Frances Itani (these were beautifully crafted books I thought) and also ‘Illuminations’ by Mary Sharratt.

  21. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Mythology, ancient yet modern about life and self sacrifice viewed as a child in a grown ups world. These book garners so much discussion in Book Club. Highly recommend .

    1. Thank you so much. Watch for my story and your name, book, and author. This will be fun. Warmly, Honey

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