Well, here is my list so far and how I rate each book (5 thumbs up is the best):
1. This book I got as a Christmas present. This is the first non-fiction book I have read in a very long time. It is about how this one woman decided that living a simpler life would be more fufilling. She still had a 9-5 job, but when she got home she turned into a homemaker. She has funny accounts of the highs and lows of learning how to raise chickens so she can have fresh eggs, learning how to be a beekeeper to have fresh honey, raised rabbits for their fur, grew her own garden of veggies, and she even has a couple of husky dogs that she would sled with and also make them into pack dogs (trained them to haul bundles on their sides like a donkey). This is a story and a resource for where to get info so you, too, can live a simpler life. She is very down-to-Earth and you end the book wishing you could raise chickens! I rate it 4 thumbs up.
2. This next book is from an author that I have read from several times. Her books always start off a bit slow because she is building everyone's character but always has a strange twist at the end. This book has a wedding that the guests are all alumni from the same private school, but they have not seen each other in 20 years, so it is like a reunion. The wedding takes place at an inn that one of the alumni converted from a house. Each character has a secret that is either revealed dring the story or at the the end, which is the twist. It has the characters remembering their earlier years and either wishing they did things differently or glad they didn't. She takes you into each character's mind and feel what hardship they bring to the inn with them. I rate it 3.5 thumbs up.
My next set of books, I want to fit in a classic, like something from Jane Austen. I have a few of her books, I just have not started any of them yet. I tried listening to one of them on an audiobook and they read with such a thick English accent that I could not even understand them! So I returned the audiobook to the library. I carpool to work most days so listening to an audiobook isn't practical anymore.
I'm also not into those e-readers either. For me, reading a book is about the actual book in your hand, not some computer that you read off the screen. So, right now, I am boycotting e-books. An audio book at least has someone reading the book to you in the way the book should be told in, so I feel like that is a good alternative to not have the phyical book in your hand. Otherwise I like feeling each page, and carrying the actual book around with me. Does anyone agree with me or do you like the e-readers? I'm interested in knowing what is so great about giving up a paper book...