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For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading but my tastes have changed over the years. When I was growing up, I read many books about animals, because I have always been an animal lover. For many years now, my favorite books to read have been historical fiction, because not only do I enjoy the stories, but I feel like I’m learning a little bit of history at the same time. I like some nonfiction, especially historical and medical. I also enjoy coming-of-age stories, Southern fiction such as To Kill a Mockingbird (one of my all-time favorites) or Cold Sassy Tree, and some chick lit. I like books about women and their lives with a little bit of romance thrown in, but not too much. I don’t read a lot of mysteries, but I do like some cozy mysteries. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series is one of my favorites. My hobbies in addition to reading are quilting, walking, and spending time with family and friends. My favorite television show is Jeopardy!, because I also love trivia.

Reading Lists

Mary's Reading Lists

Favorite Books Read in 2017

Following are my favorite reads from 2017, both fiction and nonfiction

Mystery and Suspense

Following are some mysteries I have read recently. Some are considered cozy mysteries, a few are considered more suspense novels.

Humorous Books

These are books that I think are funny. Some are for kids and some are for adults. Some of them have subtle humor, and just make me smile.

Favorite books read in 2020

This is a list of my favorites of 2020, except historical fiction. It includes quite a bit of chick lit, some nonfiction, and more.

Historical Fiction Favorites Read in 2020

Following is a list of historical fiction novels I read in 2020. I liked them all!

Nonfiction - Historical Titles

Books I have read about different events or times in history.

My Favorites of 2021

Following is a list of some of the favorite books I have read in the year 2021. Most, but not all, are historical fiction.

Historical Fiction Through The Ages #2

This is a list of historical fiction books from Bible times through World War II.

Inspirational Fiction

These are some of my favorite Christian Fiction or Inspirational Fiction novels I have read over the years.

Books About Animals

I am an animal lover, so I like books about animals. Here are some I have liked.

Historical Fiction - Civil War

Books that took place during the Civil War or during the time of slavery in the United States


My favorite books for Teens

Nonfiction - Medical

Nonfiction titles with a medical theme

True Crime

I don't read a lot of true crime, but have read a few. Most of the books I have read are historical.

Historical Fiction Through The Ages

Following is a list of historical fiction titles I have read starting with Prehistoric Times through the 1970s

Biographies & Autobiographies

Here is a list of biographies and autobiographies that I have read and enjoyed

Blog Post

Historical Fiction

As I have stated before, I like to read historical fiction novels.
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