Living Outside the Stacks

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The Library {Living Outside the Stacks}

As a kid, I spent many a day in the library, helping out and talking to the librarian {Hi, Mr. Wolford}. When there was nothing for me to do, I’d grab a Danielle Steel novel {she got me through so much adolescent angst and fueled my desire to become a combat reporter – Message from Nam, anyone?} and head to the girls’ bathroom. Yep, I’d grab my coat and sit on the floor of the girls’ bathroom and read. I was weird. I don’t read nearly as much as I did as a kid {I can’t remember the last time time I picked up anything by Danielle Steel and reading in the girls’ bathroom at work is frowned upon – and disgusting} but when I do read, I like to share my thoughts.

So hear they are… If you’d like to add anything to the discussion, please feel free to leave a comment at the end of the post.

To read my review, click on the title of the book.


Before Versailles: A Novel by Karleen Koen

Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

The Cost of Love and Sanity: A Novel by Jaye Cherie

The Darkest Child: A Novel by Delores Phillips

Green: The Beginning of the End by Ted Dekker

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Judgement Day by Wanda Dyson

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Merry Christmas Stories by Jeff R. Spalsbury

Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

Peyton Place by Grace Metallious

Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

Rooms: A Novel by James L. Rubart

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

Soon: The Beginning of the End by Jerry B. Jenkins

Sweetsmoke by David Fuller

Tandem: A Novel by Tracey Bateman

The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg

War Brides by Helen Bryan

The Weird Sisters: A Novel by Eleanor Brown

Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez


Friendship for Grown-Ups: What I Missed & Learned Along the Way by Lisa Whelchel

The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay

Kabul 24 by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson

The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel C. Miller

What to Read When by Pam Allyn


Are We Living in the End Times? by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Girl at the End of the World by Elizabeth Esther

What Every Woman Should Know by Jori Sams

Self Help

Jolt! Get a Jump on the World that is Constantly Changing by Phil Cooke

Witness to Fitness: Pumped Up! Powered Up! All Things are Possible by Donna Richardson Joyner

What’re you reading?

Daenel T

  • Don

    So I’m sitting here, browsing the list of books you’ve both read and reviewed and the first thing that entered into my mind is who is this woman? Lol. Your range is incredible and I do mean incredible. Unfortunately, I’ve only read “The Help” but your review was on point. I ended up bookmarking this page, for future book reads.

    Also, may I ask on behalf of your civil rights commentary, I’m curious to know your thoughts on the readings of Ralph Wiley?

    • Daenel T

      Hi, Don. I try to read a wide variety of books, even though my interests are mostly historic fiction and apocalyptic novels. I think my reviews are so varied because I do allow different publishers to send me books to push me out of my comfort zone.

      In event read Ralph Wiley, so I’ll have to do some research. Admittedly, it has been years since I’ve picked up a history book. I need to get back to it…

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