Studio 5: Relaxing Reads

The kids are back in school – why not celebrate by taking a break with one of these relaxing reads? Each book is a light, delightful read that will whisk you away and take away the stress. To view the segment, CLICK HERE.


thorn in heart

1. “Thorn in My Heart” by Liz Curtis Higgs

Set in the 18th century on the Scottish moors, this book is a tangled web of love stories and family drama. Two sisters compete for the love of one man, while that man fights with his brother for their father’s inheritance. Betrayal, secrets, romance, drama – it’s all there. And it’s beautifully written and hard to put down.

shadows of valor

2. “Shadows of Valor” by Elsie Park

This book by local author Elsie Park is a delight from page one. Set in Medeivel times, a small peaceful kingdom is threatened by a ring of ruthless smugglers. One valiant knight takes on a secret identity to fight these criminals. He is known as The Shadow. But being two people is a difficult road. Can the lovely, but scarred Elsbeth help him balance vengeance and justice before he loses himself? A great story, with wonderful romance.

song sparrow

3. “Song of the Sparrow” by Lisa Ann Sandell

This lovely book takes us to Camelot. Young Elaine watches Lancelot from afar, daydreaming, and hoping he will notice her as more than a tomboy. When a new girl arrives, Gwynivere, Elanie is forced into a dangerous situation with her. The two must band together to help save the kingdom. What’s extra cool about this book, is that it’s written in lyrical verse. So not only is it a quick read, but eloquent, romantic, and gripping.



1. “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

I love this must-read book and series. In  this adventure, books come to life. In particular, the mysterious and magical book “Inkheart.” One night as Megggie’s father reads aloud from the book, the villain escapes the pages and lands right in their living room. So imaginative and so fun.


2. “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” by Catherynne M. Valente

Just like that title, this book is surprising and wonderful. September longs for adventure. So when the Green Wind asks her to come to Fairyland she says yes right away. In the great tradition of OZ, September meets a quirky, lovable cast of characters who band together to save Fairyland from an evil ruler. The language is absolutely marvelous and the imagination of the author will blow you away.

tale dark and grimm

3.”A Tale Dark and Grimm” by Adam Gidwitz

Fairy tale lovers – this one is for you. Hansel and Gretel, the main characters, find themselves on an adventure through eight scary tales. It’s fresh, unique, and an exciting take on the old Grimm tales. A lot of fun.


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