The Other Book Shop

In order to do lots of research on Tops it may help to distract them whilst choosing your books. This simple "Look at my bum!" ruse will make almost any Top stand still for a moment and allow you to choose a book in peace.


From time to time one of us will read a very enjoyable book, then sing its praises on this blite.  Unfortunately, those recommendations tend to get lost in the midst of other discussions.   This page is a place where we can share those wonderful discoveries, discuss them, and be able to find them later.

Please put the title of the book at the top of your comment so that it will be easier to locate discussions of particular books as the page gets longer.    Comments might be deleted if the page gets long or if the comment is off topic.


  1. Audrey

    Thanks, Lily! :hug: This is so very cool! I would love to go back and cut and paste book recommendations from other parts of the blite to this little convenient spot.

    I think I will start this discussion by naming a few books that were formative for me. This is just off the top of my head and as chronological as I can make them). The books that stick out, shall we say. :read:

    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chronicles of Narnia, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Father Melancholy’s Daughter, Ellen Foster, Pride and Prejudice, Hannah Coulter, & Olive Kitteridge. Those might just be the top ten, as I recall them right now. :read:

  2. Oh yeah. This’ll work. I just finished Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness,’ the book that the film Apocalypse Now was based, loosely, on. Just started ‘The Stand’ by Steven King. I got the enlarged edition. I’ll report back about Christmas time, I expect.

  3. Audrey

    Oh! :doh: How could I forget the work that played a big part in my awakening into the world of This Thing (you know)? Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander was recommended to me by the mousiest little church lady/professor’s wife I knew. She handed the well-worn copy over to me with a breathless “The sex is SO SO HOT!” :hot: :shock: Well, the sex IS hot, but it’s the spanking that did me in. :thud:

    The BG is more than a little jealous of Jamie Fraser. :wink: If you haven’t read this very well-written and highbrow/lowbrow historical romance, do yourself a favor. :thumbsup:

  4. Kaki

    Audrey, I am on chapter 14 of the Outlander. As I mentioned in the Corner, the Outlander is the book I read years ago that I couldn’t remember the title. I didn’t remember much about the sex in that book but I did remember the spanking scene. I think if all men knew of Jamie they all would be jealous.

    Lily, thanks, this is a great idea. I started a list on a word doc that time we were discussing books.

  5. Princess Anastasia

    I know I’ve gushed over him before, but if we’re trying to organize our favorites under this new banner, I have to say Rick Bragg may be the best writer I’ve ever read (besides Dev, of course, but they don’t really travel in the same circles in terms of topic.) Dev would “recognize” his stories in a heartbeat, though, because the trilogy I first fell in love with is about family in the South of our childhoods. “All Over but the Shoutin’,” “Ava’s Man,” and “The Prince of Frogtown.”
    He won the Pulitzer Prize for his work as a feature writer for the New York Times and then compiled several of those stories in a book whose exact title I will have to look up. He just touches something so deep in me with his language and cadence and he’s such a genuinely nice, down-to-earth, friendly guy — and I felt that way even before I was marooned in the deserted and locked down Muscle Shoals, Alabama, airport with him for one of the best hours of my life! (Just thought I’d give you something to think about. :eyes: )

  6. Linda

    The Ocean at the End of the Road. It looks really good.
    Lean In: also looks interesting about what women do to hold themselves back from becoming influential leaders.
    A Prayer for Owen Meany: Audrey, Dev and I think Scarlet all recommended this book. This has to be one of the best books I’ve read this year. If you haven’t read it, you really have to.
    The Life of Pi: another excellent book recommended by Dev.
    Modoc: nice true story about the life of a boy and elephant. The book has printed on the cover a tissue warning.

    Other books recommended by blite girls:
    In One Person, by John Irving
    The Light Between Oceans: tissue warning
    The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: tissue warning
    Gone Girl
    Bel Canto and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
    The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
    Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
    The Red House by Mark Haddon
    The Ruby Red Heart in the Deep Blue Sea
    The Young Clementina by D.E. Stevensen

    Currently reading Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

  7. Mindy

    The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes is a good read.

  8. Kaki

    I was mistaken; the folder that I had labeled “books to read” only had Outlander chapter 22 written down. I thought I copied a list of books but I guess I have my priorities.

  9. Errinn

    It’s not likely I will be adding any books so I’ve done some sorting. I’ve included the books listed above, The Corner ones mentioned in the current comments and books that influenced posts in 2013. I may have missed some but that’s life.

    While checking for authors I found some puzzles. Cindy’s recommended Life After Life had two authors. Since both books are on the same theme, I included both authors.

    I couldn’t find The Ocean at the End of the Road or The Ruby Red Heart in the Deep Blue Sea. I replaced them with the titles that came up when looking for them. They are The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea. If the original titles are correct it would be helpful to add the authors, please and thank you. :innocent:

    If I messed up words that should be in bold or italics and I don’t have time to edit them, perhaps Mindy or Lily would correct them for me. :pray: Thank you.

    I’ve sorted alphabetically by book title and by author and will put them in separate comments.

  10. Errinn

    Alphabetical by Book Title

    :cry: = tissue alert was mentioned

    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
    All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg
    Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg

    Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

    Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
    Emma by Jane Austen

    Father Melancholy’s Daughter by Gail Godwin
    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

    Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

    In One Person by John Irving

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Raymond A. Moody

    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer :cry:

    Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

    Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

    Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
    One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers

    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

    The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
    The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
    The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
    The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman :cry:

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaimon
    The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg
    The Red House by Mark Haddon
    The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey :cry:

    The Young Clementina by D.E. Stevenson

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

  11. Errinn

    Sorted by Author

    :cry: = tissue alert was mentioned

    Kate Atkinson
    Life After Life

    Jane Austen
    Northanger Abbey
    Pride and Prejudice

    Linda Berdoll
    Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife

    Wendell Berry
    Hannah Coulter

    Rick Bragg
    All Over but the Shoutin’
    Ava’s Man
    The Prince of Frogtown

    Charlotte Bronte
    Jane Eyre

    Joseph Conrad
    Heart of Darkness

    Jim Fergus
    One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

    Gillian Flynn
    Gone Girl

    Diana Gabaldon

    Neil Gaimon
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    Kaye Gibbons
    Ellen Foster

    Gail Godwin
    Father Melancholy’s Daughter

    Mark Haddon
    The Red House

    Robert A. Heinlein
    Glory Road

    Ralph Helfer
    Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived :cry:

    Eowyn Ivey
    The Snow Child :cry:

    John Irving
    A Prayer for Owen Meany
    In One Person

    E. L. Konigsburg
    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    Harper Lee
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    C. S. Lewis
    The Chronicles of Narnia

    Yann Martel
    The Life of Pi

    A. A. Milne

    Raymond A. Moody
    Life After Life

    Jojo Moyes
    Me Before You
    The Girl You Left Behind

    Ann Patchett
    Bel Canto
    State of Wonder

    Trina Paulus
    Hope for the Flowers

    Morgan Callan Rogers
    Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea

    Sheryl Sandberg
    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    M. L. Stedman
    The Light Between Oceans :cry:

    D.E. Stevenson
    The Young Clementina

    Elizabeth Strout
    The Burgess Boys
    Olive Kitteridge

    Jess Walter
    Beautiful Ruins

  12. cindy

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of the best books I ever read. I couldn’t stop. Neil Gaiman.

  13. Linda

    Oh, thanks, Cindy. I’ve been wanting to pick it up. I may just do the Kindle thing instead of going back to Costco.

    Did you like One Thousand White Women?

  14. cindy

    When I started reading it, I realized I read it years ago! It’s not a new book, I think I read it when I was in college. I liked it a lot, Linda. It was fascinating. I loved when they went to the trading post and got good prices for their furs. Those women were FIERCE.

    It was funny and sad and just a really good story. I always heard there was a movie planned, but I don’t think it was ever filmed.

  15. Scarlet

    Errinn, i just came across D. E. Stevenson and read The Young Clementina. What a charming book –and author. I’m reading another of her books right now–Sarah Morris Remembers. Also darling.

  16. Scarlet

    Actually, wierdly, Errinn, your list is so close to what I’ve read recently it’s like we’re the same person. :ghost: Loved Burgess Boys, Not so much Olive Kittredge, but I’m not a big short story reader. :read:

  17. Scarlet

    Really? Father Melancholy’s Daughter? Now I know we’re the same person. You’re kind of freaking me out here, Errinn.


  18. Scarlet

    Also adored The Snow Child and The Red House. :eyes:

  19. Scarlet

    I should start reading at the top of comments, clearly. :hides:

    As Gilda Radner would say, “Never mind.”

  20. Linda

    Hahaha! That was priceless, Scarlet. Isn’t it amazing, you are the same person. Loved all your recommendations and have been slowly making my way through them. I loved The Snow Child but I did wished for a different ending. The Light Between Oceans. What a dilemma.

    Cindy, I loved the fur trading scene. These women WERE fierce, and they had to be considering what they had been through even before they went West. Loved the Kelly twins. What a riot. Each of the women brought their own strengths, even the weakest of them. I loved how they gave each other courage. I think they are still talking about making a movie out of it. I think it lends itself to being a good movie.

    I’m going to pick up The Ocean at the End of the Lane today. I can’t wait.

  21. Errinn

    Scarlet, that wasn’t a list of books I’ve read. I mentioned in the comment prior to adding the alphabetical by book title and then author lists that I sorted the books that ALL OF YOU have recommended. They are mainly books referenced on this post but also included those from The Corner (current comments) and books that influenced 2013 posts. That is probably why they sound similar to your reading list.

    I thought having them sorted into one list would make it easier to find a book and author and save someone from having to go back through all the comments.

  22. Errinn

    :haha: I guess were similar in not reading all the comments, Scarlet. I’ve added your latest book to my copy of the lists. When there are several new recommendations I’ll repost the lists if they are wanted. I’ve added “Your Recommended Books” in front of the two titles on my revised lists to prevent any further confusion.

  23. Errinn

    Oops, were should be we’re. :sigh:

  24. Lily

    LaForge by Rollin Hand – a Kindle book

    This is a trilogy of spanking stories. First is The Farm of the Delphian Sisterhood which centers on Sam Reilly’s relationship to the four mysterious women of the Delphian Sisterhood. He is a neighbor who becomes their protector, lover and disciplinarian. The second is LaForge in which Bridget O’Brien flees New York for a quieter life in LaForge, a remote village, where she meets and falls in love with Tom McRae which requires her to accept his view of domestic discipline. In the last, Thermopolis Springs, the characters from the earlier stories join forces to defeat a cult of cruelty which would destroy LaForge.

  25. Linda

    Sounds intriguing Lily. I’ll have to add it to my list. Thanks for the recommendation.

  26. Audrey

    Scarlet, Father Melancholy’s Daughter was ME! Oh, honey! Did you also read Evensong? I do love Gail Godwin in general, but these were my favorites. I’ll never get Father Melancholy out of my head – such images! Little Margaret and her cat’s head buttons … being queen of her own little dominion, stretched out on her parents’ bed with her limbs stretched to the four points … Father M and his gold collar button that Margaret was sure to remove and keep, still warm … :weep:

  27. Lily, :wave: ;-) :tiara: :thumbsup:
    I’ve just downloaded ‘LaForge by Rollin Hand’, I’ll let you know what I think. :read:
    Warm :hug:

  28. Lily

    Paul, I look forward to hearing what you think.

  29. Lily. :wave: ;-) :write:
    I’ve read LaForge, I’ve left a comment on Rolling hands blog.
    I only do a review when I give five stars.
    Warm hugs,

  30. Lily

    Hello, Paul. I’m glad that you enjoyed the book.

  31. Linda

    Cindy, I finally had a chance to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Once I started, I couldn’t put the book down. Good thing it is on the shorter side because I read it from beginning to end in one sitting. Very creative. Reminded me of Dev’s creative abilities. I would rank it in my top three books so far this year.

  32. I’m reading it now, Linda. I only wish I had that level of creativity on tap, but thanks for the favorable comparison. :smile:

  33. Mindy

    A couple of recommendations to add to the list:
    1) Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    2) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  34. Lily

    Mindy, I think that Lovely Bones is a beautifully written book, a poignant story.

  35. Princess Anastasia

    Don’t know if anyone else saw this announcement or not, but it seems British writer Joanna Trollope (yes, Anthony’s great-great-something-niece) will have a new book out soon that apparently picks up a part of the story line in “Sense and Sensability.” Everything I’ve ever read of hers has been modern, so this should be interesting. Probably no :spank: ing, but her treatment of Toppy leads should provide some little shivers. She is a wonderful :write: er who focuses on stories that reveal a John Donne-esque fixation — showing what happens in ordinary lives simply because none of us is , in fact, an island.
    Just thought some of you might like to take a look. I believe the release date will be early December.
    And when is that next Gabaldon book going to be ready?

  36. Lavinia

    Twilight Cowboy, by Loki Renard

    I know it’s been said before, but I must say it again. Renard has got it. Stop whatever you’re doing and read Loki’s latest, you won’t regret it. On the very first page you can tell that this author knows what she’s doing. My top three of hers include: Finn the Devourer & The Taming of Miss Munroe. I think Twilight Cowboy is number one, now.
    The action is plentiful, the dialogue sharp, and the characters captivating. Write on and right on, Ms. Renard!

  37. Princess Anastasia

    Blessings on Rollin Hand for “turning me on” to books by John D. Macdonald — especially the Travis McGee series.

  38. Princess Anastasia

    You’re gonna like it; gonna love it; gonna want some more of it — Rollin Hand’s newest book, “The Princess and the Outlaw.”
    It’s available at the Amazon Kindle store ( and there are excerpts on Rollin’s site at Disciplinary Tales by Rollin Hand
    Here’s the way Rollin describes it: “Treachery is abroad in the land, and the kingdom’s royal princess is on the run, torn away from the pampered life she has always known. Her only salvation lies with a notorious outlaw in the depths of a dark forest. Though she is accustomed to giving commands rather than obeying them, the princess soon learns that in this outlaw’s realm, disobedience brings swift chastisement. But to the amazement of the princess, this roughhewn rogue’s affront to her royal person fans flames of desire which threaten to burn out of control.”
    Here’s the way I describe it: Two beautiful girls; two hunky guys; a wicked, witchy person, and a few other bad guys, plus lots of spanking action and some steamy love-making — all presented in glorious Technicolor prose on a stage where nothing is just exactly what it seems.
    If you like historical romance, this is just your cup of mead. If you relish battle scenes and non-stop action, this is b****y well (oops, sorry about that, Uncle Dev) your kind of tale. If you’re into “who-done-its,” put on your Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys hats and have at it.
    Rollin has done himself proud. When you pick up a copy of his newest, be sure and leave a review, too. They’re like gold to an author, and they don’t cost you a thing.
    Thumbs up, Rollin. Several of them, in fact.

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