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January 24, 2021

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

A friend just received her second new knee and is recovering.  She is an avid reader and asked for a few suggestions. Primarily, these are just books, which popped into my head.   In addition, I dug out some photos of recent books, which I have read. I have another friend, who consistently wants me to write about the books I am reading.   Michelle and Cissa, this WinkWorld is for you.

First, Michelle, I suggest fast, easy, compelling books during recovering.  I remember when I was on chemo, I read The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency  (a series) by Alexander McCall Smith. I discovered beautiful Botswana. After I finished the series, I continued to read any book I could find about elephants. 

Thank you to Harvey Sapir of Pexel for sharing this free photo.

Of course, you could re-read the Harry Potter series.  Elizabeth Gilbert might be a good fit right now. The City of Girls was great fun.  How about American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins?

At the moment, I am reading and enjoying Peter Likins’ A New American Family: A Love Story.  It is the story of their family life with their six adopted multiracial children.  Amazing.  Likins was also the president at the University of Arizona.

You might prefer podcasts until you get off the painkillers.  I am thoroughly enjoying both series of podcasts by Brené Brown.  Or, you might just want to read (re-read) all of her books.

Alexandra Fuller might interest you. I loved reading of her free-range childhood in Africa.  I suggest reading her books in order.

The Giver of s Stars by Jojo Moyes will be a very healing book, I am sure.  And, you will find yourself cheering for the librarians.  The same is true for

Or, maybe you could just jump right into any of the series of the prolific JA Jance.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a great read, too.  I really enjoyed …and His Lovely Wife by Connie Schultz.

In Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts, I thoroughly enjoyed reading of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, and his amazing wife, Maud.  In this book, you will learn of their life in South Dakota, too.

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Or, dare I suggest that you might want to read one of these? Just click on the book icon at the top of the webpage.  Click on Home below:








  • Cissa

    Thank you, Joan! I read some of these books already, and loved them; now I am including all the others in my “to read” list! Love you! 💕

  • I always love other peoples book lists particularly when I see my favorites on theirs also. I just shared my best books of 2020 on my website. Right now I’m reading The Book of Lost Names which I think is really good. I’m also reading Mary Oliver’s new compilation of poetry called Devotions which is outstanding

    • Joan Wink

      The Book of Lost Names: I have been wondering about that one. Mary Oliver: Always the best.

  • Janet Towell

    Thanks for your wonderful list of recommended books, Joan! You and Dawn are the most avid readers I know. I just finished reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult and it’s a mystery that is all about elephants. You may want to read it. I am looking forward to reading some of the great reads on your list! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Michelle Hawkins

    Thank you, Joan! When I opened your email this morning, it was such a lovely surprise and I have been pouring over your suggestions. They will certainly keep me going through this recovery time. Having a book with me makes the hours “on ice” go by much more pleasantly. Love from Virginia.

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