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Quick Reads: Poetry

short on timeOnly have a few minutes to read at a time?  Why not try a book with short chapters, essays, poems or stories?  Here are some collections from award-winners, Poets Laureate, classic authors, and even a Brownsburg Public Library staff member!

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Quicks Reads: Short Fiction

short on timeOnly have a few minutes to read at a time?  Why not try a book with short chapters, essays, poems or stories?  Short stories run the gamut from horror to romance and are perfect when you want all the intensity of a full novel but without the time commitment.

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Nicholas Sparks readalikes

Author Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks is a master of poignant love stories. In his novels there is no great love without some loss and his characters frequently are faced with a difficult challenge before proving they are worthy of true love. Sparks’ characters are honorable and loyal, and they place a lot of importance on family and sometimes religious faith. The pace of his stories is leisurely, quickening for rapid action and dialogue. Sparks’ writing is not dense and he aims for easy-to-read prose with a romantic tone.

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Gentle Reads

gentle readsGood stories without graphic violence, language, or explicit sex.  These novels feature uplifting plots with wholesome characters mixed with a little humor, a little romance and a little adventure, including some by authors otherwise known for their less-than-gentle bestselling thrillers!

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Christian Fiction Authors

Christian Fiction is an increasingly popular segment of the publishing world, with many well-known and best-selling authors christian fictionthat appeal to a wide variety of readers.  Christian Fiction encompasses many subgenres…romance, mysteries, westerns, historical fiction, “gentle reads”, “chick lit”, novels that focus on a particular religious order or community, and just regular realistic fiction.  Authors range from formative classics–Lloyd Douglas, Taylor Caldwell, Catherine Marshall–to contemporary bestsellers–Karen Kingsbury, Jan Karon, T. Davis Bunn, Tim LaHaye.  Some authors are “gentle reads”; some are not.  The common thread among these varying forms is the resolution of narrative conflict through Christian principles.

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