If you want to read a good book that is full of twisted cliches which are still true I recommend Forevermore by Cathy Marie Hake. It's the story of a young itinerant woman in the late 1800's who goes from place to place and helps families until God tells her it's time to move on. She must have dyslexia since she can't read. It's a fun light read.
Another very good book is A Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Asfar. The story of Rahab which begins with how she began her career as a courtesan and continues after the fall of Jericho. Ms Asfar does a wonderful job. The struggles for Rahab and Salmone, the Israelites and her family as they come to grips with accepting each other.
I've just finished reading The Legend of the Locust series by Laurence Moroney. It's a Sci-Fi trilogy and the first book, The Fourth World is free. It's very good and not technical like some Sci-Fi can be. Centered around Area 51 where aliens have been for a long time. Under the ground is a city where there's a school for gifted children. The main characters are four children age 12 who come to the school. I enjoyed in and I think junior highers would too.
Well, happy birthday to me. I'm heading to see if I can find some water plants for my pond. Hope you like the books if you decide to read them.