Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My 17 Favorite Books

Different books have meant different things to me in my life, but these books  (in no particular order) are my very favorite.

Mother-daughter relationships are complicated and beautiful. This tells the stories of 3 generations of women during WWII and I am charmed by it every time.

Jeannette Walls tells the story of her difficult childhood without whining and complaining, and if anyone has earned the right-it's her.

Such a great metaphor for life and love.
Harry Potter=book perfection.

It is beautifully written with wit and heart and tells the love story of a woman falling in love with a child.  Made me happy to be a mom.

Abuse, racism, and justice all told from the perspective of a child.  Literary genius.

Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different member of a missionary family in 1959 in the Belgian Congo.  If you have never read it, you really should.

A smartly funny fairy-tale satire. Don't skip the glossary at the back-it's the best part. 

Best coming of age story EVER! If you've read it, the part about the "bed of roses" makes me cry every time:)

Cinderella story in the pioneer west-it makes me cry too. Every little girl should be read this book aloud.

The story of how a mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less.

How a senior devil teaches a junior devil the art of temptation.

Ever wonder how one of the most civilized and cultured countries readily followed Hitler?  This book, told from the perspective of a young dwarf, answers that question.

Coming of age tale set in 1687 Connecticut.

White girl writes about the lives of the black "help" in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi and it is amazing.

 While searching for their missing father, children learn how to "wrinkle time" so they can travel through space and time.

The grandfather of all Dystopian literature. 

There's my list-what's yours?


  1. Nice to see that a majority of these books we read and discussed at book club!!! Added a few more of my "to read" list too.

    I would have to add the Hobbit and the LOTR books, Battlefield Earth (movie STUNK but the book is awesome! Go Johnny Goodboy Tyler!!) Persuasion(my fave Jane Austin), Katherine by Anya Seton, Enchantment by Orson Scott Card.....I could go on and on and on......

    1. I've shied away from L. Ron Hubbard, but maybe I'll risk it:) Katherine's been on my list for years, I need to read it.

  2. Makes me want to read some of those again! I've read 11 of them! You can find my list at Have you read the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? Good one.

  3. This looks like a great list. I've read some of them and heard great things about others. I guess I need to get busy reading :)
    ...I would also add the LOTR books.

    1. I so wanted to love the LOTR books and I gave it my best effort, but could only make it through the first one. I may give the Hobbit another chance, since so many people love them.