I got asked a few weeks ago on Facebook to make a list of my favorite books. This was kind of a hard list for me to make. I love books. And I love lots of kinds of books: cookbooks, fiction, non-fiction, parenting books, photography books. So I went with an all fiction list. In the future I may make a list of another style of my 10 favorite.
1. The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis. I love this book so much. If you ask me for a book recommendations it’ll be the first one I say. I think it has many powerful lessons in it. And a lot of them having to do with a traditional Jewish community are similar in a small traditional Mormon town, like the one I grew up in (and the one I live in now). I love the way it is written in a collective mind set and how it slightly uses humor to teach her point. Love it.
2. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. This one is purely emotional for me. It was the last book that my sister Kelly and I both read and then went to the movie about. It’ll always hold a special place in my heart because of it.
3. Streams to River, River to see by Scott O’Dell. I loved this book as a child. I mean really loved it. I remember reading it multiple times from the school library. I was in grade 5 or 6 the first time I read it and man I loved it. It was then that I realized how much I love historical fiction. Up until then I didn’t even know that was a kind of book!
4. The Harry Potters Series by J.K. Rowling. I loved these books. And I loved see my kids read and love them too. I’ve read some of them more than once and I will again I am sure. I love them. Maybe I start reading the first one to Eli – he would love them!
5. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: The writing in this book is so wonderful. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to start from the beginning again. It was that kind of book that just sucked you in. Great characters and the plot is fantastic and leads in a lovely direction and you don’t really know where you are going until you are there. Love love loved it.
6. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Such important lessons in here about racial differences and love and how we treat others. I think this is an important book with important (and entertaining) things to say.
7. Summer of Monkeys by Wilson Rawls I found this book when I was not a kid but I loved it and bought it for my kids. I’ve started reading it out loud to them. It’s a fantastic story and just great writing. Perfect for boys who are 8-12.
8. The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin. Such a great love story with lots of action in it too. The things the main characters go through in the book and the lessons on love they learn through it, fantastic.
9. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I always thought E.B. White was woman ( I have no idea why) until we bought the CDs of this book read by the author. When a deep southern mans voice came on both Regan and I were surprised. If ou haven’t listened to this book read by the author, do it! It makes it magical and he gives a kind of insight with his voice into the characters that I didn’t get when I read it myself. This book has such great lessons in it about friendship and kindness and reaching your potential. It’s really a wonderful book. There’s no wonder why this book won an award.
10. Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery. This year for her birthday (ssssh don’t tell her) we are getting Lucy this series. I know she will love it. And probably have them all read in a month. (She’s a bit rabid on her reading!) I loved these books as a child. And when we lived in Nova Scotia we went out to PEI and went to the place where these books were written and all the little places that inspired them. Yep, I’ve walked down lovers lane.
What books would you put on your list?
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