Tuesday, May 3, 2011

30 for 30 - Favorite Books

Yes, as I have mentioned before, picking my favorite books is like trying to decide which child is my favorite. Nevertheless, here's the first 30 that come to mind. (By the way, if you were to ask who my favorite children are, four names come readily to mind.)

1. The Bible. It's almost not fair to list this. It isn't simply a book, after all.

2. Pride and Prejudice. I know. You are shocked, shocked! to see Jane Austen on this list.

3. Anne of Green Gables. One of the first books I fell in love with as a girl. Anne of the Island and Anne's House of Dreams complete the list for my top 3 favorite "Anne" books.

4. Little House series books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Often imitated but never surpassed.

5. Love and Respect. My favorite book on marriage.

6. The Well Trained Mind. My go-to homeschool resource.

7. Financial Peace and, to a lesser extent,  The Total Money Makeover. How Philip and I handle our money.

Childcraft The How and Why Library, Complete 15 Volume Set, 1964 Edition8. Childcraft books (1964 edition). My grandparents have these. My parents have these. Now I've bought a set so my girls can enjoy them. Really instrumental in teaching me to love history, among other things.

9. The Lord of the Rings. The books are -surprise! - so much more than the movies.

10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. My favorite novel written in recent years.

11. Elizabeth Peters mystery novels - Amelia Peabody series. Some of my all time favorite mysteries.

12. Alexander McCall Smith mysteries - Precious Ramotswe is one of the best characters ever.

13. Kate Ross mysteries. There are only four of these, due to the untimely death of the author.

14. Anne Perry mysteries. The Thomas Pitt books are my favorite and her WW1 series is riveting.

15. The Chronicles of Narnia books. I didn't become a Narnia fan until I was an adult but I'm so glad I gave them a second chance when I did. I can't imagine our family without these books.

16. Little Women. Another favorite novel from my girlhood.

17. The Hidden Art of Homemaking. Edith Schaeffer is the model for who I want to be when I grow up.

18. Jesus Among Other Gods. Great apologetics book.

19. The Secret Garden. Another favorite. (Little secret: I still enjoy re-reading this one!)

20. The Case for Christ. Another apologetics book, this one specific to the life of Christ.

21. Eats, Shoots and Leaves. The book where I realized I am not alone in my grammar beliefs. Also: it's incredibly funny.

22. Goodbye, Mr. Chips. A poignant book that deserves to be more widely read.

23. Rebecca. A masterful novel.

24. Alas, Babylon. A modern classic. Not easily forgotten after reading.

25. The Scarlet Pimpernel. One of the most romantic (in several different senses of the word) books ever.

26. Dressing a Galaxy. A gorgeous book that Philip gave me several years ago. Now worth a lot more money than he paid for it, but I'm not giving mine up. {wink}

27. The Peacemaker. Great christian living book.

28. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb. Gorgeous adaptations, very accessible to the younger reader (or the new-to-Shakespeare-reader).

29. Do Hard Things and Just Do Something. Read both of these when you're making your New Year's Resolutions to really give yourself a jump start.

30. The Book of Virtues. Every family should have a copy of this.


Amy said...

Oh! Love, love, love - Love & Respect. Best book ever on marriage!

We own the 1972 Childcraft books. Dale loves them. I figure if he were to read nothing but those for a year he would have a pretty decent education for that year. ;)

There are several others from your list I have read (and love, and own in a couple of cases) and some are on my want-to list. A list that, not surprisingly, just got a little longer after reading this post. :)

MacKenzie said...

So I pretty much love everything on this list, except the stuff I haven't read and now feel the need to go find. The one exception - the A.M-S books. But I did try to read them during my first trimester lunch breaks and kept falling asleep. This is probably more a sign of how sick I was then not the quality of the books so I think I should try again.

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