Sunday, July 24, 2011

Recommended Reading List

I've had several friends ask me lately to recommend books to them to read. I suppose you know this about me if you know me at all: I am a bibliophile to the nth degree. Since I learned to read when I was two or three, I have been absolutely addicted to the printed word, reading several books a week. I gravitate toward characters rather than plot; each new book offers a smorgasbord of new friends to meet, and reading an old book is like renewing an acquaintanceship long cherished. I particularly like stories whose characters have a unique perspective on the world, whether gained by their experiences or by having a disability, or just by a personality painted in different colors than the drab, gray usual-ness of normalcy. I also love books without regard to length or genre. A children's book can be just as meaningful and thoughtfully written as a novel of a thousand pages. Although I gravitate toward fiction or biography, I have read many a nonfiction book and enjoyed it. Also, I'm extremely picky. I've read hundreds of books that I did not enjoy at all. Many books never even made it into my pile to be read. So this is not a list of books I've read, only books I liked.

Here, then, is my list of favorite books in no particular order.(I think I will put an asterisk by the ones that are especial favorites, though. Also not going to list the Bible because, well, duh.)

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
The Chronicles of Narnia (series), By C.S. Lewis
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton*
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell
The Cay, by Theodore Taylor*
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton
Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton
Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars
Anne of Green Gables (all 8 in the series), by L.M. Montgomery
Elsie Dinsmore (series), By Martha Finley
Children's Pilgrim's Progress, by Helen Taylor
Hind's Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
The Zion Chronicles, by Bodie Thoene
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Freckles, by Gene Stratton-Porter
Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry
A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson*
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
A Wrinkle in Time (trilogy), by Madeleine L'Engle
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
Holes, by Louis Sachar
100 Cupboards (trilogy), by N.D. Wilson
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
The Indian in the Cupboard (series), by Lynne Reid Banks
My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
Little House on the Prairie (series), by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The BFG, by Roald Dahl
The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss
King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry
Night, by Elie Wiesel
Touch the Top of the World, by Erik Weihenmayer*
Blind Courage, by Bill Irwin*
Crashing Through, by Robert Kurson
Planet of the Blind, by Stephen Kuusisto
Eavesdropping, by Stephen Kuusisto
Sight Unseen, by Georgina Kleege
Cockeyed, by Ryan Knighton
The Flying Scotsman, by Sally Magnusson
The Story of my Life, by Helen Keller
The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, by Bette Bao Lord
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr and Ronald Himler
Misty of Chincoteague (series), by Marguerite Henry
The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite De Angeli*
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri*
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare
Indian Paint, by Glenn Balch and Nils Hogner
As I See It, by Judy Taylor
Light a Single Candle, by Beverly Butler
Timothy of the Cay, by Theodore Taylor
Good Night, Mr. Tom, by Michelle Magorian
Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
The Story Girl and The Golden Road, by L.M.Montgomery
Dorie: The Girl Nobody Loved, by Erwin W. Lutzer and Doris VanStone
The Forbidden Door, by Jeanne K. Norweb*
The Wind in the Wheat, by Reed Arvin*
Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
Right Ho, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
Dave Barry Slept Here, by Dave Barry
A Sense of the World, by Jason Roberts
Understood Betsy, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy Books), by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Little Lame Prince, by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories, by Arthur Stanley Maxwell
A Child's Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson*
The Clan of the Cave Bear (series), by Jean M. Auel
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger*
White Fang, by Jack London
All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Summer of the Monkeys, by Wilson Rawls
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (entire series), by Dorothy Gilman
Brother Cadfael mysteries (series), by Ellis Peters

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