Thursday, September 9, 2010

Great Reads

Sincerely Shannon is hosting a linky today called Top Ten Texts.  She listed her top 10 favorite books and you can list yours and link up.  I don't have enough uncommitted brain cells to devote to writing a "real" post  today so she's making it easy for me.

Top Ten Texts - Fiction Version 
(because there's no way I could narrow down my list to just 10):
In order of  importance 
(the list not the picture).

  1. The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews - this is a life-changer.  I read it in a weekend and have recommended and lent it out many times; currently my brother and sister-in-law have it.  It's probably in the Self-Help section at your local B&N but I would call it Historical Fiction/Inspirational/You Will Never Forget Reading This/Be Sure To Have a Pen to Write Down Notes and Underline Your Favorite Passages kind of book. (His book The Noticer is in the picture and it was nearly as good.)
  2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - I still cry when reading this allegory.  C.S. Lewis was a genius.  I loved the whole Narnia series but none of the rest are quite equal to this one.
  3. The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins - They have beautifully put Biblical prophecy into a fictional retelling.
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - My 5th grade teacher Mrs. Paraiso would sit on her stool, in her long, flowing skirt, and read us a portion from this novel every afternoon and it has been in my top favorites ever since.  I have read it no less than 6 times.
  5. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell - Another of my childhood favorites.  I've also read this one at least 5 times.
  6. Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley - I came across this book by accident while looking for an "easy" read to take to Amelia Island when Brian and I were first married.  I fell in love with Gulley's writing and have read most of the rest of his Harmony Series and a couple of his non-fiction.
  7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - I read this classic when I was in the 7th grade.  I was so absorbed in it that I would read it late into the night with a flashlight under the covers.  
  8. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien - I think these were newly added appendages to my body for awhile.  I read them just before the movies came out based on a recommendation from a friend and I can't thank Clayton enough for introducing us to them.
  9. Pygmalion (a.k.a. the original My Fair Lady) by George Bernard Shaw - A play that reads like a novel.  It will forever be one of my favorites and Audrey in My Fair Lady solidifies it as a part of my spirit. (Is that being too dramatic?  Oh well, it's a play after all; so drama is appropriate.)
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - When I first read it, I identified with Beth the most.  I may have to read it again and see if that has changed.

Honorable mention: My favorite author when I was growing up was Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  I first read The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case but my favorites of hers were her Green Sky series.  She is a fabulous author.  Her name alone is what drew me to her.

There you have it - my Top Ten Texts!

What are yours?