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).
- 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.)
- 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.
- The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins - They have beautifully put Biblical prophecy into a fictional retelling.
- 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.
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell - Another of my childhood favorites. I've also read this one at least 5 times.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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?