Sunday, March 9, 2008

I are a bookworm

Listie, listie, I've got a(nother) listie!

My father was a teacher for 35 years & most of those were spent as an elementary school librarian. I think the love of books might just be inherited because I was a born reader. From the time I read my first chapter book (Charlotte's Web I believe, at the age of about 5 or 6...with help) I have always had some kind of book going. I was the kid hiding with a flashlight under the covers...pretty much every night. I've been known to spend an entire Saturday in bed, reading a book from cover to cover, only getting up for bathroom breaks & food.

Therefore I give you...a list of (some of) my favorite books

1. Anne of Green Gables series. My grandmother gave these to me when I was a girl & I love them still. It's wonderful to pull one off the shelf & get lost in the world of Anne's adventures in beautiful PEI.

2. A Prayer for Owen Meany. This is one of the best stories I've ever read. However, I cannot recommend any of John Irving's other books. I read more of his after I finished A Prayer for Owen Meany and they were all vulgar, carnal books about sex & crazy relationships. Not great reading for a Christian person IMHO. Not a very good advertisement for this book I'm afraid, but it really is a good read.

3.Mistress Masham's repose. This is a wonderful story about a mistreated girl in England who encounters some leftover Lilliputians. Well written & with wonderful characters - a must read for any girl (young and old :)) who loves books.

4. Get out of That Pit. I love Beth Moore. She has some of the greatest Bible studies around & this book is no exception. Although not actually a bible study, it takes the reader on a healing journey. Anyone who has ever been in a dark place (and I think most of us have) will benefit from reading this book.

5. Lord of the Rings trilogy. Great writing, great characters, great story. Nuff said!

6. The Hobbit. See above :)

And some favorite authors

1. John Gresham
2. Anne Tyler
3. Michael Crighton
4. James Mitchner
5. L.M. Montgomery
6. Beth Moore

This is what I can think of for now. I remember many books I've read & loved but can't remember either title or author. This drives me nuts!! There is one especially I would love to find again...a coming of age story about best friends in a boarding school. One is jealous & ends up badly hurting his friend (named Phineas) by making him loose his balance on the limb of a tree. I read this in High School for an English class & if this jogs anyone's memory (Kate??) I would love to learn the author &/or title.

I wish I had more Christian fiction on this list but I've not had much opportunity to delve into that genre. Any recommendations would be welcomed.

Have a great Monday everybody!


Kalynne Pudner said...

It's A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles.

I like your taste in literature!

(Now, having done my good deed on the Blogosphere for to finish that paper!)

Rebekah said...

Check out my blog, I left you an award. Also I am having a give a way which goes along with your post. I am giving away a copy of my sisters latest book, Christian fiction.
I loved the Anne of Green Gabels series

Sandra said...

Love all the books seems we have the same taste :)

Kate said...

I love all of the Anne of Green Gables books. I also loved The Hobbit, but I've never sat down and read the LOTR books. Maybe this summer.

Lately I've been reading cozies-mysteries that are a little lighter--like Miss Marple mysteries. They're all I can concentrate on right now.

As for Christian fiction, I read a pretty cute chick lit one a while ago, Heavens to Betsy, I think.

Donna said...

Okay in the world of Christian Fiction it depends on your style and love, if you are like me and like a little of everything then let me tell you about some authors, because I tend to like certain authors and stick to them.
If you like sappy Little House on the Prarie type books Janette Oke is your woman. If you are interested in Amish lifestyles then go for Beverly Lewis. If you just like a good/great sotory then their is the ever popular Left Behind series, go ahead start with the prequeals and go all the way to the sequel, it will take up an entire month of daily reading, or 2-3 months of nightly reading. If you like the somewhat supernatural then Frank Peretti is your man. If you really like the weird and unpredictable then Ted Dekker is great (I would read a little Peretti before trying Dekker he gets weird!). Oh and if you like the Left Behind Series Jerry Jenkins has started a new series with a book called Soon. I also like Francine Rivers for a more fictional history type of book.
If you can't tell you hit upon a love of mine. Actually the only non "Christian" fiction I read is John Grisham but he is a Christian I hear so I trust him not to have smut or junk in his books. If you have any questions on any of these authors let me know. I only know a few books off your list (Anne of Green Gables (which I am looking to get so I can read), Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit (both of which my husband had me read and I love him even more for making me do it!)) I think that was long enough for a comment! Let me know if you pick any of these up!

Vanessa said...

I love books too. I often say I need books like most people need air. My current read is Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. Yeah, I know, I'm behind the times on this one!

mylhibug said...

You might like books by Regina Doman - I personally haven't read them, but my wife has and she enjoyed them. Maybe try Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara - in the same fantasy vein as J.R.R.Tolkien, in fact some even say that he is a Tolkien rip off. I would suggest Stephen King, but you might not like him, as he has a foul mouth and sometimes he just isn't nice. :)

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