One question I am often asked, “What is your favorite book?” For an avid reader, that is a difficult question to answer. There are so many wonderful books, that it is hard to choose just one or even two or three. After thinking about this for awhile, I finally chose five books that are not necessarily my only favorites, but are books that impacted me in some way. So here they are:
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I already talked about this book once in my “Why I Write” post here. This book was one of the first classics I ever read and is partially responsible for inspiring me to become a writer.
- Sinister Paradise by Carolyn Keene. This is a Nancy Drew Files mystery, a series which was written after the original mystery books. I enjoyed the original series as well, but the Files upped the game by involving murder and more romance. Nancy was also older. I could have picked any of these books, because I loved all of the Nancy Drew books, although I distinctly remember this book because it was one of the books that I owned, and thus read a few times. My love of mystery novels came from reading so many Nancy Drew books, and I always tried to figure out who the killer was before Nancy.
- Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. I was actually in college before I read this children’s classic, but it had such heart and wild horses, that I instantly loved it. In fact, once I read it, I knew I had to visit the islands (Chincoteague and Assateague) where the story takes place. The islands were so beautiful, that I had my wedding on the beach of Assateague.
- Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse. This is a story about the boy who brings vinegar to Jesus at his crucifixion, and his life is changed forever by the events he sees. It was a touching story, one I could not put down, and it was the first book I remember that made me cry.
- Beauty by Robin McKinley. This was the first fairytale retelling I ever read. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, it captivated me and began my love of fairytale retellings. It’s a magical story that takes you to another time and place.
Hope you enjoyed reading about some of my favorite books. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite from the list!
6 thoughts on “Some Favorite Reads”
That’s so lovely that you were able to have your wedding in a place where one of your favourite books takes place! I love the novel A Room with a View and was excited to reread it when I visited Florence, since the first half is set there.
It’s always nice to form a connection to a book based on it’s setting.
Vinegar Boy and Beauty sound very interesting. I’ll have to check them out. I’m always looking for new books to read!
Glad you found some books that interested you! I’m always on the lookout for new books too!
Very interesting list. I think it’s a good thing to revisit our childhood favorites, and the fairytale retells are interesting too, and also a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing this here.
Glad you enjoyed the post!