Thursday, May 19, 2011

top ten week: books.

Did you really think I would finish top ten week without addressing my favorite topic? (And you should know: Limiting each of these lists to ten just about did me in. And I have a desperate desire to provide the reasoning behind each of these, but I won't.)

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Books that have made me a better person, or at the very least, shaped me into who I am at this moment: 

1. Anthem, by Ayn Rand
2. Candide, by Voltaire
3. Bloomability, by Sharon Creech
4. Confessions, by Saint Augustine
5. Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
6. The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer
7. Under the Overpass, by Mike Yankowski
8. One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp
9. The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
10. The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank 

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Books with re-readability: 

1. An Old Fashioned Girl, by Lousia May Alcott
2. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (P.S. - I love Anna Quindlen, and this.)
4. Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
5. A Good Man Is Hard to Find, by Flannery O'Connor
6. The Harry Potter series
7. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
8. Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller
9. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
10. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

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Authors I admire and respect and maybe, just maybe, want to write like one day: 

1. Flannery O'Connor
2. Anna Quindlen
3. Louisa May Alcott
4. Harper Lee
5. J.K. Rowling
6. Anne Lamott
7. Madeleine L'Engle
8. Donald Miller
9. Rick Bragg
10. G.K. Chesterton

* painting by Jane Mount of The Ideal Bookshelf. One of these would make a fantastic Christmas gift. I'm just saying.

6 comments:

Staley Mc said...

I have reread Pride and Prejudice more times than I can count!

Sugar Mama said...

I bookmarked her Etsy shop... that would be the perfect gift for my brother who is an aspiring writer. And for the daycare room!

About your list: I realize that there are so many "classics" I should read. But I don't know where to start when there are also so many new books I'd like to read. I'm going to go off of your list for ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

I love all the ones on your re-read list. Those are some of my favorites EVER. I haven't read Blue Like Jazz or A Good Man Is Hard to Find...but I hope to one day!

mrs. autumn said...

I also loved Anthem. Not a lot of people like Ayn Rand, although my favorite is definitely Atlas Shrugged.

giveaway!

Kristen said...

Thank you for the list that shaped who you are, I have been in the need of a nice list to read off of. I think I may take a pick at yours!(:

Lori said...

going to have to go through your list! i love discovering new books :)

thanks for sharing!