My favorite books have changed and evolved and some have lasted through the years.
Maybe it would be more appropriate to say there are books that have stuck with me through the years. Books that I read and re-read just for me. Books that I read once and made a big impression. And books that I may have only read once but are on my list of books that I want my children to appreciate as much as I do.
Books that I read and re-read:
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
I can’t speak highly enough of these. One of my prized possessions is a 50th anniversary leather bound edition of all three in one that my dear husband bought me about 12 years ago. I’m on my 16th read through of these since I discovered them in middle school.
The Harry Potter series
I’ve read these through about 3 or 4 times and I’m in the middle of reading them aloud to our Pookie. (We’re 2 chapters from the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, so I’m hoping to start Goblet of Fire next week. So, this one fits on the list of books for my kids, too.)
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
I read these all by the time I was about eight or nine. I return to them from time to time.
Somewhere in France
I only discovered this book last year. I’m not really a big reader of historical fiction, but the picture of the lady in blue on the cover drew me in. Captivating is the only word I can think of to describe it. I read it twice before I had to return it to the library.
Books that I read once and made a big impression:
Pool of Radiance, Pools of Darkness, & Pool of Twilight
Another trilogy, this one by James Ward & Jane Cooper Hong. Based on the role playing game by the same name as the first book, this is the first Dungeons and Dragons series I ever read.
The Dark Elf Trilogy
This is another Dungeons and Dragons series by R.A. Salvatore. Fabulous series! So much so, that when I worked at Book Culture in NYC, and I was given a chance to recommend a book for the wall, that the first in the series, Homeland, was my pick.
Sense and Sensibility as well as Emma.
Both classics by Jane Austen. Both I was inspired to read after seeing movies based on these books. Both much better than the movies. Except maybe Colonel Brandon. Alan Rickman just blew that role out of the water. He was made for it.
Eat, Pray, Love
Books that I want my children to appreciate as much as I do:
Another classic book. This one I read when I was about 10 or 12. I don’t think I will ever get over Beth.
The Little House on the Prairie series
I’ve started reading bits and pieces of Little House in the Big Woods to my kids. Even Jalapeno said he may have to rethink reading that series. But being as he is in high school now, I’m sure these will only be read at home.
This one I discovered in middle school, along with Rumble Fish. Both books about society’s misfits. I identified with them both probably more than I should have and probably more than my parents would have liked (if they’d ever actually read the books).
So, what books make your lists?