10 books week: 10 fiction books I read again and again

Thursday, July 5, 2012

10booksadayI worked and worked to find ten today, but I read so many books that I have to greatly prioritize any time that I spend re-reading any particular books. These are the precious few that make the cut. (Plus, numbers 1 and 2 are series, not individual books, so that should count for something.)

1) Harry Potter Series : For this I shall borrow from the oft-used, but completely mis-attributed (apparently Alan Rickman did not say this after all) quote:

“When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’ And I will say, ‘Always.’ “

2) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: I am an Anne-girl at heart. I’ve read this book more often than any other. It is, by a very large margin, my favorite book of all time, in all genres. It doesn’t get old. The moment I got to introduce my children to these books was a definite sacred moment in my life. Emily Of New Moon runs a close second in my infatuation with L.M. Montgomery books.

3) Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers: This book also made my list of books that changed my faith, but it is fiction. I can read it over and over and over.

4) Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery by Charles Martin: I had a hard time picking my favorite from Charles Martin as I’ve read several of them more than once, but I really think he hit his stride with this novel. He writes beautiful, poignant prose, full of a warm, misty, Southern loveliness without being overly sweet.

5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This book is in prominence on our living room end table. I’m not even currently reading it, but I like the reminder and the proximity whenever I feel the urge to pick it up .

6) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: All of the Jane Austen catalog holds a special place in my heart, but this was the first of hers that I read and subsequently, my favorite still. Close second: Sense and Sensibility.

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