Kailana asked, “What are the ten books you could not live without?” And I, who loves any excuse to make a list, especially a BOOK list, and going to take up the challenge . This was SO hard. I made a list of all the most favorite books I could think of, then whittled it down to 10. Again, VERY hard. I finally went with books that I knew I would be totally devastated and inconsolable if I could never, ever, read them again. This took me several days too. It’s just so hard to pick 10!!
The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I first read this book when I was around 13 and I’ve probably read it at least 15 times since then. It just never gets old!
Possession by AS Byatt. Have read this at least 3 times and it just gets better and better every time. There is so much to this book, I find something new and exciting every time. Amazing book.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Ah, this is my comfort book. I discovered it later than most people; most seem to have read it when children. I didn’t first read it until I was in my 20s. I have read it several times since. It was the book I took with me to the hospital when my beloved Papa went in for the last time. I think I may be due another read soon.
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I read these books to absolute pieces when I was around 10 years old. Oh, how I longed to enter a wardrobe and find myself in a new, magical world! I reread then again at 21 and found that I still deeply loved these stories. I’ve recently begun “rereading” them again (on audio) and I still adore them.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. I went through a rabid classics phase when I was about 15. I read a lot of Dumas, Hugo, Bronte (Charlotte), and tons others. I admore me some Dumas and my recent reread of this book further cemented that love.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. See above. I love me some Hugo. Les Miserables is a close second.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I admit, I didn’t much care for this when I read it in high school. But, I had to read it again in college and, partially thanks to my kick-ass professor I fell in love with it. I love, love, love, love it. And I love the movie too. Even if it does have Robert Redford in it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. A very recent read, but I know I will be rereading it over and over. So very touching and unique. And so well written.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. My first Collins! And leading me into a wonderful love affair I’m sure. I am LOVING The Moonstone.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. My first Austen! Will definitely reread this a lot. P&P is SOOOOOOO good.