May 2, 2008

My Favorite Books

This topic for this week's Heart of the Matter Online Meme is Your Favorite Books.

Of course, the Bible is at the top of my list of favorites. As much as I love to read, that is the only Book I cannot do without.

It would be very difficult for me to choose only my favorite books, so how about my favorite authors, as well as some favorite titles and series?

When I was a child, I read everything I could get my hands on by Louisa May Alcott; we have also read at least one out loud as a family. The Anne of Green Gables series is definitely a childhood favorite. We are currently reading Anne of Green Gables as a family. I also loved Heidi, by Johanna Spyri and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

Other favorites in the classics genre include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Chronicles of Narnia , by C.S. Lewis (as well as his nonfiction books); Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne; The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss; Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; War and Peace and Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy; Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott; and most of the George MacDonald novels I have been able to find. My current favorites are books by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Persuasian is my favorite by Jane Austen; I cannot pick a favorite by Charles Dickens. I recently discovered Elizabeth Gaskell's novels and enjoyed North and South and Cranbrook.

Favorite homeschooling books: A Charlotte Mason Education and More Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levison;The Three R's and You Can Teach Your Child Successfully, by Ruth Beechick; and Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling, by Diana Waring.

Favorite child-rearing books: How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family, by Dan B. Allender and Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, by Paul David Tripp.

My favorite homemaking book is The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer. I also like Frugal Luxuries: Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life and Comfort Your Soul, by Tracey McBride.

As far as other nonfiction books, I like to read about whatever we happen to be studying or whatever our pastor gives us to read. I always have a stack of books that I am reading. Two recent reads that stick out include Families at the Crossroads: Beyond Traditional and Modern Options, by Rodney Clapp and Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs Around Them, by Chap Clark and Kara E. Powell.

I could add more, but this post would turn into a series! If you would like to participate in the Your Favorite Books meme, go to Heart of the Matter.

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Posted by rcelliott (

I am amazed at how you condensed the list to that small of a blog.
I love you.

May. 2, 2008 - Love them

Posted by cricket

Oh, you listed some of my favorites also. I had to contain myself for this post!
Be blessed!
Terri Sue

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Posted by Momtofivekids

I'll have to check out some of those! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by Princess Momma

You have several on your list that are favorites of mine as well.

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May. 2, 2008 - Books

Posted by Morning Rose

I only recently discovered the Anne of Green Gables series and loved reading all 8 books. I was sad to finish Rilla of Ingleside and have no more to read. I also love the Ruth Beechick homeschooling books and find them very encouraging and informative.

May. 2, 2008 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Margaret

You've got some great books listed. And some I'll have to look into! :-)


May. 3, 2008 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Shari Ellen

We've been listening to Anne of Green Gables as an audio book online. I haven't read Around the World in Eighty Days yet. I think that would be a good one to do this summer (during the traveling season).

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