I've tried to list my favorite books of each author, though of course I like the rest of their books, too. I don't like classifying books, so I've made no distinction between "childrens" books, "science fiction," "Christian," "secular," etc. You can jump to my favorite authors and books, some frequently read authors, frequently asked questions, or my list of books I intend to own someday.
Highly Recommended Recently Read Books:
- How to be a World Class Christian by Paul Borthwick. Really dealt with issues that I'd been thinking about... convicting, practical, readable, and encouraging.
- Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World by Gary Haugen. In this book I was confronted with the astounding fact that over 1 million children are forced into prostitution each year.
- The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. Excellent, excellent book! Christianity is indeed all about God's grace, not our self-denial, disciplines, and rituals.
- The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge. This book spoke to me like almost no other, but that's partly because of where I've been in life. Take a look at my thoughts page for an excerpt.
- L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island,
Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, Emily's Quest...)
- Madeleine L'Engle (A Wrinkle In Time, Meet the Austins, A Ring of Endless Light, Lines Scribbled on an Envelope...)
- Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Pastwatch, Seventh Son...)
- C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Mere Christianity...)
- Catherine Marshall (Christy, A Man Called Peter...))
- Robin McKinley (Beauty...)
- Louisa May Alcott (Little Women, Eight Cousins...)
- Dianna Wynne Jones (Arthur's Goon, Howl's Moving Castle...)
- Francis Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden, A Little Princess)
- Ellen Raskin (The Westing Game...)
- Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising...)
- Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express...)
- Dick King-Smith (Pigs Might Fly, Babe: the Gallant Pig, Harry's Mad...)
- Patricia C. Wrede (Dealing With Dragons, Mairelon the Magician...)
- Edward Eager (Knight's Castle, The Time Garden, Magic By the Lake...)
- Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
- The Talking Parcel Gerald Purrell
- Matilda Roald Dahl
- Betty MacDonald (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle...)
- J.R. Tolkein (The Hobbit...)
- Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums Anne McCaffrey
- The Hounds of the Morrigan Pat O'Shea
- Margary Sharp (The Rescuers...)
- Lilian Braun (The Cat Who Saw Red...)
- P.L. Travers (Mary Popppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park)
- Dr. Paul Brand (In His Image, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, The Forever Feast)
- The Cricket in Time's Square, Chester's New Home George Seldon
- Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma...)
- The 101 Dalmations Dodie Smith
- Corrie Ten Boom (The Hiding Place...)
- Eleanor Cameron (A Spell Is Cast, A Room Full of Windows, The Private Worlds of Julia Redfern)
- The Count of Monte Cristo Alexander Dumas
- William Shakespeare (Hamlet...)
- Nick Bantock (Griffin and Sabine, The Venetian's Wife, The Forgetting Room...))
- The Princess Bride William Goldman
- Knowing God J.I. Packer
- Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder
- James Sire (The Universe Next Door, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything At All?...)
- Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy...)
- Philip Yancey (The Bible Jesus Read, What's So Amazing About Grace?)
Authors I read mostly because I've read most of what they've written:
(and I like, them, too)
- John Grisham (The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury...)
- David Eddings (Pawn of Prophecy, The Diamond Throne, Belgarath the Sorceror...)
- Tom Clancy (Patriot Games, Without Remorse, Executive Orders, Rainbow Six...)
- Rita Mae Brown (Wish You Were Here, Rest in Pieces...)
- Christopher Stasheff (Her Majesty's Wizard, M'Lady Witch...)
- Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Airframe...)
- Robert Jordan (The Eye of the World...)
- Lois McMaster Bujold (Barrayar, Memory...)
- Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy (The Forever King, The Broken Sword...)
- Josephine Tey (To Love and Be Wise, Brat Farrar...)
- Edward Rice Burroughs (Tarzan of the Apes...)
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do you read so many books?
I read pretty quickly (see below for more details) and I read as
much as I can. I read when I'm eating, when I'm waiting for class
to start, when I'm standing in line, when I'm on the bus... And sometimes
I let my schoolwork suffer because I'm caught up in a book!
How do you read so fast?
To tell you the truth, I have a suspicion that I don't read fast; I
merely skim. I don't have a very high retention level--but I re-read
books, especially my favorites, and I read those slowly
enough (or read them enough times) to let them sink in. With really
great authors, like Orson Scott Card, L.M. Montgomery, or Madeleine
L'Engle, I'll go a little slower to catch the poetry and nuances in
What's the longest book you've ever read?
I haven't kept track. For a long time, it was Don Quixote, which
was 600 or 700 pages. Now, it's most likely one of the books by
Robert Jordan, which runs into the thousands.
How do you remember what books you've read?
I have a blank-book (it's hot magenta with little polka-dots on it)
where I write down all the books I read. A typical entry looks like
N/F The Gifts of the Jews Thomas Cahill 6/30 7/3 : )
I indicate if it's fiction (F) or non-fiction (N/F), the date I
started reading it and the date I finished, and then I have a very
rough grading system based on smily-faces : ) (smile size may
vary), not-impressed faces : | , and grins
: D (with teeth; size may
vary). I think I learned this system from my sisters.
Books I intend to own someday:
Please note that this is not synonymous with "what to get Corrie for her birthday when you can't think of anything else." I'm very particular about covers and illustrations and I intend to personally pick each of these out. This list also does not include all of the books that I have in paperback that I intend to get in hardcover someday... very far in the future. Be forewarned that you've already seen most of these books in the lists above.
- Lines Scribbled on an Envelope by Madeleine L'Engle
- A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, etc. by Madeleine L'Engle
- Red Prophet, Alvin Journeyman, Heartfire, and Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card.
- The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
- Calling on Dragons, Mairelon the Magician, etc. by Patricia C. Wrede
- Arthur's Goon, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- Half Magic and Seven Day Magic by Edward Eager/LI>
- How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill
- among others.