Saturday, November 19, 2016

50 of My Favorite Books: Part Two

Wandering through my bookshelves  recalling some of my favorite books has been a trip down memory lane and a chance to see how many books I've got on my shelves that I still have to read.  I didn't have a library card as a child (we lived in the country and didn't have access to a library close by) and relied on my school's library to read books.  Alas, in elementary school our turn at the library only came every two weeks, but I always checked out as many books as I could each time.  This was before the era of big bookstores; Iowa just wasn't flush with bookstores at all.  I always knew Santa would bring me books each Christmas, and they were by far my favorite gifts.  To this day, I cherish the memories of carving out my space under the tree and lying there reading my new books.  It was the only time of the year that I actually received books as gifts.  I treat myself to books every Christmas season and nothing makes me happier than reading a good book on Christmas Eve.  

For this round of my favorite reads, I've got another eclectic mix of childhood and adult favorites that range from Laura Ingalls Wilder to the Vampire Lestat.

One of the best sci-fi books I've read. 

Loved Trixie Belden as a pre-teen. 

Probably one of my first "foodie" books

This cover made me love this novel before I even started reading it.

Absolutely a top favorite author of mine. 

Oh yes, I had my Anne Rice phase.  Loved Lestat!

My introduction to Laura Ingalls Wilder and my favorite of all her books.

A book that gets better everytime I read it.

Still love this and have my original copy
My first Sandra Dallas.  Fan for life.

This book made me a fan of Sherman Alexie

So good, and heartbreaking

First in her Graveyard Queen series. 


Seriously fantastic and heartbreaking



  1. Some of your favorites here are also favorites of mine. Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and the Sherman Alexie book.

  2. Thanks, Sue! Our lists only have one book in common (The Pillars of the Earth), but thanks for sharing and perhaps pointing me toward some good reads.
    I'm about 3/4 through Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, a long slog of a read but it's finally paying off. I pick it up between other books I've read since I started: Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of A Fist (Sunil Yapa), Runaway (Alice Munro), Freedom (Jonathan Franzen), A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) and a few others that slip my mind.