As many of you know, Virginia likes books and reads piles of them (as posted here previously Books! Reading! Books! Reading!)
This week a friend tagged me on Facebook to post covers of 10 favorite books, so here’s my response in one blog post (vs. one-a-day on FB.) I have way too many favorites to narrow down to ten, but here are a few that are reread often, shared with others, and have left indelible bookmarks of hope and hilarity in my life.
#1: “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien
I have read Tolkien’s LOTR and “The Hobbit” once a year every year since 8th grade (many times!) To read how Tolkien’s books help cure my tireditis, click here.
#2: “Daily Strength for Daily Needs” Mary W. Tileston
This is an inspirational collection of daily quotes from Scripture, hymns and spiritual people through the ages. My tattered edition is falling apart, but I also have it on Kindle (a big thank you to the “community of volunteers” who make these out-of-print treasures available electronically.)
#3: “Memory” et all, Lois McMaster Bujold
I am a huge groupie of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan’s books – brilliant, innovative, outer space fun. I have all of them on Kindle and have read most multiple times, especially the book Memory (re-read at least 10 times, including last week.)
#4: “Bread for the Journey” Henri Nouwen
I have read this daily devotional for many years. It was one of my first blogs here 8 years ago (click here to read about it.) Henri Nouwen’s other myriad books have also been a huge blessing in my life. (“The Return of the Prodigal Son” is another fav.)
#5: “How the Light Gets In” by Louise Penny
This is the first Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel I read, and it’s still my favorite. Louise Penny writes brilliant mysteries set in the fictional Canadian village of Three Pines that are much more than whodunits, especially this one that continued to inspire me long after turning the last page. For Louise Penny groupies out there, the new Armand Gamache mystery, “A Better Man,” is coming out 27 August 2019!
#6: “Who Moved My Cheese?” Spencer Johnson, MD
I have given this short book many times to friends going through change, and have reread it often when facing all sorts of change in my life.
#7: “Tales of Sector General” et all, James White
Irish author James White wrote tales of splendor, wonder and mayhem at Sector General, a multi-species hospital located at the edge of space. I am a huge groupie and have read his books multiple times, especially “Code Blue Emergency” and “The Galactic Gourmet,” both packed with major doses of hilarity. (Check out one of my earliest blogs from 8 years ago : Cosmic Hilarity & The Galactic Gourmet.)
#8: “Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson
My tattered Calvin and Hobbes books toted to overseas postings continue to bring joy and lots of laughter no matter my whereabouts or older-age creep.
#9: “The Doomsday Book” by Connie Willis
I have read “The Doomsday Book” multiple times. It never gets old, although time travelers get stuck in the Middle Ages. 🙂 When it came out it won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, science fiction’s two highest honors. Connie Willis repeated that double honor with her books “Blackout/All Clear” wherein time travelers are stuck in England during World War II. I read them last year – instant favorites, absolutely brilliant!
#10: “Left to Tell” by Immaculée Ilibagiza
I have given away many copies of Immaculée’s courageous story of faith and forgiveness. (You can read my blog about it by clicking here: Left To Tell.)
#11: “The Moosewood Restaurant Favorites” The Moosewood Collective
Must include a cookbook! It’s hard to pick a favorite with hundreds of cookbooks stashed on shelves all over, but I have enjoyed my 10+ Moosewood cookbooks for more than 20+ years and use them all the time. My bucket list includes a trip one day to the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY.
#12: “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers
My list is now over 10, but have to include this book. The first time I read “Redeeming Love” years ago, I ended up reading it twice in one day! At home sick in bed I started reading it in the morning and finished it in the afternoon (with a box of well-used tissues), then turned right around and started again. It is a powerful book about redemption, faith, forgiveness and love.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Suess
Another favorite book packed with wisdom, a gift from my sister to me after graduate school. Here’s to books taking us places we’ve never been, teaching us things we don’t know, inspiring us, strengthening our imagination muscles, making us dream bigger dreams, and laugh, hope and cope as we turn the pages of our lives.
grace, peace & favorite books
Virginia : )
p.s. If you have a favorite book (or two) that you’ve read more than once, or shared more than once, please add them to this list in the comments.
I loved reading Left to Tell. She went through so much!!! My favorite book that I’ve read over and over is Where the Heart Is. 💕
Left To Tell is an inspiring story of faith in the darkest of times. Immaculee Ilibagiza is such an amazing ambassador of faith and forgiveness – I was blessed to hear her speak @ Willam & Mary in February. Wow! Blessings, Michelle! 🌟🙏🌟📚🌟
Wow. What a collection…you do love your books. Amazing! We learn a lot from reading.
Will have to check them out. I especially could use the ‘Daily Strength for Daily Needs.’
Hey Sunshine, I think you would really like Daily Strength for Daily Needs. The readings are short yet pack a powerful faith punch to start each day with God’s agenda in mind. Blessings & hope! ☀️🙏☀️📚☀️
Great list! ‘Redeeming Love’ by Francine Rivers is a wonderful book! I also find her ‘Voice in The Wind’ trilogy inspiring.
Thanks, Steph. I’ll look those up. I read Francine Rivers “Mark of the Lion” series (v. inspiring!) and also found her book “The Atonement Child” to be incredibly thought provoking. Blessings! 📚🤗📚
I just realised we’re talking about the same books haha! ‘Voice in the Wind’ is the first of the ‘Mark of the Lion’ series.
I haven’t read ‘The Atonement Child’ yet but I’ve heard it’s very good. Another one I really enjoyed of hers is ‘Masterpiece’. She’s a wonderful writer and her stories are great at both inspiring and challenging aren’t they? 📖❤️
LoL, Steph! I read the Mark of the Lion books years ago (fuzzy memory) but remember the inspiring bits. “The Atonement Child” is a challenging book to read, but if you hang in to the end, the message of God’s redeeming love for everyone comes through loud & clear. I’ll check out “Masterpiece” – Francine Rivers is an amazing writer! 📚💜📚
Lovely set Virginia. My son collects Calvin and Hobbes but they are so expensive here.
Reading my Calvin & Hobbes books never gets old – they still make me laugh even though I’ve been through them time & again. I also have huge piles of Far Side books that do the same. Hilarious! Blessings, Arlene! 📚🤣📚🤗📚😎📚
Thanks Virginia, blessings to you too.
What a wonderful list, Virginia! I must confess I’ve never read Louise Penney, but I’m adding her to my reading list. I find it hard to resist a good, cleverly written mystery!
Debbie, I’m also a huge mystery groupie. Louise Penny’s are inspiring mysteries. Kinda weird (for the genre) but as the series goes along they get even more inspiring. I recently read all of Ann Cleeves Vera Stanhope & Shetland mysteries, along with Julia Spencer-Fleming’s series set in upstate NY. 📚😎📚🧐📚
Those Tolkien editions are gorgeous ❤ that whole room looks so bookishly cozy.
Thank you, Kitty Marie. I acquired these Tolkien books during a December visit to England when I lived in the Middle East many years ago – they were a ‘Merry Christmas to me’ gift! (The kind that keeps on giving!) Cheers! 🌟📚🌟😎🌟📚