When I was younger and I broke the rules I would be grounded. But sometimes, it would get worse… my parents would take away my book! *gasp!* That was honestly the worst. I used books to hide at large family events, I read instead of doing homework (I was not allowed to take books to school in 3rd grade because I was spending more time reading for fun instead of doing my schoolwork), I was always reading.
As long as I can remember I have loved reading. Admittedly the past few years I have read less than I would like, but I still love it. The first book I remember reading was The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh with my dad, and the rest is history.
But anytime someone asks, “What’s your favourite book?”, my mind always draws a blank. It’s like I’ve never read a book before. And I have read a few. So here is my list of top 5 books that I love, most of which I have read more than once, and I have tried to include books that are mostly off the beaten path. (So while I love love LOVE Harry Potter , Tolkien, and Jane Eyre those books are extremely popular (and/or required reading) and don’t need my two cents to say how awesome they are.) This list is in no particular order.
1. Sabriel by Garth Nix – Amazing fantasy tale of a fight against a great evil. Sabriel’s father is entrapped in Death, and Sabriel must fight to free him and keep the Dead from taking over the world. There’s magic, secrets, and of course a love story. It is hard to summarize and it’s not as cheesy as it sounds. I read my first copy of Sabriel until it literally fell apart I love it that much.
2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – A beautiful story of a family that moves to central Africa as missionaries in the late 1950s. Each chapter is told from a different point of view of the female members of the family. The bond between the daughters, and their bond with their parents tells such a story. I love everything Kingsolver writes, but this is by far my favourite.
3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A year of food life by Barbara Kingsolver – Kingsolver and her family moved to a farm in Appalachia and took the challenge to only eat locally grown food. The planted a large garden, raised chickens and turkeys, and learned how to eat better for themselves and the environment. This book is such an eye-opening view of the food we eat, and it made me wish that I was able to grow all my own food.
4. The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine – Great book on why women are different from men, in a neurological and hormonal sense. It explains so much!! Like why women are more verbal than men. Or why women are better at reading faces and body language than men. (Hint, it has to do with raising babies who can’t talk…)
5. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England in 1650-1750 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich – This book may take a certain taste, since it is non-fiction, but I was introduced to this book in a undergrad Women’s History course in college, and it started my love of women’s history books. It is a fascinating perspective of women’s lives in New England before the Revolutionary War, and Ulrich is a wonderful writer. This book is one of the few (like less than five) non-fiction books that I was assigned and actually read in college. That should say something. (Also, Ulrich is the ONE who coined “Well-behaved women seldom make history”, plus she’s a brilliant historian.)
There are a LOT more books that I love, so if you want a suggestion feel free to ask! What’s a book you go back to over and over again?