Today it’s my birthday. Who wants to guess my age? I made it really hard for you, didn’t I? I love birthdays. I’m not too concerned about getting another year older. Although I may be a little sad to leave my 30s behind in a few years, as this has been an incredible decade, I generally just celebrate and embrace my age.
I always like to write a different post on my birthday. It’s a great time to reflect and think about life and the year to come. Today I’m switching things up with a fun post to share my favorite books of all time. I’ve been a reader my whole life and recently lamented about how little time I have to enjoy a good book these days. I just can’t seem to squeeze reading for enjoyment into my crazy schedule. At this stage in my life, it takes me six months to read a novel whereas I used to love spending an entire Saturday plowing through a page-turner.
I look forward to the days when I can do that again, but for now I will look back fondly at the books that have stayed with me. Some of these books are from my childhood, others through the various stages of my life. All have been books that I loved for different reasons. The writing, the characters, the way the story resonated with me. Some are on the list because of the way they impacted my life at the time I read them, others because I couldn’t put them down and that has to count for something. I realize there are probably too many YA novels and not enough Jane Austen, but this is my list.
As I’ve tried to remember my favorites, I’m sure a few have been forgotten. These are the ones that came to my mind as I sat and reflected on my reading life. You’ll notice it’s quite an eclectic collection and I think that reflects the different sides of my personality. The books are listed in no particular order.
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
- Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells
- I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike
- Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
- Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jody Picoult
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- There Are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith
- The Essential 55 by Ron Clark
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
- Healthy at 100 by John Robbins
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg
- Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
- Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
- The World According to Garp by John Irving
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
I would love to hear if we share any favorites or which books would make your favorite books of all time list. Share in the comments!
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