Not mentioned below because it should go without saying – the Harry Potter series is my favorite. All seven of them but especially the last two.
Honorable Mention to Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Simply finishing this book fluffed my feathers like a proud peacock. It took me a good six months to get through it, because I would read other things simultaneously and because it is so long. 1400+ pages? But the story is completely and utterly beautiful. I remember finishing it and sitting in silence for a good five minutes, tears streaming down my face. If that’s not a rave review, I don’t know what is.
5. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. I first read this book when I was around 13 years old. It has a very strong female protagonist which is something I crave in a novel. This book delivers on all the best levels, with murder on the high sea and an unwavering theme of resilience and strength – physically and of character.
4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. One of the few books that I have reread multiple times and every time, I love it even more. There’s just the right amount of magic and romance and another strong female character at the helm. I haven’t seen the movie and I don’t want to. The book stands alone.
3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. So quotable and so timeless – Anne’s fanciful language and Marilla’s matter-of-fact nature and Matthew’s sweet, quiet disposition. I really love how Anne changes and matures gradually through the course of the book. You turn to the last page and blink in surprise because somewhere along the way, Anne grew up.
2. The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy. All of Maeve Binchy’s books (that I’ve read at least) take place predominately in Ireland, so the landscape is beautifully drawn in my mind as I read her descriptions. And her talent for character development – so strong. The characters become three dimensional. Without giving away too much, I love how the two female leads in this story persevere through difficult personal circumstances.
1. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. In my opinion (that’s what you’re here for, right?), this book is not nearly as famous as it should be. Show of hands, who has even heard of it? If you have and you’ve read it and you liked it, well, we’re meant to be bosom friends. You’re the Anne to my Diana. No joke. When my friend Leann and I discovered that this one is a favorite for us both, an unbreakable bond was formed. But back to the book. It unfolds on a backdrop of nitty-gritty glamour – Manhattan in the late 1930’s – and has drama and strength and romance and humor and the. best. writing.
Tell me about your all time favorite book(s). Do you reread books?
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