Now that the warmer weather has arrived, I am feeling the urge to curl up somewhere quiet and cool with a good book for company. I have acquired a stack of good books over the last few months that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet, and that I am now steadily working my way through. I have also been going back and revisiting some of my old favorites. This is a list of some of my favorite books, to assist my fellow bookworms in choosing future reading material. It also might spark some ideas for Christmas presents for your literary-inclined friends or family members.
Little Women by Lousia May Alcott.
I would go out on a limb and say that this is my favorite book of all time. I was given a copy of this book by my grandparents when I was nine, and I instantly fell in love with the characters. Little Women weaves the story of the four March sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. The Marches live in America during the Civil War, and the four sisters must work hard to overcome their hardships. The girls must also deal with the trials of love, poverty and grief. This classic book is a sweet and uplifting read, with some truly touching chapters.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
Chiyo is the daughter of a fisherman, who is sold to an Okiya and trains to become a Giesha. During her training, she falls in love with a mystery man. She works hard to become a successful geisha, but although she attains her goal, her tale is filled with sorrow and longing. This book is beautifully written and is very touching.
Guitar, Highway, Rose by Brigid Lowry
I first read this book in high school, and it instantly appealed to me. As a teenager, I always has this fantasy of running away from home, and this book deals with two teenagers who do just that. The style of this book is really engaging, as it is written as a series of short segments with subheadings, some of which tell particular parts of the narrative, and others which are simply lists, such as the contents of a particular character’s pockets. This book has a really relaxed, summery feel to it, which I love.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
This book seems to crop up on every list of highly recommended books. I adore it. Harper Lee does a brilliant job of telling quite a serious and sometimes frightening story in the voice of a child. The characters are rich and realistic and the story is lovingly crafted. Atticus Finch is possibly one of my favorite characters from literature, with his easy nature and benevolent philosophy.
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
I adore fantasy stories of all kinds, and Harry Potter is an epic fairytale tome. It is filled with mystery, murder, friendship and magic and is difficult to put down once you have begun to read. J.K Rowling weaves an intricate and compelling tale in the Potter series. For me, the thing that I like best about these books is the characters. They are each unique and realistic, and very, very likeable. Even the characters that aren’t likeable are at least relatable, and you want to keep reading to find out what happens to them. The perfect series of books for the reader who wants an escape from reality.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie is a non-fiction tale of a writer who reconnects with his college mentor, only to discover that he is dying. Mitch goes to meet Morrie every Tuesday, so that Morrie can teach him all the lessons that he has learned during his long life, before he finally has to depart. I have never cried so hard as when I read this book, so make sure you have a box of tissues next to you when you begin to read.
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
I adore all of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, but so far this one is my favorite. It is a parody of Macbeth, and you will be in stitches from the moment you open the first page. I especially love Nanny Ogg, the jolliest, raunchiest old woman ever to appear on the written page.
I could go on forever listing books that I have loved, but these are just a sample of my favorites. These books are ones that I have read over and over, and still adore them each and every time I read them.
Do you have any books that you never get sick of? That you come back to time and time again? If so, I would love to hear about them.