Sunday, February 12, 2012


It all started when I was a little girl and my mom read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn."  I was addicted.  She always told us about her wild adventures growing up in a little town in Idaho.  She was animated and a great story teller.   I had a vivid imagination and would go along with her, actually in the story.  I realize that as I have grown up I still love a great story and still have a vivid imagination.  So, when I read I usually feel like I am in the story.  I sweat and worry with the characters.  I cry over their heartaches and glory in their triumphs.  I have all these emotions and feelings that just fall out of me when I read.  It is almost as if I am their really having all these experiences.  When in actuality I am in the comfort of my own home, usually eating chocolate. 
Their are a lot of things I love about reading.  One of them is the actual action of reading a book.  I love to hold a book and feel the cover.  I love to smell and turn pages.  This probably sounds weird, but I love to read books.  I think it is great for my kids to see my reading.  I can learn a lot from reading.  Reading, just flat out makes me happy.  So tonight I thought I would share a list of some of my favorite books.  I  listed only a few romances because, as my brother would say "they are a dime a dozen."   The books on my book list are dear to my heart. They have made me laugh and cry.  They have inspired me and taught me valuable lessons.  They have given me the giggles and made me so happy I was giddy.  So without further ado, here is the list:

The Book Thief                                                                 Glass Castle
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane                       The Help
Candle in the Darkness                                                      Thorn Birds
Fire by Night                                                                     The Morning Gift                 
Unbroken                                                                          Princess Academy
The Kommandants Girl                                                      Poison Study  (series)
Book of a Thousand Days                                                 Comanche Moon (series)
Shanghai Girls                                                                    Follow the River
Half Broke Horses                                                             Twilight (series)
Hunger Games (series)                                                       Gone With the Wind
Letters for Emily                                                                 My Enemy's Cradle
The Work and the Glory (series)                                        Undaunted
Pride and Prejudice                                                            Katherine
These is My Words                                                            The Davinci Code
Memoirs of a Geisha                                                           The Secret Life of Bees
The Notebook                                                                    A Town Like Alice
The Other Boleyn Girl                                                         Quentins
Tara Road                                                                           Austenland
The Red Tent                                                                       One Thousand White Women
The Bean Trees                                                                    Star Girl
Cold Sassy Tree                                                                   Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
The Fire and the Covenant

That is a great list of books.  As, I am reading this I keep thinking of other books I love.  I am so so thankful that I can read.


  1. Thank you so much for your list! I have read many of these, and I am so excited to check out the rest of them. I also LOVE to read, and I feel that that love came from my mom, too, who I'm sure got it from Grandma Crane. I hope to pass it on to my kids as well.

    I agree with you that there is nothing like the feeling of a book in your hands. I just can't quite make myself get into the whole Kindle thing. I think I would miss real books too much!

    In my mind, heaven is a huge library with soft couches and pillows and lots and lots of time to read everything that has ever been written. And unlimited amounts of chocolate!!

  2. Awesome list, Rach! There are a lot I have read on there but many I haven't, so thanks for the good ideas. Glad to see Katherine made the cut-one of my all-time faves!