Tuesday, November 3, 2009

book lists

I have gone on and on about books in my blog, as I love to read. I have recently reconnected with my cousin Rachelle in Bemidji (you can read her at:

http://www.rachelleann41.blogspot.com/ )

and she is a book lover too. She recently posted a list of her favorite books, and I am going to copy her idea. And then I want everyone who reads this to either comment on my blog, with their top ten list of favorite books, or email me (khpohl@gmail.com ) so I can have more books to put on my wish list!

Picking just ten is tough, and I may have to post more lists in the future...these are not in any particular order of fondness, that would be WAY TOO HARD to do:

1. "The Cape Ann" by Faith Sullivan
She's a Minnesota author, and has written a sequel to this as well. I even went to one of her book readings.

2. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee Believe it or not, I never read this in high school. In fact, I just read it last year. And I claim to be a book lover!

3. "Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. I read it in the summer time, on my porch swing. Perfect.

4. "Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver (and pretty much ALL of her books). This was also a summer porch read (atmosphere can be quite important).

5. "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell I first read this in junior high, and absolutely fell in love. I think I read the book twice before I actually saw the movie. My Grandma Betty brought me to it. Of course she did!

6. "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery I try to read this every year or so, it calms me, and transports me to Prince Edward Island.

7. "West with the Night" by Beryl MarkhamI read this long before we even had an inkling of opening ACES Flight Simulation. It's about so much more than flying. Loved it.

8. "Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving (closely followed by "World According to Garp") This could very well be on the top of the list. I also loved "Cider House Rules".

9. "Whistling in the Dark" by Leslie Kagen A newer release, I really enjoyed it.

10. "Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen After seeing Robert Redford wash Meryl Streep's hair, I had to read this. I ended up reading more Isak Dinesen after that.

11. All of the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read a later Laura Ingalls book to the guys on our trip out to the Black Hills this summer. It was such fun!

12. "Little Women" and all of Louisa May Alcott She wrote a mystery that I read a few years ago ("A Long Fatal Love Chase"), so different from "Little Women". Loved it!

Sorry, I couldn't do just ten...


  1. O.k. -- here are 10 I love (I think maybe I gave you these before?):

    Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
    Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
    Middlemarch, George Elliot
    Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolve
    West With the Night, Beryl Markham
    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
    Biographies written by Robert Richardson (Emerson, William James)
    Kristin Lavransdatter
    Anything by Astrid Lindgren -- but especially Ronia: The Robber's Daughter

    Loved your list!

  2. Wow~ this is a great list!! How fun! Okay, I'm embarrassed to admit that even though I OWN most of these books, I haven't read most! I know! I collect the classics and they sure do look good on my book shelf. However, I adore the movie Anne of Green Gables (and we own the boxed set!), the movie Gone With the Wind (one of my favorites!), and the movie Little Women! Of course, was an avid watcher of Little House on tv, but never did read the set. I better live to be 100. Fun post!!

  3. Maren is reading Little Women and loves it. It was one of my favorites. My all-time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. (I just read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies--funny take on the story). I also enjoy Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights--what is it about those dark British stories! My girlhood faves include the Little House series, Anne of Green Gables (Bonnie introduced those to me when I was in my 20s, though!), Betsy-Tacy books, Beverly Cleary--oh so many. And to think I started some James Patterson book last night because it was in my book bag. I need to go back to the "little girl" classics. Where are those Nancy Drews or Bobbsey Twins?! Beth


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