Ten Favorite Books

A week ago, a friend of mine challenged me to make a list of my ten favourite books. I started to do it several times, unfortunately, I kept running into the same problems.

Problem One: I love books. At Christmastime when I was younger, my parents usually got us an item of clothing, a toy and a book. The new book was always my favourite part of the gifts. Whenever I look at pictures of homes, I'm always drawn to those that have giant wall-sized built in shelving full of books. I love them. Am I repeating myself?

Problem Two: I haven't really had the chance to sit down and read books the way I used to since I had kids. Part of that is my fault - by the time they're in bed I want to zone out in front of a stupid show that requires little to no thinking, and part of it is that I've gotten out of the habit. I'm slowly starting to read again, but not like I used to.

Problem Three: Asking me to pick favourite books is like asking me which kid I love more. I LOVE EM ALL!!

So with that in mind, I thought I would narrow the field a little and make a list of series that I like. I wouldn't say any one is my favourite though. I love them all equally and in different ways for different reasons. Here goes.

1. The Mark of the Lion series - Francine Rivers. She's an amazing author - gripping and descriptive - and this series is set right after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.

2. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis. Because c'mon. They rock. I cannot wait till Mac is old enough to have this read to him.

3. The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings trilogy - J R Tolkein.  Whenever I read these books, I'm blown away by his creativity.  And one of my favourite quotes ever is from these books. "All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost, the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost." I painted this on my wall when I was a teenager.

4. The Zion Chronicles - Brock and Bodie Theone. Set not long after WW2.

5. The Zion Covenant - Brock and Bodie Theone. Set right before WW2

*apparently I love historical fiction*

6.  The Buccaneers Series - Linda Chaikin. It's about PIRATES!!

7. Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia E Wrede. Fairy tales characters turned upside down. Geared for younger kids but I love it anyways.

8. Harry Potter - JK Rowling. An all out battle between good and evil? Yes please!

9.Kerry Kilcannon - Richard N Patterson. He wrote about some really thought provoking issues and made me see things in a way I never had before.

10. The Black Stallion - Walter Farley. Because being stranded on an island with a beautiful horse sounds like a great time to me!

What about you? What are some of your favourite books? I'm always looking for something new to read!


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