Nine out of a hundred. Mum posted an article listing 100 books you should read before you are 20 to Daniel’s timeline (an insightful and inspiring list, I will add), and I had read nine stinkin’ books out of one hundred.
How can this be? How can I have failed so miserably?! I’m a homeschooler who learned to read when she wasn’t even four – I’m supposed to succeed at every reading test ever put past me!
I then went back and realised that when she listed a series of books, each book in that series counted towards the 100 books. On a recalculation, I had actually read 42 books out of 100, which is actually quite a nice number. Ah. It’s okay, I’m secure again. Haha.
Even before I read this list, I was planning to write this article anyway. I love to read, though I haven’t made or had much time in the last few years. There are so many good books out there to read, and so many things to learn!
As I have chatted about books with a friend of mine, I’ve given a couple of recommendations. It started me thinking how I kind of have two sets of book lists; the good book list, and the me as a broader person booklist. The first list entails the harder-going books, the thinking books, or the ones I’ve recommended my whole teen life. They include Do Hard Things, He Chose You, Don’t Waste your Life, Anne of Green Gables, and The Hiding Place. They are wonderful books, but I get staid in recommending them. The second set of books are treasures I’ve picked up along the way – some are well-known, but some are undistinguished or overlooked titles. Some are hard going, and others will crack you up. They might make you cry. They might unexpectedly change the way you look at the world and bring a breath of fresh air.
So today, I’m not going to give you my ‘good book list’. Here is my other list, my books. Without further ado, in no particular order, and assuring you they are not the only thirty books out there that took my fancy:
- No Compromise by Melody Green
- Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman (book review here)
- I Would Die for You by Brent and Deanna Higgens
- Rachel’s Tears by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott
- The Next Story by Tim Challies (book review here)
- The Gallipoli story by Patrick Carolyn
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
- The Way I Was Made by Chris Tomlin
- The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
- Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (book review here)
- Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery
- Tahn series by LA Kelly
- Yada Yada books by Neta Jackson
- The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
- Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne
- Everyday Deserves a Chance by Max Lucado
- Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre, Christine Cheesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw
- The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merill
- Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
- The Golden Goblet Eloise Jarvis McGraw
- Christy by Catherine Marshall
- Me, Myself, and Bob by Phil Vischer
- The Door Within and Duncan Ross books by Wayne Thomas Batson
- Jane of Lantern Hill by LM Montgomery
- Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
- Little Women by Louise May Alcott
- Billabong books by Mary Grant Bruce
I could keep going. I could include the ‘good’ book list. They deserve to be up there. But for the purpose of keeping things fresh, I left them behind. What are your books? What are your favourites, that might not look like the ‘greats’ and classics, but are some of your obscure treasures nonetheless?