30 Days of Thanks #20

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I'm thankful for great books:

Jane Eyre
These is My Words
Little Women
Chronicles of Narnia
Princess Academy
The Book Thief
A Thousand Splendid Suns
I Capture the Castle
The Hiding Place
Prince and the Pauper
Goose Girl
Ender's Game
Ender's Shadow
Charms for the Easy Life
Everything is Fine
The Last Lecture
Man's Search for Meaning
A Little Princess
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

"There's more to life than books, you know. But not much more."

There is NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING, like losing yourself in a good book.
Tell me your favorite book.


  1. Besides Twilight? I've loved reading Chaim Potok's books. I've read the following over the past few years:

    * The Chosen, 1967
    * The Promise, 1969
    * My Name is Asher Lev, 1972
    * In the Beginning, 1975
    * Davita's Harp, 1985
    * The Gift of Asher Lev, 1990
    * I Am the Clay, 1992
    * The Gates of November, 1996

  2. Bridget,

    Can't wait to try them out! Thank you!

  3. I'm with Bridget. I am fascinated with Potok and especially loved the first three she listed and The Gift of Asher Lev.

    I also love anything by Georgette Heyer.


  4. Many of your favorites are some of my favorites too. I loved "Left to Tell" Immaculee Ilibigiza. If you haven't read it- it is a true story about a woman's survival and discovery of God during the Rwandan Holocaust. It is amazing! I also like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Diary of Anne Frank, the Poisonwood Bible, John Adams, and about a million others.

  5. Jennie,

    YES, I forgot about a Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Loved it. I'm so excited about all these books! The librarians are sick of me asking for a good one every time I visit.

  6. My two all time favorite books are
    1) Gone With The Wind
    2) Tuesdays With Morrie

    I agree with you. There is NOTHING like losing yourself in a good book.

  7. My sentimental, longtime favorites are The Hiding Place and To Kill a Mockingbird! :)

  8. My favorite is "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" Follows the life of a woman in China during the foot binding era. I really learned a lot.

    I also appreciated "The Wednesday Letters"

  9. I love many of those books. One of my favs is The Glass Castle. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is right up there for me, too.

  10. I loved "Two From Gallilee." It is the fictional love story of Joseph and Mary. However, I haven't read it since I was a teenager... Who knows, I might find it corny now, but I remember loving it then!

  11. In My Hands, by irene Opdyke
    My sister's keeper
    escape, by carolyn jessop (page turner!!!)
    angels and demons, dan brown

    those are my most recent favs!

  12. Book selections are good- I'm seconding the Georgette Heyer books, John Adams, and the Chaim Potok ones as well.
    Molly= movie Alice
    Vic= movie Emmett
    [much better-looking than movie Edward!]

  13. LOVE A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! Recently read The Hiding Place....incredible! I'm going to have to check out more of them on you list....

  14. Molly, I love your blog! You have to read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins....best ever!

  15. Molly, it's my pleasure. I'm glad you can have a great time laughing at a vampire's expense. ha ha ha. I also liked Snowflower and the Secret Fan that Jeanette recommended.

    Are you on Goodreads.com? Friend me if you are. I also really liked The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less. Yeah, the title really is that long and I think your would appreciate this mother's creativity and literary prowess.

    Another great one that I read a while back was His Favorite Wife: Trapped in Polygamy by Susan Ray Schmidt. That one is such an eye opener.

  16. my new favorite is The Red Tent. i don't know you, but based on following your blog, i think you'd LOVE it!

  17. Molly that quote is still on my closet wall of my parents' old house at heise-how funny! And so true. Can't wait to read your list. You should read Kitchen Table Wisdom (Whig is not AT ALL as cliche as its title, FYI) I think it will help you sleep. Dr. Rachel Remen is the author. Seriously. It changed so many things for me. Love ya girl!

  18. I 100% second Kate's recommendation, Kitchen Table Wisdom. Dr. Remen also has a second book, My Grandfather's Blessings. Both are beautiful! Also loved Terry Ryan's Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 words or Less. Amazing.

    If you like essays, I REALLY love Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader. I reread it ALL the time. Also, Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift From the Sea

    Other literary favorites:

    Turgenev's Father and Sons (Norton Critical Edition--translation really DOES matter); C. S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life; Kim Edwards's The Memory Keeper's Daughter; Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics); Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring; anything by Thomas Hardy; and the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.

    Wow--I like to read. What can I say?

  19. I'm not sure I could ever choose a fave, but some of them are:
    To Say Nothing of the Dog: Connie Willis
    Anything Robin McKinley
    Anything Brandon Sanderson
    Hunger Games books
    A Girl Named Zippy/She Got Up Off the Couch: Haven Kimmel
    Mountains Beyond Mountains: Tracy Kidder
    Life of Pi: Yann Martel
    Letters from a Nut: Ted Nancy (funniest book ever, esp the mannequin letter)

    I'll stop there--you should get on Goodreads if you aren't already!!

  20. Loved that some our of book club favorites made your list:

    These is my words
    The Book Thief
    I capture the Castle

    and some of my own favorites as well,

    Jane Eyre
    Little Women
    Goose Girl
    The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

    and might I recommend:

    anything Marisa de los Santos
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield
    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

    Happy Reading! And I want to tell you I'm loving your 30 days of Thanks posts, so upbeat and positive. :)

  21. My Top Three

    The Once and Future King


    The Great Divorce


    Pride and Prejudice


  22. Currently reading and really love:

    Magnificent Obsession

  23. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

  24. Molly- I see by your list of books that we are kindred book lovers! I LOVED These Is My Words. You must read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I know you will love it!

  25. Animal Dreams: Barbara Kingsolver
    (any of her novels!)

    Just finished The Book of the People and loved it.

    My list is very long


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