FORTY-FOUR

HAVE YOU EVER read Les Miserables? It is my FAVORITE book.  Man, that Victor Hugo knew what he was doing!  I read it for the first time when I was about thirteen and was blown away.  That Christmas my grandparents gave me the soundtrack to the musical.  I didn't even know there was a musical!  It blew my mind and I listened to it pretty much nonstop.  It was my favorite present that year!

I am a serious bibliophile.  Books are pretty awesome.  Do you have a favorite one?  Today's 500 words is dedicated to my FAV books!
 

  1. Les Miserables - True love, forgiveness, sacrifice and poverty.
  2. The Odyssey - Good grief Homer is good with the words and stuff!
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird - The Boy was almost named Atticus.  Who      doesn't love AtticusFinch?
  4. Henry the Fifth - Sometimes I say the St. Crispin's Day speech to get myself going in the morning.
  5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou -- Read this book RIGHT NOW
  6. The Light in the Attic -- My one exception to the rule that Christian fiction is generally terrible.
  7. The Last Lecture - This book will change your life, which was the main idea.
  8. Long Live the Queen -- Teen angst multiplied by 1,000,000 as the main character is the President's daughter.
  9. Chariots for Apollo -- The story of the men who made the moon lander.  I LOVE this book so much.
  10. The Magician's Nephew -- This is my favorite Narnia book -- it EXPLAINS everything!
  11. A Man on the Moon -- Chaikin's book was the basis for the HBO miniseries about the moon landing, and is so well written you forget you are studying history.
  12.  Solitary Blue -- Lord, I love Cynthia Voigt!  All her books are great but the story of Jeff is my favorite. 
  13. Dicey's Song -- Also by Cynthia Voigt.  Dicey's mom abandons the family, leaving Dicey to manage a life for her younger siblings. 
  14. Izzy, Willy Nilly -- Isabel is faced to redefine herself and her friendships after losing her leg in a terrible accident.  Teenage angst + massive injury. 
  15. Team of Rivals -- An amazing book that proves that co-workers don't always have to be pals to accomplish greatness.
  16. A River Runs Through It -- You know it is good writing when a California teenage girl  can connect to a book written by a Montanan fly fisherman in his 60s.
  17. Despereaux -- The movie doesn't come close.  Read it.  Now. 
  18. I Am Nujood, Age 10, Divorced --- Nujood is an amazing human, and this book will give you PERSPECTIVE.
  19. The Hobbit -- I read this when I was 10, and it was so perfectly, vividly amazing.
  20. Cry, the Beloved Country -- Alan Patton's work about South Africa is so hauntingly beautiful.  Translated to English from Africaans, it has a rhythm and style unique to American readers.


I could go on and on, but I'll stop there.  I could be persuaded to move any of these titles to the number 1 spot, so don't think of it as a list in order from best to least best.  They are all really good.  If you have read any of them, TALK TO ME!!! My sister lives too far away for us to have a long book talk without great expense.  If you decide to read any of them, let me know and I will read along with you.  Some of them are fairly light and fluffy young adult fiction, and others fairly technical historical retellings.  I love books with strong, real characters and despite my love of Great Expectations, I lean toward books with more dialog than description.  

What's your favorite book?

--Jen