Therefore, each day this week, I have asked one of my friends to share their 10 favorite books. The lists are as unique as the guests. By the end of the week, you’ll have 50 great books to add to your 2014 reading list. (Links included are affiliate links.)
I’m going to start things out with my 10 favorite books.
Fiction Books: I am a BIG fiction lover, so this book is heavy on the fiction titles.
Anne of Green Gables: For almost as long as I can remember, I have adored Anne Shirley of the Green Gables series. It has been many years since I have read these books, but they will always be my favorite. This winter I think I am going to curl up and read them all again.
Someone Knows My Name: Without question, this is my favorite historical fiction book. It is the journey of a woman taken into slavery as a child and her life’s story. I tell everyone I know to read it and have bought it multiple times because I keep giving my copy away.
The Shoemaker’s Wife: This book is a close second to Someone Knows My Name. It’s a wonderful story of love and dreams that starts out in Italy and then ends in the US after World War II.
City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan: This is another all time favorite of mine. It takes place over several generations starting in the 1660s and is about a family of apothecaries and doctors. The writer used real medical journals to write about the various procedures that these medical practitioners used.
The Red Tent: It has been years since I first read this book, but it still is a stand-out for me. The Red Tent is set in biblical times and uses the four wives of Jacob : Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah, who teach their daughter about midwifery. It’s fascinating.
The Other Boleyn Girl: This was the first book I read by Philippa Gregory, who is one of the world’s best historical fiction writers (in my opinion). She is a fabulous researcher and writes wonderful books. The Other Boleyn Girl is part of her famous Tudor series and is about Anne and Mary Boleyn and their mutual love for the king. I think it is her best series.
Harry Potter: The whole series is epic. There’s no way to pick just one. The characters and setting stays with you long after the books are done. Someday we’ll get to Hogwarts.
Non Fiction Books
One Thousand Gifts: Ann Voskamp’s New York Times best-selling book will forever be a favorite of mine because it was so life changing. If you have not read this book on gratitude, add it to your list.
Churched: My husband’s memoir about growing up in a fundamental Baptist church is funny, raw and honest.
Sabbath: This is one of the few books I have read multiple times. Angie and I did