Friday Favorites: Favorite Books

Nerd alert! I am a HUGE reader and have been well, since I could read. I was the kid at school who read all the books to get the free pizza at Pizza Hut, who lived at the library during cold or rain days and would spend all summer reading all the books. I am still a huge book worm.

To give you a little perspective, I read 37 books last year alone. So, to say I love to read might be a a little understated. But for the sake of brevity, I am narrowing my list down to my 10 favorite books of all time and the ones I feel every woman must read.

 
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!. Number the Stars by Lois Lowery. I have a distinct memory of reading this book for the very first time in the Fifth grade and I have probably read it at least 5 or 6 times. It is set in WW2 Denmark during the “relocation.” This story just resonates with me.

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It is a classic.”The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.” It is a must-read and read again.

3. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Perhaps its because the author is a TCU alumnus or perhaps because the story is compelling, but I love this book. “This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.” I cannot wait until E is old enough to share in my love for this book.

4. Along Came a Spider by James Patterson. This is the first in the Alex Cross series and was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross. If you love a good thriller, then this is a must-read.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is a true classic of 20th century fiction if there ever was one.

6. It’s Not Supposed to be This Way by Lysa Terkuerst. I have Brittany to thank for this one. This book has been life-changing for me. I warn you it is Christian-based and explore some hard topics, but it just speaks to every woman I believe. I am actually reading it for a second time.

7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Now a Hulu series, I could not put this book down. It has all the things, historical fiction, literature, suspense.

8. I know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. It is just a classic.This book's deep beauty is its universal theme of transforming pain into wisdom and dignity. Read it to remember why your past can't hold you back.

9. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult. This was the first book I ever read by Piccoult and it got me hooked. I wept, I screamed I fell in love with this book. It was also made in a fabulous movie starring a young Abigail Breslin and Cameron Diaz. It calls for wine and girlfriends.

10. The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva. Actually this whole darn series is a must-read. Its the Gabriel Allon series and I have read every single one of them… all 18 of them. They have all the things I love in a book: thrills, love, heartache, history, art, deception… You can pick up any of the series and fit right in.

 
 

So there you have it, my top ten favorite books of all-time!  Now, my reading list these days tends to be full of Chick Lit and thrillers, but I do still dive into classics a lot.

What’s the one book you couldn’t live without?  If you have any recommendations for me I would love to hear them so I can add them to my list!
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