My top ten books of all time (or at least that I can remember today) in no particular order:
1. The Bible. Okay, that one did need to come first. And if you haven’t read it yet you should give it a try.
2. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I wore the spine out on this book in the 2nd – 5th grade. I think I read it 6 times. It will always be special because of its content and its impact on me at such a young age.
3. The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. If you’ve only seen the movies… just stop only watching the movies! I loved reading always, but this series is when I learned to love characters. I really love those characters.
4. Nancy Drew (all) by Carolyn Keene. Out of the 64 in the series I think I read 40 or so. I’ve always loved who-dunits, and Nancy was who I wanted to be when I grew up. Not to mention I had a sweet computer game that my cousin and I would play for hours and hours pretending to be Nancy… I never beat that game.
5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I hated my 6th grade reading class because my teacher was mean. But I loved going to class everyday that we read about Ponyboy. Not to mention, he might’ve been my first crush.
6. This is a new/ current favorite. And yes, it’s a book for children. No, David by David Shannon. We literally read this book everyday because it makes my students (and me) laugh and because I get to use it as a vessel to tell my students that they are loved no matter what they do. Plus, the author wrote it about himself, which I think it hilarious.
7. The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I know it’s a play, but it’s still literature. Also, it’s the play I read that made me fall in love with theater (even though I’d been doing the “drama” thing for a while).
8. I hate that I’m including three series… I need to read more stand-alones haha. But I can’t deny that I enjoyed reading these books to the point that I flat ignored my loving then-boyfriend for an entire week at the beach reading them… The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
9. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Goodness gracious, I can’t say enough about this book, how it transformed my heart, and how it led to me truly finding my identity in Christ. Again, goodness gracious, please read it.
10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I always wanted sisters. I like to think that this book gave me four to love as mine until I got my own sweet sister-in-love. And I own the prettiest copy on earth (that is displayed in our home… all the time).
Whew! That was tough. But thank you, sweet Ashton, for challenging me to think on this list. A love of reading never leaves you (even when you forget to love it well).