31 Books That I Love

These are the books that have stuck with me over the years, the books that I can and have read over and over and over…

Childrens Books

  1. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  2. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

YA/Teen Books

  1. Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce
  2. Tris’s Book by Tamora Pierce
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  4. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  5. Of Nightengales That Weep by Katherine Paterson


  1. Queen of the Shadows by Anne Bishop
  2. The War of Three Waters by Douglas Niles
  3. Scriber by Ben S. Dobson
  4. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  5. A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
  6. Arrow’s Fall by Mercedes Lackey
  7. Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne M. Valente
  8. A Sorcerer’s Treason by Sarah Zettel


  1. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
  2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie


  1. Garden Spells by Sarah Allen Addison
  2. The Savage Garden by Mark Mills
  3. The Eight by Katherine Neville
  4. Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
  5. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  6. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder


  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  2. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  3. Sense and Sensability by Jane Austen
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  8. The Inferno by Dante

13 thoughts

  1. I knew I liked you. Phantom Tollbooth is enough to make me grin, but Les Miserables? Sooo many excellent choices here.

    1. Thanks! Nothing beats The Phantom Tollbooth! It’s so magical and educational at the same time. I don’t want to part with my old, torn copy that came from my mom, but I also really want to pass it down to one of my kids. Lee Mis had me sobbing, so if course it had to be on the list! The musical, though, has me scratching my head…

      1. Same, second copy here too. The musical is gorgeous, but you have to separate the two. The musical is meant to have the feeling, but it also follows a much more structured line. The book, of course has a lot of lines and probably would fit well on any stage. It would be like… three years later, someone thought to look into the theater and realized they hadn’t even gotten to intermission….

      2. So true! Haha, I can’t imagine a 3 year stage version! I do love the music, but I lost my reading heart to this book and just can’t stand having it be changed in any way. I’m also a purist, so any kind of adaptation usually doesn’t sit well with me. Sigh. I really should broaden my horizons and loosen up…

    1. Some people turn to Tolkein, whose works are genius, but I long to emulate Jordan, who sparked so many fantastical ideas in my head.

      1. I’ll admit, I’m a big fan of both, but Jordan’s Eye of the World was one of the first books I truly read, so it’s got a special place in my heart.

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