November 20, 2007

Books I Love...

The Bible


Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
My Antonia - Willa Cather
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
O Pioneers! - Willa Cather
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Emma - Jane Austen

Modern Classics (my opinion)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
The Chosen - Chaim Potok (and everything else by Chaim Potok)
Davita's Harp - Chaim Potok
Pigs in Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver
The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
Cheaper By the Dozen - Frank Gilbreth Jr. & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Warriors Don't Cry - Melba Pattillo Beals
Animal Farm - George Orwell
all Winnie the Pooh books - A.A. Milne
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Trumpet of the Swan - E.B. White
Just David - Eleanor
The Education of Little Tree - Forrest Carter
The Water is Wide - Pat Conroy
The Little French Girl - Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls (I know, kinda early to call this a classic, but it's my list, and I think this belongs here.)
Night - Elie Wiesel
Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse
A Good Man is Hard to Find (collection of short stories) - Flannery O'Connor

Slice of Life

At Home in Mitford + rest of series - Jan Karon
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency + rest of series - Alexander McCall Smith
A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle (also A Dog's Life, and everything else by Peter Mayle)
Funny in Farsi - Firoozeh Dumas

Mystery/"Pulp Fiction"/Legal Thriller

The Beekeeper's Apprentice + rest of series - Laurie King
Mallory's Oracle + rest of series - Carol O'Connell
Bone by Bone - Carol O'Connell
A Time to Kill - John Grisham
The Testament - John Grisham
A Great Deliverance + rest of series - Elizabeth George (warning: dark & depressing)
The Man with a Load of Mischief + rest of series (except the more recent ones) - Martha Grimes
Gaudy Night (+ everything else) by Dorothy Sayers
All Agatha Christie series

Christianity(books that have spoken to me along the journey...)

Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis
Hind's Feet on High Places - Hannah Hurnard
Loving God - Charles Colson
The Pursuit of God - A.W. Tozer
The Divine Conquest - A.W. Tozer
The Unity of the Bible - Daniel Fuller
Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible
The Revenge of Conscience - J. Budziszewski

Helpful Photography Books

Understanding Exposure - Bryan Peterson
Nature Photography Field Guide - John Shaw
The Magic of Digital Nature Photography - Rob Sheppard
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book (for Lightroom users) - Scott Kelby
Layers (for Photoshop CS3 users) - Matt Kloskowski
The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book (again, for CS3 users) - Scott Kelby
Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction (5th Edition) - Dan Margulis
On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography - Neil van Niekerk

Other (translation: doesn't fit in any of the other categories)
The Giver - Lois Lowry (first in series of 4)
Son - Lois Lowry (last in series of 4)
The Willoughbys - Lois Lowry
The Search for Delicious - Natalie Babbit
all picture books by Graeham Base
Ida B - Katherine Hannigan
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford
Island of the World - Michael O'Brien
The Squire's Tale series - Gerald Morris
The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Cross Game - Mitsuru Adachi (graphic novel/manga, 8 volumes)
The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman

Not a book, but movies I love

Anne of Green Gables (the first two series)
The Princess Bride
Forrest Gump
The Story of the Weeping Camel
The Family Man
Rabbit Proof Fence
Miss Potter
Sweet Land
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Quiz Show
We Bought a Zoo
True Grit
Seducing Doctor Lewis
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Moonrise Kingdom
The Descendants
An Ideal Husband
Life is Beautiful
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
The Village
Big Eyes
Lars and the Real Girl
Queen of Katwe
Mr. Holmes
Loving Vincent


Relyn Lawson said...

I am feeling pretty excited. You have several of my favorite books here. So, I plan to check out the ones I haven't read yet. I have a feeling I will like them - considering how well our tastes seem to match.

Kristi said...

Great list. I actually bought one of those Cue Cat things at Library Thing and have been scanning in all my books. I always used to play librarian growing up - now I can play one at home.

I haven't read several on your list but I am going to use this list to go from.


Anonymous said...

I have never met anyone else but my sister and me that love Willa Cathers!
thanks for your list, you have some choices I am going to have to check on. :)

tearese said...

You have a lot of great books on here! Sadly I haven't read much since my first was born, bit I have read a few of these before that.
Love The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters, also to Kill A Mockingbird. Have you read Chaim Potoks "I am Asher Lev"? I liked that as well.

Karie said...

Oh, The Giver is an absolutely FANTASTIC book! I am so looking forward to when my children will be old enough to read it.

Buckeroomama said...

I'm so happy to see Peter Mayle's books on your list! I just love all his books. I often mention him when asked about books I love to read and people look at me not sure who I'm talking about! :)

Tracy P. said...

Ah, Susan, I came investigating photography stuff a bit, and found Hind's Feet on High Places on your list. LOVE that book! Others by Hannah Hurnard as well.