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Thursday, February 2, 2012

What Books Do You Love to Read Again and Again?

Some books are hard to finish; others you can't put down. And then there are those you find yourself returning to again and again. I'm going to name some books that I read and read and then read once more. Then I want you to tell me what books you truly love to read again and again.

# 1 - The Four Feathers by A.E.W. Mason. Yes, I have mentioned this book before but I have to mention it again. It's a terrific book and please don't skip reading it if you've seen the move adaptation - the book is SO MUCH BETTER! Seriously, I read this book at least once a year. Hands down, my absolute favorite piece of fiction.

# 2 - The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas. When our kids were little, I always read aloud on lengthy road trips. There was a book I would read to them (something like Holes or Farmer Boy) and there was a book I would read aloud to my husband (usually at night when the kids were asleep but we were still on the road). I grabbed this book at a WalMart somewhere on a trip years ago, and let me tell you it was a find! It is the true story of "Swede" Momsen and the most amazing submarine rescue in history. Gripping, well written, engaging from start to finish. I return to this book often when I just can't seem to find anything to read, and I never tire of it.

# 3 - Each year I read Todd Wilson's book Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe. It's amazing how doubt and subtle falsehoods seep into my mind over the course of time. Todd's book is always relevant, and helps me focus on the big picture. It's a great book for any mom who homeschools.

# 4 - Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Yes, it's a classic that everyone has heard of. But surprisingly, not everyone has read this fantastic book. Read it aloud to your kids as a part of literature, or assign it to your older students. Pretty soon they'll be telling you how amazing it is and you'll find yourself borrowing it from them and reading into the night!

# 5 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I really think this is Dumas' best work. Of course, my 19-year-old son thinks The Man in the Iron Mask and The Three Musketeers are Dumas' cream of the crop, but we agree to disagree. (Truthfully, The Man in the Iron Mask is so engaging from page 1 that I almost like it as much as Monte Cristo...but don't tell Gage I said that!). Each of these books has a historical setting that makes them seem plausible, and even reluctant readers could find themselves drawn in.

My disclaimer is the same as always - I do not presume to endorse books for children or teens (moms and dads get to decide what's best for their family). I'm just sharing some of my favorite books to read over and over again.

I can't wait to read the books you love to read. Please leave a comment and I'll make my library list :)

As most of you know, Google Friend Connect is soon going the way of the Dodo for a post from me very soon about making some changes in that arena.

Day 152 done :)

Jan L. Burt


  1. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, The Chosen by Chaim Potok, A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck, Rifles for Waitie by Harold Keith, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  2. I'm a big C.S. Lewis fan, so my picks are kinda boring :) I love the Narnia books, have read them all at least 3 times. I have them on CD and play them in the car when I drive back down to Wichita with the kids. We have either read or listened to all but the last one together so far. Another I love by Lewis is The Screwtape Letters! So incredibly insightful and funny. Have that on CD,too. I just downloaded The Four Feathers on Kindle (free!) so I will check it out!

  3. I also read the Narnia books over and over. I never get tired of Pride and Prejudice, The High House by James Stoddard,The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Around the World in 80 Days, Treasure Island, Little Women, Dracula, anything by Stephen Lawhead...