Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday Randomness: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Books

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

This week is the start of a new regular feature for our little Wednesday blogging group - "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things".  The first Wednesday of every month we are going to post about our favorite things. This month is BOOKS. :) 

What did I get myself into with this one? I loooooove books, so writing a list of my favorites...I will have to limit myself. LOL I'm seriously just took a look at the bookshelf and chose the ones that have been there for so long and read so many times that you can barely read the spines. LOL So here goes nothing. 

The first two are series I read as a child and read with my kids and hold a special place in my heart. 

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I read these like crazy when I was younger and loved reading them with my kids when they were little. Living in Minnesota, we've been to Walnut Grove, Plum Creek, and Pepin, Wisconsin to visit the places from the books and all that fun stuff. We went through several copies and read them until they were falling apart. 

The Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
I know there are more books in the series, and they were read, but these were the three that were read the most...and over and over again. 

Next is another series. 
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I started reading Harry Potter when my oldest was in 1st grade, because he wanted to read it. I wanted to what level it was (he was an early reader but still) and it was appropriate. Some may say it wasn't appropriate to let him read it, but I totally did. I was swept into the series as much as he was and we had many wonderful conversations about it. 

Parent-child bonding through books is the best. :-D

JRR Tolkien's books were my first taste of fantasy, and I was swept away. I could go on and on, really, but let's just leave it at I looooooove these books. 

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I love Austen. Have since high school when I was forced to read Emma. I thought it was going to be awful and was proven wrong. But, out of all of her works, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. I still pull it off the shelf to read often. I will see every adaptation of it on film and TV. I read sequels people write (some are okay, some just painful to read), or modern retelling of the story. My love knows no bounds when it comes to Lizzy and Mr. Darcy.

As a romance reader, I cut my teeth on the books of Jude Devereaux, LaVyrle Spencer, and Julie Garwood. I will admit, I don't read many historicals anymore, but these books (not just the ones pictured below, but all the books from these authors)... I still have them lined on my shelf and will pull them out. Comfort reads, like visiting old friends.

And that is where I'm going to leave it, folks. I could go on...and on...and on, but let's face it, none of us have time for that, do we? And I have a book to finish writing. (Do you hear the whip cracking? Because it is, and it stings!) 

What are your favorite books? Which ones pull you back again and again? 

Don't forget to go and check out the other ladies' favorites!

Bronwyn Green
Gwendolyn Cease
Jenny Trout
Kellie St. James
Kris Norris
Leigh Jones
Tess Grant

Until next week!


  1. Oh...Little House in the Big Woods! How I loved that book. I loved all of the Laura Ingalls books, but Little House was my very favorite.

  2. I loved the Little House on the Prairie books! My girls couldn't get into them, so I was a little disappointed. Still I have them around just in case.

  3. OMG... I used to read Trixie Beldon like it was candy. My poor mother searched out endless novels for me. I think at one point I had around 60! How did I forget this, lol. And I've always wanted to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings... and damn it I will get around to it one of these days. I did read Gone With the Wind, though...

  4. I didn't read Anne of Green Gables until I was twenty, and I became obsessed, LOL.

  5. I can't believe I forgot Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon!!! I still have full sets of both in storage because I refuse to part with them. I read These Happy Golden Years over and over. I love Laura and Almanzo!

  6. Oh, Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew.... Read those like mad too. All this talk is making me want to go back and reread all those books of my youth.