Monday, June 08, 2009


I love when bloggers come up with their lists of favorite books. It gives me an opportunity to see what others have enjoyed, and that maybe I would also enjoy. Yesterday I saw two blogs who have lists that they created in a challenge to come up with 15 books in 15 minutes. Nicole at Sister's Choice has a list on her blog, as does Cathy at Quilting on Main Street. Cathy mentioned listing books that have stayed with you over time, and I liked that concept, so off I went to come up with my own list. I am sure I have missed a good many books on this list, but I tried to think of books that have had staying power for me over the years. Most of these books are old, but I would read them again! And in some cases I have read them more than once. Some of these books are dear to my heart, some have touched me deeply and some are just darn good stories. Chesapeake is a book that I read years ago, and then when we moved to Virginia I read it again. I love historical novels and this book gave me a wonderful history and background of the area we now live in. If you are too young to remember Michener being on the Best Sellers list you need to go find his books and soak them up. Hawaii was another of his that was unforgettable for me. Many of these authors have several books that I have read and enjoyed. So here is my list--

1. Katherine by Anya Seton

2. Except for me and Thee by Jessamyn West

3. From Sea to Shining Sea by James Alexander Thom

4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

5. These is My Words by Nancy Turner

6. Exodus by Leon Uris

7. Roots by Alex Haley

8. Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

9. Quentins and all Maeve Binchey

10. Evergreen by Belva Plain

11. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

12. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

13. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

14. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

15. Chesapeake by James Michener

I think I should also do a book list of more current reads that I have enjoyed with some of my new favorite authors. I will try and do that in the near future!

Join the fun and add your list to your blog! Let me know if you do so I can see what books you like!


sewprimitive karen said...

Your first two would be on my list, too, and when I saw them I thought for sure you would have Green Darkness on there. Kazowie what a book.

Cathy said...

I enjoyed Michener and Anya Seton too. Seems like a long time ago that I read them; they may be due for a re-read!

Yvette said...

Thanks for the list. I am starting to read again and hoping to get a Kindle soon. It's always great to have suggested reading material.

Julie in the Barn said...

I belong to a bookclub that has been meeting monthly for almost 10 years. I have a list of current reads on my sidebar. I have "met" several quilt bloggers who are also avid readers. I get a lot of good ideas for future reads from them as well as the reading blogs I've bookmarked.

I like your list. One of my all time faverite books is The Good Earth. I think I was about 12 when I read it. I think I read every book Mitchner wrote! They can be a bit ponderous with all the technical detail but every one was memerable. If you like historical stuff be sure to read the stuff by Edward Rutherford. Sarum & London are both enjoyable and done much like Mitchner's style.

Nana B said...

These is my words was written by Nancy TURNER, and there are 2 more in that trilogy and they are both as good as the first. And you should read Emille Richards, she is absolutely wonderful. She has a series with quilts in the title, the first is called "The Wedding Ring" and is a two box of Puffs book.

MARCIE said...

Nana B. has corrected me. I should have double checked the author's name. I changed it in my post. Thanks!

Libby said...

Lots of good ideas to add to my reading list . . . . now if I could just figure out a way to hold the book, turn pages and stitch all at the same time *s*

Anonymous said...

Really great books on your list, and some would be on mine, too, if I were making a list. Maybe next time I'm traveling, and have no quilt pix to post, I'll do that.