Book Suggestion lists:

I love books. I love them. There are some that just saying the title makes me remember the first time I read that particular book. What I was doing, thinking, experiencing, at the time the book was being read. I just recently had one of those less-than-interesting Facebook posts pop up, you know the ones I mean, the ones similar to a chain letter and often equally as annoying. Only this one wasn’t too bad. It wanted me to list ten books that immediately came to mind. The problem is, I like more than ten. Whenever someone tells me to list something I want to ask them to break it down into sub-categories for me. I mean, do they want my Top 10 Favorite mysteries? Science Fiction? Romance? Paranormal Romance? Classics? Favorite childhood reads? Most moving? I need help here.

Then there are the sub-categories to my sub-categories. Sub-Sub-Categories? Like, if it is a Mystery do they want my list of favorite Cozies? Detective? Classical Mystery? or my favorite Period mystery. If it’s Science Fiction. Do they want my favorite Fantasy Science Fiction? My favorite Paranormal Science Fiction? My favorite Science-based Science Fiction? HELP ME!

See, books are not as black & white as people imagine them to be. Mysteries, for example, have many different types. There are your Hard-boiled detective stories where it is all “Sam Spade” and intrigue. Then there are your cozies, with a mystery hand-and-hand with a bit of something theme. Like Culinary mysteries, or Tea mysteries, or even Candle-making and Soap-making mysteries, which include a bit of interesting sharing of things you might like to read and learn about mixed in to the story-line. Then there are your classics like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. I could make a list of ten for each of those without missing a beat. Also, do I list only one of the titles by each Author, even if they have like 15-30 other book titles I like as much? Do I list only the first of the series? Do I mix it up and suggest varied writers, so the list is properly balanced?

This is getting too hard. In the end I am left feeling a bit like an overstuffed chair with stuffing coming out.

So, I decided to break my lists down into groups  for each style, with only the first of the series of each Author mentioned (I reasoned that the first book is what got me interested in the first place, even if some in the series might be better than the first one.)

I also decided to make this a regular thing on my blog. I am wondering how many people will like this and how many will wish I would stop writing so much and just post poems. I finally decided to just do it and see what happens. If my readers like the lists I will create a blog just for that later.

Anyway, here is my first list of 50 (There really is no such thing as a list of 10 for me). This list is of the books that made me who I am, or are shaping who I want to become. Books that I consider my teaching friends. Where I learned my core beliefs and learn who I want to be. There are clearly way more than 50, but these are the ones I recall most easily.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  3. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  4. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  5. Life of Pi  by Yann Martel
  6. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  7. Bridge to Terabitha by Katherine Paterson
  8. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  9. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  10. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  11. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  12. Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott
  13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  14. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  15. Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White
  16. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  17. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  18.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  19. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  20. The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis
  21. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
  22. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  23. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  24. All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
  25. Dune by Frank Herbert
  26. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling
  27. Marley and Me by John Grogan
  28. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  29. The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
  30. A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare
  31. Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
  32. Ps. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
  33. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
  34. Holes by Louis Sachar
  35. Dibs in Search of Self by Virginia Mae Axline
  36. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  37. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  38. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  39. James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl
  40. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  41. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  42. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  43. The Grinch that Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  44. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’dell
  45. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  46. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  47. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by  Elizabeth George Speare
  48. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  49. The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton
  50. Chosen P.C.Cast

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I am B (call me BB and I will gut you) I like daisies, books, and men who understand the wisdom of Kermit the Frog. I refer to my favorite person as TMW5T Why? because if he had 6 I'd call him TMW6T, duh!!

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