Books Everyone Should Read

While I’m thinking about it, what are some books that you think everyone should read? And don’t worry about coming up with your top 100 books! I’m interested in hearing what your favorite and must-read books are. I’m probably going to post my list later this week after I’ve given it some more thought.


11 thoughts on “Books Everyone Should Read

  1. First, I loved the title of the previous post. Second, you are posting like a maniac now that you’re on break. Finally, here’s my list:

    Books that Jenni thinks everyone should read, in no particular order:

    1. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    4-10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    11. unChristian by David Kinnaman
    12. If God is Good by Randy Alcorn
    13. Between Two Worlds by Elizabeth Marquardt
    14. Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
    15. How Harry Cast His Spell by John Granger
    16. A Scandalous Freedom by Steve Brown
    17-23. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
    24. 23 is a prime number, so I can’t end on that. Grr. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

    That’s my quickie list – just what I could come up with off the top of my head. Once I have a more comprehensive list, I’ll likely sort it by genre and post it on my own blog as well. ;o)

    • Looks like a good list, and there are several I haven’t read yet, so I should get those pronto! Actually, unChristian should be winging its way here as we speak. . . er, write I’m looking forward to your list by genre. 🙂

      Well, it usually takes a couple days of mind-freeing tasks like cleaning out the drawers of my nightstand and sleeping before I have the brain power to post some of the things I’ve been thinking about for a while. I did the research on the book lists several weeks ago when you and Jodi tagged me in your lists, but I didn’t have a chance to write about it until today.

  2. Good list, Jenni. I too see a few that I need to read!

    My list is not so much books that I think EVERYONE should read necessarily but books that meant a lot to me at various times in my life.

    Books from my childhood:
    1. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
    2. Little House on the Prairie (the entire series)
    3. Little Women
    4. Anne of Green Gables
    5. The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
    6. Johnny Tremain
    7. Caddie Woodlawn
    8. All of a Kind Family (and all the sequels)
    9. dog books – Big Red, Old Yeller, Savage Sam, and Gray Dawn (by Albert Payson Terhune)
    10. The Doll’s House and Little Plum by Rumer Godden

    Christian books from my teen years:
    1. The Hiding Place
    2. In His Steps
    3. Through Gates of Splendor
    4. Christy

    YA novels (actually there’s a wide range of ages here)
    1. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    2. Speak
    3. The Giver
    4. Lord of the Flies
    5. Treasure Island – more of a classic, but I love this story!
    6. Out of the Dust
    7. Hatchet (and the other Brian stories by Paulsen)
    8. Frindle and almost anything else by Clements
    9. Tuck Everlasting
    10. City of Ember
    11. Holes
    12. The Bronze Bow

    Christian Fiction
    1. The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock
    2. A Place Behind the World by David Hazard
    3. Bitter Roots by John L. Moore
    5. The Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers
    6. The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
    7. The Screwtape Letters
    8. Children in the Night by Harold Lawrence Myra
    9. The Strand by Ellen Santilli Vaughn
    10. The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers
    11. The Lost Princess by George MacDonald

    Maybe I should stop now!

    Of course, I LOVE the Narnia books, but didn’t get to read them until I was in college! (There was a witch in them! And they were written by an Anglican! Evil!)

    • Great list! I’ve read many of these, too, but there are some I need to add to my reading list. Holes, Tuck Everlasting, and The Last Sin Eater, for example.

    • Yay, you put Speak on your list! That book is so amazing. If I were still teaching, and if I were really brave, I would teach that novel. Seriously.

      • I’d really like to read Speak. I’ve really learned a lot from Laurie Anderson’s other books and she tells stories in a compelling way.

      • Nat, you definitely need to read Speak. It’s not an easy read, but it’s really, really good and definitely worth it, especially if you intend to work with teens at all (or if you want to understand your SF friend a bit better). I have a copy (maybe two?) in my personal library, which you are more than welcome to borrow once my library and I are in the same zip code. :o)

  3. I KNEW I’d think of more after I hit “Post Comment”!!!

    “A Little Princess” was a huge fav when I was a girl, even more than “A Secret Garden.”

    I found “Watership Down” in high school and LOVED it. Still do.

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” is AWESOME, even though I didn’t read it until college.

    • I love “A LIttle Princess,” too. Found that one in grad school. Loved “Mockingbird” as well. That was the last required book I finished reading in high school. After that, the books went downhill considerably.

      Unfortunately, I am not a fan of Watership, but I can appreciate that other people like it. :o)

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