My Favorite Books
"Books are the food of youth, the delight of old age; the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity; a delight at home, and no hindrance abroad; companions by night, in traveling, in the country." ~Cicero. "...books...bind together distant ages and foreign lands, create new worlds of beauty, bring down truth from heaven..." ~James Freeman Clarke
The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It by Tom Diaz
This book, initially published in 1908, is a classic in books for children. Its four key animal characters combine to create a magical quality that is irresistible. At a child’s level, the story is about friendship and about life in an imagined world centered around the river. At a more sophisticated level, without being preachy, it yields some key insights into our lives. And it does all this via an enormously rich language that does wonders for children’s verbal skills.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Heidi by Johanna Spyri. I read this book as a child and I loved it. It's written by a Swiss woman and tells the story of a little girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss alps. Her friend Peter the goatherd and, later, Clara, who had been sickly and in a wheelchair, spend time with her, and their experiences together make up the story.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
One Summer by David Baldacci
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie
BOOK 17: The Mirror Crack'd, by Agatha Christie THOUGHTS: I always enjoy an Agatha Christie mystery, especially the Miss Marple ones. There's just something reassuring about a little old english lady kicking ass in deduction mode. And this plot is actually up there with the more suspenseful ones I've read, keeping me guessing until almost the end. Well played Christie (and Marple), well played. REVIEW: 3 out of 5
The Mirror Crack'd by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie Miss Marple. I think I've read most of AC's books now, but I often reread one if I've forgotten the plot! I love her books and adore miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. They are like old friends, I never get bored, and if life/illness is getting me down I can escape into their world, where in spite of the 'murders', I can wallow in the more genteel nostalgia of past decades.......
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
The novel opens in Dante’s beloved city, Florence, where Robert Langdon, professor of Religious Symbology at Harvard wakes up in a hospital bed suffering from (you guessed it) amnesia. And while he’ll need to piece together what has happened to him — trust me, it’s a lot — he is also being pursued by an assassin sent by a shadowy international organization that does the dirty work of the rich and powerful.
Inferno by Dan Brown