Books, books, books

Here are books I liked – maybe you would like them too!

Note – the number system is not at all a reflection on how much I love the book! Rather, it is to help those of you who may have children or younger siblings, in case you want to do some reading out loud or book recommending.  1 books are for very young children – basically picture books.  2 is for ages 5 and up, 3 is for ages 11 and up, and 4 is for ages 15 and up, and those books that may contain some – ahem – more objectionable content, but that I still believe are wonderful books and should be read!  I have graded books to the best of my ability. Please enjoy 🙂

Fantasy:

2 The Great and Terrible Quest – Margaret Lovett

2 The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge

2 The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis

2 The Day Boy and the Night Girl – George MacDonald

2-3 The Chronicles of Prydain – Lloyd Alexander

2 The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald

2 The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

3 The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

3 Ranger’s Apprentice series – John Flanagan (witty, well written, action packed, excellent characters)

3 The False Prince – Jennifer A. Nielson  (keeps you biting your nails, great characters! clever)

3 The Runaway King – Jennifer A. Nielson

3 The Shadow Throne – Jennifer A. Nielson

3 The Dragon King series – Stephen R. Lawhead

3 The Light Princess – George MacDonald (whimsical, quirky, gentle fantasy)

3 Lord of the Rings – J. R .R. Tolkien

3 The Silmarillion – J. R. R. Tolkien

3 Beowulf

4 Merlin – Stephen R. Lawhead

 

Plays/Poetry

4 A Midsummer night’s dream – William Shakespeare

4 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

3 Macbeth – William Shakespeare

3 The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

3 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

2 A Heap O’ Living – Edgar A. Guest

 

 

Spiritual Growth/Inspiration/Devotional

2 A Young Person’s Guide to Knowing God – Patricia St. John

2 Even Donkeys Speak – Mary McDonald

2 Tales of the Kingdom – David and Karen Mains

2 Tales of the Restoration – David and Karen Mains

2-3 Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan (kids might enjoy a picture book version of this, but it is well worth reading the full Pilgrim’s Progress as well!)

3 The Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis

3 If I Perish – Ahn Ei Sook

3 If – Amy Carmichael

3 One Minute Devotions: Morning by Morning – Charles Spurgeon

 

 

Mystery and Intrigue!

2 Detectives in Togas – Henry Winterfield

2 The Nancy Drew series – Carolyn Keene

3 The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin

3 Mara, Daughter of the Nile – Eloise Jarvis McGraw

3 The Ides of April – Mary Ray

3 Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie

3 Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie

3 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

3 The Sherlock Holmes series – Arthur Conan Doyle

3 The Man Who was Thursday – G. K. Chesterton

3 Gaudy Night – Dorothy Sayers

4 And then there were none – Agatha Christie

 

Historical/Biography/Nonfiction

2 Big Enough Anna – Pam Flower

2 Cheaper by the Dozen – Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

2 Gladys Aylward – Janet and Geoff Benge

2 Little House series – Laura Ingalls Wilder

3 A Walk Across America – Peter Jenkins

3 Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

3 God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill

3 The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill

4 Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys

4 The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank

4 The Question of God – Armand Nicholi

 

 

Lifestyle/Fashion/Miscellaneous

3 The Madame Chic series – Jennifer L. Scott

3 The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

3 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know – Terry Glaspey

2 Spilling Ink – Anne Maze and Ellen Potter (‘a young writer’s handbook’)

 

Fiction

2 The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook – Joyce Lankester Brisley

2 James Herriot’s Treasury for Children – James Herriot

2 Bright April – Marguerite de Angeli

2 Up the Hill – Marguerite de Angeli

2 Henner’s Lydia –  Marguerite de Angeli

2 Thee, Hannah! –  Marguerite de Angeli

2 Yonie Wondernose –  Marguerite de Angeli

2 Rabbit Hill – Robert Lawson

2 Sarah, Plain and Tall – Patricia MacLachlan

2 Misty of Chincoteague – Margaret Henry

2 Emily’s Runaway Imagination – Beverly Cleary

2 Henry and Ribsy – Beverly Cleary

2 Ellen Tebbits – Beverly Cleary

2 The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary

2 The Ramona series – Beverly Cleary (read every one  They are all HILARIOUS!)

2 The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

2 The Borrowers series – Mary Norton

2 B is for Betsy – Carolyn Haywood

2 Homer Price – Robert McCloskey

2 The Door in the Wall – Marguerite De Angeli

2 The Alley – Eleanor Estes

2 Rufus M. – Eleanor Estes

2 The Middle Moffat – Eleanor Estes

2 The Moffats – Eleanor Estes

2 Ginger Pye – Eleanor Estes

2 Pinky Pye – Eleanor Estes

2 Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

2 Matilda – Roald Dahl

2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

2 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl

2 The BFG – Roald Dahl

2 Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

2 The Famous Five Go Off To Camp – Enid Blyton

2 Betsy-Tacy – Maud Hart Lovelac

2 Dolphin Treasure – Wayne Grover

2 Dolphin Adventure – Wayne Grover

2 Hank the Cowdog series – John R. Erickson

2 The Tanglewoods’ Secret – Patricia St. John

2 Treasures of the Snow – Patricia St. John

2 Star of Light – Patricia St. John

2 The Secret at Pheasant Cottage – Patricia St. John

2 Rainbow Garden – Patricia St. John

2 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

2 An Old Fashioned Girl – Louisa May Alcott

2 Anne of Green Gables series – L. M. Montgomery

2 A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett

2 A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

2  A Cricket in Times Square – George Selden

2 Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater

2 The Little Riders – Margaretha Shemin

2 The Matchlock Gun  – Walter D. Edmonds

2 Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink

2 Sarah Witcher’s Story – Elizabeth Yates

3 Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne

3 A Separate Peace – John Knowles

3 Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

3 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

3 The Shining Company – Rosemary Sutcliff

3 The Eagle of the Ninth – Rosemary Sutcliff

3 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

3 Animal Farm – George Orwell

3 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

3 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

3 Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire – Polly Horvath

3 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

3 The Mitford series – Jan Karon

3 Girl of the Limberlost – Gene Stratton Porter ( if you like Louisa May Alcott, you will love Porter!)

3 Freckles – Gene Stratton Porter

3 The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

3 Christy – Catherine Marshall

3 The Hawk and the Dove – Penelope Wilcock

3 The Chosen – Chaim Potok

3 The Promise – Chaim Potok

4 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

4 The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

4 The Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

4 Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka  (makes use of distortion, sad, melancholy)

4 Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton (beautiful, set in South Africa, reflective, also tragic)

4 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck  (sobering, powerful, tragic)

4 Hills like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway  (thought-provoking, incredible, symbolic)

 

Science Fiction

3 Star Wars, Thrawn trilogy – Timothy Zahn

3 The Giver – Lois Lowry

3 Out of the Silent Planet – C. S. Lewis

4 Perelandra – C. S. Lewis

4 That Hideous Strength – C. S. Lewis

 

Delightful Picture Books You Just Can’t Miss Out On!

1 Make way for ducklings – Robert McCloskey

1 Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey

1 One Morning In Maine – Robert McCloskey

1 Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney

1 The Angelina Ballerina books – Katharine Holabird

1 The Corgiville Fair – Tasha Tudor

2 The Flower Fairies series – Cicely Mary Barker

2 Thank you, Mr. Falker  – Patricia Polacco

2 Junkyard Wonders – Patricia Polacco

2 The Princess and the Kiss – Jennie Bishop