I think I may just become addicted to Top Ten Tuesday--this week, The Broke and the Bookish, host of this meme, asks what books were favorites before blogging opened up the world of new authors, titles, genres, etc.
I take favorites to mean, what did I reread until the book fell apart and had to be replaced...
- Austen's novels - at least one a year, going on for 4 decades now...chapter and verse.
- Little House - I started reading these in fourth grade and never really stopped. My last time all the way through was with my kids about 10 years ago. They are perennial favorites and stand the test of time.
- Anne of Green Gables books - see Little House blurb, and ditto everything. I didn't read these with my kids, however. We listened to the audio versions, which was also delightful.
- Middlemarch - I first read this wonderful Victorian novel in college, and read it every 5 years since then. It's on my list for later this year. Can't wait. It also made my TTT list of most recommended books.
- The Years With Ross - this James Thurber memoir about his years with The New Yorker magazine was a favorite ever since my dad gave it to me to read in high school when I fell in love with Thurber's short stories and talked about becoming a writer. I reread it a year or so ago, and reviewed it here.
- Sherlock Holmes stories - I'm on my third collection, and again started reading these as a teenager and never shook the habit.
- Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series - I do love series, don't I? Apart from the SH stories, the series I like best are really one long story told in multiple volumes. They have everything--admirable heroine, stalwart hero, action, romance, time travel, humor, grit, and perspective.
- Rebecca - I'm on at least my third paperback of this romantic thriller; innovative, seductive, manipulative, du Maurier is a master of a genre I absolutely love.
- Jane Eyre - I'm getting repetitive, but I've read this countless times, having started on my Bronte journey at age 13, and have multiple editions, some of which literally fell apart from age and use.
- Dickens' novels - I haven't read them all, but my favorites (Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Pickwick Papers), I've read multiple times, and when I'm looking for something to read, there's always a Dickens' novel to consider taking up.
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