Paper Doll Tales | Reading Lists

Reading is to the soul what aerobic activity is to the heart.  Good for us.  Something worth making time for in our busy lives.  I’m happiest when lost in the world caught between a book’s covers. Some favorites I’ve shared:

Books for 18-Month-Olds

Best Children’s Book You’ve Never Read

2013 Reading List

On My Bookshelf

A good book does to me what I do to a lump of bread dough: a good book punches me, kneads me, reshapes me, then leaves me with some peace and quiet to let me rise into what I was created to be.  When I taught American Literature to students with eyes sparkling with promise, my end of year parting gift included a reading list of the books that have mattered most to me.  These are the bread dough books in my life. 

Young Adult Literature Worth Revisiting as an Adult

Chronicles of Narnia ~ C.S. Lewis

Peter Pan ~ J.M. Barrie

The Giver ~ Lois Lowry

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy  ~ J.R.R. Tolkein

The Little Prince ~ Antoine St. Exupery

The Neverending Story ~ Michael Ende

The Phantom Tollbooth ~ Norton Juster

The Princess Bride ~ William Goldman

Great Summer Reads

Beach Music ~ Pat Conroy

God of Small Things ~ Arundhati Roy

High Fidelity ~ Nick Hornby

Interpreter of Maladies ~ Jhumpa Lahiri

Reading Lolita in Tehran ~ Azar Nafisi

Secret Life of Bees ~ Sue Monk Kidd

The Accidental Tourist ~ Anne Tyler

The Way the Crow Flies ~ Anne-Marie MacDonald

Things They Carried ~ Tim O’Brien

Wicked ~ Jeffrey Maguire

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle ~ David Wroblewski

Must Read before College

1984 ~ George Orwell

A Room with a View ~ E.M. Forster

Brave New World ~ Aldous Huxley

Count of Monte Cristo ~ Alexandre Dumas

Death in Midsummer (short story) ~ Yukio Mishima

On the Road ~ Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest ~ Ken Keysey

Passage to India ~ E.M. Forester

Slaughterhouse Five ~ Kurt Vonnegut

The Stranger ~ Albert Camus

Till We Have Faces  ~ C.S. Lewis

Wise Blood ~ Flannery O’Connor

Memorable Books in my Life

100 Years of Solitude ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Anna Karenina ~ Leo Tolstoy

Crossing to Safety ~ Wallace Stegner

Invisible Man ~  Ralph Ellison

Kite Runner ~ Khaled Hosseini

Prayer for Owen Meany ~ John Irving

Remains of the Day ~ Kazuo Ishiguro

Snow Falling on Cedars ~ David Guterson

The English Patient ~ Michael Ondjaate

The Handmaid’s Tale ~ Margaret Atwood

The House on Mango Street ~ Sandra Cisneros

The Life of Pi ~ Yann Martel

Under the Tuscan Sun ~ Frances Mayes

White Noise ~ Don DeLillo

Yellow Raft on Blue Water ~ Michael Dorris

My Favorite Author – A.S. Byatt


The Djinn in the Nightengale’s Eye and Other Short Stories

Little Black Book of Stories

Angels and Insects

Non-Fiction & Memoir

Into the Wild ~ Jon Krakauer

My Losing Season ~ Pat Conroy

Naked ~ David Sedaris

October Sky ~ Homer Hickam

The Perfect Mile ~ Neal Bascomb

The Tipping Point ~ Malcolm Gladwell

Four Seasons in Rome ~ Anthony Doerr

Gift from the Sea ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Family Matters

Organized Simplicity ~ Tsh Oxenreider

Boundaries ~ Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Parenting with Love and Logic ~ Foster Cline and Jim Fay

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child ~ John Gottman, Joan Declaire and Daniel Goleman

Simplicity Parenting ~ Kim John Payne

Steady Days ~ Jamie C. Martin

Good Night Sleep Tight ~ Kim West

No Cry Sleep Solution ~ Elizabeth Pantley

Slow Death by Rubber Duck ~ Rick Smith

Clean House, Clean Planet ~ Karen Logan

Food for Thought

Real Food ~ Nina Planck

Nourishing Traditions ~ Sally Fallon

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Super Baby Food ~ Ruth Yaron

Under the Tuscan Sun ~ Frances Mayes

The New Basics Cookbook ~ Julee Rosso

365: No Repeats ~ Rachael Ray

The Country Cooking of France ~ Anne Willan

Books to Inspire Faith

My Utmost for His Highest ~ Oswald Chambers

Jesus Calling ~ Sarah Young

When Life and Beliefs Collide ~ Carolyn Custis James

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals ~ Shane Claiborne

Ragamuffin Gospel ~ Brennan Manning

The Jesus Storybook Bible ~ Sally Lloyd Jones

Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1-4 ~ Ella K. Lindvall




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