What a long long week it has been. But it’s finally Fri-YAY! Welcome back to another installment of Five Favorites Friday! Listen y’all it is super rainy and stormy here in the Midwest today. The kind of rain that soaks you to the bone running from your house to the car. The kind of rain that comes down so heavy and fast that every step you take is like wading in a cold stream. Yuck! Today would be a wonderful day to be curled up under a heavy quilt, near a cracked window so you can hear the steady beat of the rain, with a warm cup of tea and a good book in your lap. So, in honor of perfect book reading weather, here are my FIVE FAVORITE FICTION books!
1. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder: ALL of them! I have read each and every word…over and over and over again. These are the books that made me fall in love with reading. These are the books that started it all for me, my love of all things pioneering and my belief that I was born in the wrong era! Oh how I would have loved to have grown up wearing hand-sewn dresses made from flour sacks, and bonnets, a little cabin, and of course hard work and misadventures. I’ve always hoped to have a daughter one day, so that I could have an excuse to re-read them, but I might just have to revisit them anyway!
2. The Yellow Rose Trilogy by Lori Wick: This series is set out west in the late 1800’s. These books tell a story of love and adventure and faith. Cute. Sweet. Innocent love stories. This series is about three brothers who come to Christ and the journey that faith takes them through. Each book tells another brother’s story, a different journey that God has laid out before them.
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: I know this is an odd one to have the list…but bear with me for a minute! You either love this book or you hate it. It’s on this list, so obviously I LOVE it! I’ve read this book so many times that I actually wore out my first copy and bought a new one! It’s not a gloriously perfect romance. It is truly a book about terrible people doing terrible things to one another. I find myself getting caught up in Cathy and Heathcliff’s strange obsession with one another. To me, it’s real…not over the top….and even a little ugly! So…if you hated this book the first time you were forced to read it in high school…try it again!!
4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers: Perhaps you are noticing a trend by now, but this is another book set in the 1800’s, a retelling of the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea, set against the romantic backdrop of the California Gold Rush. The story of Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child and Michael. a man who is following God’s will and call to love and marry Angel. A beautiful love story. A story of God’s love and grace for all of us.
5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: A classic and one of my absolute favorites! I am an only child and when I was little I had a wild imagination. I fell in love with the story! As an adult, I’m still adventure obsessed. “Every adventure requires a first step” AND “Actually, the best thing you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures” are my two favorite quotes from the book! Two quotes that speak to my soul! Some day, I would love to have this one in an early edition!
What are YOUR favorite books? What books do you love? What books have touched your soul? Please share your must reads with me in the comments!!
Until Next Time: Peace, Love and Adventures!