Thursday Thirteen #32
Do you have books that you love so much that you have read them several times? I certainly do. One might go so far as to call some of my favorites my “default books.” Sometimes when I am in need of something good to read, and I can’t find anything new that strikes my fancy, I’ll just default to one of my favorites. There are some books out there that I have read more than fifty times over the years. I suppose that it’s like having your favorite meal at a particular restaurant. You always know it’s going to be good.
Anyway, here is a list of thirteen books that I have read more than once. Do you agree with any of my choices? Do you have any of your own favorite multiple reads to suggest?
These are a few of my favorite books…
1. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – Its prequel won a Newbery Award, but I like this one better.
2. Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton – This one is also quite good as an audiobook. It comes complete with a recipe.
3. The Black Dudley Murder by Margery Allingham – Also known as The Crime at Black Dudley, this is the first Albert Campion book. Wnjoy the process of Campion taking over the story against the author’s will.
4. Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key – If you’ve only seen the film, you should rally read the book. Love it.
5. The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry – The first Charlotte and Thomas mystery. A mystery with a bit of romance thrown in.
6. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters – This is also book one of a mystery series. I think I’ve read it about one hundred times by now. It doesn’t hurt that the author is an Egyptologist complete with a Ph.D. This series is both fun and informative.
7. Sabriel by Garth Nix – A dark fantasy with two sequels. I doubt that they could ever make a film of this one, much less one that I like.
8. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper – This is actually the first book of the Dark is Rising series. The story has become a wee bit dated by now, but I don’t care.
9. The Moon Singer by Clyde Robert Bulla – This book may be a wee bit difficult to find. My library has no copies, either. But the story, and the pictures, had a profound effect upon me when I was a child. Sometimes a book just speaks to you, I suppose.
10. The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts – This is one of those books for kids who feel different. It’s about a nine year-old girl with psychic gifts. It was also one of my absolute favorites in Elementary school.
11. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce – Really, anything by Tamora (pronounced “Tamara”) Pierce is excellent. This just happens to be the one I’ve read the most. She writes the best fantasy.
12. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot – This is the book that inspired the film. The audiobook is also excellent. It’s read by Anne Hathaway.
13. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King – The first in a series of mysteries that includes Sherlock Holmes and a brilliant young lady named Mary Russell. If only the BBC would film these! (Mind you, the author is a Californian.)