Last week on The Homefront Show I mentioned a conversation with three of my children wherein we answered the question, “What five books do you think everyone should read?” On the show I shared what we came up with (more than five each, sorry, but certainly less than an exhaustive list of our favorites) and promised to post the list, along with author’s names (which I didn’t share on the show).
So here goes, in the order, more or less, the titles were called out (with a few added I’ve since recalled and couldn’t possibly leave out, such as Little Joe Otter, The Capricorn Stone, and On the Banks of Plum Creek.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Little Joe Otter by Thornton W. Burgess
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
William Tell by Friedrich Schiller
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Angel at the Fence by Herman Rosenblatt
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkein
Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour
Daddy Longlegs by Jean Webster
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
All Sackett books by Louis L’Amour
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Mutiny on the Bounty by William Bligh
A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle
Blessed Child by Ted Dekker and Bill Bright
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Heidi by Joanna Spyri
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Capricorn Stone by Madeleine Brent
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
Guns Up by Johnnie M. Clark
Medications by Marcus Aurelius
So, there you have it. Maybe you can give yourself the Christmas gift of one of these great books. Wanna great laugh with a book you can’t put down? Daddy Longlegs and the sequel, Dear Enemy are unbeatable. I read both of them aloud as we traveled a few years ago, and EVERYONE in the car begged for more each time I stopped for a rest.
Happy Reading to You!
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