My Favorite Authors

10 Books

9:56 PM


You've probably seen it going around on Facebook. "List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way." I saw it too, was tagged by a couple of friends, and have decided to post my ten here. (Because something bookish should take its place alongside my other writing/reading musings.)

Some of my favorites are listed here, and others that have impacted me. (FYI, I didn't include The Bible, because that one is so obvious and above anything else I've listed.)

  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - This book introduced me to magical lands, and helped awaken my love for the Lion. Of course, the whole series is a masterpiece.
  2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - The first of Alcott's books that I read, and Jo March stirred the desire to be a writer within me. Alcott remains one of my favorite authors, and I have read all of her novels.
  3. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie - This book made me believe in fairies, and never want to grow up. Masterfully, beautifully written. If I could be any character in a book, I'd be Wendy, and fly off with Peter for a long, long time.
  4. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor - In elementary school, I extensively studied the Civil Rights Movement, and was fired up with a desire to bring justice and equality to all people. Everything Taylor put her pen to is superb.
  5. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery - We basically share the same brain. And Montgomery (I've read her every novel) captures moments like photographs. She knows how to get into one's soul.
  6. Songs Out of Doors by Henry van Dyke. Poems that are prayerful, peaceful, aching, lovely.
  7. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit - This book helped me come to grips with life and death in a strangely comforting way. So moving and thought provoking.
  8. Beyond Ourselves by Catherine Marshall - A title that changed my view of God and my life's purpose.
  9. Christy by Catherine Marshall - A work based on Marshall's mother's life, this is one of the few pieces of "Christian fiction" that I can stand. It's profoundly touching without being preachy.
  10. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller - This book changed the way I view myself and the world.
Of course there are so many others... but here you are.  Let me know which titles you have read or enjoyed, and please post a link to your own ten if you decide to share them. I nominate you!

-Amanda

Finding Inspiration

A Daughter of Eve

10:30 PM


A fool I was to sleep at noon,
And wake when night is chilly
Beneath the comfortless cold moon;
A fool to pluck my rose too soon,
A fool to snap my lily.

My garden-plot I have not kept;
Faded and all-forsaken,
I weep as I have never wept:
Oh it was summer when I slept,
It's winter now I waken.

Talk what you please of future spring
And sun-warm'd sweet to-morrow:—
Stripp'd bare of hope and everything,
No more to laugh, no more to sing,
I sit alone with sorrow.

- Christina Rosetti