The books I have read stay with me, accompanying me through the rhythm of daily life, always offering an amusing twist to life. Is that just a mouse, or a distant cousin of Reepicheep or Mattimeo? I see a field of Texas wildflowers and recall the Legend of the Bluebonnets.

Stories are like the paint which colors my world.

When I wanted a book to read, my Mom would send me right to the 1,000 Good Books List, and many of these titles come from there. I am sure many more of these titles that I haven’t read yet are very good as well, but this is a listing of the ones that I remember vividly, and would love to read again at any age.

Picture Books

Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson (Daniel’s Favorite)

All titles by Tomie dePaulo, especially,

Clown of God,

One Foot, Now the Other

Bill and Pete Series (Landon’s favorite growing up)

 Any of Jan Brett’s, especially

 Hedgie’s Surprise

The Gingerbread Man

1st Chapter books 

Boxcar Children

Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White

The Borrowers – Mary Norton

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh – Robert O’Brien

3rd grade onward

Secret Garden and Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Five Children and It – Edith Nesbit (Joseph’s favorite)

Island of the Blue Dolphin – Scott O’ Dell

My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George

Sarah Plain and Tall – Patricia MacLachlan

Hatchet – Gary Paulson (John’s favorite)

Johnny Tremain – Esther Forbes

King of the Wind – Marguerite O Henry

Outlaws of Ravenhurst

The Hobbit – Tolkein

Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

Redwall Series – Pierre Jacques

Call of the Wild – Jack London

Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

7th grade onward

Girl of the Limberlost and Freckles – Gene Statton Porter

The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkein

The Virginian – Owen Winster

Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather

9th grade onward

Much Ado about Nothing – Shakespeare

Hamlet – Shakespeare

Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Jane Eyre – Charlotte



Mature High School Reading

These books have more mature themes and real world situations. These require a firm understanding of morality to understand the points the author is making. This is meant to prepare readers for discerning good and evil in the real world, and understanding the consequences to choices. I have found that the level of thinking and virtue analysis present in these books very useful in navigating choices and understanding the world in college and beyond.

In addition, though the content might be cause for caution, these books are all written from a Christian Worldview and

Anna Karenina – Tolstoy

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene

Crime and Punishment – Dostoyevsky

King Lear- Shakespeare

Withering Heights – Emily Bronte

Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne



Books I have read and disliked:

Jacob Have I Loved