1. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) - I first read this book in high school. Told through the eyes of a young girl, it touches on subjects of inequality of race and integrity. Once it is read, it cannot help but to leave an impact.
2. Redeeming Love (Francine Rivers) - In this retelling of the Biblical story of Hosea, this book deals details the restoring love of God. It is a beautiful description of endless love and compassion.
3. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) - I will admit, I first read this book because of how long it was. In my high school English class, we only had to write 1 book report a semester if the book we read was a certain length. Gone with the Wind was in that category of only 1 book report. However, I loved this book and have since read it several times! A tale of the South during and after the Civil War, it is a story of survival.
4. The Traveler's Gift (Andy Andrews) - Told in a story format, this book gives strategies for personal success. However, the story is so good that you don't realize that it is a self-help book but you do remember the principles. Good stuff.
5. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) - How can you not like a book that starts with, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"? Set during the French Revolution, this is a story of sacrifice and social justice. Plus there is a doppelganger - coolness! Given the age of this book, it can be downloaded digitally for free.
6. Mark of the Lion series (Francine Rivers) - I will admit, book 1 (A Voice in the Wind) & book 2 (An Echo in the Darkness) are my favorite. However, book 3 (As Sure as the Dawn) is still decent, but kinda breaks off of the story line that the first two books follow. If you do read the first book, make sure that you have the second handy because you will want to jump right into it!
7. Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowlings) - This 7 book series is the classic story of good verses evil. I was actually a little late to jump on the Harry Potter train, reading them about 10 years after everyone else, but I am so glad that I did pick them up!
8. Emma (Jane Austin) - I enjoy pretty much any Jane Austin novel. However, Emma has a special place in my heart - who doesn't love a mistaken matchmaker? Emma is also available for a free digital download from Amazon.
9. Julie (Catherine Marshall) - This is much lesser know than Catherine Marshall's "Christy", but it is the coming of age story of a girl in a small town. Since I have also grew up in a small town, I felt such a connection to Julie and loved this story.
10 The Giver (Lois Lowry) - A story about a unique boy who holds all the memories & feelings of a futuristic society. This is a book that will make one think and question.
Well, that is it - my top ten favorite books of all time. Of course, there are a few honorable mentions: Anne of Green Gables series, Nancy Drew books, Chronicle of Narnia, etc. that are up there on my list. I am a true bookworm & thank you for indulging me; this little list was quite nostalgic for me! :P
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