Thursday, June 4, 2009

15 Books in 15 Minutes

There has been a tag going around where people are challenged to take just 15 minutes to list the 15 books they've read that have been most impactful. I started reading before I started quilting and I love it just as much AND our house resembles a library 'cause I am married to a high school English teacher (aka bookaholic). So here are the the 15 books I've read that have really stuck with with me:

  1. Father Melancholy's Daughter - Gail Godwin
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  3. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  4. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  5. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
  6. Sylvester - Georgette Heyer
  7. Frederica - Georgette Heyer
  8. Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
  9. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  10. Emma - Jane Austen
  11. Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
  12. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  13. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  14. The Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  15. The Tree of Hands - Ruth Rendell

A funny thing - I could easily get to 14; it was the 15th that took thinking. And looking at this list, there are several that I would like Miss Main Street to read. Little Women and The Little Princess were childhood books that I read over and over. War and Peace and East of Eden were high school assignments that really struck a chord with me (unlike most high school assignments), but I did not discover Jane Austen until I was an adult. And if you like Jane Austen, please try Georgette Heyer. Year of Wonders is my most recent book on this list; I read it about two years ago.


  1. Hi Cathy, saw your book list and just did one on my blog too! Great idea!

  2. Wow, what a great book list! I don't know Georgette Heyer -- I'll have to check into those books. And I LOVE LOVED Year of Wonders (I have no idea why and I'm sure it's not 'cause the main character is an Anna LOL)!


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