Blogger: Wendy Lawton
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Yesterday we had such fun talking about our entertainment reading. And that’s not to say that some of those writers are not intellectual or literary– it’s just that those are the books we turn to when we want to escape. Today let’s chose our all-time Favorite Five novels. These are the books we couldn’t stop thinking about– the books that we will read and reread. The books that changed our lives.
For me, this is the most difficult choice. Only five? I could do twenty-five and still not cover all my favorites. and some I just read this year may supplant others on this list (like The Help) but it’s too early to tell. So here goes:
And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer— when this book came out in 1982 it was the talk of the publishing industry. The author was 88 years old and had been writing the book for decades. For me this book was like the Our Town. It gave me, as a young women, my first glimpse of the passages of life.
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett— a masterpiece. Tom the builder is as real to me as many of the people in my life.
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. It’s a story of faith and seeking the lost one.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. No explanation needed.
Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. A southern novel with strong women protagonists combined with a coming-of-age story– all the elements I love most.
So those are my Favorite Fives for right now. What are yours?