I’ve been blogging my book reviews for less than a year, and I’d read a loootttt of books before I ever sat down to write out my thoughts! I thought I’d tell you a little bit about 5 books that I love, but read before I started blogging. These are all from different seasons of my life and in some cases, I don’t even remember why I loved it. I just know that when I think about it, it makes my heart happy.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
I read this book my freshman year of high school and suddenly realized that there were such things as fairy tale retellings. I was hooked for life. The magical elements were really intriguing to me and this book, as well as the series that follows it, opened a new world of reading for me. The main character, Ani, escapes from her evil lady-in-waiting who turns her kingdom against her and Ani becomes the goose girl for the king of a neighboring kingdom. In this world, some people have magical abilities and for Ani, she has the gift of animal speak. This series continues and the world grows. I love Shannon Hale’s writing and I’ve now read all of her books, even her adult books.
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
This is the first book in the Mark of the Lion trilogy and oh.my.gosh is it amazing. Francine Rivers is a masterful writer, especially of historical fiction. I read this book my freshman year of college and honestly, it may have changed my life. Don’t be surprised if I name my first born daughter Hadassah, after the main character. She is a servant who was torn from her home and who falls in love with a Roman. There’s war, Christian themes, and so much heart. Just thinking about it makes me want to read it again!
Myrren’s Gift by Fiona McIntosh
My high school librarian recommended this book to me when I was a library aid my senior year. There are 3 books in this series and this was the first round of high fantasy that I’d ever read, as far as I can remember. It felt a little more adult, as opposed to young adult, and I really enjoyed it. The world building was interesting and the magic was new for me. I’ve actually read this whole series twice since then.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I read this book just before I graduated from college and was completely speechless. I remember just laying in bed, reading the last page, and crying. It took me a while to even begin processing my emotions. I know that some people don’t like to read books that make them sad, but in regards to WWII, those books are important to our history. Stories like this deserve to be read and to be remembered. I thought it was brilliantly written. Death serves as the narrator during this horrific time in history as we follow a young German girl who’s sent away for safe keeping. The family she lives with takes in a Jewish man to hide and her relationship with him is innocent and honest.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Last, but certainly not least, we have Coelho’s classic. This was assigned reading my junior year of high school and I fell in love. This book made me think about life and purpose in a way that no book ever had before. I was gripped by the setting and the characters, their simple lives and big dreams. Since high school, I’ve read it again but switched back and forth between the print and the audiobook. The audio is narrated by Jeremy Irons and it’s so great.
What are some of your favorite books? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn