Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I'd Take With Me Anywhere

The theme for today is actually “ten books to pack in one's beach bag,” but I don't go to the beach much, and when I do I'm not sitting on the beach -- I'm playing in the waves and building sand castles and digging huge holes in the sand! Therefore, my personal theme for this Top Ten Tuesday is books I'd like to travel with.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Harry Potter Series (by J.K. Rowling)

It's no secret how much I love this series. I gave every book in this series at least four stars and there were at least two -- I think three -- that got perfect scores from me (The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Order of the Phoenix, and The Deathly Hallows, I believe).
Jennifer in Material Sourcing recommends "Matched" by Ally Condie, the first book in a young adult dystopian trilogy published by Dutton Books.

Matched (by Ally Condie)

Out of all the dystopian novels I've read, this and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins have been my favorite. I find Cassia refreshing because she's not the typical stubborn, egotistical, opinionated strong heroine of the twenty-first century -- she's actually quite sensitive and introspective, and is as good a follower as she is a leader. I respect that about her.
Here's What Your Favorite Children's Book Series Says About You

The Anne of Green Gables Series (by L.M. Montgomery)

Can't recommend this enough.
The Blue Castle
L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle (by L.M. Montgomery)

Normally I wouldn't willingly take a classic on a vacation unless it was the next book on my reading list, but L.M. Montgomery's classics are sufficiently light to make reading them easy.
The Hiding Place- by Corrie ten Boom... A Holocaust survivor. LIfe-changing read!

The Hiding Place (by Corrie ten Boom)

Christy; Catherine Marshall - 1969: Read when I was a freshman in college, coming back from Christmas vacation. Very popular book at the time, about a young woman who goes to teach in Appalachia. America had recently discovered, through a TV special, the shocking poverty of that region.

Christy (by Catherine Marshall)

Catherine Marshall's classic novels are, similar to Montgomery's, easy to digest on a relaxing vacation. In fact, the conversation in them often sounds more realistic than in most novels nowadays.
Julie was written by, Catherine Marshall (whom also wrote Christy).  This was her final book and it is an historical novel.  Worth your time.

Julie (by Catherine Marshall)

This how our Lord of the Rings Books Look, after my Dad read them to all of us at different times.  Soon he will need to read them to his Grandsons!!!

The Lord of the Rings (by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Just because I'm sentimental and I will never stop loving it.
Hidden Pearls - Kindle edition by Hayden Wand. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Hidden Pearls (by Hayden Wand)

I love this novel -- it's a great blend of romance, adventure, and relaxation. 

Which ten books would you recommend taking on vacation?


  1. As someone who is anticipating reading Matched, I'm glad to read your thoughts. Sounds like an excellent read - plus I like the qualities you list for the heroine. :)

    1. Yay! I can't wait for you to read it, and potentially review it :) It will be fun hearing what you have to say should you decide to blog about it!

  2. Good list, Hannah! I tried "Matched" a couple of years ago, and though I was liking it I stopped reading it and then returned it to the library. Since then I've seen the series put in some negative light, and it's made me somewhat wary of it. But you've made me interested in it once again. :-D

    1. Hmm. I suppose I could understand if it was talked about negatively, but in my opinion Matched and Crossed are less sketchy than the Divergent series is. I haven't read Reached though, so I couldn't give you a proper opinion on that :) Thanks for commenting, Grace!


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