Greatest Hits: Favorite books.

on July 20, 2012 in Greatest Hits with 6 comments by

This TOP 5 FRIDAY from April of 2011 remains my absolute favorite. Check back on the original post for over 100 comments of favorite books and then add yours here today!

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I truly hope you read through the comments of last Friday’s TOP 5 Friday post about most loved songs. People have some GREAT comments. And yes- I did purchase a few of these. It’s just true. I love music.

Also. I love books.

So today our TOP 5 Friday list is FAVORITE BOOKS!

[caveat: this does not include my favorite childhood books. These are my favorite adult books. But not like, ADULT books. I mean books that I have read as an adult. Okay… I think I have fully overexplained this now.] [caveat part 2: When you and I talked one time, I may have said, “This is my FAVORITE book!” and then that book is not listed here. Please feel free to call me out in the comments. I studied my bookshelf as best I could.]

#1. Christy by Catherine Marshall

Oh y’all. This is absolutely my favorite book. But I told you that back in 2008. I have read it over 40 times. [I know, I’m a book nerd. Sue me.] This book sealed in my heart my desire to teach school, which I did for five years. It also put a deep love in my heart for Appalachian people. But I told you that back in 2009.




#2. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’ll be honest. I’ve loved this storyline for many-a-year, thanks to a mother who exposed us to BBC productions at a young age. But it has only been within the last year or so that I actually read the novel. And gracious I loved it. It is too far to say “I needed it”? [I mean, for me to be overdramatic is nothing new around these parts, so let’s go with it.] Fantastic. I would love to read this out loud to my daughters one day.

[I bet Lanier’s mom did- didn’t she, Lanier?]



#3. Tribes by Seth Godin

This book single-handedly changed how I do business. How I do blogging. How I do my life as an author. If you run your own career, or if you run someone else’s career, or if you have any kind of group that listens to anything you say, read it.




#4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

This was hard for me- I love A LOT of Francine Rivers’ books. So it took me some time standing in front of my bookshelves to decide which one I REALLY love. Here’s the truth- if you close your eyes and pull a Francine Rivers’ book of a shelf at the library or your bookstore, you won’t be sorry.  But this was one of the first ones I read, so it holds a special place in my heart.

[But seriously. I could do a whole TOP 5 Friday on Francine Rivers’ books. And I just may do that.]


#5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Dave Barnes told me to read this book and I said, “Uh, Dave? I don’t like animals. So no thanks.” And he said, “I’m the boss of you. Now do as I say.”

So I did.

And it blew me away. I absolutely loved it. In fact, I was reading it while on a quick trip to Chicago to visit Lyndsay and crew and I seriously carried it with me EVERYWHERE. To the point that my friends began to feel unloved and unsure of my coolness. [To which I quickly reminded them that I am SIGNIFICANTLY less cool that I lead people to believe, so that part was true.]

I highly recommend it.

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Let me take this quick moment to remind you about YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY! You are welcome to buy these books as a five-pack and live it up, but also remember that your library probably has them as well. I love the library. I love to go there, sit there, read, peruse, and I actually use the online system to order books I want, so I don’t even have to search for them. Fantastic thing, technology is. 🙂

Now. Your turn! In the comments, tell me your TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS!

[I’m so nervous about this because I KNOW I’m going to want to read each of them. Ugh. I’m pre-annoyed with myself for not having enough time to read them all.]


  1. posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM  |  reply

    In no particular order…

    1. The lovely Bones
    2. all families are psychotic
    3. Life of pi (me too!!)
    4. Little Woman
    5. Lamb, the gospel according to biff

  2. posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM  |  reply

    In no particular order:

    1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    3. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    4. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
    5. The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser

    Can’t wait to check out everyone’s comments!

  3. Shannon
    posted on Jul 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM  |  reply

    My top 5 fave to recommend are:

    The Time Traveler’s Wife
    The Other Boleyn Girl
    Ragamuffin Gospel
    Still Alice
    The Middle Place

  4. posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 9:31 PM  |  reply

    Well, I love all things Jane Austen/BBC, but I’m admit to never having fully read Pride and Prejudice (I think it’s because for some reason I just *have* to read it with the British accent, which takes longer) 🙂 I’ve never read Tribe or Life of Pi, but will put them on my list.

    in no particular order:
    1. I’ll Watch the Moon by Ann Tatlock
    2. The Bradleyville Series by Brandilyn Collins
    3. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (another one that takes awhile with English accent)
    4. Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow
    5. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

  5. Jennifer Miller
    posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 9:36 PM  |  reply

    1. Nancy Drew and The Clue in the Leaning Chimney by Carolyn Keene
    2. Next Door Savior by Max Lucado
    3. You are Special by Max Lucado
    4. Hinds Feet on High Places (changed my life)
    5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

    • Jennifer Miller
      posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM  |  reply

      Hinds Feet on High Places is by Hannah Hurnard…sorry!!

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