my absolute favorite books

Happy, Happy Friday, Everyone!

This past January I shared 50 Books to Read in 2015 (six of which I have completed thus far), and today I have a second list of novels – and picture books – to share with you. I simply love reading, and though I’ve yet to emphatically detest any book (works of fiction, at least), I do have a number of special favorites.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Classic Novels

(some of which may appeal more to children than teenagers/adults, and vice versa)

 Gone With the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Anne of Green Gables

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Emily of New Moon

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Where the Red Fern Grows

by Wilson Rawls

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

 by Betty Smith

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

All Quiet on the Western Front

by Erich Maria Remarque

Alice in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

A Little Princess

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Childhood Favorites (Ages 7-13)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

 by E. L. Konigsburg

The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo

 The Harry Potter Series

by  J. K. Rowling


 by Cynthia Kadohata

Tuck Everlasting

 by Natalie Babbitt


 by Roald Dahl

The Westing Game

 by Ellen Raskin

When You Reach Me

 by Rebecca Stead

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Jacob Have I Loved

by Katherine Paterson


by Roald Dahl

The Sisters Grimm Series

by Michael Buckley


 by Helen Dunmore

Teenage Favorites (Ages 14-17)

 The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak


by Laura Hillenbrand

The Matched Trilogy

 by Ally Condie

If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

Along for the Ride

by Sarah Dessen


by Lauren Oliver

I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter

by Lynn Cullen

The Selection

by Kiera Cass

I Was Here

by Gayle Forman

Picture Books

 (included for nostalgia’s sake… these are the books that never fail to give me the warm & fuzzies)

Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown

Are You My Mother?

by P.D. Eastman

The Poky Little Puppy

by Janette Sebring Lowrey

The Runaway Bunny

by Margaret Wise Brown

Blueberries for Sal

by Robert McCloskey

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

by Linda Williams

The Funny Little Woman

by Arlene Mosel

Danny and the Dinosaur

by Syd Hoff

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

I’d love to hear your ‘absolute favorite books’! Were any of them listed above… and are there any I should read immediately?


– Abby

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6 comments on “my absolute favorite books”

  1. The Witch of Blackbird Pond was a beloved book! A revist is long overdue.
    I’m a Shakespeare nerd, The Tempest will forever be my favorite read. This is a fabulous list!! There are a few books I’m not familiar with…yet. 🙂

    • I love The Witch of Blackbird Pond! That time in history just fascinates me, and I love the romance 🙂

      Shakespeare is the best, though, of course. Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet are wonderful. I’ll have to give The Tempest a read!

  2. I love Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables too! My most favorite book is The Great Gatsby :).

    • The Anne of Green Gables series was my #1 favorite for years! 9-year old me was so fascinated by the story. And Pride and Prejudice is just classic.

      I haven’t read The Great Gatsby yet! It’s definitely going on my to-read list 🙂

  3. omigoshhh HOW GOOD was the matched series??!!!!! loved it!