35ish Books I Can Read Over and Over

by Jess



One of my favorite holidays of the year is Thanksgiving. It is the perfect springboard into the season of love and giving. In addition, I love that this holiday helps to put me into a grateful state of mind. This year, one of the things I am most grateful for is literature.

Weird right? Who is grateful for literature? Well, I guess I am. :)

I've heard fellow Latter-day Saints say that they are only going to stick to reading books by prophets or apostles. Or books put out by Deseret Book. When I hear this, I feel really sad. There are so many astounding literary works that are wonderful and uplifting and I would hate for someone to miss out on the words, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

There are A LOT of book lists out there, and I have looked at all of them. I enjoy reading what other people recommend and so, I put together a list of my own. Following is a list a books that I could read over and over. (Note: I understand that all of them probably aren't considered literature, but I do find them uplifting and make my world a happier place.)

The Standard Works (Of course at the top of my list.)
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (I love all of Austen's books, Mansfield Park is my favorite, but P&P and NA are the ones that I could read over and over.)
How Will You Measure Your Life? By Clayton M. Christensen
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (especially the audio version, so fun!)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Doesn't matter if it's abridged or unabridged, movie or musical. I love them all.)
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Mommy? by Maurice Sendak
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (The audiobooks are incredible!)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
And There Was Light: Autobiography of Jaques Lusseyran: Blind Hero of the French Resistance

Honorable Mention:
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
John Adams by David McCullough

These books should not be read just once. They should be devoured (in my humble opinion :) ). What books would you add to this list?

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!

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