Wednesday, April 09, 2008
This is my good friend, Judy Gann, who is a children's librarian, and also an author. She knows a thing or two about books! Just about everyone in my life reads.
My whole world is full of books. I taught reading as a teacher and a mother and it was a special joy to me when a child first understood the words that danced on a page. Being the daughter of a functionally illiterate man whose dream was for me to go to college, his dreams are not only fulfilled, but have exploded and multiplied and has been passed on. I never dreamed I would influence the publishing market in any way. But I do, in my way, like my friend, Judy (and Carrie! Hi, Carrie!)But secretly every person who has learned to read, or reads a book that I have influenced, is a triumph for me (and my dad.)
Reuters had an article today about the Top 10 Favorite books of all time. Wow. I'm not sure what criteria was used or who voted (I didn't vote) but it was interesting to see the results. Are your favorites here? My all time favorite ,book is number one. I've marked with an X if I've read it and with a * if I loved it.
X10. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
8. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
X*7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
X*5. The Stand by Stephen King
X4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
X*3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
X*2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
X******1. The Holy Bible Influenced by Jehovah God, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
I belong to an online book club that reads Christian fiction and then discusses the books. As a Christian book reviewer I reviewed over 700 books(published) and probably have read 3 times that amount to pick the books for review. I cannot even imagine the number of books I've read in my lifetime. Then, I've been a Christian acquisitions reader and freelance editor where I get to work on and read fiction manuscripts. I've read a lot of good fiction in that process, and this was a hard question but Shellie on that list posed this question to us:
"I'm trying to get some ideas of good books that teach deep spiritual truths in a variety of different genres. I couldn't think of a better group to ask than this book club one.
I would like to know your favorites from the following genres (new or older books.)"
Wow, what an important question. I still am wondering how to approach this question, and frankly, compile my own list. Can you give Shellie some suggestions? Note her criteria--"teach deep spiritual truths." Here are the genres.
1. Christian Romance
2. Christian Mystery
3. Historical Fiction
4. Holiday Story
5. Legal Thriller
6. Women's Fiction
7. Christian Classic
8. End time fiction
9. Christian Biography
10. Political Thriller
11. Medical Thriller
If you have any suggestions, leave us a comment.
(I need something to distract me from pizza. I am on veggies and fruits, oatmeal and yogurt for a few more days. Sigh.)