Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My five favorite books

1. Jane Eyre
This is my all-time favorite book. There is something fascinating about this story. It's spooky, intriguing and definitely not your average English literature. It's about an independent and headstrong girl who goes to work as a governess in a lonely old estate owned by Mr. Rochester. There are several movies of Jane Eyre, including one this year. My favorite is the A&E version from 1997. 

2. Rebecca
I am a fan of mystery and suspense. I could not put this book down. Yes, it is an old book as well, but it's much more modern than some of my other picks. The movie is good too. It's a romantic story about two people who fall in love quickly and the second Mrs. de Winter is haunted by the memory of Maxim's first wife.

3. Persuasion
This is my favorite Jane Austen book (yes, I do love Pride & Prejudice as well). But, I relate to this story the most. Anne's former love has reappeared in her life. Does he still love her? Is it too late? The suspense is too much! My favorite version of this movie is from 1995. You may recognize the lead actor from my favorite Jane Eyre film. Coincidence?

4. Lake of Dead Languages
Carol Goodman is my favorite modern author. Her earliest books are my favorite, but I still read every new one. This is by far her best work. It's a mystery of course, set at an all girl boarding school. This book almost made me want to learn Latin, almost...

5. Girl with a Pearl Earring
I went through a phase were all I read and watched had to do with English literature, royalty and history. I love that the author took a painting and made a whole story from it. Genius. Also, good movie.

All photos by Barnes and Noble

What about you? What's your favorite books? I'm looking for something new to read.


  1. I like your choices. After reading Rebecca, I had to read every Daphne DuMaurier book our library had! I don't know Carol Goodman; I'll have to check her out.

    Your pick of the Persuasion movie is too funny -- my husband LOVES that movie! I think he must have a crush on Amanda Root. "Look how much she says with just her eyes," he says. I can't tell you how many times we have watched it.

    Going with the U.K. theme, I can recommend a book I picked up in Ireland a couple of years ago, The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. Also Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson.

  2. You know what...I only read Rebecca. I should read the others.

    That is too funny!! I've seen it a lot too. I should make my husband watch it. I made him watch Jane Eyre and he liked it.

    I will check those out! Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. I have never read the Lake of Dead Languages but since ALL of these other books are in my top 10 favorites then I think I am going to have to! so glad I stumbled onto your blog! following your adorable blog now!

    Adventures of Newlyweds

  4. Thanks so much Ashley! It's definitely different than the other books, but it's great.

  5. *I couldn't e-mail reply to your comment so I just came here.... I know what you mean about not doing enough. I think it starts with a heart change and then the actions just come... and sometimes the need and poverty seem so separate from me because I live such a privileged life, as we all do in America.. I am just thankful there are people like her that can go overseas and be so selfless. It definitely inspires me to do the same!

  6. Agreed! I also think you kind of have to find your calling...and I'm not sure I have yet. It definitely takes a strong person to do what she does and it's amazing!