- Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury. I make a point of reading this book every 1-2 years to remind myself that being alive is about so much more than living - and that magic is everywhere, if only you remember to look for it.
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkein. Everytime I read these amazing novels I discover some new universal truth.
- Into the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead, James Lee Burke. Lush, evocative, lyrical, gritty, intimate, heartbreaking, nobel, disturbing, seductive, and mythic ... in short, just what you'd expect from a book with such a breathtaking title.
- Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers. Superbly written mystery that just happens to include as a subplot one of the most exquisitely-rendered courtships in literature.
- The Three Muskateers, Alexander Dumas. Swashing AND buckling, all in one deliciously exuberant read!
- Sherlock Holmes short stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you haven't read them in a while (or only ever read The Speckled Band in some anthology of short stories), read them again - astonishingly clever, hugely entertaining, and surprisingly timeless.
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. Amazes me that teachers have to MAKE kids read this - what an astonishing book about the enduring relevance of humanity, compassion, tolerance, courage and personal honor in our everyday lives.
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. It's probably petty of me to wish the world hadn't suddenly "discovered" this novel over the past decade ... for a while there I could pretend I had Mr. Darcy all to myself!
- Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott. What can I say - I'm obviously a sucker for swashbuckling yarns! The scene where Ivanhoe arrives, battered and weary, just in time to save Rebecca's honor from the designs of the evil Brian de Bois-Guilbert still has the power to give me goosebumps!
- The Princess Bride, William Goldman. The book has all the sweetness of the movie version but is 10 times as funny - honestly!
My 10 Favorite Books
Here they are, in no particular order: