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Personal Classics

03rd October 2007

I’m a list maker. Lists help me plan by organizing my thoughts and prioritizing tasks. Lists also help me reflect back over the past. I make lists of my son’s cute activities and of answered prayers. When I was in college, I studied by listing out information to memorize. When I read Jen Robinson’s list of personal classics, I immediately began my own. What better use of a list than to record the books I love?

My general requirements for my personal classics (in list form of course!):

  • I have read these books more than once, and most of them, I have read many times. (I have made a few exceptions to this requirement. I put an * by the books I have only read once. I do fully intend to re-read these books, time permitting).
  • I own the book, or wish that I did own the book. (I’m pretty particular about books I’ll spend money on. I’ll check out almost anything from the library, but I usually don’t buy a book until I’ve read it first and know that I love it.)
  • When I’m reading (or re-reading) the book, I get seriously annoyed by any interruptions and I can’t wait to dive back into it.

Juvenile Fiction

  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Rainbow Garden by Patricia M. St.John
  • All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Spear
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements

Young Adult Fiction

Inspirational Fiction

  • Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke
  • Seasons of the Heart series by Janette Oke
  • Red River of the North series by Lauraine Snelling
  • Zion Chronicles series by Bodie Thoene
  • The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
  • Dearest Anna by Deborah Rau
  • All the Way Home* by Ann Tatlock
  • Eve’s Daughters* by Lynn Austin

Fairy Tale Re-tellings

  • Enchantment* by Orson Scott Card
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Just Ella* by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Briar Rose* by Jane Yolen
  • Goose Girl* by Shannon Hale



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