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January 07, 2010


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What a great idea. I think I may have to steal this one (with great to you, of course). However, narrowing down books seems like a little more stress and anxiety than I want right now.


idk that i could narrow it down to books that changed my life but ones that i enjoyed growing up include 'the babysitters club' series (LOVED IT!!), i also enjoyed nancy drew sweet valley high (i liked getting to know characters and following them on adventures). i also loved judy blume!!! 'are you there God, it's me, margaret" is one of my all-time faves!!!!! i sometimes re-read it when I go home. oh childhood books.


Cajun Vegan - Steal away! I'm sure I stole this from someone else! I bet if you sat down and really thought about 'change my life' - you'd get there easily! Good luck.

Jameil - Oh great selections! I never read the babysitters club, but Nancy Drew was a big hit for me. I do love 'Are you there God, it's me Margaret" I haven't read it in years.


I read the Hobbit series but it was the Earthsea Wizard that really had an effect.


What is it about rereading a fantastic book that is just so filled with comfort??! 3 The Hobbit :-)


Oooh, I loved Susan Cooper too. Did you ever read Ring of Endless Light by M. L'Engle? That was another amazing one for me.


Colleen - Yeah, you've got to love the Wizard of Earthsea. Amazing healing books and great fiction.

Janet - I love the Hobbit too! I think the characters are like old friends. We like to drop in for a visit.

Claudia - I think so, but I don't remember it specifically. I love love love a Wrinkle in Time. I think I read every L'Engle but I'll check.


REally interesting list Claudia. I havent read The Scarlett Pimpernel and have always wanted to. So, I will get my hands on it.

I find that there are books which altered how I looked at life around me..... and some which allowed me to escape into a different world. Then there are authors whom I have loved just because they write a story which compels me on so many levels.

Anne Tyler. I love her gift of description and lifting the "ordinary" to a place of reverential respect.
John Iriving... Garp and Owen Meaney live in my soul.
Anne Perry... My favourite mystery writer, until I read The Fey.
Have you read any Robert Goddard books? Great mystery stories.
Henry James...Portrait of a Lady blew me away
Jane Austen... Sense and Sensibility is my favourite
Edith Wharton. Loved anything I've read of hers.
The Shipping News...Annie Proulx
A Canadian gem? Wayne Johnston. He is an amazing storyteller based in Newfoundland.
Non fiction...... John O'Donohue, Anam Cara, and Beauty.

the book which changed my adult life and helped awaken my muse? Awareness by Anthony de Mello.

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