But next time the list is almost entirely new. I do have favorites when it comes to books—I really do. It’s just that they don’t stay favorites for long. It is like brief but intense summer friendships (I was a counsellor at a children’s camp last summer. Trust me, they are very brief but very intense). As soon as you think that you’ve got a handle on the top five, there is a new face and a new entry. And yet…there are a few books that I come back to time and time again. It’s a miscellaneous list, a hodgepodge of genres and authors. But somehow, no matter what I am reading and enjoying, at least one of these titles makes it onto my list.
The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis. This shouldn’t be a surprise, if you’ve been reading the blog for very long at all. Narnia for me is a wonderful place where young people get old responsibilities and magic is always around the corner. Whichever book I have read most recently is the one I mention by name, recently that’s been mainly The Magician’s Nephew or The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Winnie the Pooh, by AA Milne. These books have taught me more about human nature than most of the phycology books that I have picked up. It’s amazing how deeply drawn a boy’s collection of stuffed animals can be.
Kidnapped, by Robert Luis Stevenson. Something about the wild highlands and the fierce loyalty of Alan Breck made a mark on me that I can never remove.
Emma, by Jane Austen. Yes, Emma is spoiled. Yes, I sometimes want to scream when she tells other people how to feel. But Mr. Knightly makes it all worth it.
Start, by Jon Acuff. Hands down one of the best business books ever written. It’s also really funny, which is probably one of the reasons that it is such a favorite.
Love Does, by Bob Goff. Part memoir, part encouragement, totally awesome. The fearless love that Bob Goff lives his life with will change yours.
I can't help but ask you: What are some of your favorite books?