I'm "borrowing" this wonderful writing prompt from the blog Hugs, Kisses and Snot. You can read her five HERE.
I know people who swear they never, ever re-read books. For me, re-reads are like visiting old friends. (It also helps, that as I reach a more, ahem, mature age, I often don't remember the endings anyway!).
Here are my top five that I keep going back to over and over. Not in particular order and, I admit, they are only the tip of a tall stack of books.
1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ~ (from Amazon) When their father goes off to war, the March sisters find that they must
band together to help their mother survive many hardships. Meg, Jo,
Beth and Amy discover the value of work and service. They also have fun
going on picnics, entertaining friends and preparing for the holidays.
through the years, the girls grow closer as they experience life's many
trials and joys.
(from Susan) I wanted to be a March sister... still do.
2. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper ~ (from Amazon) On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton
discovers a special gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones,
immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces
of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six
magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle
between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas,
while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and
(from Susan) The atmosphere of this book grabs me. It's moody, mystical, and transporting.
3. A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny ~ (from Amazon) Loyally accompanying a mysterious knife-wielding gentleman named Jack on
his midnight rounds through the murky streets of London, good dog Snuff
is busy helping his master collect the grisly ingredients needed for an
unearthly rite that will take place not long after the death of the
moon. But Snuff and his master are not alone. All manner of
participants, both human and not, are gathering with their ancient tools
and their animal familiars in preparation for the dread night. It is
brave, devoted Snuff who must calculate the patterns of the Game and
keep track of the Players—the witch, the mad monk, the vengeful vicar,
the Count who sleeps by day, the Good Doctor and the hulking Experiment
Man he fashioned from human body parts, and a wild-card American named
Larry Talbot—all the while keeping Things at bay and staying a leap
ahead of the Great Detective, who knows quite a bit more than he lets on
(from Susan) This is my chilly October, when the wind is blowing and I'm snuggling under an afghan read.
4. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry ~ (from Amazon) That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn't stand up
straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the
top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for
Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest
full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.
(from Susan) A book I can honestly say I wish I'd written.
5. The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson ~ (from Amazon) It's only two weeks before Christmas, and Edith Ryan is disappointed to
learn that none of her children are coming home for the holidays. Her
large house, which doubles as The Shepherd's Inn the rest of the year,
will feel so empty without them. And it's too late to open the inn for
Christmas reservations--surely everyone else has their plans made by
now. In a town where Christmas is a way of life all year long, going
through the holidays alone is just about enough to bring her to tears. Suddenly,
Edith knows what she has to do-she'll invite strangers to book those
rooms usually reserved for family during the week of Christmas. When the
guest list shapes up to include a cantankerous old woman and a
mysterious young couple with a broken-down hippie bus and a baby on the
way, Edith wonders if she made the right choice. Will it blow up in her
face? Or could she be entertaining angels unaware?
(from Susan) It has quirky characters, a snugly setting and gives out warm fuzzies. What more could you want from a Christmas book?
What are your five?
"It's all in the Attitude!"