I enjoyed Helena Sorensen’s Shiloh Series. She recently wrote an article about giving books and what she’s really giving with the gift of a book.

She may not have had in mind a book checklist but I’ve reduced it to that! Her article was it’s own gift of reading recommendations. And I’m looking for recommendations for those “hours spent pleasantly… by the fire, during a blizzard, at the beach, curled in bed… [h]ours of laughing or dreaming or catching your breath….”

  • Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth
  • New ideas:
    • Frederick Buechner’s Telling Secrets
    • C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces
    • Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly
  • Emotional experiences:
    • Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I
    • Polly Horvath’s The Trolls
    • Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess
    • Elizabeth George Speare’s The Bronze Bow
  • New people:
    • Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes
    • John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany
    • Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist
  • New places:
    • Ursula K. Le Guin’s Rocannon’s World
    • Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus
    • Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen of Attolia

Helena Sorensen, “When I Give A Book,” Story Warren (Feb 9, 2018)