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5.Their Eyes Were Watching God: It’s hard to beat Moby Dick for best opening line in a book, but Zora Neale Hurston accomplishes just that. And she also brings to life, in Janie Crawford, one of my all-time favorite characters.

4A Grief Observed: It’s hard to pick just one non-fiction book by C.S. Lewis that I love, so I’m going with the one I’ve read most recently. This book manages to be both incredibly heartbreaking and filled with hope at the same time.

3Horton Hatches the Egg: There is nothing I have loved reading to my girls more than Dr. Seuss books. And c’mon, how can your heart not jump for joy when what hatches is an elephant bird?

2Cannery Row: I liked, but didn’t love, East of Eden, and I really didn’t care for The Grapes of Wrath, but I believe in Cannery Row, Steinbeck has written his masterpiece.

1To Kill a Mockingbird: I can’t explain to you, from a literary point of view, why I love this book — I just do. I love the story, I love the way Harper Lee writes, and of course, I love Atticus Finch. I just love everything about this book.



5. The Help: I really enjoyed this book. It’s such a good story, and loved each of the characters. It leaves you wanting to know what the women end up doing with their lives.

4Good Night Moon: This will always be one of my favorite books because it’s one I read to my boys nearly every night when they were younger.

3Orange is the New Black: This is a true story about a woman’s 13-month stay in prison. It’s a lot different than the Netflix series but that’s what I liked about it.

2The Kite Runner: I couldn’t put this book down when I read it years ago. It’s an unforgettable story of human resiliency.

1The Art of Racing in the Rain: What an incredible story about the love & loyalty of family from a dog’s perspective! There is something wonderful about the bond between our four-legged family members and this book is a great reminder of that.