“These are a few of my favorite things” | Favorite books

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my library colleagues hosted a campus farewell open house for me, and one of my co-workers — a party planner at heart and so creative — arranged all the preparations. She even interviewed me to help her plan the party, and I joked that I had “homework” to do — including bringing up some of my favorite books to share.

Many of the books I brought were ones I’ve had since childhood. And because I am a librarian — half of my blog title! — I thought I would share them with y’all here, too. (By the way, I also brought up my bronzed shoe bookends from home, a gift from my mom years ago.)

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Librarian for Life + Style | Favorite books

A selection of favorite books and authors, from left to right:

  • (not visible) Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (another Poirot mystery inspired one of my past outfits, seen here in this post)
  • a Nancy Drew mystery, The Hidden Staircase, my favorite of all the Nancy Drew mysteries — I have had a love of secret passageways ever since
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Newbery Award winner in 1985)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (click here for our travel post to Prince Edward Island)
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Newbery Award winner in 1978)
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley (Phoenix Award Honor Book in 1998, an award that recognizes children’s books published twenty years earlier that did not gain recognition or awards at the time of their original publication)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (my official Austen favorite; also see me here in a Regency outfit)
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (my sentimental Austen favorite)
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Caldecott winner in 1985)
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (my favorite children’s book author)

Any personal favorites of yours in that list? Any other personal favorites you’d like to share? Please leave a comment!


6 thoughts on ““These are a few of my favorite things” | Favorite books

  1. Mike

    Thanks for sharing some of your favorite books with us, Jen. A true librarian as always!
    I haven’t read any of the books in your list, but many of the titles I recognize and would like to read one day.

    Two of my favorite books that I can think of off the top of my head would be”The Count Of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas (a great classic!), and one that I read a few years back that still resonates with me called “The Consequences Of Love” by Sulaiman Addonia. It was such a deep and touching story that I read it twice in a row. I’ve never done that with any other book that I’ve read so you know that I really loved the story!

    So those are two that I can think of. I’m sure that there are more, but I’ve read so many that I can’t think of them all at the moment! If I do, I’ll come back and talk about them. 🙂
    You’d be great for our book discussion on Salazar’s blog. You should come join us!

    Such a wonderful post to read here after my brief hiatus. It made my day. 🙂

  2. Brenda N

    Hi Jen, enjoyed seeing your favorite books & authors, I share your love of “Anne of Green Gables” (really enjoyed the photos of your trip to P.E.I.), any Nancy Drew mystery (wish I still had my childhood set, with the color illustration front covers & the yellow spines), any Dr. Seuss (again, wish I had my childhood set, ordered by mom via the Dr. Seuss book of the month club!) & of course, Mary Poppins.

    I loved “Black Beauty” as a little girl & anything by Marguerite Henry. My childhood copies are still on the bookshelf, along with several dozen horse- themed books, another book of the month club (thanks, mom!)

    “Alice in Wonderland” created a world that I longed to enter, as did “The Secret Garden”.

    Too many adult favorites & authors to list. Elizabeth Berg, Alice Hoffman, Kate Morton, Santa Montefiore, Lois Battle and so many more! Also, John Steinbeck. While on our honeymoon, my husband & I sought out points of interest around Monterey from “Cannery Row”.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Brenda, for sharing your own faves! I read ‘Black Beauty’ as an adult and was astounded to learn how ground-breaking it was — one of the first books to be written from an animal’s point of view! The book actually helped change animal laws — it’s nice to be reminded sometimes of the power of literature. 🙂

  3. karenstrand

    I was intrigued when you mentioned dressing up in a Regency outfit for your Jane Austin meeting. I knew you would do the period justice and I was not disappointed! What a beautiful dress! How fun to be able to wear it somewhere where I’m sure it was appreciated!


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