Thursday, March 29, 2007

100 Books That Made Me Who I Am

This is my 100th post on this blog! I've been trying to decide for weeks what to do for my 100th post. Should I sing you a song, write you a poem? I started a list of 100 things about me, but I got bored around #50 and thought you might, too.

So, being the bibliophile that I am and believing that you can learn a great deal about someone by what they love to read, I opted for a ginormous book list. 100 of my favorite books, books that really shaped me.

Maybe you'll recognize a few that you love, too. Hopefully you'll find something good to read.

I'd love it if you'd share some of your favorite (or favorite recently read) books either in the comments or in your own blogs. Happy reading!

Children's Picture Books

1. The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, Pictures by Gail de Marcken
2. Click, clack, moo : cows that type by Doreen Cronin, pictures by Betsy Lewin
3. Corduroy by Don Freeman
4. Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes
5. Maggie and the pirate by Ezra Jack Keats
6. Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester, pictures by Lynn Munsinger
7. Going to Sleep on the Farm by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, Pictures by Juan Wingard
8. If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
9. Strega Nona : an original tale by Tomie de Paola
10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
11. Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
12. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
13. Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst, Pictures by Ray Cruz


14. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
15. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
16. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
17. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
18. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
19. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
20. Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
21. Rebekah by Orson Scott Card
22. Sarah by Orson Scott Card
23. Seventh son by Orson Scott Card
24. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
25. The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher
26. The Pool of Fire by John Christopher
27. The White Mountains by John Christopher
28. Heart of darkness and The secret sharer by Joseph Conrad
29. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
30. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
31. The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
32. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
33. Children of the Promise Series by Dean Hughes
34. Hearts of the Children Series by Dean Hughes
35. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
36. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
37. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
38. A swiftly tilting planet by Madeleine L'Engle
39. A wind in the door by Madeleine L'Engle
40. A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle
41. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
42. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
43. The Work and the Glory Series by Gerald N. Lund
44. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
45. 1984 by George Orwell
46. Animal Farm by George Orwell
47. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
48. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
49. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (#6 was my favorite)
50. Complete Works of Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
51. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
52. The fellowship of the ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
53. The hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
54. The return of the king by J.R.R. Tolkien
55. The two towers by J.R.R. Tolkien


56. Birthing From Within: An Extraordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
57. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
58. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
59. The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth by Klaus, Kennell and Klaus
60. Birth without violence by Frédérick Leboyer
61. Behind the smile : my journey out of postpartum depression by Marie Osmond with Marcia Wilkie and Judith Moore

62. Multiple Intelligences : New Horizons by Howard Gardner
63. Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
64. How Children Fail by John Holt
65. How Children Learn by John Holt
66. Learning All the Time by John Holt
67. Teach Your Own by John Holt
68. Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver

69. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
70. No small courage : a history of women in the United States edited by Nancy F. Cott
71. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
72. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
73. The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee

74. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

75. The 7 habits of highly effective families by Stephen R. Covey
76. 3 steps to a strong family by Linda and Richard Eyre ; with contributions from their children
77. Everyday blessings : the inner work of mindful parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
78. Mitten Strings For God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison
79. Raising your spirited child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
80. Being the Mom by Emily Watts

81. He did deliver me from bondage by Colleen C. Harrison
82. Standing for something : ten neglected virtues that will heal our hearts and homes by Gordon B. Hinckley
83. Glimpses into the life and heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley, Virginia H. Pearce, editor
84. Believing Christ by Stephen Edward Robinson

Ways of Being/Thinking/Relating To Others
85. The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey
86. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Naht Hahn
87. Mentoring: The tao of giving and receiving wisdom by 89. Chungliang Al Huang and Jerry Lynch
88. Crucial conversations : tools for talking when stakes are high by Kerry Patterson ... [et al.]
89. Walden; and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

Women's Studies
90. The mommy myth : the idealization of motherhood and how it has undermined women by Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels
91. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
92. Awakening the Heroes Within : Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World by Carol S. Pearson
93. Reviving Ophelia : saving the selves of adolescent girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.


94. The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou
95. The poetry of Robert Frost : the collected poems, complete and unabridged by Robert Frost
96. The Norton Introduction to Poetry by J. Paul Hunter (Author), Alison Booth (Editor), Kelly J. Mays (Editor)
97. Beginnings & beyond : an anthology of poetry by Carol Lynn Pearson
98. The new kid on the block : poems by Jack Prelutsky
99. Where the sidewalk ends by Shel Silverstein
100. Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Her Stories and Hymns From Sumer by Diane Wokstein and Samuel Noah Kramer

(I have not included scripture in this list, but not because it hasn't shaped me.
It has probably had the most influence in my life.)