The Grand Book List

If you’re a ravenous book-eating-monster like me, you’re always looking for new titles to try. Hoping to keep other people from starving for lack of books, I’m sharing some ideas. I’m not going to attempt to try and rate exactly how old you ought to be to read each one, but they’re linked to Wikipedia or Goodreads if you want to find out more. (DO NOT read the entire plot on Wikipedia! It will give away all the surprises! Resist!) My promise is just that they’re all worth reading at some point in your life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Really Good Books for Younger-ish People (and Up!):

Really Good Books for Older-ish People:

That was a lot of copying and pasting links! ๐Ÿ™‚ This was by no means an exhaustive list…I’ll probably do a part two sometime. Would you like that? How many of these have you already read? What would you add to the list? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. Yay for book suggestions! Sadly I haven’t had much time to read lately, but usually if I have a really good book I want to read I can find time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me see how many of these I’ve read…

    The Little House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis
    The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
    A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline Lโ€™Engle
    The Wilderking Trilogy, by Jonathan Rogers (well, I’ve read the first one. :D)
    Where the Red Fern Grows, by Rawls Wilson
    The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
    Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
    The Princess and the Goblin, by George McDonald
    The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbit
    The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White
    My Side of the Mountian, by Jean Craighead George
    The Space Trillogy, by C.S. Lewis (again, only the first one)
    Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
    Animal Farm, by George Orwell
    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
    Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
    Unfurling, by Allison Beery
    Watership Down, by Richard Adams
    Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Patterson
    The Chosen, by Chaim Potok (working on it!)

    Wow, I’ve read a good many of them! And now I’ll have to go add the rest to my Goodreads To-Be-Read list. Thanks for all the suggestions!


    1. You’re welcome! Wow, you’ve read a lot of them! I guess it makes sense we would have read a lot of the same books, since our families are kind of similar. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. This is great! I’ve read about, one third of these books. You should include the Wingfeather Saga. I’ve never read Fahrenheit 451. Is it good?


    1. Chess Set!! You’re on my blog!! Happiness.
      Errhem. Thank you! Ah, Wingfeather Saga is an idea…it’s pretty good. Fahrenheit 451 IS good, but it’s certainly very dark (and depressing). It’s science fiction, about a dystopian society…a little bit like The Giver, only written for grownups by someone who isn’t too…happy. At all. The other stories I’ve read by him are mostly about people being killed by Martians in many different awful ways. It’s lovely.


  3. I think I’ll look for that one at the library next time I go. I meant to say the last comment I made, I’ve read about two thirds of of the books.


    1. Two thirds sounds more correcter.
      I was trying to convince you not to read it! Why must you pick the most awful book out of all of them…well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. ๐Ÿ˜


      1. My mom had already suggested it a few weeks ago and since I’m going on trip to Gettysburg, I’m stocking up on books to read. Also, if you think it is so awful, why did you put it on your book list?


        1. Well, if your mom says it’s fine, go ahead. (I give you my permission…how kind of me. XD) It is awful, but some awful books are worth reading anyway! If you’re going to Gettysburg, you should read The Killer Angels (if you’re alright with bad language and war violence). It’s historical fiction about the battle if Gettysburg, and I really like it. It’s what made me start being a Civil War history fan.


  4. Good list. I can’t think of any fiction to add, but my all time favorite book right now is probably “Knowing God” by J. L. Packer. It’s pretty thick, but the first five chapters are the most important. Also, the dual biography of Lee and Grant that I gave you is one of my favorites. I can’t remember the author.


    1. Thank you. When I do a part two (I’ve decided to even though no one’s said anything…I’d already decided before I asked, I just felt like asking), I’ll do a section for non fiction. I always think “Oh, I don’t like nonfiction – well, except for that one – and that one – and…well…” Lee and Grant is my nonfiction favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Ooh, excellent lists! Especially the first one – that includes many of my all-time favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’ve read all of these except 6 from the second list! You have wonderful taste in books. ๐Ÿ˜€ Ah yes, I agree with your mom that Knowing God is a great book. A few other older-ish books I love are A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken; Total Truth, by Nancy Pearcey; The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas; Sipping Saltwater, by Steve Hoppe; and Risk is Right, by John Piper. Hmm, it seems I like mostly fun, fictional younger-ish books, or else theological older-ish books. ๐Ÿ˜› And classics. Classics are nice.


    1. Why thank you…I also think I have wonderful taste. XD
      I’ve wanted to read The Count of Monte Cristo for a while but it’s so long I keep on putting off starting it. I’ve never heard of Sipping Saltwater before…what’s it about? I’m thinking something sad. ๐Ÿ˜‰


      1. XD XD YES, do read it! It’s excruciatingly long but definitely worth it. Sipping Saltwater is about different things humans turn to for satisfaction that leave us thirsty the way saltwater does, when we should be turning to the Living Water from God. (Actually Pastor Liu gave it to me for graduation. :D) It’s very convicting but also encouraging, and a quick and easy read. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. ack i’m homeschooled too and i feel like we have a lot in common … happy upon stumbling into your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ i’ve read a bunch of these but i gotta check out the rest!
    power to the local dreamer ||-//


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