Books that make me swoon.

These lists are ever changing and perpetually incomplete. Some of these are crushes, books I’ve read once and adored. Some of these are true loves, books I return to time and time again. These are the ones that came to me today.



A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

The Fault in our Stars, by John Green (don’t let the YA classification fool you.  SUPERB)

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

Contact, by Carl Sagan

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Parting Gifts by Katrina Hodge Willis


Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton

Finding God in the Ruins by Matt Bays

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Carry On, Warrior:  The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life,  by Glennon Doyle Melton (just…go read it. Like, right now.  I’ll wait.)

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hands Free Life:  Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford

Wild in the Hollow by Amber Haines

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

Rare Bird, by Anna Whiston Donaldson

Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

Stitches, by Anne Lamott (also Help, Thanks, Wow and Traveling Mercies…  & everything she’s ever written)

Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Scary Close, by Donald Miller

Theodore Rex, by Edmund Morris

John Adams, by David McCullough

The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell

Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell

Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristoff & Sheryl WuDunn

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

Savor, by Shauna Niequist

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan

The Hole in our Gospel, by Richard Stearns

The Greater Journey, Americans in Paris, by David McCullough

Children’s Books:

Wonder, by R. J. Palacio

Anything, all things, everything by Dr. Seuss (my favorites are The Grinch, The Lorax, and Green Eggs and Ham.  Sensing a theme?  I do love a curmudgeon.)

A Wrinkle in Time, By Madeleine L’Engle

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (great book on loss & grief)

Anything, all things, everything Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Frindle, by Andrew Clements ( a love letter to teachers and language)

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (sigh)

Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds

The Ship Series by Jerry Aubin

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (even though my ex-husband pointed out that it’s pretty much just a list of chores.  He’s not wrong.)


3 Comments on “Books that make me swoon.

  1. I am touched and inspired by Frederick Buechner. Hope you can see if he affects you the same way. ‘He Wrote It Down’….I have sent it on to many others who have survived incest and other abuses. Thank you for your willingness to share.

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