Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Favorite Books

I just found the Favorite Book Challenge hosted by Teralyn Pilgrim and while I was too late to join the linkylist, I thought I would list my favorite books anyway.

 Most of these are non-fiction because I have always been fascinated by people's lives in the past.  But lately I've been enjoying a few novels in between.

Here are some of my favorites:

Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre:  A heartbreaking  history of India's struggle to win independence from England.  

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson:  A hilarious tale of Bryson's travels in Australia. I like a lot of his books but I think this is his best one yet.

Young Elizabeth: The First Twenty Five Years by Alison Plowden: A fascinating, in depth look into the early years of the queen showing how she was able to become the most powerful woman of that era.

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle: This is a wonderful collection of Arthurian stories with occasional illustrations. I first read this when I was 13. I was entranced by the vivid language and tales of chivalry and fantasy in a time long gone.  I still have this book on my shelf.   

The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800 by Jay Winik: One of the most tumultuous periods in history is described in riveting detail as the stories behind the American Revolution, the French Revolution and their consequences in Russia are intertwined to give a picture of how interconnected life was at that time.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Katniss Everdeen struggles to survive the barbaric Hunger Games in which the dictatorial Capital forces its territories to send two teens into a gladiatorial type fight to the death.

Happy Summer Reading! :)

I'd love to hear what your favorites are, or what you are planning to read this summer.



  1. I haven't read ANY of those books. Young Elizabeth sounds like a good read and I'd love to know more about America so I may see if I can get hold of a copy of The Great Upheaval (history is my favourite subject!) but I'm afraid that I don't 'get' Bill Bryson. He doesn't even make me smile.

  2. I've read a couple of Bryson's books, I hadn't found him all that funny until this one.

    Young Elizabeth was great. It was hard to put down.