Friday, February 4, 2011

My Favorite Books...

This month the Book Club is all about Favorite Books...

Today I am featuring my all-time favorite author and the book that introduced me to her
I have been reading Madeleine L'Engle since I was in the 5th grade.  I can actually remember Mr. Nelson starting to read this book aloud to us in class.  He read about two chapters and was the first teacher to say to me, "That's all I'm reading.  If you like it, now it's your turn to read."  I was already an avid reader but I devoured Madeleine's books.  She does feel like a close personal friend.  
 A Wrinkle in Time is one of two books of Madeleine's that I have autographed.  I also have a collection of "covers" of this book.  I have four different covers, though I only had two at hand when I took the picture.  This book has really stuck with me through my whole was an introduction to characters that I followed through 5 more books, and an introduction to an author that I have been reading ever since.  I own every book of Madeleine's that is still in print, and several that are out of print.  Her books feel like close personal friends.

A Wrinkle in Time is an intriguing book, one that is difficult to slot into a specific category.  On the surface it's a fantasy...three children traveling through time and space to rescue their father.  But beneath that superficial story is so much more.  There's a story about the lengths we'll go to, to save someone we love.  A story about evil, and how insidious it can be.  A commentary on the world and world politics.  The foundation of an enduring love story. A metaphor for religion.  This book is phenomenal!

Many people know of A Wrinkle in Time, and this book is part of her collection that is more oriented towards young adult readers.  She also has several fictional books for adults, several collections of poetry and a collection of non-fiction.  My favorite non-fiction book is, A Two-Part Invention, in which she writes of her marriage.  I have been inspired, comforted, challenged, and rewarded by the books of Madeleine L'Engle...she has a very special place in my heart and on my bookshelves. (In fact there's at least one of her books on every shelf I have!)

I'm excited to share some of my favorite books with you this month...what are some of your favorites?


  1. Hi!

    I've never read any of these books, but I'll look out for them on Amazon now. :)

    I've written a Book Club post about "Room" by Emma Donoghue, which was my choice for the Book Group I attend. This was our December book. You can read my post here:

    Have a great weekend!

    AKA MammaKerr


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