Favorite Books for Mama

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but I am starting with the books I have mentioned in my Best Books posts these past couple of years, and will continue to build it from there as I discover (or remember) new favorites.  They are categorized into the major genres I enjoy reading, but not in any particular order otherwise.  Check back often!!

Novels - Classic
Lark Rise to Candleford (Thompson)
Ruth (Gaskell)
North and South (Gaskell)
Wives and Daughters (Gaskell)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Orczy)
Christy (Marshall)
Persuasion (Austen)
Northanger Abbey (Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
Girl of the Limberlost (Stratton-Porter)
David Copperfield (Dickens)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Tolkein)
Frankenstein (Shelley)
The Iliad and The Odyssey (Homer)
Nicholas Nickelby (Dickens)
Ivanhoe (Scott)

Novels - Lighter Reading
Mitford series (Karon)
Miss Read series (Miss Read)
All Creatures Great and Small and others in the series (Herriot)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Shaffer and Barrows)
The Adventures of Richard Hannay series (Buchan)
Parnassus on Wheels and The Haunted Bookshop (Morley)
Books by Elizabeth Goudge

Novels - in French
La Gloire de mon Père et Le Chateau de ma Mère (Pagnol)
Les Misérables (Hugo) I read this abridged version

Surprised by Oxford (Weber)
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert (Butterfield)
L'Abri (Schaeffer)
At the Foot of the Snows (Watters)
By Searching and In the Arena (Kuhn)
Cycling Home from Siberia (Lilwell)
Sleeping Coconuts (Nystrom)
Amazing Grace (Metaxas)
The Story of Charlotte Mason (Cholmondely)
Fierce Convictions (Prior)
A Passion for the Impossible (Rockness)

Christian Living/Theology
In Christ Alone (Ferguson)
Romans (St Andrews Expositional Commentary) (Sproul)
The Discipline of Grace (Bridges)
Children of the Living God (Ferguson)
Glimpses of Grace (Furman)
The Christian Life (Ferguson)
With (Jethani)
The Anglican Way (McKenzie)
Ourselves (Mason)

Marriage, Home, Family, and Parenting
Loving the Little Years  (Jankovich)
Fit to Burst(Jankovich)
Family Vocation (Veith)
What did you Expect? (Tripp)
Shepherding a Child's Heart(Tripp)
Age of Opportunity (Tripp)
The Hidden Art of Homemaking (Schaeffer)
The Mission of Motherhood (Clarkson)

Homeschooling and Educational Philosophy
Home Education, Volume 1 (Mason)
School Education, Volume 3 (Mason)
Towards a Philosophy of Education, Volume 6 (Mason)
For the Children's Sake (MacCaulay)
When Children Love to Learn (Cooper, et al)
The Living Page (Bestvater)
The Liberal Arts Tradition (Clark and Jain)
Consider This (Glass)
Minds More Awake (White)

King Alfred's English (White)
The Little Duke (Yonge)
Unknown to History: The Story of the Captivity of Mary Queen of Scots (Yonge)
Genevieve Foster's History Books (The World of Columbus and Sons, The World of Captain John Smith, George Washington's World, and others in that series)

Science and Nature
A Sense of Wonder (Carson)
Keeping a Nature Journal (Leslie)

Mama's Childhood Favorites
Anne of Green Gables series (Montgomery)
Emily of New Moon series (Montgomery)
Little House on the Prairie series (Wilder)
The Saturdays and others about the Melendy family (Enright)
Ballet Shoes and others (Streatfield)
The Chronicles of Narnia (Lewis)
Ramona series and Ellen Tebbits (Cleary)
Betsy-Tacy series (Lovelace)
All of a Kind Family series (Taylor)
Madeleine L'Engle's youth fiction, particularly the Wrinkle in Time series and the series about the Austin family

Cookbooks and Other Foodie Books
More with Less Cookbook (Longacre)
Extending the Table (Schlabach and Burnett)
Simply in Season (Lind and Hockman-Wert)
The Art of Simple Food (Waters)
How to Cook without a Book (Anderson)
The Moosewood Cookbook (Katzen)
The Green Market Baking Book (Martin)
Spilling the Beans (VanRosendaal and Duncan)
How to Cook Everything Fast (Bittman)
The Everlasting Meal (Adler)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Kingsolver)

Wait, Wait...There's More!
Best Books of the Year Posts
2013 Part 1 and Part 2

Books that Have Shaped My Life

Quotable Books
Wednesday with Words Posts

What's On Mama's Nightstand?
Family Reading Posts 

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I love these lists! And what a great idea to keep a list for each year.