Monday, April 11, 2016

Take five: books you should read by 30

Granted, there are a lot of books I could put on this list, but here are the first five that come to mind. What are some other titles that should be included?

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Why? It's a powerful book about a horrible time in American history.

2. Mere Christianity

Why? Lewis does a fabulous job of breaking down everyday phrases and ideas in Christianity and explaining them.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia

Why? It's children's lit at its best.

4. Persuasion

Why? It's a beautiful story of second chances.

5. North and South

Why? Gaskell writes similar to Dickens, though I think her books are more to the point. This one does an excellent job of showing why unions were necessary, and is also a great love story of two people learning to see how to view things from another's point of view.


  1. Hooray for Narnia! Those novels are pure magic - for adults and kids alike. I've heard amazing things about Mere Christianity. Since Persuasion is the one Austen novel people have recommended to me (I am so bad about reading classic lit), I'm glad to see it on here. :)

    1. They are pure magic! I was worried they would be disappointing to re-read, but they were every bit as good the second time around. Different, sure, but still incredible!
      Persuasion is an easier classic to get through, as it's short and easy to read.;)

  2. I almost got these all done. North and South is the only one I haven't read, but I really want to get to it this year. Wonderful books you've listed!
    My TTT

    1. Thank you! I love North and South, both the book and the movie.;)

    2. I'm thinking I need to re-watch it, since it has been a while...;)

  3. Fantastic list! I have read a few of them. :-)

  4. A couple more years until 30, but I've already read most of these! Chronicles of Narnia wasn't for me, but I really enjoy C.S. Lewis' other stuff, like The Four Loves.

    My TTT:

    1. It took me a while to get into the Chronicles of Narnia when I first read them.
      Lewis' other writings are wonderful!
      Thank you for stopping by.