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Favorite Books

Everyone has her favorite books both fiction and non-fiction. In case you were wondering what ours are, here you go.

Debra E. Marvin loves . . .
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - for writing the best hero of all
  • Frontiersman's Daughter Laura Frantz - for making me fall in love with reading again when I'd been striking out.
  • Ten Thousand Charms by Allison Pittman - for showing me that Inspirational Fiction wasn't just 'nice' characters anymore but real, flawed people. (sort of a Redeeming Love moment)
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diana Setterfield - for stealing my brain and not giving it back until a few days later
  • Gone with the Wind - Opened the door to historical fiction/romance and bigger than life characters (made me fall in love with the south, too)
  • Black Beauty and the Secret Garden - made me fall in love with books and contributed to my Anglophilia.
  • Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss - blew all those Barbara Cartlands aside and cemented my love of historical romance.
  • Years - LaVryle Spencer - made me want to write a novel. This usually happens when a book is bad, but one descriptive phrase in this book set the bar for what I wanted to do.
        "I want a book that makes me grumpy to have to put it aside."

Dina Sleiman wants "a book that will make me weep at the beauty of the words or stab me in the gut with its spiritual depth. Preferably both." That is why she loves . . .
  • Soul's Gate and Memory's Door ~ James Rubart
  • The Passion of Mary-Margaret ~ Lisa Samson
  • A Stray Drop of Blood ~ Roseanna White
  • Jewel of Persia ~ Roseanna White
  • The Last Sin Eater ~ Francine Rivers
  • Redeeming Love ~ Francine Rivers
  • Arena ~ Karen Hancock
  • Sailing Between the Stars ~ Steven James
  • Lady of Milkweed Manor ~ Julie Klassen
  • Havah ~ Tosca Lee
Gina Welborn has no deep meaning for why she loves the books she does . . . other than they're books she's read at least twice and intends to read again, which is why she loves . . .
  • Emma ~ Jane Austen
  • Green Eggs and Ham and The Sneetches ~ Dr. Seuss
  • The Air I Breathe ~ Louie Giglio
  • The Beloved Disciple ~ Beth Moore
  • The Great Work of the Gospel ~ John Ensor
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ~ Douglas Adams
  • The Tipping Point and Outliers ~ Malcolm Gladwell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee
  • Waking the Dead (and other books) ~ John Eldredge
  • What Happens in London ~ Julia Quinn 
Jennifer loves . . .
  • Twice Loved by LaVyrle Spencer - the first real romance novel I ever read. The depth of Spencer's characters made me fall in love with her work, and made me want to write my own.
  • Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan - another author whose books I devoured
  • The Cradle Will Fall by Mary Higgins Clark - have read almost all of her books... the early stuff is the best
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley - actually, all the Black Stallion books. Love them.
  • Watership Downs by Richard Adams - Almost wore the cover off my copy
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand - finally, a non-fiction book! Reads like a fascinating novel.
  • Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee - One word sums up this one - WOW
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - read one copy so many times it fell apart and I had to buy a new one
  • King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry - well loved and well worn!
  • Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder - also read to the point of falling apart
Lisa loves  . . .
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Little Princess
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers
  • The Zion Covenant Series by Brock and Bodie Thoene
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King
Niki loves . . .
  • The Little Princess ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett : For introducing me to the kind of imagery in words that stays with you forever.
  • Black Beauty ~ Anna Sewell : Still makes me cry after multiple readings and decades.
  • Jane Eyre ~ Chorlotte Bronte : The first "bad boy" hero I fell for.
  • Linnet by Sally Watson : An Oliver Twist-type tale with a female lead. The power of a cover to attract a reader.
  • Victoria Holt's classic gothics : I read them all before the age of 14. More dark, mysterious heroes.
  • A Knight in Shining Armor ~ Jude Deveraux : What could be better than a time-traveling hero?
  • The Handmaid's Tale ~ Margaret Atwood : Comes back to haunt me 20 years later.
  • Secrets ~ Kristen Heitzmann : The first Christian romance I read that made me want to start writing again.
Susanne (after coveting the books on the other Inkies' lists and while kicking herself for knowing she's left something fabulous out) loves . . .
  • Jacob Have I Loved ~ Katherine Patterson
  • Mrs. Mike ~ Benedict Freedman and Nancy Freedman. Started my love affair with Mounties.
  • Years ~ Lavyrle Spencer. This may have been the first love story I read where the characters seemed like three-dimensional people.
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader ~ CS Lewis. He describes Christian truths in wholly accessible ways, which always blesses and challenges me. This is my favorite of the Narnia books.
  • Christy ~ Catherine Marshall
  • Pride & Prejudice ~ our dear Aunt Jane
  • Story of a Soul: The Autobiography ~ Therese of Lisieux. God used her witness to change my life.
  • Messer Marco Polo ~ Donn Byrne. The story of Marco Polo, sifted through a Celtic imagination. Parts of it are pure poetry.
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring ~ Tracy Chevalier. The sensory detail in this book (the shades of white to the vegetables! The scents of the paints!) wooed me and got me back into writing.