Kirsten’s Favorite Books of All Time

Ultimate Beach Reads 2019 2

We’ve been blogging for 3 1/2 years and it occurs to me that we’ve never shared our favorite books. Before blogging, I had a pretty set list of favorites which didn’t change much. But the more books I read, the more I get exposed to stories that leave me thinking long after they are complete. Many of the books on my list are ones I’ve read over and over, while others are associated with people and places that warm my heart. So here’s my most-current list of all-time favorites in no particular order. Will your favorite be one of Kirsten’s favorite books?

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Kirsten’s Favorite Books

Odyssey

  It’s a classic for a reason. Odysseus’s struggle to get home to his family is truly epic. Those Greeks sure knew what they were doing.

outlander by diana gabaldon

I’ve got five words for you. James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser. The leading man in this series is totally swoon-worthy. He is a fierce Scottish warrior from the 1700s who is hellbent on protecting the women he loves. Said woman is Claire Beecham, a headstrong WWII nurse who accidentally went back in time. Clocking in at about 1,000 pages, it was so enthralling that I read it in a week. The Starz show and the rest of the book series are absolutely top-notch, but the OG book is the best by far.

juliet by anne fortier

  

100 years

     

frenchmans creek by daphne du maurier

This book and Outlander are my all-time favorites. After reading Du Maurier’s Rebecca, I was eager to read more of her novels. At the time, my grandparents had a home in a Florida enclave by the same name so I picked it up and read it. Only after I fell in love with this tale of

Pride and Prejudice BN

There are lots of classics on my list because I believe they truly stand the test of time.    Every Austen fan has her favorite leading man. Mr. Darcy is that man for me, but it’s Elizabeth that I love the most. Her wit and gumption have me in giggles every time.

hum if you dont know the words by bianca marais

Bianca’s book is on this list for so many well-deserved reasons. This book would never have caught my attention if it wasn’t for Bookstagram. It was the first book we were ever asked to review and what a bar-setting story it was! This novel of Apartheid South Africa is one of the most well-written, moving tales I’ve ever read. If that wasn’t enough to make the cut, Bianca went from an internet friend to an in-person friend. She is sweet, thoughtful and our friendship with her will remain one of our greatest takeaways from blogging. If you haven’t read this story yet, GET ON IT!!!

castle of water by dane huckelbridge

When Dane reached out to me via Instagram to review his book, I thought it would be a light beach read. Instead, this heart-wrenching tale of survival is more like the movie Castaway with a romantic component. The writing is astounding.    I gave it to my mother recently and she stayed up all night to finish it. I dare you to read this book and not cry. Here’s my SUPER in-depth review of this novel.

harry PotterHarry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

I remember exactly where I was when I read the opening lines of J.K. Rowling’s famed story. After having the book forced upon me by my younger siblings, I was in college and much too old for such things, I read the first line and was instantly hooked. I’ve read and listened to this book many times over the years, but they took an even more magical place in my heart when I read them to my own children for the first time. Our entire family loves Hogwarts and that’s just fine by me.

my side of the mountain  

Welcome to my favorite book of my childhood. It’s not one that anyone who knows me would pick as my favorite, but maybe that’s why it’s so dear to my heart. This story about a 12-year-old boy who ran away to live in the wilderness spoke to me during a time when I needed to imagine an escape. The thought of someone living off the land being able to survive and thrive captured my imagination. The sketches and notes about how he fashioned himself a home in a tree and a suit of deerskin only added to the allure of this story. It’s the first book in a trilogy, and while the other two are great, this book is forever my favorite of the bunch. It’s no surprise that Castle of Water reminded me of this book or that The Swiss Family Robinson is one of my all-time favorite movies.

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  1. Love your choices! P&P is easily one off my faves as well. I still need to get into Marquez and I’m awaiting both of Bianca’s books thanks to Bookstagram as well! Can’t wait to see Jackie’s picks next.

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