All readers have books that leave imprints on us long after we’ve turned the final page. So here are six books I have loved – some for decades – in no particular order.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. There are so many reasons I love this one, and probably not for the reasons you think of first. I first encountered this book in a Borders bookstore in high school. A store employee brought it over to me from the romance section. I was determined to hate it, but it started me on a journey. Time travel, a strong female lead, and one hot, Scottish hero – this combines love, loyalty, bravery, sex, and drama on an epic scale. I’ve had the honor of hearing Ms. Gabaldon speak several times over the years, and this book is simply special. Do yourself a favor. Don’t bypass the book for the Starz TV series – the book really is that much better.
- Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. Ms. Kearsley’s enormous historic and story telling powers come together in an extremely satisfying tale of Russia, Jacobites, psychic powers, and love. You can find my review for it here. I have enjoyed most of Ms. Kearsley’s books, but this one takes the cake.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – this one has more than withstood the tests of time. I can describe it in two words: Mr. Darcy. Need I say more? Read it. Re-read it. This one feels like an old friend that grows with you over the years.4. Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. This first book in the All Souls Trilogy is now airing on Sundance Now starring Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode. Diana Bishop is a witch who is unaware of her true potential, and a dark, brooding vampire who loves her in what becomes an epic, but forbidden love affair. Magic, history – it’s all good.
5. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I have touted this book many times, but I don’t think it’s ever enough. I confess I’ve become a huge Rachel Hollis fan over the past year. Mother, author, coach, motivational speaker, business owner, and female empowerment expert, Rachel will inspire you, heal you, and challenge you to be the best version of yourself each and every day. My full review is here.
6. The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Based on the real life art theft at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, this novel focuses on Claire’s descent into the corruptive world of art forgery in exchange for revenge against the very critics who wronged her and ruined her career. This one is so real, so visceral that you will follow Claire every step, even when you can see her undoing long before she does. My full review is here.
Which books are on your all-time favorites list?