Yesterday, I did a "Best of 2011" Post for my blog. Since I read a lot of books this year, I decided to post my favorite 5 books I read for the FIRST time this year (I re-read the Harry Potter series, so clearly they would invade the list, so I'm just going with first-reads. :-))
So, if you're looking for some good reading material, here are my top 5 reads that I read in 2011. Most of them are children's literature, but can be enjoyed by adults! Number 1 is surprisingly a non-fiction book (I have a hard time getting through non-fictions!)
When Maria's father dies, she moves to the country to live with her distant cousin. Upon arriving at Moonacre Manor, Maria feels as if she has returned home. Though she loves her jovial cousin, the friendly villagers, and the beautiful lands that surround the manor, Maria learns her new home is entrenched in a history of tragedy. She is determined to discover a solution and make her own happy ending.
A unique take on the Cinderella fairy tale-Ella isn't like most girls. She obeys every command she's given-not because she chooses to, but because a spell was cast on her at birth by a ditzy fairy, who deemed that she MUST obey when given a command. Throughout her adventures, she cleverly thinks of new ways to rebel against her curse, but it still has as hold on her. Will she ever escape its hold or will it continually destroy her chances at happiness?
#3 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Bod is a normal boy...except that he lives in a graveyard and was raised by ghosts. As he grows up, Bod grows increasingly curious about the world outside the graveyard-the world from which his parents and guardian are trying to protect him. It's a world full of life and adventure, but also one where monsters lurk-monsters like the Jacks who are looking for him.
#3 in The Chronicles of Prydain-Eilonwy is not happy about being sent away from Caer Dallben to be educated as a proper lady and princess. Her rebelliousness gets the best of her when she is kidnapped by the evil Achren and put under a powerful spell. As Taran's feelings for Eilonwy begin to grow, he and his friends must find where the princess is hidden and rescue her from the most powerful enchantress in Prydain.
Gary Thomas, writer,professor, husband and father, examines marriage through the lens of the Bible. He concludes that though marriage can bring happiness, God created marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy. Without shying away from tough circumstances and questions, Thomas examines how marriage brings the married closer to God.
This is my last post of 2011-see you in 2012!