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Daniel Deronda (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Now here’s a book that combines two of my very favorite things: classic British romance with – YES! – Jewish themes. Marian Evans a/k/a George Eliot e ...more
Dec 08, 2010
May 29, 2008
Jane Eyre is one of my lifetime favorites. Every now and then, I take it off my bookshelf just to re-read my favorite scenes. So when I learned that C ...more
Feb 2003
Apr 06, 2008
Ballet Shoes
The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettab ...more
May 1990
Jul 14, 2008
Outliers: The Story of Success
This has got to be Malcolm Gladwell’s best book yet, and coming from a fan like me, that’s saying something!

As the subtitle states, this is a book of
Feb 02, 2009
Dec 11, 2008
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
I am hoping to review all the Little House books in the order I read them, so even though Little House on the Prairie is the second in the series, it ...more
Oct 1975
Mar 08, 2011
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
When I was in fourth grade, I would have named Harriet the Spy as my very favorite book, even though I only read the first half of it. I re-read that ...more
May 1991
Sep 02, 2008
To Kill a Mockingbird
I got through high school without reading this classic, but now that I've finally read it, I completely understand why librarians voted it "Novel of t ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jul 07, 2009
The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank and her diary have meant so much to me over the years, I don't know where to begin. When I read her at age 12, she was my bosom friend, a J ...more
Jan 1980
May 22, 2008
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
By the time this book came out, I'd written my first complete (fanfic) novel called Rowena's Quill, which was a story based on my predictions on the R ...more
Aug 2007
Jun 02, 2008
On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House, #4)
Of all the Little House books, this was my childhood favorite. I was exactly Laura’s age when I read it – eight – and at last, her life experience was ...more
Feb 1977
Mar 14, 2011
Becoming a Writer
Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. More than craft, it’s about psychology – the psychology of the artistic mind. Dorothea Br ...more
Apr 2003
Apr 02, 2008
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
When I was 14 years old, this classic was on my "lifetime favorites" list, and though it's since given way to others, it's still a beautiful book. It' ...more
Jan 1982
Jun 23, 2009
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
I’m not 100% sure that this is the next Little House book I read, but it’s logical because at some point, I figured out that the books were meant to b ...more
Dec 1976
Mar 11, 2011
Pride and Prejudice
A classic like this doesn't need my recommendation! It's truly a flawless diamond, not just a captivating love story but a perfectly structured novel ...more
Jan 1981
May 22, 2008
Wings and other stories
“Wings” is an absolutely beautiful novella, not so much in literary style as in characterization and message. It's about Yaakov Fliegel, an old man wh ...more
Jun 2003
Mar 30, 2008
God Winked: Tales and Lessons from my Spiritual Adventures
I am going to give this book the highest praise I can possibly give to any book: it helped me remember G-d. Many Jewish books have inspired me over th ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Apr 05, 2012
All-of-a-Kind Family (All-of-a-Kind Family, #1)
This book and its sequels are among the all-time favorites of my childhood.
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Apr 29, 2014
Charlotte's Web
I first read this as a second grader, and I still remember that magical moment of "SOME PIG." I recently read it to my own kids, and I loved it just a ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Jane Eyre
Despite an anti-Semitic phrase in a particularly delicious scene, this remains one of my lifetime favorites. I love it all - the childhood description ...more
Jan 1982
May 22, 2008
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
Though it's hard to say, in many ways, this is my very favorite of the HP series, and that, of course, is because of Luna. (Yay!) I also love the D.A. ...more
Jul 2003
May 29, 2008
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
Here's where the Harry Potter series moved from "really good" to "absolutely amazing." I loved Harry's vulnerability to the dementors, and the unpredi ...more
Oct 2001
May 29, 2008
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
I loved this one, especially for Dumbledore's tenderness toward Harry at the end. I must have re-read those scenes a million times. In fact, I never u ...more
Oct 2001
May 29, 2008
Red Ribbon on a White Horse: My Story
This is one of my favorite books EVER. It is the story of how immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska became the J.K. Rowling of her day, how she lost it all ...more
Jan 1994
Oct 24, 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
This ties with OOP as my favorite HP book. I see it as a beautiful reversal of the pattern set by GOF. Harry had to lean on Dumbledore there, but here ...more
Jul 2005
May 29, 2008
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
It's fun to re-read this just to see how much JKR herself grew as a writer.
Sep 2001
May 29, 2008
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