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"When I get a little money, I buy books.  And if there is any left over, I buy food and clothes."

— Desiderius Erasmus (1469—1536)
Dutch Renaissance Scholar & Theologian*

chronological by copyright date (of the first book in the case of series)


  Jack and Jill: A Village Story, by Louisa May Alcott



  Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery



  Jamaica Inn, by Daphne du Maurier

1937   Jane of Lantern Hill, by L. M. Montgomery



  The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
This is the story of a convalescent police detective's investigation of Richard III and the disappearance of his two nephews from the Tower in London, and it's one of my favorite books.

Regardless of whether you believe Richard murdered his nephews or not, this story of a temporary invalid's desire for something, anything to take his mind away from the hospital room is simply good reading.



  The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare



  Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell



  The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer



  A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle



  Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast, by Robin McKinley



  The Door in the Hedge, by Robin McKinley



  The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley




On A Pale Horse, by Piers Anthony


This is Book One of Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which continues with:
  • Bearing An Hourglass (Book Two, 1984)
  • With A Tangled Skein (Book Three, 1985)
  • Wielding A Red Sword (Book Four, 1986)
  • Being A Green Mother (Book Five, 1987)
  • For Love Of Evil (Book Six, 1988)
  • And Eternity (Book Seven, 1990).



  Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L'Engle

1987   Jack, the Giant Killer, by Charles de Lint


This book (part of The Fairy Tale Series, created by Terri Windling) was my first introduction to the writing of Charles de Lint. It's now available as part of Jack of Kinrowan (first published by Tor in 1995, reissued in 1999 by Orb), which also includes a sequel to Jack, the Giant Killer titled Drink Down the Moon (first published by Ace in 1990).




New Moon, by Midori Snyder


The first book in Snyder's Queens' Quarter Trilogy, which continues with Sadar's Keep (1991) and Beldan's Fire (1993).




Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean



Another book in The Fairy Tale Series, created by Terri Windling, Tam Lin is a retelling of the Scottish ballad of the same name, set on a Minnesota college campus in the early 1970s.

This book was actually the reason I discovered some of the other books on this list — the main character, Janet, is a reader and I liked her enough to become currious about what she liked to read. Click here for some excerpts showing her taste in reading.

Other books on the list which I read because of Tam Lin are:

  • The Lady's not for Burning: A Comedy, by Christopher Fry (1950)
  • The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey (1951)



  Conversations with a Clown, by Michael Welzenbach


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