This is the third installment in this series. Be sure to check out the first two.
We are moving onto the nineties, which is the decade I was born in. I’m finding this series really fun to wright, because I’m looking back on books I read years ago that I haven’t thought about since. So, let’s get into it!
I give this series most of the credit for getting me into manga and then later Asian dramas. Looking back, it’s a rather silly story. It follows a young girl who meets this strange family, who all happen to turn into an animal of the Zodiac when she hugs them. It’s a comedy, and you can’t really take it seriously. However, it was one of my favorites when I was 14 or so.
I’ve read several books by Mary Higgins Clark, but none of them have I enjoyed like this one. There is also a TV movie based on this book, which I also own on DVD and love. It’s about a young woman who tries to discover the identity of a serial killer who is targeting lonely women on cruises.
It was between this and The Rape of Nanking. But since this one has a much happier ending, I’ll just pick it. It was one of the first books I read which really examines Japanese tradition and it prompted me to want to learn more of Japanese history.
I had to put at least one book from the Discworld series on this list and since this is my favorite book by Pratchett that I’ve read thus far, I’m picking this one. Plus, it’s perfect to read for Christmas, like a parody Santa Clause story with more Death.
This is the main book I attribute to my obsession with Thomas More. You may know him as the author of Utopia, or the guy who Henry the VIII put to death for disagreeing with him marrying Anne Boleyn. This is such a beautiful biography, talking about More’s entire life, but focusing mostly on his last years as statesman and writer.
I was leaning between this and The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King, but I decided on this one because it is more deep and complex. But both are amazing books. I did a review for this book a while ago, if you are curious to learn my full thoughts on it.
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I used to stare at all the colorful pictures of fish, even before I could read. It is a simple story about a little boy who goes to visit an aquarium.
This list also wouldn’t be complete without one of the American Girl books. The company has gotten weird in recent years, but when I was growing up, they were amazing to me. My mother made a deal with me that, if I could read one of the books entirely by myself, she would buy me a doll (I was about seven at the time). And I did. Felicity was the doll I got. This book brings back so many memories.
This book is written by a Catholic priest, but the ideas explored in this book could easily apply to everyone. We all struggle with finding peace. I haven’t read this book in a few years and I really need to reread it when I’m feeling stressed.
This is the first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I loved this series when I was a teenager. I’m pretty sure my sister still owns this series…I should borrow it from her one of these days.
Another decade finished and next month I will be going into the 1980’s. Have you read any of these books or do any look interesting to you? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,