Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever

What would you do if you could only own a few books, in this case, ten? What if you had to downsize? Which books could you live with and read over and over? It is NOT easy to choose just a few, but if I had to choose right now, this is what I could read over and over again. These books come right from my Personal Canon. (BTW, you should do a personal cannon, too.)

The Bible
I cannot live without.
Not my actual Bible.

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These count as one; I love them as one.

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Still hung up on this one.

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Powerful, still.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Epic. So much story to love.

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
To imagine such a short life could leave this impression forever.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Still makes me cry. 

Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Causes covetousness in me. (Probably not a good thing.)

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Would you be able to do this if called to stand for others?

Let's Roll by Lisa Beamer
An important memoir in courage and faith.


  1. ...and I was JUST thinking I should read Walden this spring. Now I'm all the more curious to!

    I love that your list includes real-life stories along with the fiction. I need to re-read The Hiding Place; it was one that really grabbed my attention as a child.

    1. Amazing that you read The Hiding Place as a child; that's a heavy story for any heart.

      If you are familiar with transcendentalism and you covet solitude in nature, then you may appreciate Walden. Some of his ideas are kind of elitist, but I just ignore those parts.

  2. I have wondered if I down sized what would I get rid of. Mortimer Adler in his book "How to Read a Book", says that we only need a hundred books and only ten of those to read over and over again. I don't know if I agree or not because there's so many books out there that I want to read. I'm not ready to downsize yet.

    I've read all your books but "Let's Roll" and "Walden". I'm not sure, but I think the man in that story stayed at our house back in the eighties when he was at Wheaton College. Their choir came to our church and we hosted a couple of the men. Anyway, he's the spitting image.

    Hiding Place is so good. When my dad was stationed in Germany we went to Holland and visited her house in Haarlem. It is now a museum.

    1. I remember you told me that about Todd Beamer (Let's Roll). You have to get a copy; I am certain you will love it. You may not tolerate some of Thoreau's arrogance, but as I told Marian, if you appreciate solitude in nature, there will be parts of Walden you will like.

  3. This post made me want to create my personal canon too. Hmm...
    Anyway, A Christmas Carol is always good for reread, every Christmas!
    I'm going to read Walden this year, hopefully I'll love it as much as you do (I have a feeling I might!).

  4. Fanda, you definitely should do a personal canon. : )
    If you enjoy solitude and nature, you may appreciate parts of Walden; however, you may be a little irritated by his moments of elitism.

  5. Gone with the Wind! I missed this post. I have The Hiding Place on my to-read list & could reread almost every title on your list. (I've never heard of the last & have yet to try Hardy.) :)

  6. I’m going to try a couple other Hardys this year and see if he stands the test.

  7. What a great personal canon :) I've had Walden on my kindle for some time, and delve into some of Thoreau's thoughts from time to time, but have never got through it all as yet. And Uncle Tom's Cabin is on my reading list for the Back to the Classics challenge later this year. I've put it in the 'book that scares you' category, since I'm soft hearted when it comes to heartache. But such an important historical novel deserves to be read, and if it's as powerful as Anne Frank's Diary and The Hiding Place, it will be well worth it :)

    1. Thank you, Paula.

      Yes, warning...UTC is a heart-wrencher, but such an important piece of literature. Don't miss it.