“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― CS Lewis
I love books, and while I spend most of my time with non-fiction books, I do love a really sweeping fiction story. Why fiction? As Randy Alcorn says, “Some Christians view fiction as the opposite of truth. But sometimes it opens eyes to the truth more effectively than nonfiction.” I would agree with this, as it has certainly been true in my life.
So here is my list of absolute favorite, beautiful, delicious fiction reads:
Jane Eyre- Jane is a true heroine. I was first introduced to Jane as a junior in high school, and she has remained my friend and favorite read ever since. Orphaned at a young age and treated cruelly, she nevertheless takes on the challenges she faces with spirit and integrity. Love, tragedy, mystery, and standing for what is right are all what make this book great.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-Excellent read about the early 1900′s in Brooklyn through the eyes of the wonderful Francie Nolan. Endearing, heart-breaking, and fascinating all at the same time A book that will stick with me for a long while.
The Good Earth - Fascinating story of a Chinese farmer, Wang Lung, and his family. Rich with Chinese history and the heartache of changing times.
Hannah Coulter- A beautiful, soft, touching novel of a woman’s life on a Kentucky farm from around the Depression right up until modern day. Not only a story of her life, though, but also the history of the farm and how the war, education, government, and machines changed farming’s future. Quoting Hannah herself, “And so you have a life that you are living only now, now and now and now, gone before you can speak of it, and you must be thankful for living day by day, moment by moment, in this presence.”
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet-An unexpected hero, Henry, a Chinese-American growing up in a tumultuous time in Seattle in the middle of WW2. Based on real history, this book was fascinating and endearing all at the same time. Most of all, I LOVED how this book was totally clean, and the hero based his life on honor and faithfulness, even when those two things were not easy for him. In the end, a most satisfying of bittersweet love stories.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society- Set in World War 2 era, both in London and a little island in England called Guernsey. It’s a story of lives changed and the how books can bring people together. Lovely.
A Girl of the Limberlost- Elnora Comstock is a country girl from Indiana’s Limberlost Swamp. She is lovely and tenacious and endears everyone to her that she meets. It is also an interesting history of growing up in the early 20th century.
To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee probably never anticipated just how popular and well loved her novel would become. I read it first as a teenager and have loved it dearly ever since.
Safely Home- Randy Alcorn is an amazing writer. As Randy is a close personal friend, I respect him and his writing so very much. This book is heart wrenching to say the least, but so worth it. Also, in true Randy fashion, all proceeds from this book go to the persecuted church.
Now what are your favorite fiction books?
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