The Random Writings of Rachel: Books of a Lifetime

Books of a Lifetime

I've long felt that different seasons of my life have been characterized by different books. Here are a few that have been a part of certain times of my life:


6 years old, my first excessively long chapter book: Little Women. The story goes that Mom was reading it aloud to me, but I read over her shoulder, and between correcting her pronunciation and telling her to turn the page because I was done reading already, I exasperated her so much that she handed the book to me and said, "Read it yourself."

Elementary days: Anne of Green Gables (+ all sequels), Little House in the Big Woods (+ all sequels).

Middle school: A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Chronicles of Narnia.

High school: This is when I started reading and falling in love with C.S. Lewis's other works, i.e. Till we have Faces, Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and his Sci-Fi trilogy.

College textbooks: A lot of textbooks were boring, of course, but I've kept a few. Notably, all of my Chinese books for educational reasons...and Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff because sometimes you just want to read a book that will make you cry for a couple hours, you know?

Night shift: When Angel worked night shift for the first 1.5 years of our marriage, I stayed up late every night reading because I never felt like going to bed by myself. I was introduced to Agatha Christie in my teens, but I read many, many of her Hercule Poirot novels during this period. Spending nights alone in a large empty farmhouse, seems like a good idea to read murder mysteries, right? Most memorable: Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Also, during that time, Angel bought me the entire Cat Who... murder mystery series. Notice a theme?

Newlywed years: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. Hands down the best and most helpful marriage book I've read, mostly because of the revolutionary theme: "What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?"

Right now: All the Wrong Questions series and other new Lemony Snicket books. The main reason these are the books of right now is because I just found out that they existed a few weeks ago, ordered them, and have been proceeding to devour them with great haste.

31 comments:

  1. Some great books. I thought of Anne of Green Gables yesterday. My Bible and blogs are my read these days. Rachel xo

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I think because my hubby actually suggested to take the photos it made the shoot more special: hence the happiness. Does Angel like to take photos? Rachel xo

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  2. Haha, growing up I went from Baby-Sitters Club, Goosebumps, and Fear Street (elementary school), Christopher Pike (junior high and into high school), Lurlene McDaniel and Harry Potter (high school) and then it gets kind of fuzzy. Although through the past few years I've headed into lots of YA fiction and chick lit ;)

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  3. Yay I have been looking for new books to read. I've never read Sacred Marriage. I'm putting that one on my list!

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  4. Great books, I think I want to read the great divorce, never head of it, I guess we never read them in school.

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  5. Have you read any other books by L. M Montgomery? I love her Emily Climbs Series!

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  6. Anne of Green Gables... one of my absolute all time favorites!

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  7. loveeee your elementary school picks!!

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  8. You've got good taste...C.S. Lewsi is one of my faves!! I have never read that Gary Thomas book but it sounds good! At our wedding the priest talked about that concept of of marriage is to help our spouse become holy, not just make them happy.

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  9. I haven't read any of these books Rachel but thanks for recommending them. As always your reviews are excellent.

    Have a great weekend, Ada. =)

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  10. Books have always been a huge part of my life! When I was in elementary school I was all about The Boxcar Children series. I also started reading Stephen King at a pretty young age!

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  11. I always loved reading.

    I loved Anne of Green Gables!

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  12. C.S. Lewis is my man - love his writing so much. And I am so obsessed with Agatha Christie's mysteries + Hercule Poirot, it's not even funny. So sweet that you've been able to recognize certain books as representing seasons of your life. I love that idea!

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  13. I love the book Anne Of Green Gables! I also loved and have the whole series of Little House On the Prairie. Starting them with my Daughters at our nightly bedtime readings. :) My oldest is now reading and just bought her very first book to call "hers" and she too wants her own library like her Mom. ;)

    Kaitlyn

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  14. Anne is elementary, middle, high, college, and current. Forever my favorite! And Laura Ingalls Wilder. Love her too :)

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  15. Confession: I've never read Lemony Snickets. Which is your favorite C.S. Lewis book?

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  16. We share a similar book history! I also read the "Anne of Green Gables", "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" series! I also read Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events". Good stuff!

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  17. Love your list. It's fun to think about books that have been a big part of my life, because I have a 9 year old with a love of reading - and now I get to enjoy watching her devour books I loved back then. :)

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  18. Excellent topic and selection of books. There are certain titles that are like the literary soundtrack to various times in my life, too. For example, my childhood memories wouldn't be the same with out the Little House on the Prairie series (just like you), The Babysitters Club series, a wide range of titles in the Eyewitness and Eyewitness handbook series, and Goosebumps books, amongst many others.

    ♥ Jessica

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  19. Anne of Green Gables defined my early childhood too. I'm reading it now to my six-year-old twins (who have red hair and who have been quite confused by Anne's bias against the color!). I love re-living this novel as a parent. I appreciate it even more as an adult.

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  20. Yes to all. Except maybe Chinese text books....

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  21. Love these recommendations! I am getting married in just under two months, so I will have to check out Sacred Marriage.

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  22. Wait until your kids start reading all the books you've always loved... it's the circle of literary life. :)

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  23. Great books! I have to smile about your mom reading Little Women to you. I used to read to my daughters after lunch. Well...I often found myself falling asleep as I read to them. We all laugh about it now.

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  24. Love this! I adored Anne of Green Gables & Little House on the Prairie. My mom is letting me borrow them right now so I can reread them :) I also used to love Nancy Drew and The Boxcar Children books. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom is my all time favorite back. I've been trying to push myself lately to read things I wouldn't usually pick up. I've been all over some nonfiction lately and I love it.

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    1. Michelle, I used to love Nancy Drew and The Boxcar Children! Awesome series. This brings back so many memories :)

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  25. My elementary school years were also full of Little House on the Prairie - I loved that series! (Plus, tons and tons of Baby-sitters club and other girly series!)

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  26. Okay, I was/am an avid reader, so it may take me a while to list all my favorites.

    When I was in elementary school, I was a big fan of ...Archie Comics (I know, I know) The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, anything by V.C. Andrews, Judy Bloom, and S.E. Hinton. I also had/have both of the full sets of Little House on the Prairie and C.S. Lewis One of my absolute favorite books was Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. I also loved a Wrinkle In time, and recently, managed to talk Mr. A into reading it. I recently repurchased it just so I would have it for Little J.

    I got into Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) in my high schoolish years. I really, really was/ am a bookworm. Luckily for me, Mr. A is as big of/if not an even bigger bookworm than me. He reads medical textbooks for fun!

    The really funny thing about the photo of your books is that I have read books by each of these authors, and yet, I have not actually read any of the books that are actually pictured above...

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  27. I love reading, although lately I have become so lazy with reading, it's something I really miss but somehow can't get back into. Concentration and age and the internet perhaps are to blame!

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  28. i was obsessed with the anne of green gables films, but i never read the books. i'm sure they're even better than the show.

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