A Mother’s Basket

It hasn’t been long since the last homeschooling meme. But if you are a book loving mother and would like to join in with another… Read on…

Imogen and Charlotte decided to fill the gaps in Sophie’s education by filling a basket for her, with books they consider essential reading for a ten year old girl. They also put together a basket of books for Gemma-Rose. Then Imogen thought she’d hunt out all her favourite books for Charlotte to share. And I have promised to search the shelves for all my own favourites to pop in a basket for Imogen. 

There is something very special about introducing someone to a favourite book. I wonder: Will she like it as much as I do? Will I discover we are kindred spirit book lovers?

All this talk of books made me think: What would I put in my basket of favourite novels?  Perhaps I might include some of the following children’s and adult’s books:
Favourite books of my childhood
All books by Noel Streatfeild especially Ballet Shoes and the Gemma series
The Drina ballet series by Jean Estoril
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Favourite books I have enjoyed reading aloud to my children
Benjamin by John O’Neill (I cried! It was difficult to finish reading this one out loud, but the story was worth the tears.)
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino 
Huckleberry Finn and others by Mark Twain
The Switherby Pilgrims and others by Eleanor Spence
The Horse Who Bit a Bushranger and others by Jackie French (I have had to modify certain parts of some of these books as I’ve been reading aloud, but great stories anyway.)
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
The Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdswell
Books I am reading aloud at the moment
The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand
White Boots by Noel Streatfeild
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Favourite novels I’ve read
The Power and the Glory and
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
The Number One Lady Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
All books by Elizabeth Goudge
Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy by Rumer Godden
Emily’s Hope and
In Name Only by Ellen Gable Hrkach
Novels I have recently enjoyed
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable Hrkach
Novels I am currently reading
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Novels I’d like to read
In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

(Although I enjoyed all these books and another mother might too, some of the books on my list are not suitable for children.)

There are so many other books I could include on my lists. This is only a sample. I wonder if you will find some of your old favourites here. Perhaps you will find something new you’d like to read.
Or perhaps you’d like to write your own lists and I will come and visit and share. Perhaps we will discover we are kindred spirits book lovers.
I hope the following people will share their favourite fiction books.
Kari at Overflow
Vicky at Creating with Wisdom

And anyone else who’d like to share!

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    • Erin
    • September 20, 2011

    oh some titles I know, some I don't:) you do like to challenge, yikes, off to think.

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    Can't wait to see what you come up with, Erin!

    • Vicky
    • September 21, 2011

    I'm thinking, Sue – trying to remember all that we've read. I wish my memory wasn't my weak point!

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    I had trouble at first remembering all the good books I'd read. Then once I got going, my list got longer and longer. I had to choose a selection in the end. I hope that happens to you! I can't wait to see what books you have enjoyed.

    • Kari
    • September 21, 2011

    Sue- Thank you for inviting me. I am so excited to share… I'll let you know when my post is up!

    • Kari
    • September 21, 2011

    Sue- My post is up! It was a lot harder than I thought to remember all the great books I've read (and then to track down the names of all the authors) but it was well worth the time since I now have a ready list for book suggestions whenever anyone asks! Thanks again for inviting me, and for all your support and advice in deciding what is best for my family. It is an ongoing discernment process so who knows where I may end up! In the meantime, I will keep praying about it and keep looking to your blog for ideas and reassurance. 🙂

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    Thank you for joining in. I really enjoyed your list of favourite books. As there were so many books I haven't read, I am going to print off your list and look up all the titles.

    I am so pleased we can share our blogs and homeschooling ideas, Kari. We all homeschool a little differently but that can be good- I like coming across new ideas and thoughts. Thank you for sharing yours.

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    Love this Meme. What a great idea 🙂
    Thank you for sharing

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    Thanks for reading! Perhaps you'd like to write your own list? I'd love to come and share your favourite books.

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    I will join this Meme. Thans for tagging me.
    you have an interesting list.

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    Look forward to reading your list, Leanne! Thanks for joining in.

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    I will be coming over to share!

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