What books I have read and re-read are many. Some are special treasures. Here are a few:
- Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World
Excellent writing, as much of Dahl’s works are, including the more famous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Beyond the quality of writing, I like Danny because it’s more realistic and because of the imagery of the young boy doing brave things, but, most of all, I like Danny because of the warm relationship between father and son. The humor also helps.
- Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
My favorite of Burnett’s novels, this story is engaging and even captivating. It’s also one of my favorite go-to’s when I read writing advice — it breaks many of the modern tidbits pundits try to make into rules.
- L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams
The richness and depth of the newly-married Anne and Gilbert outstrips in some ways the delightful stories of younger Anne living at Green Gables.