Tuesday, February 8, 2011

KEZ's top 10 reads

I'm a reader. Actually, I want to be a reader. And by that I mean that I have minimal time to read. I love reading but I usually get caught half way through a book when a big project or exam comes up. The book starts to collect dust and eventually gets put away. I just don't have the motivation to continue...especially when I already forgot the beginning!

But for all of you readers out there, here is a list of my top 10 reads.

  1. Where the Red Fern Grows. As a kid, I read this book up in a tree in my back yard so that no one would see me crying. It was such a good book but man was it a tear jerker!
  2. Mountains Beyond Mountains. Those of you who have read my How I Fell in Love with Haiti page know the story behind this one. But a quick summary: I read this as a freshman at UF. It opened my eyes. I've read it multiple times since.
  3. Following Jesus Through the Eye of a Needle. This was a book that totally changed me...or at least continued to change me. It is the semi-inspiration for my blog title. It's definitely worth reading if you're ever curious about Haiti, missionary life, and what exactly Matthew 19:24 means.
  4. Crazy Love. Oh gosh. Frances Chan definitely will put you down, pick you up, and point you to God throughout the entire book. I highly recommended it to anyone who wants to know God better. Thank you A for giving it to me!
  5. Harry Potter 1-7. Um DUH! Yes I know its about witches, wizards, and witchcraft - all things non-biblical. It's still awesome. Some of the greatest stories ever written are completely fake - just think of Shakespeare. 
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird. I've read this a handful of times. I'm pretty sure I even own two copies of it...somewhere. It's a powerful book that will open your eyes to days of old...and how in some ways, it's not too different from now.
  7. The Diary of Anne Frank. To be honest, this was hard for me. I didn't exactly like it. It's difficult to get through and think about. But I think that's exactly why it should be on everyone's reading list. We may never understand fully but at least we can get a small taste.
  8. Bridge to Terabithia. Oh wow, another tear-laden book from childhood. It's just so good!
  9. The Great Gatsby. You'll be entertained, you'll be confused, you'll be saddened. Interesting story about where you put your faith. 'Tis the American Dream.
  10. The Bible. With the majority of my favorite books being "secular" (though it's not really a bad thing per say) I just had to include it. Um yea, I adore my ESV study bible. It's pretty wonderful.


  1. Great list! Two books that are on my faves list is 'Where the Red Fern Grows' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.


  2. 6-9 are some of my all time faves! Visiting from sits, great list post!

  3. Great list! I'm your newest follower. :) Have a great day!


  4. I've never read The Great Gatsby, but I'll have to make sure it's on my list to get the next time I go to the bookstore!

    Stopping by from 31dbbb. Great list!

  5. Great list! I read Where the Red Fern Grows in 7th grade. I loved it and of course it made me cry. I haven't read it since then. I'd probably start crying sooner now that I know the ending :(

    Stopping by from SITS31DBBB

  6. wonderful list, the great gatsby is my all time fav book! thanks for joining me in this 31 day challange.
    shelley "the hostess"

  7. @Samantha - Good to know I'm not the only one who enjoys the "classics" anymore. Thanks for the follow. I'll go check out your blog too!

    @Kristin - Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing some encouraging words! I'll be sure to click over to your blog soon!

    @His Grace - Thanks for the follow! Hope you enjoy reading!

    @Jenn - Oh I definitely recommend it! I'd even offer to send you my second copy...except I can't find it. =(

    @CoolestFamily - Why is it that the tear-jerkers are some of the best reads?!? They just love to toy with our emotions...and it works! Thanks for stopping by!

    @Shelley - Our wonderful host! Thanks for visiting my blog...especially knowing you're super busy organizing this. Glad you're a lover of Great Gatsby, also! =)

  8. Numbers 6, 7 and 9 are my favourites!

    Stopping by from the 31 day challenge :)


  9. Thanks for stopping by, Jen! =)