September 29, 2009

Today Is My Birthday!

Today is my birthday.  I'm 39! One of my students asked me how old I was and another told him you're not suppose to ask that! In all honesty, I have no problem saying how old I am.  So I'll say it again - I'm 39!  To celebrate I thought I'd make a list of 39 books, series or authors that have been a big part of my reading life.  Here they are:

  1. The Outsider by S.E. Hinton
  2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (first book I taught to students)
  4. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  5. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  6. "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman
  7. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  8. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  9. I'll Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
  10. Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
  11. Inkheart by Cornelia Funk
  12. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  13. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  14. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  15. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  16. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  17. Light in August by Willian Faulkner
  18. Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton
  19. Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle
  20. Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  21. Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos (first book I read aloud to my students)
  22. Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson
  23. Trixie Belden Series by Julie Campbell
  24. Bopsey Twins Series by Laura Lee Hope
  25. Cricket in Time Square by George Selden
  26. Sweet Valley High Series by Francine Pascal
  27. The Stand by Stephen King
  28. The Shining by Stephen King
  29. Shindler's List by Thomas Keneally
  30. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  31. Rules by Cynthia Lord
  32. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  33. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
  34. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
  35. Sunflower Series - multiple authors
  36. John Saul
  37. Danielle Steele
  38. Jonathn Kellerman
  39. Patricia Cornwell
I'm sure there are more, but those are the ones that came to mind! In some way, shape, or form these books have played a role in my life whether as a child, teenage, college student, teacher, mom or adult.  They have, in some way, become a part of who I am.  39 years! Can't wait to read through the next 39!


  1. Very cool post- and a very happy birthday to you!!

  2. Happy Birthday and you've got some great books on your list.

  3. What a brilliant idea.
    Happy happy birthday :)

  4. Congratulations! Isn't it funny how the older you get the less age means.... :)

  5. Happy Birthday! Feliz aniversario! Feliz cumpleanos!'ve read it in three languages. :) Sorry I don't know thirty-nine to congratulate you in! Have a wonderful day.

  6. Happy belated birthday! This is such a great way to celebrate. I hope I remember it for when my birthday rolls around in July!