Servant of the Secret Fire

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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

25 Favorite Books (for now)

(One has already changed.) We were coming up with lists of our favorites on one of the Amazon discussion boards. These are in no particular order except that mysteries are first, since it's a mystery group. Some are childhood favorites, some are just fun, and others, as Cathy says about her dreams in Wuthering Heights (on the list!) "have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind."

  • Stone Angel by Carol O'Connell
  • The Water Room by Christopher Fowler
  • Die for Love by Elizabeth Peters
  • Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters (or any of the Peabody/Emerson books where Ramses is young and obnoxious)
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • Breakheart Hill by Thomas H. Cook
  • Streets of Fire by Thomas H. Cook
  • Past Caring by Robert Goddard
  • As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg
  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • An Interrupted Life by Etty Hillesum
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (all of them, but if I had to pick one it would be Deathly Hallows)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Ghosts by Antonia Barber
  • Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


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