MY FAVORITE BOOKS, CHRONOLOGICALLY

Ages 4-14
  1. Roxaboxen
    "All you needed for a horse was a stick and some kind of bridle." Children invent a magical town in the desert, govern it themselves.
  2. The Lord of the Rings
    "Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles." Bawled when this was over because I figured it was the best book of all time.
  3. The Little Prince
    "Flowers are so inconsistent!" This book is pro-kid and pro-fox.
  4. House of the Spirits
    "He maintained that magic, like cooking and religion, was a particularly feminine affair." Magic! Sex! Really learned a lot from Isabel Allende.
  5. Weetzie Bat
    "Sometimes [she wore] old fifties' taffeta dresses covered with poetry written in glitter" More magic and lots of tantalizing descriptions of LA that made my first visit a let-down.
  6. A Fine Balance
    "Lately you are brooding too much about rights. Give up this dangerous habit." India! Poverty! This is a great book but sad.