Reading Guides, VOLUME 5

Madeleine L’Engle – My Favorite Books [ERB Playlist #5]

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  1. Definitely A Live Coal in the Sea. In fact, I might go re-read it now. I also really enjoyed Certain Women. And Camilla. And all of them, really. Unlike you, I love her fiction and non-fiction both. But our playlists would look very much the same.

  2. Ditto with Jeni– I love L’Engle’s fiction. I love the strange time-line bending way that characters from one novel show up in another, which means I keep rereading all of them, deeply in love with the families and deeply curious about the connections.

    I love an odd one: The Other Side of the Sun. I also love the duo of A Small Rain (which is kind of terrible) and A Severed Wasp, which makes the first title more bearable.

    I need to go back and reread. I love to put authors “on hiatus” for a few years, then return to my favorites with fresh eyes.