Howards End is on the Landing - Susan Hill makes a list of 40 essential books from among her shelves. This got me thinking. I love to reread though I'm not able to fit it in as often as I'd like but I haven't really given much thought to my essential books. What books could I reread over and over? What books have earned their place on my Keeper Shelf? Here's 10 that I think have a permanent place on mine!
2. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie - It's hard not to make this entire list Agatha Christie but I stayed strong and resisted though of course I had to add 1 (okay maybe 2) titles to the list. This one is probably my absolute favorite. While it was one of her last books published she actually wrote it during WWII and put it away for later use. The mystery is an old one and how it comes to light is pretty fascinating. Plus, it's really Jane Marple at her best.
3. The Case of William Smith by Patricia Wentworth - Wentworth is a classic mystery author that I really think deserves a lot more attention. This book is one of my favorites. There's a soldier with amnesia, a little bit of romance, and quite a lot of mystery though it's low on the murder scale. Miss Silver makes an appearance but isn't a major character but we see plenty of DI Abbott which makes up for it.
5. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom - This is much deeper and darker than the rest of the books on this list but it's one I try to reread every few years. This memoir of ten Boom's experience in a concentration camp is a challenging read but is also everything good in humanity against the worst. It puts things in perspective for me and makes me remember to appreciate the small things.
6. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn - My favorite of the Bridgerton series. Anthony and Kate are just so perfect together even though they don't know it at first and I love the relationship between Kate and Edwina.
7. The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas - This is my favorite book by Kleypas and one of the few books that I've really believed a villain was redeemed. Plus Evie and Sebastian are just adorable together.
8. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - While this one wasn't one of those books that really pulled me in and carried me away it did remind me of some very important lessons. It's so easy to get caught up in day to day stuff that I forget to do things that make me happy or that I enjoy and when I'm happy I have more to give to those around me.
9. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn - I really enjoyed this book and how inspiring it was to really get back to the fundamentals of cooking. The recipes included are absolutely amazing as well! Her Alfredo sauce and chocolate frosting recipes are both must haves.
10. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie - I had to include another Agatha Christie and it was so tough picking just one. I finally went with this one. I do love it but what really earned this title its place on the list is the intricate plot and amazing detail. I think I notice something new every time I read it.
What books have earned a book on your Keeper Shelf?