Marion’s 31 Favorite Books of All Time

by | Aug 30, 2020 | 2020 Book Reviews, Marion's Favorite Books, Marion's Favorites, Wisdom From Kammbia Column | 0 comments

2020 has been a challenging year.  Dealing with a worldwide pandemic, political unrest here in America, and high profile celebrity deaths like Kobe Bryant and Chadwick Boseman have made it a year that no one saw coming.  However, I have reached August 31st and another birthday.

Birthdays are always a big deal to me.  It is one of the things that happens outside of your control.  You don’t get to choose the day you are born and come into the world.  Yes after months of pregnancy from your mom can give you a general idea when you will be born.  But, the actual day is not set in stone.  For example, my mother told me that I was supposed to be in September and I came into the world a week earlier than was projected.  My daughter was supposed to born in mid to late August but came into the world a week sooner.  Again, our date of birth is outside of our control.  That’s special to me and something that I will always celebrate until it’s time for me to leave this world.

I love lists and have posted numerous lists on this blog since 2011.  Well, I have decided to make one more list in honor of my birthday.  I’m going to list my 31 favorite books of all time.  They will include both fiction and non-fiction.  They will range from genre to literary fiction to non-fiction.  They will represent my belief in reading widely as possible.  I have discussed many of these books on my social media pages for years.  Most of the books will not be new to those of you who have followed me on social media.  However, I want to have a list posted with all of together.  These 31 books represent my date of birth, not my age.  These 31 books represent the ones I will keep on my bookshelf forever.   I’m grateful to see another year of life.  Here’s my list and I have written reviews for most of these books.  Just click on the link for the full review (in alphabetical order by author):


1)Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

2) Home Is The Sailor by Jorge Amado

3) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

4) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

5) The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll

6) Face of an Angel by Denise Chavez

7) Memory & Dream by Charles de Lint

8) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

9) Book of Ecclesiastes

10) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

11) Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck

12) The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

13) Exit West by Moshin Hamid

14) Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

15) Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

16) Children of Earth & Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

17) Late Bloomers by Rich Karlgaard

18) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

19) Essentialism by Greg McKeown

20) Structuring Your Novel by James Meredith and Robert Fitzgerald

21) South of the Border, West of The Sun by Haruki Murakami

22) My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich

23) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

24) Ascending by Meg Pechenick

25) The Artist’s Journey by Steven Pressfield

26) The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

27) Anniversary Day by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

28) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

29) The Pearl by John Steinbeck

30) A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

31) Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills










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