i’d love to hear of your favorite books!

By Rachel Awes on August 25, 2010

here’s an older sketch from last year. i thought it would be fun to bring it out of my old piles of sketches that i haven’t yet shared.
(oh, i am still trying to figure out how to store art!)
& it would be fun to hear from you about your fav books! xo

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  1. This is such a great drawing! I personally am not a big reader, I’m a huge movie buff!! Most of my books are Art books and my Art Journals of course(O:

  2. rachel awes says:

    oh!!! please do share fav art books/journals/inspirations!!!
    how feasty fabulous!

  3. Briana says:

    I love books on creativity, spirituality and the writing process. One of my favorites would have to be Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg.

  4. Favorite book- that I have read recently- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. 🙂

  5. i heart the autobiography of alice b. toklas by gertrude stein – they were pals of picasso! also loved the book thief. looking forward to reading last night in montreal.

  6. Melissa says:

    “Love You, Mean It”.

  7. ELK says:

    great painting as always my friend ..lots of childrens books sung to my class..i am not a bog reader in my spare time though…..

  8. ~Kristina says:

    Little Bee is fantastic. I’m reading The Last Lecture, The Secret Scripture and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban right now.
    I have way more TO READ books that I have time to read.

  9. Oh, let’s see….
    Eat, Pray, Love. The Celestine Prophecy, Many Masters, Many Lives, Intuitive Living and of course my guilty pleasure….the Twilight Series.

  10. elizabeth says:

    Hee. You should never ask me about books. I have lists that are miles long. My little sister and I were just reminiscing about those Sunfire romances that we read when we were little; each one was about a girl in a specific period of history. I loved those.

    Some of my most favorites are Atlas Shrugged, The Untethered Soul, The Prophet, Harry Potter (all) .. Some recent favorites are The Happiness Project, The Joy of Possibility, and this series by Elizabeth Haydon about a girl named Rhapsody.

  11. Kolleen says:

    i read in spurts….Hunger Games and Catching Fire are very interesting books….they are a series and the third one just came out i believe. I really enjoyed The Kite Runner, Five People You Meet in Heaven, Redeeming Love (great book), Memory Keeper’s Daughter….
    my sis wants me to get The Noticer so that will be my next read.
    Creative books….
    Spilling Open by Sabrina Ward Harrison started it all for me!!!


  12. Melissa says:

    I adored Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by john Berendt! I am a huge Savannah nut, but had never been until after reading the book. It’s a MUST read!

    I also love Spiritual Fitness by Nancy Mramor, Ph.D. It’s a wonderful book about embracing your true soul!

    Of course, I am a book fanatic, so it’s hard to list just one or two!

  13. Onneke says:

    For me, without a doubt: A New Earth from Eckhart Tolle.

  14. I loved that you asked. Yes, so, so many books to read, and never, never enough time. Some of my favs are “Animal Dreams” by Barbara Kingsolver, “The Power of Flow” by Charlene Belitz and Meg Lundstrom, “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, and may I mention…my forthcoming book, “Moonheadmama and the Adventures of Milo Moon”. 🙂

  15. Hi Rachel!

    I do love a good read. I loved the Harry Potter series, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, of course the Twilight series, and a favorite is Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center. I’m reading her new book now called Get Lucky.

  16. Great idea! I love a great novel and have just finished the beautifully written Altered Land by Jules Hardy. I’m now engrossed in The Other Hand by Chris Cleave, it’s unputdownable. My all time fave tho’ is Siddharta, Hermann Hesse 🙂

  17. Faiza says:

    i love fiction and my favorite of all time is “book of negroes” by lawrence hill, next is “the gargoyle” by andrew davidson. also love “still alice” by lisa genova even though it breaks your heart. i could go on but i keep a profile over at http://www.goodreads.com if you wanna see more of what i like.

    hope you find pages to get lost in and dream with!

  18. Express says:

    I love to read!! I read around 2 books a week, so naming a favorite…
    pretty impossible! Even to list my favorite authors would be really difficult. I do like Ted Dekker a lot. So easier to tell you what I am reading this week: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich and The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory.
    Loved the book art!
    Oh, and I bought the latest copy of Artful Blogger last week. Congratulations! That is awesome!

  19. Kim Mailhot says:

    Some recent favs…
    Life is a Verb by Patti Digh(this book changed my life!)
    The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman (love, love love her fiction!)
    Journal Spilling by Diana Trout(this book is so inspiring and full of eye candy for art journaler !)
    Those are the ones that came to mind.
    Here’s to the love of book and reading !Cheers, Gorgeous One !

  20. Beautiful artwork. I just got done reading Wide Open (about art journaling) and loved it.

  21. The Fledgling by Jane Langton
    wildly inspires my heart.
    Go figure:)

  22. sherilee says:

    Old favorites include Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. A couple of recent favorites were The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. And The Help.

    As has been already mentioned, the stack by the bed is bigger than it should be–too many great books, not enough time…

  23. My reading comes and goes in spurts, depending on how crazy life gets….but my favorite of ALL TIME is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

  24. S. Etole says:

    reminds me of the juggling act that occurs this time of year as school resumes …

  25. patty says:

    Hi Rachel, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Right now I am reading “Inspiring Creativity”, an anthology by creativity coaches put together by Rick Benzel. Really loving it!!

  26. rdn says:

    Just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain and LOVED it. I read a lot and don’t keep many of the ones I’ve read, but this one is a keeper.

  27. feralcompass says:

    I love all of Louise Erdrich’s novels, poetry of all kinds, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Jack Kornfield’s writing about Buddhist Psychology, art journaling books and more and more and more!

  28. Rachel, thank you for the kind words on my blog. You definitely speak my language.



  29. wanda miller says:

    ahh..such a grand question and to peruse everyone’s ideas.. i too have almost finished THE BOOK THIEF, and even though i think it’s a young adult book, this old adult thinks it’s one of the most wonderful books ever…it is so full of “meaningful meat” to think about, yet not get too heavy with the past as sweet sweet humor enters in (i think i would love to be in a book club with this one).
    story to share: our daughter loved for me to read out loud to her well into her teens…and she was an astute and avid reader herself..we treasure those times still! xoxo you’re the best baby!!

  30. so glad you got your prints …… my fave book is i am marc chagall by bimba landmann for her sheer illustrative genius ….. check it out xxxx

  31. lori vliegen says:

    LOVE your sweet, colorful artwork, rachel! that could easily be me holding up all of my dozens of “how-to-art-books”!!!! have a great weekend!! xox, :))

  32. Mrs. Dalloway remains my favourite. Although, I recently reread Jane Eyre, and remembered clearly why it used to be my favourite!

    And I also adore My Family And Other Animals , by Gerald Durrell.

    So, I guess I have three faves!

  33. Favorites are no longer needed to keep me motivated. I enjoy most books I select and am grateful for the ability and means to be able to read whatever I choose.Some books leave a greater impact on me than others.

  34. Rachel says:

    The Scarlet Letter is my faaaavorite!

  35. Kristin says:

    Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment! It was so nice to hear and you too have such a cool blog! I love the energy and bold colors in your work.
    Jennifer Weiner (hope I spelled that right) is a favorite of mine – when I take the time to read that is!
    Have a great weekend,
    Kristin xo

  36. Vicki Smith says:

    Just finished “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and loved it. Richly drawn characters and thought provoking. THis is a fun idea for a post.

  37. koralee says:

    Oh my…what an adorable drawing..love it.

    I have soooo many favourite books…where do I begin???

    Hugs for a great weekend…hope you can find some time to pull out one of your favourites. xoxoxxo

  38. Kate says:

    I love “The Creaktive HAbit” by Twyla Tharp. While I don’t consider this to be a “light read” I love the practical exercized to “beef up” those creative muscles. Hope you enjoy too 🙂

    Beautiful art & blog by the way!


  39. Nevin says:

    one of my favorite book is “SNOW” by Orhan Pamuk.

    Beautiful drawing.


  40. The Islander says:

    Wonderful list just from your followers! Well, I just finished for the 3rd time in my life an old favorite. Watership Down is such a precious classic for me…so full of imagery and delight. I have such a multitude of favorites it would be hard to start but so fun to see others enjoy books too.

  41. hi there, well it is so nice to assess what books are my favorite “right now”-for sure “The Middle Place” would be on the list and I just got a copy of “The wednesday sisters” that I am looking forward to.

  42. leonie.wise says:

    I have so many favourites! one i love to return to again and again is “Poemcrazy” by Susan G. Woodridge. She inspires me to write the way I want to, not how I think I am expected to.

  43. I LOVE this drawing miss Rach. Favorite reads: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan, anything by Anne Lamott but most especially Operating Instructions, Eat Pray Love, the Anne of Green Gables series, A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Pilgrim by Timothy Finlay, Possession by A.S. Byatt, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Chemistry of Joy by Henry Emmons, Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende.

  44. Big smile. Love this one, too. This year, The Help, and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.
    Other favorites, The Lovely Bones, The Moon and Sixpence, House of Leaves.

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