Favorites Friday -- Part 7

When I first started Favorites Friday I decided not to break my list down too specifically, but I had a few books that didn’t fit in my chosen categories. So, they were lumped into “Defies Classification.” I know your local bookstore likely has a nice little niche for each of these books, but for our purposes, these ones defy classification. 


 The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Dale Snedeker

For a long time, The Forgotten Daughter was my go-to answer for “What’s your favorite book?” In my tween/teen years, I read the red cloth bound book countless times. Now, as an adult, I discovered my favorite book, which I thought to be virtually unknown, won a Newbery Honor in 1934. I guess I wasn’t alone in my appreciation of the tale. 

Chloe, a 2nd century Roman slave, enjoys the stories her friend, Melissa, tells her. Trapped on her father’s roman estate, Chloe falls in love, attempts a daring escape, and eventually regains her life again.


Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones

I included the Jesus Storybook Bible in this list instead of the lists for young readers for two reasons. First, everyone can benefit from reading the JSBB. Laid out in simple but beautiful prose, the JSBB walks through the Bible infusing the stories with the truth that “Every story whispers His name.” Sally Lloyd Jones weaves the gospel of Jesus throughout the whole Bible narrative. 

Secondly, there is an “adult” version of this book: The Story of God’s Love for You. “Adult” in this case means — no pictures, just the well written, sweeping epic of how God shows His love for us in the sending of His Son, Jesus. 

Either version of the book is perfect for gifting — it is my go-to gift book. It is also great for family devotion times; I dare you to try to only read one chapter at a time!


The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The nerdiest of all my favorite book picks, the The Merriam-Webster Dictionary really is something I enjoy reading! I know, I know, it’s not really fair to include the MWD, but I find myself lost in its pages often. More than just a book to find the meaning of a word, the MWD is an entertaining read, uncovering the origins of words, their use in sentences, and the variations words can have. For a simpler version, with much of the same fun, I recommend Webster's Dictionary for Students.


The Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

Where does this book belong? Part devotional, part Bible study, all truth. Peek between the pages of the Bible and you will find women who are notable for the very reason that they are NOT worth emulating. Learn biblical truths, laugh yourself silly, and love every word of this fantastic book!

Already read this one? Give Really Bad Girls of the Bible a shot. Or for something different, I recommend Liz Curtis Higgs' Lowlands of Scotland trilogy a try. Read my review of Grace in Thine Eyes HERE.


Your turn. Do you have any books that don't fall neatly into place on a particular bookshelf? What cross-niche reads to you enjoy?