Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White - This is another one I used to share with my third graders every year. We always ended the year with this book. I didn't necessarily read this one to them. They usually read it on their own and we discussed it a chapter at a time.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, by Joanne Fluke - This is quite a departure from the previous two! This is the first cozy mystery I ever read and it's the one that made me want to read more cozies. You can read my review here.
Curious George, by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey - Now we're back to the children's books, but even younger children this time. This is one I enjoyed reading when I was a child. I think the reason I liked it so much is because it features a monkey. I've always loved monkeys. Lol.
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott - I was a late bloomer when it came to reading. I read this for the first time last year and I loved it. It's the only book I can think of that made me cry a river of tears. No other book, especially one chapter, has had such an emotional impact on me.
Magic Tree House Series, by Mary Pope Osborne - This may be cheating, but I cannot single out one book from this series. It's a good introduction for children to chapter books. I used to read this series to my second graders after recess everyday when I was a teacher. I have not read the entire series, but I read a good bit of them. I felt so nostalgic when I added it to this list that I added the first one in the series to my TBR list so I can re-read it. It's a children's fantasy book, but I think adults can enjoy it as well. I cannot say enough good things about this series. I highly recommend it. You'll be taken to places you never imagined you could travel to and you'll learn a thing or two along the way.
Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington, by Mary Higgins Clark - This was originally called Aspire to the Heavens and it was Clark's first published novel. I owned a copy of this book for many years until I finally read it earlier this year. I was blown away. It's so well-written and engaging. The writing style, which is a series of flashbacks and "flash forwards" is something I did not expect. It really works to neatly tie everything together.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen - This is another classic for which I was late to the party. I watched the movie first and I loved it. It really helped me understand the book when I finally read it last year. It's become a bit of an obsession for me. I watch everything, even loose adaptations, that has anything to do with it. I also have a few related books on my TBR list.
Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon - I read this years ago and I read it again last year. It's the first in a trilogy of books by this author. It's simple to read and it contains practical tips anyone on a creative journey can put into practice.
The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks - This is the first book ever published by Nicholas Sparks and it's the one that made me a fan of his work. I have read several of his books, but not all of them. In due time, I will.