I love the Time Machine by HG Wells for the question he asks at the end - after our hero has come back to his own time and decides to return to the future he takes a single book from his library - which book would you take to help you in the future? I often ponder the answer to this question and have never really come up with a good answer!
I adore "For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke. Having visited the places involved in the story I can picture the hardship and cruelty and still marvel that man is still a loving creature - I find this novel most uplifting.
I love books that tell real stories of life and of families. I love my family more than they will ever know and find this reflected everywhere! How can you then go past the Louisa May Alcott stories of Little Women? Our world is full of uplifting, everyday heroic stories that just gladdens your heart - just like the beautiful blue sky.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything for pleasure - anything with print on it - including cereal packs and bar codes! I am known in my family for being print addicted! For preference I love to read non-fiction but love stories of the lives of others.
Ted, a beautiful tiny Kangaroo Rat creature who lives in Western Australia, hates the rain! How he comes to grips with the rain and why it is important makes the story for this children's book that even adults can relate to.