50 Books Real Simple Readers Love
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
It’s one of my fondest memories, of my mother reading to me as a young girl. I couldn’t wait for bedtime for the next chapter.
When it was over, I had to find the next “good read.” It was even better when I got to read it to my 7-year-old son this year.
He cried when I read the last page because he didn’t want it to end. Now we search together for his next “good read.”
—Karen Muller Lucas
I don’t think I knew what drew me to it then; but looking back I think it may have been the concept of this hidden beautiful place where joy was found. —Christine Voorhees Marsh
It put me in a fantasyland and taught me that everyone has a story and the most beautiful things in life are free! —Betty Borland
To this day I still have that book, and it reminds me of the time when I was first learning to read. —Emily Gingras
The intrigue, mystery, and dazzling details of the glorious story opened the gate to my own imagination. Mary Lennox was a complex character by today’s standards, but when I discovered her in fourth grade, she became my friend. —Noel Chambers McKelvey
It was 1992 in the Mexico City airport. I was 8 years old and my dad bought the hardcover version (in Spanish) and wrote a dedication inside the first page. I never stopped reading since. —Tania Rv Lorenz-Meyer
The first book I remember falling in love with. —Tina Miller
I love the book so much that I’ve read it once a year ever since I first read it, at probably age 8 or so. That’s over 40 readings! —Sam Maser
It was magical. —Sarah Menendez
Still have the same beat-up copy and it’s still my favorite book. —Ashley C. Jackson
It’s still sacred to me. —Maggie McCleland
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