On Facebook, writer Susan Braun (her blog is here) asked her friends to list 10 books that had touched them in some way -- maybe not changed-your-life sort of books, but ones that have stayed in your heart.
I started to write a response, but had a need to explain all my choices. So I thought I would just blog about them:
Two, this is just a great book. Read it if you haven't.
As boring as that unfinished thesis was, I did fall in love with Jane Austen, and try to read at least one of her novels every year. Plus, I think I have seen every movie and television production of her books. I haven't (and won't), however, read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Ick.
But I'm still counting it as knowing her, and it was still very cool.
here -- I wouldn't change a word of it, except that I called Outlander "Highlander" -- what a difference 6 years can make.
We read these books at a time when we needed an escape; the books gave us something to talk about besides ourselves and our troubles.
These books led us to new and amazing friends.
These books were truly life-changers. Thanks, Pam.
11. The last book I finished. (Let me clarify this by saying that I don't always finish a book I start. This is another difference Clay and I have -- even if a book is uninteresting, he will finish. I agree with Will's 7th grade English teacher and my friend, Mrs. Lemming, who advised the kids that if they get 50 pages in and the book doesn't catch their interest, abandon it. There is another book out there for you.)
So if I finish a book, it probably means that I loved the book. Or that the story caught me. I wouldn't say that I loved Gone Girl, but there was no way I could abandon that one -- the characters were all creeps, but the narrative was incredible.
Right now, the last book I finished was The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. It was just lovely. And heart-wrenching. And I know it will stay with me for a long time.
And what am I reading now? Jamie Ford's Songs of Willow Frost. And The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones (from a Slate article -- "The Best Books You've Never Heard Of." True.) And Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, because Will is reading that one. And Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg which I picked up at the library last night, just because.