There is really nothing better in life than finding a book that is so amazing that when it’s over, you’re sad to be parting ways. The first book for me that was like this was Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret. My fifth grade girlfriends and I modeled our own lives and conversations after those of Margaret, Gretchen, and Janie, and lied about getting our periods just like Nancy did.
I keep a very long list of books I plan to read, most of the books are finds from friends and blog recommendations. Either I am really picky or we just have different tastes in books, but so many of the books people recommend are sort of meh or they’re just plain TERRIBLE. I suffer from Reader’s Eternal Anticipation Disorder (R.E.A.D.) where if I’ve started a book that I’ve been told is a good read, then I feel compelled to read it all the way to the end for fear that I’ll miss the the good part. Just yesterday, I abandoned all responsibilities to finish The Paris Wife, a book that came with glowing reviews, that was due at the library THAT VERY DAY. Here’s my brief review: It sort of stunk.
Don’t even get me started on the Twilight series or any book by Jodi Picoult. There are several days of my life I’ll never get back thanks to these books. (I would love Jodi Picoult books if they didn’t all follow the same formula: great story until the end when a horrible, unexpected twist changes everything. DO NOT LIKE THAT.)
Yet, another symptom of R.E.A.D. is that no matter my pitiful track record of following book recommendations, I’m still hopelessly addicted to “Best of” lists and adding them to my own list of books to read.
Like Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, there are a select few books that are fantastic enough that I can read them over and over again and absorb the characters and their stories. These books truly captured my heart and imagination, the kind that when I find one of these books on the shelf unexpectedly at the library, it’s like rediscovering an old friend with whom you can’t wait to catch up.
So I present to you my list of my nine FAVORITE books, books that are practically family.
What are your favorite books? I’m always looking for recommendations. AHEM.
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