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A Few of My Favorite Books

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


I try really hard to always be reading a book. Sometimes I'm reading more than one, but that often doesn't end well. I tried to read The Hobbit and re-read Jane Eyre over Christmas and as a result, they both lie half-finished and untouched for some time on my bedside table. They are beautiful books, but they didn't stick with me enough to go on. But there are books (and characters) that have stayed with me throughout the years.

Sophie taught me that there's more to the world than I can ever see or know.
Atonement is sad and beautiful and overflowing with richness and showed me just how much power there is in literature.
Clarissa taught me about perseverance and complexity.
Where the Wild Things Are taught me the impact a picture book could have and ignited my passion for children's literature.

What books spoke to you in a way you didn't expect?

This post is in response to the following prompt: "Tell about periods when you haven't read. What were you doing? Where and when do you read best?" (From Old Friend from Far Away, page 160.) As you can see, you can take a prompt and go any direction with it. If you've written a response of your own, please share it below in the comments! 

P.S. Visit this post for next week's prompt.

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  1. This was the hardest response I've done in quite a while....It was so broad and there is so much going on in those time of "not reading" that I didn't really know where to begin.

    Your approach was a good one! Even when we're not reading like we hope to, the books that we HAVE read are there, speaking to us.

    I love hearing about the books that other people have enjoyed and especially why they enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing!

    You can read my response here: http://myjourneyforhim.blogspot.com/2014/02/missing-bookmarks.html

  2. ishmael and anything written by steve martin

  3. What excellent books!! I really like Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy :) That is always a classic that has stuck to me :) But if you want something more recent maybe Sarah Dessen? Her book are very light hearted :)


  4. All great selections...I'm loving reviewing the classics with the kids via BabyLit books! ;)

  5. I'm actually reading The Hobbit for the first time right now! I've got 45 pages to go...yes, I'm literally, painstakingly counting them down. While I truly appreciate the type of writer Tolkien is, I'm finding I prefer his movies ;)

    Unfortunately I have this disease where once I start a book I MUST finish it, no matter the level of enjoyment. However, as many co-workers and friends have pointed out to me, be not sad over your unfinished books Megan life is too short and there are too many great stories out there to read. While your level of enjoyment probably wasn't the issue in this case, enjoy your next great read with no guilt =) Cheers!

  6. Love your list. I love where the red fern grows...a kids book, but still a great read.

  7. Mmm... the Hobbit is one of my most favorite books! I've read it 3 times at least. I guess that's why there are genres for everyone, though! We aren't all going to like the same books :)

  8. I've got to really think this prompt over...tough question!


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