When I was a kid, I was a geek.
I had bushy hair, and I was almost a full year younger than everyone else in my class. And when it came time for recess, I much preferred sitting against the brick wall with a book.
Good writers read a lot.
(OK, bad writers sometimes read a lot, too)
We read to be influenced, we read to be touched, we read to be entertained. We even read to learn what NOT to do.
So when people ask “What’s your favorite book?” I have a hard time answering.
But I thought I’d share some of my all-time favorites with you anyway:
- Ender’s Game: Sci-fi for people who aren’t really into sci-fi. This is the story of a boy specifically bred to save humanity. The pressure of his role is high, but he’s still a kid, struggling to figure out who he is. Excellent characterization and story that just happens to be set in space.
- Lord of the Flies: Survivor without the production crews and medics. This might have been my first foray into the disturbing truth about human nature. (guess that explains a lot, eh?)
- Cold Mountain: I love this one for Frazier’s language, and because, despite my general distaste for historical fiction, I immediately connected with Ada and Inman and was captivated with a world so incredibly different from mine.
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull: While I haven’t cracked this in 30 years (and honestly don’t even own a copy of it anymore–Christmas gift idea, people…), I remember a roadtrip when I read this cover to cover seven times. I think this is what sparked my passion to be awesome. Or maybe just gave me permission to be different.
- Watership Down: Another one that never gathered dust on my bookshelf. So many different levels to this story…from cute little talking bunnies to allegorical social commentary.
Of course, this list is far from complete. There are a million other amazing books that I have loved, and a million more coming that I will love.
And I’m incredibly thankful that someone smart invented a Kindle that is cheap and fits in my purse, so I can keep a massive pile of books with me at all times! Great Christmas gift idea for the readers on your list!
What are some of your all-time favorites?? Leave a comment…
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