For the Love of Books

Disclaimer: I *borrowed* this post from my other blog. Which is totally okay, because I’m only stealing my own content. Plus, who doesn’t love a post about books, and reading? (If you don’t, this is probably not the best place for you to visit … but thanks for stopping by!)

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love reading. I would stay up long past my bedtime, snuggled under my blankets with a flashlight and whatever story I was devouring at the moment. My mom used to drop my sister and me off at our little town library (we lived in a small, farming community) while she went grocery shopping, and I would fill my arms with books I couldn’t wait to read. I loved library time at school, and spent hours during my summer holidays reading on the dock — only taking breaks for a quick dip to cool off, or a snack when I remembered to eat.

I adore books. There is something so magical about getting lost in a story. Forgetting to do basic things like eat, sleep, and even pee, because you.just.can’ As a writer, I try to remember I’m writing for the reader — not myself. Although the lines get blurry from time to time, especially when I’m writing super early in the morning or late at night, when my consciousness isn’t as sharp.

So I thought I’d share my top 10 favourite books — the ones I loved as a kid, and the ones I still think about as an adult, long after I’ve read them (the first time!)

My Top 10 Favourite Childhood Books (in no particular order):

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  2. Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
  3. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle
  4. Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
  5. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  6. Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
  7. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  8. Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  9. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
  10. Every one of the Nancy Drew series – Caroline Keene

Top 10 Favourite Books as a Grown-Up (once again, in no particular order):

  1. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  2. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  4. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  6. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
  7. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  8. The Shipping News – Annie Proulx
  9. Harry Potter (the series) – J.K. Rowling — *Yes, I realize some of you may mock me for including these, but reading Harry Potter made me feel like that kid again, lost in the magic and hiding under my covers with a flashlight.)
  10. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  11. *Bonus one because I couldn’t pick just 10* Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells

So tell me…what are your must reads? I’d love to add a few more to my list!

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