Here are my favorite books of the year so far!
(October 15, 2014)
(October 15, 2014)
I love reading a new book as much as anyone. However, there are a few books out there I love so much that I read them over and over. Some of them for many years. They are old friends. I can trust them to take me where I want to go, when I want to go there.
Do you have books that you read multiple times? Please leave a comment and share!
1. The Beautiful and Damned: F. Scott Fitzgerald. My favorite book, I have read this countless times. I actually can’t remember the last time I read it all the way through. I carry around this old, beat up paperback copy covered with highlights and notes and just open to any page and read for a while.
2. A Ring of Endless Light: Madeleine L’Engle. I can’t recall the first time I read this book but I must have been in elementary school. I read it repeatedly back then and I occasionally pick it up and read it straight through. I still love the characters and beautiful, heartrending story.
3. The Hunger Games Trilogy: Suzanne Collins. I know, it’s three books. But I always read them straight through as one book. Each time I read it, I’m surprised at the effect it has on me. I go through a huge range of emotions and I’m left exhausted, humbled, and maybe a little hopeful.
4. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice). The first erotic novel I read, and I was probably way too young. I was hooked. I read all three books in the series but this is the one that stuck.
5. Violin: Anne Rice. My favorite of all of the Anne Rice books and I have read them all. This was the first I read and has always remained my hands-down favorite.
6.Wicked: Gregory Maguire. As a small child, I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz. I still am. I love where Maguire takes the characters I have always loved so much. His vision of Oz and the people of Oz is absolutely breathtaking.
7. The Art of Racing in the Rain: Garth Stein. This is my favorite quick afternoon read. It has a lovable protagonist, race cars and a loyal pooch. Three of my favorite things.
8. Breaking Dawn: Stephanie Meyer. I enjoyed all of the books in the Twilight Saga but this one was by far my favorite.
9. Lisey’s Story: Stephen King. I’m a King fan in general but this is a dark psychological thriller. It always manages to take me to a place that is at once both beautiful and terrifying. I read it when I want to be afraid, in a good way.
10. Lonesome Dove: Larry McMurtry. Sweeping. Epic. Western. Enough said.